[BYOP] Republic Wireless Just Got Better
I've written about and recommended Republic Wireless as a way to save money on your mobile phone bill. They've recently made some changes to their plans and offerings which may save you even more. Read on for the scoop...
Bring Your Own Phone to Republic Wireless
For several years, I have recommended hybrid WiFi/cellular phone services to save you money. In case you missed that introduction, hybrid phones use available WiFi for phone calls whenever possible, switching to cellular networks only when the WiFi signal is absent or too weak for quality calls.
One of the best examples of hybrid calling is offered by Republic Wireless. This strategy of automatically switching between WiFi and cellular saves Republic money on the blocks of minutes it buys from carriers, and rewards customers who try to use WiFi as much as possible with lower monthly bills.
The Republic Wireless technology that switches you from WiFi to a cellular signal as needed is pretty cool. Republic says "Our Adaptive Coverage™ technology, enabled with Bonded Calling™, actually senses the quality of your phone’s connectivity over WiFi and uses available cellular data as back up to fill in any gaps in your conversation." In practice, that means you can walk from the bedroom to your garage, or from the kitchen to your car, and not drop a call. Your phone will seamlessly use the best combination of cellular and WiFi signals wherever you happen to be.
Republic Wireless is one of the pioneers in this arena, and the company is not resting on its laurels. In recent months, Republic has expanded its selection of phones, and now even lets you BYOP - “bring your own phone.” Read on to see what else is new from Republic Wireless.
From its launch in 2011, Republic sold only a handful of Motorola phones at close to full list price. The company uses proprietary circuitry to work its WiFi/cellular switch-offs as smoothly as possible, and it could only modify those few phones. But as of August 11, 2016, Republic is selling SIM cards that include their secret sauce, so users can just pop a Republic card into their existing phones to enjoy the savings of hybrids.
Your Choice: Buy or Bring?
Nine new Android phones have been added to Republic’s store, as well, including some of the most popular phones from Samsung. Here’s a list of new phones; in parentheses are the installment payments available through Republic’s financing affiliate:
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – $799 (starting at $48 a month)
- Samsung Galaxy S7 – $699 (starting at $42 a month)
- Samsung Galaxy J3 – $179 (starting at $11 a month)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 – $549 (starting at $33 a month)
- Nexus 6P – $499 (starting at $30 a month)
- Nexus 5X – $349 (starting at $21 a month)
- Moto X Pure Edition – $349 (starting at $21 a month)
- Moto G4 – $199 (starting at $12 a month)
- Moto G4 Plus – $299 (starting at $18 a month)
Republic has lowered its service plan prices as well. Formerly, the 1GB plan was $25 monthly; now it’s $20. The 2GB plan was $40 monthly; now it’s $30. A $45 per month 4GB plan replaces an older $55, 3GB plan. If you are a heavy data user, 6GB and 10GB data plans are available.
But on the downside, the company ended the innovative practice of crediting customers’ accounts with cash rebates for unused data blocks every month.
Will Hybrid Phone Service Work For You?
If you’re one of those people who uses the phone while walking down the street, riding in a taxi, or driving (shame on you!) a hybrid phone is probably not right for you, because WiFi isn’t consistently available under such conditions. You’ll end up using a lot of mobile data (more expensive for you) and a lot of cellular minutes (more expensive for Republic).
But for most of us, WiFi is steadily available at home and at work, where we spend 90 percent of our waking hours. You can also use the WiFi provided by Starbucks, Walmart, public libraries, and many other public places to make phone calls, download files, and use Web apps with a hybrid phone.
My understanding is that Republic Wireless uses either Sprint or T-Mobile for cellular service. So before committing to a switch, check with Republic Wireless to see which cellular provider they use in your area, and then make sure there's a strong signal available.
Have you tried Republic Wireless? Does a hybrid mobile phone plan make sense for you? Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment or question below…
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 22 Aug 2016
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