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Consumers have traditionally been tied to service plans and contracts from the major cellular carriers with high monthly rates for talk, data, text, and smartphone service. Republic Wireless is here to disrupt smartphone service as we know it thanks to “WiFi First.” With promises to deliver high quality and savings to customers by using the less expensive WiFi network as much as possible and connecting to nationwide 4G cellular networks when necessary, Republic aims to provide affordable phone service to the masses.
Republic almost seems too good to be true with no contracts, no hidden fees, and Android phones to fit all budgets. They’ve also attracted the attention from major publications like MONEY Magazine who recognized the company for having the best basic plan. Consumer Reports applauded them for being the top pre-paid carrier choice and they were rated by PC Magazine for excellence in user satisfaction.
With a full set of features and high praise from major publications, does a phone operating under “WiFi First” work as well as a phone from the other carriers? The answer is yes.
How Republic Wireless’ WiFi First Works
Republic Wireless helps save money by using available WiFi networks instead of cellular network as much as possible. Industry research shows that up to 80% of people’s mobile traffic takes place indoors. With WiFi at your house, your office, your favorite restaurants, shops, malls, airports, and many other places, the mobile network can be used as a “last resort” network, only being utilized when driving or in places without WiFi. This means you use less traffic on the mobile networks, and Republic passes the savings on to you.
When WiFi isn’t available, phones on the Republic network work just like any other smartphone, sending and receiving data by connecting the nationwide LTE networks to make calls, connect to social networks, browse the web, send texts and emails, and all the other things you would normally do on your mobile device.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been using a Samsung S7 Edge from Republic Wireless alongside my unlocked S6 Edge+ (that has service from another carrier) and have been quite pleased with the service. My Android phone from Republic works by connecting to WiFi whenever possible, whether in my home or out in public, and the plan is far cheaper than what I currently pay.
Plans start as low as $15/ month, and $30 gets you 2GB of data per month ($35.54/month after federal, state, and county taxes). I’ve found that my Republic phone has seamlessly connected me to my family or work without any lags in coverage. I even took my Republic Wireless S7 Edge with me on a work trip to San Francisco to test out the coverage and found that it worked just as well when traveling to a different city as it did when I was at home in the Washington, D.C. area.
If you’re considering adding a smartphone for a member of your family or switching from your current carrier, here are some reasons to consider switching to Republic.
11 Reasons to Switch Your Phone to Republic Wireless
In case no hidden fees and an affordable monthly plan weren’t quite enough to tempt you into switching to Republic Wireless, here are a few more reasons why you might want to consider making a jump to a company who aims to make owning a smartphone more affordable and accessible for everyone.