When something sounds too good to be true, we’re as skeptical as anyone, which is why we raised an eyebrow at Republic Wireless last year when the company pledged to offer unlimited mobile service--that’s unlimited talk, text, and data--for just $19 a month, without any contracts. Compare that number to current wireless offerings and Republic Wireless' proposed $19 plan seems like a total impossibility. However, Republic Wireless held to its promise, announcing two large-scale rounds of beta testing last year and finally offering its absurdly low-priced plans to all late last fall. The only catch to Republic Wireless’ service is that users are currently limited to just a single phone option, the Motorola DEFY XT, and the phone isn't cheap...
Republic Wireless and the Motorola DEFY XT Tested
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I've had Republic Wireless for a month now. I moved over from a big red company, where I was over-paying for what was once called a 'feature phone'. For what it's worth, I'm totally impressed with R W and intend to stay. The 250 for the phone and 20 per month will save me about 300 over the course of two years vs what i was paying previously for the lowest level service. Now everything is unlimited and I feel like a kid in a candy store. The limitations are not debilitating.
I have republic wireless with the Motorola DEFY duel band & by far it's the best phone I every had,now at $19 a month for unlimited it's the greatest deal anywhere= republic wireless I'm here to stay.
keep the comments coming I am almost sold. I would really like a smart phone but really don't like to let the money. I just now got a phone that is not a flip phone and it has a keyboard so I can now text. I am in front a computer at least 12hrs a day so I never thought about getting a smart phone. We travel more now and it sure would come in handy.
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We tried Republic Wireless for a month. It had very slow data speed and horrible call reception. Everyone kept complaining they couldn't understand me. Plus the only phone they have available felt very underpowered, like I had taken a step down from my last 2 year old phone. We were still within the cancellation period, so we canceled to get a full refund for the over $500 cost of 2 phones. Or so we thought. Their customer service is non-existent. Email only, and they don't actually help with anything. They drug their feet the whole way, reimbursing $20, $20 there. Their customer service kept saying they couldn't help until we had waited 10 business days for the payment to clear (it didn't), and then said they would just mail me a check (they sent $20 instead of the remaining $450 they owed). By then it had been 116 days since my original purchase and I was still nowhere close to getting the rest of the refund back. I had to have my credit card dispute the transaction to get my money back. I think they were purposefully dragging their feet, hoping I would forget. If I had waited 2 more days, not even the credit card company could have helped me.
In short, sure it is unlimited, but it is unlimited crap: horrible call and data service, underpowered phone choice, nonexistent customer service, and they will try to steal your money!
If you are looking for cheap smartphone service, try Ting instead. We are on them now, and it is only $4 more than Republic with much better everything (except data speed. After all, they are both Sprint rebundlers). Sure, they are not unlimited, but we found out that we don't actually use that much phone data and minutes since we use wifi so much anyways. Plus with Ting, you don't have to buy a crappy new $300+ phone, you can bring in an existing one or get a used one on ebay for much cheaper. https://ZJSTN31QN62.ting.com
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You should try Republic Wireless. All talk, text, and data is unlimited for 19 bucks a month was a huge incentive for me. I have been with Sprint for many years and I was reluctant to switch since I was getting a 25% discount through my work, but I was tired of their poor customer service and barely used any of the data that's on my plan (got really annoying when I was forced to pay an additional 10 bucks) when I'm still using my old Blackberry 8300. I never had any complaints with the service though. I rarely dropped calls and I had reception wherever I would expect it. With that said, at work I had zero reception.
However I do have wifi at work of course and with almost all my calls are being done at home or at work, Republic Wireless works out great for me. When I'm outside a wifi hotspot, the old sprint network (the 3G) or Verizon kicks in and I have even better coverage than before since I can use the same Sprint network when I'm outside a wifi hotspot. Many say the phone is "old" technology, but that's all about perspective. Someone who always needs the latest and greatest won't be too happy with Republic, but in that case they shouldn't be with Sprint either. I mentioned my old bberry, so I feel the Defy XT is a huge upgrade for me personally. If you use my referral link, we will both save $19 when you sign up.
Link to save an additional $19. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/17rWzy.
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