Why pay more for cell phone service when you can save some money on an alternative plan like Republic Wireless, which offers the best no contract cell phone service for Android users with one caveat that I’ll reveal at the end.
This might be the most honest Republic Wireless cell phone service review on any blog spanning the entire internets.
Because I’m a very satisfied customer. 🙂
I wanted to wait until I had been with with Republic Wireless for three years, in October 2017, but I decided that now is the best time to write my review.
You see, I actually want to promote Republic Wireless as an affiliate; however, I don’t want any future affiliation with them… 😉 …to influence how I rate them.
Update 2017-07: I guess they heard me, because Republic Wireless has accepted me into their Affiliate program!
I’m tired of the biased reviews of companies by people affiliated with them.
Company X, Y, Z is totally awesome! You’ll absolutely love everything they produce, so you’ll happily give them your arm and leg for the amazing benefits they provide you!
Just tell the truth! I know you want to promote them, but they can’t be perfect!
My Republic Wireless Journey
When I first discovered the blogging community in 2014, the personal finance bloggers that I followed kept recommending Republic Wireless as one of the best no contract cell phone service providers. I was skeptical, so I decided to do a little homework.
This is a statement from Republic Wireless explaining how they save their customers (me too!) more money:
By using WiFi for talk and text in addition to cell, we’re able to save you money and provide extra coverage in the places cell can’t always reach. From your home, to your office, to your favorite coffee shop, and even abroad – we offer coverage beyond just cell towers anywhere there is WiFi and super affordable plans to go with it.
At the time, these were the available plans:
- $5/month – Talk, text, and data available only when connected to WiFi.
- $10/month – Unlimited talk and text. Data available only when connected to WiFi.
- $25/month – Unlimited talk, text, and 3G data.
- $40/month – Unlimited talk, text, and 4G data.
Note: iPhones are currently not supported. 🙁
I bought a Moto E for my wife, a Moto G for me, and we each had the $10 per month plan. There might have been one or two other phones available, so selection wasn’t huge.
When we got our monthly usage bills, we were thrilled to only pay a little over $23 per month including taxes.
But Their Service Was Horrible!
My calls kept breaking up, even when I stood right next to my wireless router. About a third of my calls kept dropping as if the phone were switching back and forth from a cellular signal to WiFi and vice versa.
My wife wouldn’t stop
bit…complaining to me about how bad her phone was!
I want a Samsung…wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah…!
I’m not a fan of Samsung anymore, because their phones freeze up too often and overheat…sometimes dramatically. My wife was used to her Samsung Galaxy S and Note phones and didn’t know any better… I bought her a Moto X to try to buy some time. At the time, it was Republic Wireless’s best phone.
Service eventually improved, and I no longer have any problems with my phones. My calls sound perfect on cellular service and WiFi. While on WiFi, if the call quality deteriorates as I get farther away from a reliable WiFi signal, I have the option to handover my calls to cellular signal. No dropped calls.
Looking at reviews of the other alternative cell phone service providers reveals that the number one complaint is quality of service. That is no longer the case with Republic Wireless, at least where I live (Pacific Northwest of the USA).
Improved Service Results in Increased Prices
The $5, $10, and $25 monthly plans are gone, because you have to pay for quality, right? The lowest price available is $15/mo for no data…WTF?!#
Their best value plan costs $30/mo for 2GB of data with unlimited talk, text, & WiFi. For quality of service and price, you might not be able to beat that with any service provider.
However, when you go up to 3GB plans and above, the other premium service providers might be a better deal depending on how long you’ve been with them.
My wife is on the $20/mo plan listed above. I’m on a $15/mo plan that was offered before the current plan. I get unlimited talk, text & WiFi data, plus 500MB of data. I get a refund for all the data I don’t use during the course of a month. Usually, it equates to a $4 savings each month.
You would think that 500MB of data isn’t much (it really isn’t much at all), but the funny thing is, it’s not hard to get used to using data only when WiFi is available. If you work or live any place that has limited WiFi, then you’re out of luck.
Limited Selection of Compatible Phones
Republic Wireless now offers a better, although still limited, selection of phones that can be purchased directly from their website:
- Huawei Ascend 5W (H1623)
- Moto E4 (XT1768)
- Moto G4 (XT1625)
- Moto G4 PLAY (XT1607)
- Moto G5 Plus (XT1687)
- Moto X Pure Edition (XT1575)
- Moto Z (XT1650-03)
- Moto Z Play (XT1635-02)
- Samsung Galaxy J3 (SM-J320A)1
- Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U)
- Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935U)
Bring Your Own Phone
If you prefer, you can bring your own phone as long as it’s unlocked and compatible with their technology. Simply purchase a $5 sim card from them and you’ll have service. In addition to all of the phones listed above, the following are also compatible:
- Alcatel A30 (5046G)
- Google Pixel (G-2PW4100)
- Google Pixel XL (G-2PW2100)
- Moto G4 PLUS (XT1644)
- Nexus 5X by LG (LGH790)
- Nexus 6 by Motorola (XT1103)
- Nexus 6P by Huawei (H1511)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T)1
Happy Wife, Happy Life
My wife was so happy that she dropped her Moto X on the pavement. It cracked and the display stopped working. I demanded that she use her old phone, so she did, but a wise man once said,
Happy wife, happy life. – Jeff Allen, Comedian, Wise Man
So…I bought her a Nexus 6P by Huawei. She loves it. She even convinced her friend who also switched to Republic Wireless. Her friend also bought the Nexus 6p and got another one for her husband.
Best No Contract Cell Phone Service?
If you’re looking to save some money on cell phone service and you’re an Android user, Republic Wireless just might be the best no contract cell phone service provider. As long as you don’t need more than 2GB or 3GB per month, they provide quality service at an affordable price.
I’ve been using Republic Wireless for nearly three years and average $43 per month (including taxes and fees) for my wife and I to use up to 1.5GB of data with unlimited talk, text, & WiFi.
Republic Wireless provides me the best no contract cell phone service. Period.
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