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Last Edited by BJSpack May 24, 2016 at 02:54 PM
Today republic wireless announced new pricing to go along with its new phone offerings.

https://community.republicwireles...oice-plans

Existing customers will be able to keep their old plans, but new customers (or existing who upgrade) will have the following new plans available to them:

$15 Unlimited Talk, Text, and WiFi Data
$20 Unlimited Talk, Text, and WiFi Data + 1GB of Cell Data
$30 Unlimited Talk, Text, and WiFi Data + 2GB of Cell Data
$45 Unlimited Talk, Text, and WiFi Data + 4GB of Cell Data
$60 Unlimited Talk, Text, and WiFi Data + 6GB of Cell Data
$90 Unlimited Talk, Text, and WiFi Data + 10GB of Cell Data

Historically republic's cell data has been on the Sprint network, they have announced that a second carrier "who boasts the nation's fastest 4G LTE network" (presumably T-mobile) will now be what is used for these plans. Old plans will still stay on Sprint while new ones are switched to this new carrier. Their post indicates that they plan to also have the new plans available for Sprint by year end.

In comparison, for Google fi you pay $20 for the base talk, text, & wifi and then $10 per GB of data, so each of the republic plans cost less than the comparable Google fi plans.

The new Republic phone offerings include:

$399 Moto X Pure Edition (XT1575)
$349 Nexus 5X by LG (LGH790)
$499 Nexus 6P by Huawei (H1511)
$179 Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) (SM-J320A)
$599 Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T)
$699 Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U)
$799 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935U)

New phones and plans will all be available in July 2016.

FAQ: https://community.republicwireles...s/DOC-2912
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Cricket Wireless has better coverage than tmobile and Sprint and they have unlimited data for $65, 10gb for $55, 5gb for $45, and 2.5gb for $35 with auto pay.
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Cricket Wireless has better coverage than tmobile and Sprint and they have unlimited data for $65, 10gb for $55, 5gb for $45, and 2.5gb for $35 with auto pay.
Sounds like a better deal in some cases, depending on how much data you need. The 1GB plan at $20 meets a lot of people's needs and would be a savings though.
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lol.
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On another note, are you guys satisfied with the voice quality?
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lol.



On another note, are you guys satisfied with the voice quality?
I have used it for a couple years and rarely have issues with call quality, so I would say that it is decent. Early on they had issues with handoff from wifi to cell, but they seem to have fixed that problem some time ago as I haven't noticed it at all.
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So if we get a new phone can we still keep our old plans? Finally they got some nice phones. Good job RW.
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So if we get a new phone can we still keep our old plans? Finally they got some nice phones. Good job RW.
From the FAQ:

"Can I keep my Republic Wireless 1.0 or 2.0 plan on the Republic Wireless 3.0 phones?

No. Republic Wireless 1.0 and 2.0 plans rely on our unique ROM build. In order to offer our members a wider range of phones, more timely phone launches, faster Android updates, and a BYOP experience, Republic Wireless 3.0 uses an all-new architecture that moves us out of the ROM. Republic Wireless 3.0 phones aren't compatible with our 1.0 and 2.0 plans."

So if you want to stick with an old payment plan, you will have to stick to the old phones (Republic version of Moto E G X)
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I'll consider it more seriously when they let you bring your own phone
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I'll consider it more seriously when they let you bring your own phone
Yeah, that is a downside. You can bring your own phone but it has to be one of the 7 versions of phones that they sell.
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Cricket Wireless has better coverage than tmobile and Sprint and they have unlimited data for $65, 10gb for $55, 5gb for $45, and 2.5gb for $35 with auto pay.
In term of coverage, Tmobile can be use in Canada/Mexico just like in USA and also free data roaming/text in hundred of countries.
So if you have decent local coverage with Tmobile and you do travel outside of USA from time to time, Tmobile may be better.
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I'm not too happy with Republic Wireless after 1.5 years, coverage in my area was spotty.

After I cancelled my service they tried to keep billing me and had to reach out to them repeatedly, good thing I removed my credit card info from their system before leaving.
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Yeah, that is a downside. You can bring your own phone but it has to be one of the 7 versions of phones that they sell.
Yeah, it has to be a phone that can handle wifi calling, android marshmallow, and has all bands.
That list covers all the 7 phones they have listed. I don't think they are going to be particularly exclusive. Complaining that they won't let you bring "any phone" is kinda stupid. You can't blame the carrier if the phone doesn't support their technology.
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Been a customer of Republic for a couple years. Love the service, as I'm not a heavy data user. I have wifi at home and work so I'm covered where I'm at 90+% of the time. I use about 500MB a month and its mostly Waze and the occasional web browsing while out and about.

Will be upgrading phones and changing to the $20 plan. I currently pay $35 a month for two lines with unlimited talk text w/1GB of data (since I dont consume 1GB its bought back).
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We used RW for a couple years but gave up last year. The biggest problem was poor Sprint service in our area so it wasn't really an issue with RW specifically. Plus, their focus has always been supplementing cell service with wifi so we limped along using wifi at home. This was before they supported transferring calls between wifi and cell service so you'd just get disconnected if you left the house.

They didn't have any tech support number (go use our forums!) You had to use their very limited selection of phones. At one point they had unlimited data plans where you could get unlimited talk/text/data on 3G for $25-30 or unlimited 4G for $45/month. That's the only reason we stuck around at all. Those plans are gone now, unless they let people stay grandfathered in.

They used to beat everyone else on price so it was worth dealing with the hassle. They don't seem to be the best on pricing anymore so hopefully their service and capabilities have taken some big leaps forward.
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How much would be the tax on $20 plan in TX & FL?
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