A friend recommended Republic Wireless to me when I was shopping for a different phone service after the mess I encountered with Straight Talk.
I still have Republic Wireless, but I want to warn you about some gotchas.
Republic Wireless has some great plans. Their base is only $10/mo for service, and they have many choices on data plans. Best is that if you don't use all your data, you are refunded on your next monthly bill. For instance, I have their 1Gb data plan and my bill is $25/mo. I never use it all so I have never paid over $20 for my service.
But, there's always a but.
To minimize your data usage, any time you have access to an open WiFi, the phone will use it for everything including your phone calls. The calls actually go over the internet and you'd better hope you have good WiFi or your calls are horrible. My laptop is not effected by my WiFi's micro-second disconnects, but my phone calls are. You'll get broken up calls, not dropped, just losing parts of words. AND you get to hear other conversations in the background, not well enough to know what they're saying, but they're there, making talking difficult
Today I wanted to speak with my sister without problems, so I turned off the WiFi connection and let it go to Sprint cell service. Clear call, no broken words, no background conversation, just like anyone would want when talking on their phone.
I may have to up my data plan so I can stay off the wireless when I want to take or make calls.
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