An update on Republic Wireless
Because so many readers of the artofbeingcheap.com use Republic Wireless as their cell phone company, i wanted to share some things I learned about when I had the chance to visit with some RW representatives recently. This isn’t a full article, just a couple quick updates you might find interesting.
One of the primary reasons that RW is the best deal in cell phones is that it is the only discount cell company that uses the Verizon network. Unfortunately this is the one area where RW has become less great.
RW primarily uses the Sprint network, and gives you a very generous 5GB of data, which is plenty for all but the heaviest data users. When Sprint isn’t available, you can roam on the Verizon network. You can make all the texts and calls you want on Verizon, but data works differently.
First, RW limited data on the Verizon network to 100MB per month. That isn’t a lot of data but it is enough to get by if you are carefully to use very little data when you are roaming. You couldn’t do much surfing, but it was enough to at least check your email and twitter.
In the last few weeks, RW has further limited your Data to only 25 MB per month, which in my opinion just isn’t enough. I told them my concerns and they explained how expensive roaming data is. RW is charged 30 times as much for Verizon data as they are from Sprint.
We can all appreciate that RW just isn’t able to afford those fees when they charge as little as they do, but more roaming data is needed. To fix this, RW plans on selling extra data buckets. Prices aren’t set yet, but may cost in the neighborhood of around $5 for a meaningful amount of data.
I am Ok with that even with a little extra fee as RW will still be the best deal in town.
A New Budget Phone
A new phone called the Moto E will soon be for sale for the very low cost of $99. This phone will be marketed as a starter smart phone that parents might want to get their kids.
Believe it or not, I’m not crazy about the idea of his phone. For one thing, I think the moto G already covers the budget end of the market. While the G performs almost as well as the high end phones, the E can’t match it in terms of computing power. Plus the G only costs another $50 at $150.
The other reason I’m not as excited about the E is I don’t really want my kids to have a smart phone. First, when they get a cell phone I want them to have a flip phone because my kids are really irresponsible and will drop their phones every chance they get. A flat phone with a big screen wouldn’t last a minute in their hands.
Secondly, I don’t want my kids to be able to take pictures, text, surf the internet without supervision, and everything else a smart phone can do. The less said about this the better, but I think you get my point.
Why you should be with Republic Wireless
I was not paid for this article by RW. They did give me a very nice water bottle though.