Is the new plan from Republic Wireless the best cell phone plan ever?
It has long been rumored that Republic Wireless would be releasing a new phone. I have been waiting anxiously for months to see what they would announce because although the Republic Wireless service has been very cheap, the fact that it came with a low quality phone kept it from being a practical choice. Last week Republic Wireless finally made their announcement, and what they announced was better than I had even hoped for. It was announced that not only is a new phone coming in November, but new rate plans will also be available. If Republic Wireless does what it says it will do, it sounds like it will be the best plan available to American consumers.
What makes a good phone plan? There are five items that a phone plan should have that make a good phone plan:
- Good coverage
- Reasonable limits
- Good phone
- No contract
Until now, there has never been a good phone plan that met all five of these requirements available in the United States. I believe that Republic Wireless will be the first good phone plan available.
A good phone plan needs to have a good coverage area so you can be reasonable confident your phone will work wherever you go. There are many cheap plans available right now from companies like Virgin Mobile and T-Mobile that meet the other 4 requirements, but have a lousy network where you should only expect to have cell service in cities with at least 50,000 people.
Republic Wireless uses the fairly limited Sprint network, just like many of the other cheap non contract cell phone plans. The difference between Republic Wireless and the other plans is that Republic Wireless allows you to roam for free on the Verizon network when you aren’t within range of a Sprint tower. Verizon has the best network in the country which in turn means Republic Wireless has the best network in the country.
A good phone plan should allow its customers enough talk minutes, text messages, and data as they need. There several cheap phone plans that give you plenty of minutes, and unlimited texting, but fall short on data. The average smart phone user uses about 1GB of data a month, while many of the cheap plans only offer about ½ of that amount.
Republic Wireless gives it’s customer’s unlimited minutes, texting, and data. You can’t ask for a better solution than that.
The problem with Republic Wireless right now is that the only phone they offer is lousy. It’s slow and it can’t run a lot of apps. According to a friend of mine that tried Republic Wireless, the call quality wasn’t very good either. I blame the call quality on the fact that Republic Wireless is using new technology and it often takes a couple of tries to work all the bugs out. The phone that they currently use was their second try at this technology, and I am guessing they will have everything worked out when the 3rd generation technology comes out in November.
It was announced that a new phone, the Moto X will be available in November. I won’t get into the technical details, but the Moto X is a great phone that is among the best in the world. If you do a web search on the right hand side of this screen you will find many positive reviews for the Moto X. Republic Wireless also has announced that they have addressed the concerns about call quality on their technology, and claim that it will be much better on the Moto X.
The Moto X is also made in the USA.
I believe that you should never have to sign a contract for phone service. If you aren’t under contract, then your phone company’s incentive is to give you good service and a good deal so that you will want to remain as their customer. If you have signed a contract with a large termination fee, the company knows you are locked in to being their customer and will be more interested in finding new customers than in keeping you happy.
Although a phone contract is always a bad idea, that has never been more true than it is now. This great deal from Republic Wireless will quite possibly change the phone industry as other companies are forced to improve their plans in order to compete. If you lock yourself into a contract, you won’t be able to take advantage of a better deal when it comes along. Believe me, a better deal is coming along.
If you are already on a contract, the Republic Wireless plan is so cheap it probably makes sense for you to pay the termination fee to get out of your contract and sign up for the cheaper plan. See the calculator at the bottom of this page.
Republic Wireless already has the best price for a smart phone plan, and the news is getting even better. Beginning in November there will be several plans available that should cover everybody’s needs at a great price. Here is a description of the plans that will be available in November:
$5/ month- In the most basic plan you can make phone calls from wifi only with no cell backup. If this is what you want, there are better options. There are several apps that allow you to make phone calls over wifi that cost a lot less than $5/ month. Groove IP is the app I have used in the past.
$10/ month- This plan allows you to make unlimited phone calls and text messages wherever you go, but you won’t have cellular data. Instead, you will have data only when you are on a wifi network. This is an incredibly good deal for someone who is on wifi most of the time and doesn’t absolutely need cellular data.
$25/ month- In addition to unlimited phone calls and text messages, this plan also gives you 3G data wherever you go. 3G data is fine for emails and light browsing, but you might find it a little too slow if you want to do a lot of web surfing. Remember that you can use all the high speed data you want while you are on wifi. This is the plan I will sign up for.
$40/ month- The most expensive plan allows you to use unlimited 4G data wherever you go. 4G data is what you need if you will be streaming video or doing a lot of web surfing, but remember that it isn’t available everywhere.
So how much can you save with Republic Wireless? Use this calculator to find out.
The biggest problem with this plan is that it won’t be available for several weeks. It will also be interesting to see if the call quality has improved to the point where I can recommend this plan. I will be signing up for this service as soon as it is available and will write an update when I see how it works and can make a recommendation.
Republic Wireless new phone is now available
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