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Monday, May 21

Republic Wireless ($19 unlimited plan) Review and Update

Interestingly, one of the most popular posts on this blog in the last 6 months was my initial review of Republic Wireless.  I'm not surprised.  With tax, I'm paying about $22 per month for unlimited calling, texting and data.  Now that I've used the service for six months I thought I would give you guys an update.

All in all I am quite happy with Republic Wireless.  However, I say this with a big caveat:  the coverage in my area for the Sprint network (through which Republic operates) is noticeably worse than my AT&T coverage was on my previous phone.  Before making the switch, I'd recommend you check out the Sprint coverage map for your area.

I also have experienced a recurring audio problem that I can't figure out.  There is often a delay from when I say something to when the person I am talking to hears me.  I've coped with this by anticipating when someone is about to finish asking a question and starting my answer while they are still talking.  It sounds like a big deal (and it is definitely not desirable), but this makes a big difference in my call experience.  I don't know if this problem stems from my phone or from my phone plan (which, by the way, includes the use of Google Voice to re-direct my calls to the phone number of my choice).  I've narrowed the source of the problem to either Google Voice or the phone itself since my partner, who is also using Republic Wireless, does not experience these same issues.

Still, for someone who doesn't talk on the phone for a living, you could probably put up with these minor inconveniences if saving money is the most important thing to you.  I've cut my mobile phone bill by almost 80% in the last 6 months.  For that, I'm willing to deal with some minor frustration.

1 comment:

  1. You can pretend you are giving news reports from a battlefield in the middle east. You know, they get asked a question. Then silence. Then the answer. I like that price, I wonder if I could use it in the real estate business. I use my phone a lot.