Captain Congeniality

Such a nice boy...

I am what many would call a wireless tinkerer.  I am never truly satisfied it seems for long with any wireless company or service.  My recent wireless history is as follows

2011 - 2012 - Sprint - Only one major issue, there was some sort of programming issue where my phone did not work in the great state of West Virginia.  Do I live there? No.  Do I go there?  A few times a year for work.

2012 -2013 - T-Mobile - Worked great at old house, however when we bought our new house and moved service went to nill.  Odd being in the 4th largest city in the country and having to stand on one leg balancing to use cell service

2013-2014 - AT&T - Expensive and for some reason every "network upgrade" that they did seemed to make my service a little worse.

Current - Last month I decided to give Republic Wireless a try, I have thus far been fairly impressed.  The biggest problem that I have found is the lack of Sprint signal, which republic uses when not on wifi.  I have used the wifi calling feature in some heavy traffic areas and have not had any distortion or signal issues.  I took it on a trip to rural Ohio for work, and my service through roaming agreements with Verizon was better than some people with actual Verizon handsets.  The wifi calling feature makes Republic a great service for international travelers as well, as they can stay in touch with the business of life while abroad.  I am happy that I made the switch and am saving approx $100.00 per month.

I would recommend Republic to people with a couple of caveats.

First, make sure that you have decent Sprint service in your area, otherwise it will not be a pleasant exerience.

Second, if you are a heavy data user go with the $40.00 4G LTE plan.  Sprint 3G crawls.

Third, the number of handsets is severely limited, currently there are only 2 available (Moto G, and Moto X) and Republic does not support BYOD.

So, if you have a $150.00 lying around try them out, if you don't like them within the first 30 days they will give you a full refund upon return of phone.  If you like the service, keep it.