Republic Wireless Cell Phone Plans Review
Looking for a way to save money on your cell phone bill? Republic Wireless could be the answer you’ve been waiting for.
Republic lets you build your own plan—with up to 15 GB of data—so you don’t end up paying for what you don’t use. Waste not, want not, amirite?
- Customizable plans
- Uses T-Mobile and Sprint networks
- No Data costs add up fast
- No iPhones—can't even bring your own
Republic Wireless prepaid plans and pricing
Plans start out cheap, but data prices quickly add up.
If you can’t stand those one-size-fits-all cell phone plans, Republic Wireless’s approach may be a pleasant surprise. Its My Choice Plan is fully customizable.
The plan starts out with unlimited talk and text for $15 each month. That’s a pretty sweet deal when you compare it to other talk and text plans from Cricket Wireless and Total Wireless.
But those prices are a little less stunning when you start adding on data. Republic charges $5 for one gigabit (GB) of data. (That data doesn’t roll over, by the way.)
Here’s what that data charge would look like for a plan with 5 GB of data—and how it compares to similar plans from Cricket Wireless and Total Wireless.
So if Republic’s prices aren’t that competitive (at least when you’re talking data), what the heck is all the buzz about?
We have a feeling it has to do with how Republic Wireless structures its plans. Because it’s a flexible plan, you get to pick how much data you get.
Better yet, if you decide you want to change the amount of data on your plan each month, you can.
This comes in super handy if you travel a lot.
We all know airports, airplanes, and hotels are some of the most exciting places on Earth—not. So, chances are you’re gobbling up your data by checking in for your flight, streaming the relaxing sounds of rain to drown out your hotel neighbors at 3 a.m., or showing your travel buddy the latest cute cat video you found on YouTube.
Instead of hitting a data wall, you can plan ahead and up your data limit for the month you’re planning your trip (or when you just need more data). Then you can lower it back down once you return. And you don’t need to call customer service to change your plan—just use the Republic Wireless app.
What phones work on Republic Wireless?
If you like Android phones, you’re in luck. But it’s “too bad, so sad” for Apple phones.
If you’re all about the Android operating system (OS), then you won’t have any trouble hopping onto a Republic Wireless plan.
But if leaving the sleek and shiny iPhone gives you the heebie-jeebies, we’re sorry to say you won’t find any Apple phones supported here.
The reason for this, so we hear, is that Republic Wireless uses its app to prioritize using Wi-Fi for you to place a call. If it can’t connect to Wi-Fi, the app hops onto a cellular network. And, unfortunately, that app is currently supported only on Android phones.1
Hopefully, Apple will get its act together and approve the Republic Wireless app for use on iOS soon.
|Make||Models available||Learn more|
|Samsung||Galaxy S10 / S10+, S9 / S9+, S8 / S8+|
Galaxy A10e, A20, A50
Moto Z3 Play, Moto G6/G6 Play, Moto X4, Moto G5/G5 Plus and G5S Plus, Moto E4/E4 Plus, Moto G4/G4 Play
|Pixel 3a / 3a XL||View phones|
*Not a complete list.
While this is a relatively short list of some of the phones available in Republic Wireless stores, the list of phones supported through the Bring Your Own Phone program is a lot longer.
What’s coverage like on Republic Wireless?
By bouncing between Wi-Fi, Sprint and T-Mobile networks, Republic Wireless offers pretty reliable coverage.
We mentioned before that Republic Wireless keeps your costs low by relying on Wi-Fi signals for you to make and receive calls. If there’s no Wi-Fi signal available or if you happen to walk out of a Wi-Fi zone, Republic hops onto a cellular network.
But what networks does Republic Wireless use? The company doesn’t like to name names, but we found out it uses Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s networks.
Republic Wireless customer service
Got a question? Time to get chummy with other Republic Wireless customers.
We found a lot of rave reviews of Republic Wireless, but not a lot of commentary about its actual customer service. This could be a good thing, since that means fewer negative reviews.
We also noticed that most of the answers on community support posts came from other Republic Wireless users—and the company even recommends asking an “Expert Member” if the FAQs don’t answer your question.
Republic Wireless is super confident in its users—maybe even more so than its customer service staff.
This is an interesting approach to customer service, but it doesn’t help much if you have a question about your bill. You know, a question that requires someone who actually works for Republic Wireless to answer it.
Your other options are chatting with an actual Republic Wireless rep and opening a ticket. But we couldn’t find a phone number for customer service anywhere—even on Google. Hmm . . .
Recap—Is Republic Wireless any good?
So when it comes down to it, just how good is Republic Wireless? Here are our thoughts in a nutshell.
- Plans: The My Choice Plan offers you endless customization—unless you want more than 15 GB of data. And if you’re an iPhone lover, we’re sorry to say it’s not gonna happen.
- Performance: Republic works hard to save you money by hopping on a Wi-Fi signal when one’s available. When there’s no Wi-Fi signal to be found, you’ll get great coverage and speed on Sprint’s or T-Mobile’s networks.
- Customer service: Republic Wireless relies on its customers to answer most of your questions—which could be good or bad. If you need more help, your options are limited to live chat, an online ticket, or social media. No phone calls for this cell phone company. Funny, isn’t it?
- Overall: If you don’t need a lot of data, Republic Wireless’s flexible plan could save you some money. But, sadly, iPhone users and anyone looking for an unlimited data plan are left out in the cold.
Q: Where can I buy Republic Wireless phones?
Republic Wireless does not currently have any brick and mortar locations, you you’ll have to use the company’s online shop.
Q: Does Republic Wireless use a GSM network?
According to Republic, most of its phones can use both GSM and CDMA networks. But some phones may work only with the GSM network. You can check out GSM or CDMA compatibility here.
1. Republic Wireless Member Community, “Why Not Use iPhones?”
2. Ken’s Tech Tips, “Download Speeds: What do 2G, 3G, and 4G Actually Mean for You?”