Author Topic: Republic Wireless for iPhones?  (Read 585 times)

MadeInTheUSA

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Republic Wireless for iPhones?
« on: August 22, 2017, 01:43:21 PM »
I am wondering if there is a service like Republic Wireless, where I can bring my iPhone to use.  Please also feel free to direct me to threads where this is already discussed (I had a hard time finding using the search functionality).

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Re: Republic Wireless for iPhones?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 08:30:39 AM »
I P Daily on the MMM Forums has authored a "SuperGuide," but the latest version I could find on here was dated 2014.  It's best to check out his blog at http://www.techmeshugana.com/

My strategy has been:
1. Use a Google Voice / Hangouts main number
2. Use MintSim (prepay 12 months at $15/m, 2GB data) as my carrier

I am not a heavy voice phone user, and family & friends know my phone number may change from time to time as I tweak / change options. They always know I can be found at my GV number.  (I also like the advanced GV features which allow me to provide different voice mail messages to different groups of callers. Friends get a message giving my travel details, while clients & customers get something more formal.)

MintSim is on the basic T-mobile network, and has limited coverage in the west. For example, there is almost no coverage in Wyoming, Montana, and western Nebraska. In these areas I use the wifi support of Google Voice / Hangouts.

Some have raised questions about the long term financial viability of MintSim, and are concerned that their phone number may be held hostage or lost in a shutdown. Using a Google Voice number as my primary mitigates this risk.

When traveling internationally, I rely on Skype Out for local calls over WiFi. If I must have wireless data when traveling, I will purchase a prepaid SIM. As an example, I paid about $35 US for a 10GB SIM when I was in South Korea earlier this year for 2 weeks.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 01:58:42 PM by EarthSurfer »
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