Author Topic: Republic Wireless becomes more badass  (Read 1208 times)

hainesjd

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Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« on: May 08, 2019, 10:54:02 AM »
Republic Wireless will now let me pay for a year of service in advance for the cost of 10 months. The email I just received says this won't affect the ability to purchase extra data when needed.

I am grandfathered into the 2.0 program ($25/mo 5GB 3G LTE), and my wife has a brand new device.  I'm not sure if this is a promotion for a select few or something RW is rolling out for all users.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2019, 10:55:40 AM by hainesjd »

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Re: Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2019, 05:11:59 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I got the email too!

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Re: Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 10:19:40 AM »
We had Republic for about 4 years - while some things were great (wifi calling), we didn't have very good coverage in our town. Switched to Straight Talk on Verizon's network - our bill is still right at $100/mo for 4 phones, but we have twice the data and service that actually works for us!

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Re: Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 07:09:23 AM »
Maybe this is the auditor in me looking for things that aren't there, but that looks like a company's short-sighted response to a cash-flow problem, attempting to prolong insolvency. Hopefully, I'm wrong, and it's just a great deal.

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Re: Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019, 09:29:13 AM »
Maybe this is the auditor in me looking for things that aren't there, but that looks like a company's short-sighted response to a cash-flow problem, attempting to prolong insolvency. Hopefully, I'm wrong, and it's just a great deal.

I was thinking about that too. It's no different than borrowing. You get a big chunk of cash now, and you pay it back later. I hope things don't really get bad later in the year when their cash flows are down.

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Re: Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2019, 09:55:58 AM »
We had Republic for about 4 years - while some things were great (wifi calling), we didn't have very good coverage in our town. Switched to Straight Talk on Verizon's network - our bill is still right at $100/mo for 4 phones, but we have twice the data and service that actually works for us!

Are you on a grandfathered plan? The straight talk site shows their cheapest plan is $30 with only 1500 mins of talk and 100 mb data.

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Re: Republic Wireless becomes more badass
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 02:32:13 PM »
Maybe this is the auditor in me looking for things that aren't there, but that looks like a company's short-sighted response to a cash-flow problem, attempting to prolong insolvency. Hopefully, I'm wrong, and it's just a great deal.
I think allowing annual pre-payments is a smart move on their part, and it isn't a sign of cash-flow problems. I think all MVNOs are under pressure to lower their prices, including Republic Wireless, which is a good thing for us but tough for the MVNOs. I'm guessing that many members have been asking for a discount it they pay for a year at a time, which other companies do. It guarantees a customer for at least another year, so even though Republic doesn't get as much, I think they like the one-year commitment and lack of turnover. I've had most of my family on Republic Wireless for over four years, and while Republic was cheaper than other providers when they started, I don't think they are necessarily the cheapest anymore, but they're still close enough to make changing not worth it, and more importantly, their service works. I really like the wifi calling since it's often better quality than cell (it's basically landline quality if you have internet cable). Anyway, I think it's great they are offering the annual pre-payment discount and is another example of how they are always trying to improve, but because I like to keep my options open, I'll probably stick with month to month...