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Republic Wireless Review - Switch and Save Money

Republic Wireless is what I like to call a “disputer!”  They came in a stagnant industry and decided to change the way we call each other.  Instead of diving into contracts, getting subsidized phones, and paying well over $100 per line, we know can enjoy hybrid wireless calling for a maximum of $40 per month.  You pay thousands per year just for the the luxury of owning and using a cell phone with the main carriers.  The high price of wireless has changed and Republic Wireless is bringing their innovative approach along for the ride.  Here is my Republic Wireless review and what I love about this company.

*This is an update from my original Republic Wireless review as they have created a new addition of Republic Labs.

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For those of you looking to save some serious money, then switching to Republic Wireless is what you should do! They just dropped the price of their Moto X (their best phone) by $100, so now’s the time to take advantage of their service and their 30-day money back guarantee!

Republic Wireless Basics

Bandwidth.com is the innovator behind Republic Wireless. They are a IP telephony company that works with creating the ability to call over the internet.  Bandwidth.com noticed a need of something different in the wireless industry, so they set out to create their product.  Out of their minds came Republic Wireless.  Their service has changed the game considerably.  Right now, you can start out for just $10 per month with no contract.  Try that on the big carriers.  It won’t happen!

Below I describe how their system functions. It’s not what you might expect from other carriers. You don’t just sign up, get a phone, and enjoy your high priced service. This uses sweet technology to save you money on a regular basis. Take that wireless industry!

Hybrid Calling

Republic uses what they call hybrid calling.  It seems simple to understand and it really is.  They outfitted two great smartphones with the ability to make calls when on WiFi.  When you are around WiFi, no matter if it is your network or an open one, the phone will attempt to connect.  It searches for WiFi as you are traveling. If it cannot find WiFi, then the phone switches to cell service from Sprint.  So, your phone has the ability to make calls on WiFi and on Sprint.

As a note, your call quality will only be as good as the WiFi signal that it’s using to conduct the call. If it’s a weak signal, then your call quality could be diminished. In order to get around this, you can turn off WiFi and the phone will resort back to the Sprint network.

Call Handling

When Republic Wireless first came out, they had some issues with how calls where handled.  Since their service is based on using WiFi when it is available, people would come across dropped calls.  Why?

If a person was making a phone call when in their house and on their WiFi, the call would be good.  If they decided to leave the house to get into the car, then their WiFi would drop off.  When this happened, the call they were on would drop.  Republic Wireless knew about this issue before they released their service, so they created a “fix”.  When you left WiFi or came back near WiFi, a call you were on would drop.  Once the drop occurred, you phone would automatically redial the other phone to resume the call.  This was a problem for many.

Republic Wireless took notice of these issues and have come a long way from those days. They have some of the clearest calling on WiFi, sometimes better than when on the Sprint Network. Their call handling hand off is also seamless and that’s what it needs to be to have a successful service.

Customer Service

I review quite a few cell service providers here on this blog. Many people always rail against the companies when they can’t get on the phone with them immediately or get an answer.  Before I describe the customer service of Republic Wireless, understand they keep their costs low due to a different service model. If you want instant customer service access, then this might not be for you.  The reason I say this is because service is done via a public forum on republicwireless.com along with some detailed guides and troubleshooting on their site.

While checking out the service, I noticed there was a lot of information on this forum. The reason is it’s a community.  Loyal Republic Wireless users are helping those who have issues and it’s great to see. It’s like social customer service. Trust me, I would rather pop a question up and have dedicated loyalists help me than someone over the phone. That’s just me though.

Republic has also added ways for it’s users to submit tickets to their help desk. This is just another way for people to get answers to problems. I would encourage people to look through the forums first as there is a treasure trove of information there. I actually find forums more helpful than phone calls most of the time.

On top of it all, Republic also has a way for you to just check the status of their system. We all want to know if the system is operational when we have a problem, right? Just think of when your cable goes out or internet goes down. It’s nice to know if it’s a widespread problem or just isolated to you. This is one thing that Google does well with their services. Republic does the same. You can check their system status when on the help pages.

Republic Phones

Republic Wireless does the phone thing a little differently than many of the other carriers out there. You can’t bring you own phone to Republic. For those people, like me, who own an unlocked phone, you will have to pay for a new phone from Republic. It’s how the cookie crumbles.  The reason they do this is because they have customized the phones to work with their hybrid calling model. Other phones don’t do this and don’t do it well even with apps. This is why it’s necessary for a new phone.

Republic Wireless offers three phones, both Android based. They are also both Motorola phones developed with the latest version of Android.  Let’s take a look at the three phones to choose from.

New Republic Wireless Phones


As you can see from the graphic above, they only have three phones, the Moto G, Moto X, and the new second generation Moto E with 4G LTE. These are great phones for anyone. I actually have the Moto G, but I’m on Cricket Wireless because of where my wife works. There is no WiFi and the Sprint network doesn’t cover there, otherwise I would be on Republic.

They just released the Moto E with 4G LTE coverage. You can get this phone for only $129 with no contract. It’s a pretty powerful budget phone, one step down from the Moto G. If you have a budget and don’t need the Moto X, try out the Moto E.

The Moto G is a great budget phone. You can own this phone for only $149. That’s right, you will own it. It’s also Republic’s top selling phone. It only comes with 3G data speed, so if you need 4G, you need to move up to the next model.

The Moto X (2nd Generation) is a powerhouse phone and awesome for most people. It is $399, but comes with 3G and 4G LTE coverage options depending on where you are. I know many who have this phone and love it. Once my Moto G dies, I will be moving up to the Moto X because I like it so much. Either way, these two phones work and work well.

Take some time to learn more about these two phones and see if there is one that will work for you.

Republic Wireless Coverage

Everyone always asks about the cell phone coverage for any carrier.  Now, as I stated previously, Republic Wireless has their hybrid approach.  They expect you to use WiFi and when you are doing that, then you don’t have to worry about coverage.  You will always be able to make and receive calls when you are on WiFi.  When you are not on WiFi, Republic Wireless pushes you to the Sprint network.  Yes, their network is not as good as others, but when you have the ability to make and receive calls via WiFi, it doesn’t matter as much.  You can check out the Sprint Coverage Map to see if you will have service.

Republic Wireless offers an unprecedented 30-day guarantee. Yes,that is right, you get 30 days to try out their service and their phone and see if it works for you. If you don’t like what they are offering, then they provide you with a refund. They not only refund you the cost of the phone, but also the service. Now, you can try it and be protected by their awesome guarantee!

 Republic Wireless Plans

Ok, I am sure this is the information that you are looking for.  How much does Republic Wireless cost?  Well, now I am going to go over their plans.  These plans are based on you having the Moto X phone.

They did just roll out sweeping changes to their plans. They are on what they call Republic Wireless 2.0. The 1.0 plans are below and you can only get them if you’re already a Republic Wireless customer. Sorry to those who aren’t yet, but you can no longer get the $5 plan. They start at $10 for just cell and text and free Wifi data.

This plan is the bare bones, but it is also the lowest cost plan that you will find out there for a smartphone. This plan gives you unlimited talk, text, and data. The caveat is that it only works when you are on WiFi. You don’t have access to the Sprint network, so you can’t receive calls unless you are near WiFi.  This plan will only cost you $60 per year!

This plan give you unlimited talk, text, and data when you are on WiFi. If you are a person that is around WiFi for most of the day, then this could be your plan. The bonus of this plan is that you get cell backup on the Sprint network. This plan gives you unlimited talk and text with Sprint. This plan will only cost you $120 per year!

Alright, this is the plan that will work for most people. With the $25 plan, you get unlimited talk, text, and data when on WiFi. On top of that, you get unlimited talk, text, and 3G data on the Sprint network. You will get the seamless transition of the hybrid calling. This plan will cost you $300 per year!

This plan provides you with unlimited talk, text, and data when on WiFi. Along with this, you also get unlimited talk, text, and 4G data on the Sprint network. You can only get 4G data speeds if Sprint provides that in your area. Make sure you check the Sprint coverage maps to see if this plan will even work for you. This plan will cost you $480 per year!

Now, with Republic Wireless 2.0, they have a base plan ($10), which gives you calling and text capability. If you want to add wireless data onto the plan (you don’t pay for Wifi access), then it will depend on what you use. Head over to their plans section to see how much you would pay based on the cell data you use.

Their customers now get refunded for whatever cell data they didn’t use each month. If you pay for 1GB of data, but don’t use it, then you get refunded the portion you don’t use. They indicate that the average refund is $14.78.

They also changed it so you add on cell-data for your plan. With the base plan, you can add on 0.5mb for $7.50, 1GB for $15, 2GB for $30, 3GB for $45. Again, if you don’t use all of your data, they refund you. You can see an idea on how much you will pay by going here.

Republic Wireless also provides you with a “Plan Advisor” which can help you choose a plan that will work best for you.  It asks for some data in order to come up with the right plan. It is a cool tool.  See what plans will work for you.  Republic also allows their customers to switch plans twice a month.  Yes, you read that correctly.  If you wanted to travel and know you might not be near WiFi, then you can upgrade your plan for the time you are gone.  Once you come back, you can go back to your original plan. Who else has that?


Republic Wireless Overall

You can see that Republic is offering a new solution to a tired wireless game.  I was sick of paying so much money each month that I switched to a lower cost carrier.  There are many of them out there, but no one offers what Republic Wireless does.  You can get talk, text, and data for cheap prices.  One of the big issues with Republic is their connection with Sprint.  Since Sprint doesn’t have the greatest network, this could be their weak point.  It’s probably the only weak point.  Republic  has worked hard to make up for it with great customer service and awesome hybrid calling features.  They can keep your costs low because of their hybrid calling. As wireless access becomes more standard throughout the US, the reliance on Sprint might not be an issue. If you can get wireless in most places, then why care? Heck, even many cars are coming with WiFi now.

If you’re looking to reduce your monthly cell phone service costs, then please check out Republic Wireless. They are one of my recommended resources because they provide something awesome and they really do save you money. Couple those savings with a nice 30-day money back guarantee, what do you have to lose?

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Republic Wireless is different than most carriers. They work on WiFi and then use Sprint as the backup. It's a great alternative which works!
Grayson Bell

Grayson Bell

I'm a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $50,000 in debt. I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a blog management company, along with another blog. It is Empowered Shopper, which helps people get information about products they want to buy. You can also check out Eyes on the Dollar, which is a great blog that I co-own.


  1. December 11, 2013 at 8:12 am — Reply

    When my Verizon contract expired in August, I moved to RW. It just killed me to be paying $1320/yr for cell service when I work from home with a mandatory landline. The only drawback was the lack of picture texts (MMS) on the Defy XT, but I decided that it wasn’t worth the $88/month MORE that I was paying for Verizon v. RW. Delighted to hear the new phone has it :)

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm — Reply

      Glad to hear that you moved from Verizon’s high prices. Yes, the new Moto X has the MMS feature along with the seamless call transfer.

  2. December 11, 2013 at 9:14 am — Reply

    I have Republic Wireless and the phone works pretty well. I just ordered the MOTO X and I cannot wait!

    • David Longstreth
      December 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm — Reply

      I had the Defy. You might consider the Moto X if you can swing it. The defy is a very limiting device. The Moto X is incredible and the combination with Republic is unbeatable.
      I’ve had the Moto x for three weeks. Best phone I’ve ever had.

      • Grayson Bell
        December 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm — Reply

        If I had the Defy XT, I would switch. The cost of the new phone is definitely worth it.

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm — Reply

      I am sure you are excited. That should be a big improvement.

  3. December 11, 2013 at 10:31 am — Reply

    Thanks for the review Grayson. Looks like a potential option once we leave Verizon next year!

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm — Reply

      They seem to only get better with age. If you love Verizon, then you can just switch to Page Plus.

  4. December 11, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I would likely go with Republic Wireless if I ever became unhappy with Walmart Family Mobile. It seems like a great alternative to some of the standard expensive plans out there.

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm — Reply

      I really like their hybrid approach. As shown by some reviewers, they can get service without paying much in foreign countries because they are using WiFi.

  5. December 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    I’m going to have to look more into this. Everytime I see a post like that I say I’m going to and I never seem to find the time. But if I can save that kind of money it’s well worth my time to seriously consider moving to a new company. I’m with Verizon and I’m happy with everything (except for the price, which is insane compared to plans like this!).

    • Conway
      December 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm — Reply

      I have a Republic Moto X and love it! It is especially great to be able to make and receive calls overseas, at hotels/airports/etc which have wifi, as if I were here in the U.S.!

      • Grayson Bell
        December 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm — Reply

        Thanks for the comment Conway. Glad you are enjoying it!

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm — Reply

      Verizon has great service. No one can deny them that, but their prices have gotten out of hand. There are many options for you, so all you have to do it pick!

  6. December 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    I love the side options becoming available for cell phones. RW seems like a great idea, but I’m happy with my little, old school cricket! Anyway, thanks for the great review!

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm — Reply

      Have you seen if Cricket has gotten better? They were bought by AT&T earlier this year, so now they have 4G LTE capability.

  7. Michael Kelley
    December 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    Wish I had a way to get better wifi at more of the places I am throughout the day. Also wish it wasn’t sprint for the fall back. This will be something to keep an eye on though, and see how the service evolves. Would like to see a bring your own phone option too

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm — Reply

      I wouldn’t think there would be a BYOP option in the future. Republic Wireless takes time to change the phone to make it work with their hybrid technology. Not sure if an app could do that for you.

  8. December 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm — Reply

    I am out of contract on AT&T and will be switching to something else, soon. I was thinking of Republic Wireless and may give it a try, especially with the money-back guarantee.

    • David Longstreth
      December 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm — Reply

      I have had Republic for the last year and it’s an awesome service.

      • Grayson Bell
        December 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm — Reply

        Thanks for sharing your experience David!

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm — Reply

      It can’t hurt. You have the 30 day guarantee and that would be enough for me.

  9. December 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm — Reply

    I have a FreedomPop phone that portends to give free talk, text, and data over Sprint, but you are limited to 200 talk minutes, 500 texts, and 500 MB data per month. The phone is a refurbished HTC EVO model that is a couple years old. The battery life is terrible and reception while in Kona, HI, was also terrible and made the phone useless. FreedomPop setn a new battery that is also terrible. The phone cost $99. I consider it a learning experience fee. I also have a dumb phone from tracfone. It is on T-Mobile. It works pretty well, and I only paid an annual charge of $100 for both phone and 1,100 minutes. I keep it in the center console of my truck for roadside assistance calling. I have to recharge the minutes before the year is up to not lose any minutes, but that will cost less than $80 for another year. It works for me.

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm — Reply

      Whatever works for you is good Bryce. I have heard of FreedomPop, but never really looked much into it.

  10. Lacey
    December 13, 2013 at 7:29 am — Reply

    I switched from Virgin Mobile’s $25 300 minutes with unlimited text and data. I already knew the limitations of the Sprint Network in my area, but with the wifi I can easily make calls from home AND I don’t have to reload early like I sometimes did with only 300 minutes. The customer service is way better even though it’s all done via email. At least I can understand an email as it doesn’t have an impossible to decipher accent. Their online forum is so helpful you probably won’t ever have to contact customer service. I am so happy with Republic.

    • Grayson Bell
      December 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm — Reply

      Glad to hear it Lacey. You probably have better service now since it runs off WiFi when available. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Beth
    December 13, 2013 at 11:16 pm — Reply

    I switched from ATT a month ago and I couldn’t be happier. Service and price are unbeatable.

    • Grayson Bell
      December 17, 2013 at 11:59 am — Reply

      Glad to hear it is working out for you Beth!

  12. December 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the review! I’ve decided to get out of my Verizon contract and switch to Republic wireless at the end of January. I am so over overpaying for phone service.

    • David Longstreth
      December 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm — Reply

      Republic is a different model. Their tech support is through their online community and via email. My experience has been that the Moto X with Republic Wireless is the way to go.

      As long as you have good Sprint coverage where you live, you should be good to go!

  13. Steve C
    December 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    I switched to Republic Wireless a few months back from Verizon. They were killing me with the monthly charges. Around $120 a month. Verizon does have the best 4G coverage. I won’t deny that. I got the Republic plan for $25 a month. Unlimited calls, text and data with 3G. It doesn’t have the 4G on my plan. It takes a few seconds longer for the internet to load compared to Verizon. But for $100 a month savings its well worth it. If you get the 4G with Republic remember you might not have use of it except in large cities. Im completely happy with the plan I have. I have no dropped calls. It works great. Get the Moto X phone and not the Defy (it sucks). The Moto X rocks. Yes, you will have to pay $299 for the phone upfront but it pays for itself in a few months. Do the math and figure out your yearly cost compared with your current plan. I have a link that you can use to save $19 for the first month. Yes, it helps me with my bill too when you do. I won’t lie. For Christmas bonus my boss decided to let most of us go and I am unemployed. If you don’t like Republic, there is no contract. Just switch back. It is a great company. Here is the link. Cut and paste if it needed. Thanks!! http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

    • Grayson Bell
      December 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm — Reply

      Thank you for your review of Republic Wireless. I am sorry to hear about the “gift” your boss gave. I wish you the best of luck in the new year Steve.

  14. jeff m
    January 6, 2014 at 11:11 am — Reply

    I have been Republic Wireless for a month now and love them!! I pay $25 a month for unlimited talk, text, and 3G data. You can get unlimited everything including 4G data for $40 a month or you can switch to the $10 a month plan and you get unlimited talk and text anywhere but only can use data on WiFi but you can switch you plan 2 times a month from your phone and the rates are prorated so you only get charged for the days you use that plan!! The Moto X is an awesome phone!! I actually like it better than my iPhone 5 because the phone itself has features that the iPhone does not have (twist your wrist and the camera starts and its a better camera than the iPhone, it knows when your driving and reads you texts, and active notifications are very nice too). I highly recommend this service and phone.

    • Grayson Bell
      January 7, 2014 at 11:06 am — Reply

      Thank you for your comment Jeff. I am sure others will find it useful!

  15. Scott
    February 3, 2015 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Everybody whines and moans about sprint coverage. I had Verizon for 10 years, switched to sprint (saved $60/month) and haven’t really noticed much of a difference. Being critical of Republic for Sprint is weak… I have a Republic phone for backup – great phone, great price.

    • Grayson Bell
      February 3, 2015 at 5:01 pm — Reply

      Everyone whines about their coverage because it’s no where near as good as Verizon or AT&T. Yes, Sprint does fine in some places, but many places they just don’t have good coverage. This is supported by the yearly consumer surveys and their consistent place near or at the bottom. Now, your claim for me being weak about being critical of Republic for Sprint is unfounded. Did you read the review? I have them 4.5 stars out of 5. Having Sprint as the backbone for their service is going to knock them down a bit. It’s just the nature of the cell service game. I have tried and tested every single network out there and reviewed them. Sprint’s network is not as strong. That results in the drop in stars. Calling me weak based on actual consumer feedback from hundreds of people I have received is not cool.

  16. April 8, 2015 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    Republic Wireless is great. We use it and it works very well. One key difference is that Republic uses the full Sprint network, with many other MVNO’s like Virgin, they only use the PCS network, which doesn’t do too much outside of urban areas. Thanks for the review!

    • Grayson Bell
      April 8, 2015 at 9:43 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the clarification on the networks that Sprint MVNOs use.

  17. Bob Marley
    May 17, 2015 at 5:23 am — Reply

    Ive got a long history of bad luck over charged phone related services.

    I was using voice stream in Vegas almost 25yrs ago and still have the Motorola microtac ultra light elite.

    For $900+ the phone’s loaded features were vibration, and 1.5 minutes of internal record time like an answer machine built in.

    Allowing one short message to be stored, if you didnt check it and erase it you couldn’t store anymore!
    And the monthly service cost around $200 dollars, and sucked in vegas due to over loaded systems.

    Im glad to of lived long enough to experience rates becoming reasonable😈

    But phone service providers are notorious for screwing over customers! I live for the time I can make and receive calls for no charge close to the magic jack deal.

    But even they are always digging up ways to charge for service.


  18. pyrene
    May 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    how to connect motoX to tv?

  19. June 15, 2015 at 6:58 am — Reply

    Aside from Republic Wireless Plans is giving back our money, their customer service is really amazing. I just talked to one a few hours ago. She’s nice and very understandable.

  20. Gary Bivins
    July 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    I’ve tried Republic Wireless for 4 months now. We live in Northern Illinois. Several problems 1.) Garbled voice – can’t hear 2.) Frequent busy signal with incoming calls 3.) “The number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service” if someone calls you from a landline.
    I had my wife and I both on this plan – I suggest you look elsewhere – this is one of those “too good to be true”. (I had a Moto e $10 plan, the wife had a Moto g $25 plan). Their online service (not) told “ME” to submit service requests to all the carrier’s that have a problem routing Republic Wireless cell calls.
    I’m going to another carrier – not happy with the prices – but the plan I had before actually worked

    • Grayson Bell
      July 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm — Reply

      Sorry to hear about your issues Gary. Since it is hybrid calling, there can be some issues for some. That being said, I have tried it and know a number of people who use it with no issues. Not saying your issues aren’t real or a problem though.

      Have you tried Cricket? Uses the AT&T network and is what I use since my wife works in a place with no WiFi and terrible Sprint signal.

  21. Deborah
    August 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    I am trying to decide between Republic and Cricket. I just don’t get how Republic wifi can work if you are moving? I so want to commit and get it done, but my problem is that I will be moving soon and traveling in an RV. Will Republic work when I am out of a town and in the wilderness or rural area’s?

    And can I keep my phone #? This brings up a problem, Republic has no way to ask these questions, and that is worrisome to me.

    Thank you for your great blog!

    • Grayson Bell
      August 8, 2015 at 10:51 am — Reply

      Republic uses hybrid wifi calling. If it’s near WiFi that it can pick up and use for calling, it will use that. If it can’t find that, then it will use the Sprint network.

      They have a 30 day money back guarantee on both the phone and service, so you can try it and see how it works for you. You can transfer your number to them and transfer it out, just like other services. The number is yours to keep.

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