My Choice: Designed with Flexibility in Mind

Before I started working at Republic, I, like many of you, was on an unlimited data plan with one of the big carriers. I enjoyed the peace of mind that unlimited data gave me from month to month. I knew that during high-data seasons, like summertime and periods with lots of travel, I would be covered and wouldn’t be facing surprise overage charges or extra data fees. But I also found it really frustrating to be on an unlimited plan—for probably nine or ten months out of the year, when I wasn’t out and about as much or when I wasn’t traveling, I was way overpaying for my data. In an average month, I was using less than 2GB of data per month, but paying for access to 20+GB per month. And even during those months where I was above my normal average usage, I never even got close to the 20+GB I was paying for… At most, I was maybe hitting 4-5GB during those high usage times. Looking back, I shudder to think how much money I wasted just to have the peace of mind of never running out of data. For me, an unlimited plan was somewhat of an insurance policy—I was paying a significant amount of money for something I would (hopefully) never use.

Looking back, I shudder to think how much money I wasted just to have the peace of mind of never running out of data.

This is why I love the Republic Wireless My Choice Plan so much. Month-to-month, I’m generally able to keep my data usage below 1GB, meaning I only pay $20 + taxes and fees for unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data. This is enough data to keep me connected to the people I love, get me from Point A to Point B, and give me access to Google and Amazon for some competitive shopping and price comparisons when I’m out and about.

But admittedly, during high travel months, 1GB is often not enough for me. My Google Maps usage goes up, I use Yelp and OpenTable a lot more on-the-go for restaurant recommendations and reservations, and I occasionally forget to download my music and podcasts for offline listening, so my audio streaming naturally increases. I also use Instagram much more frequently during these periods of time, posting pictures and stories of my travels and experiences.

What I don’t want to do, though, is pay every month for multiple GBs of data I just don’t need—just so I have my bases covered during these high travel months. That’s why we designed the My Choice Plan with these scenarios in mind—to give you the ultimate control and flexibility over your plan, so that it truly is your choice. Peace of mind is built in to the plan itself, so you know that data is available to you and easy to access in those rare, but inevitable, high-usage times.

That’s why we designed the My Choice Plan with these scenarios in mind—to give you the ultimate control and flexibility over your plan, so that it truly is your choice.

In these high-data seasons, the flexibility to add one-time data to the My Choice Plan is invaluable. For just $5, I can add 1GB of data, which covers my higher-than-average data usage for that particular month, but doesn’t lock me into a higher bill over the long term. And, because all data used by the Republic Wireless app is whitelisted, I can always access the app, even if I’ve already used my data for the month. This is good news for me, since I don’t always plan ahead—and sometimes need to add data when I’m on-the-go, and not connected to a WiFi network.

Adding data to the My Choice Plan is simple, and can be done any time during the month.

With My Choice, I have the peace of mind I was looking for with an unlimited plan, but without the sinking feeling each month that I’m overpaying for something I rarely use.

We’d love to hear from you! What summer travel plans do you have that might cause an uptick in your data usage? How do you plan on using the extra 1GB you can easily add from the Republic Wireless app? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. I think that is a great feature.

    One question though, since I am the account owner and have multiple other phones on the account, how would one of those other phones be able to get the data added since they do not know my login and password (and I don’t really want to share it with them either).

  2. Nice feature, but it mostly made me think about the one time that I needed to get some more data unexpectedly. I wasn’t in a position where “logging in securely” with my non-trivial password was an option. I mostly just felt stuck (and somewhat panicked.) It turned out that I didn’t need the data, but ever since I’ve been looking for a better way. It would be nice if I at least had the option to automatically add data as needed. Or something. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but My Choice is by no means a panacea.

  3. Something like an optional preauthorization to add $5 worth might work for automatically adding data. It could also work well for those with multiple phones on their account as @roberth.46b92g.

    :flight_departure:

  4. @jahli_grene Sorry to hear that! Totally understand not wanting to enter a long (and therefore more secure!) password on your phone. I’m excited to share that in the coming weeks, we’ll be rolling out a change that lets members stay logged in for data purchases so they don’t have to log in each time they need to purchase data. I hope this will be helpful for you in the future!

  5. @roberth.46b92g That’s a great question - we know this can be frustrating for a lot of members, and we are working to make purchases on multi line accounts easier. In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding the ability to purchase data for other lines on your account from the portal. Eventually, we want to give account owners the ability to authorize other users on their account to purchase data without needing to use the account owner’s login information (this would be optional, and up to the account owner, of course). Stay tuned, and thank you for providing your feedback here!

  6. How about the option to set auto add 1GB data when u run out…so that u don’t have to take the time and effort to do it manually.

    Edit: After-all, your plan is already on AutoPay.
    I much prefer to set things to auto, so I dont have to worry about it.
    I forgot, never got email reminder, to pay a credit card for a while…and it hurt my credit rating for 5 yrs.
    In-fact, it seems all carriers are requiring this AutoPay for the current plans. My grandparents want none of that. They won’t pay a bill or even consider it valid unless they get it physically in the mail, and then pay by check.

  7. Not Mint Mobile and one of their few benefits versus RW.

  8. Yes! I am one of the phones on our family account, but my husband is the “owner” of the account. When I ran out of data and we were out of town, we were unable to add more data from my phone. I think he eventually figured out how to do it, but it was complicated.

  9. Having each phone on its own account would solve this, as then each user would be the owner for each account. You would just have to input the same payment method among them.
    However, this certainly isn’t that convenient for husband and wife…let alone a family situation with having their kids or extended family on the same account to control spending etc.

    I would like to see the option in the account portal to unlock or assign other users the ability to buy more one time data on their own, without having to log in as the owner. Perhaps even have selectable limiter option, so that the person cant go nuts or accidental buy to much data.

  10. If given the choice, I would much prefer to be on the refund plan. You could simply set you account up for the most you were willing to pay for data in a month and receive a refund for anything not used. There was also an option to add data on that plan if it became necessary.

  11. I, too, liked the refund plans because I’m for the most part around WiFi and use little cell data. That said, the reality is the break even point for My Choice as opposed to Republic’s refund plans is 0.667 GB of cell data used. For anyone using more than this, My Choice saves them money. This is due to the baseline cost of cell data being $5/GB on My Choice and $15/GB on Republic’s refund plans.

  12. Alternately, if you could use 3g data once your purchased high speed data was expended, that would make the current plan more palatable. I just can not purchase another GB of data when I am already nearing the end of my billing cycle. That seems so wasteful. Kind of like ordering another meal because you wanted one more byte.

  13. Hardly the same thing as there is actual waste there (wasted food). From a cost perspective one need only use 1/3 of the data they purchased in order to pay the safe effective price they would have paid on the Refund Plan. The incremental cost being only $5 one can make the decision as to whether the convenience or need is worth $5.

  14. I’m still on the 1.0 Plan with just talk and text, no data. I started out with the Moto E 1st Gen, then moved to the Moto G3, my current phone. Since I am stuck with Google 5.1 which is not secure enough, I am finally considering an upgrade.
    A Plan feature I would most appreciate would be an option to allow automatic purchases of more data, maybe with an option to specify a data cap for those that still want a financial safety net. Manually having to adjust the data plan is not something I want to do. If I use more, I pay more. If I use less, I pay less. My monthly bill is all I need to keep track of my usage. Since RW already tracks data usage, this should be extremely easy to implement. If I use less, charge less. If I use more, charge me for another GB, etc.
    As I said before, I don’t currently have a data plan. When I do get a new phone, I will probably get data also. However I will most often not use any at all, but I am planning some road trips in the future, and being able to use Yelp, Maps, and streaming music would be very nice for those occasions.

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