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!