WiFi is everywhere. Like really, everywhere. And we aim to prove it’s the largest network available to use – not just for Internet – but for calls and texts too. How, you may ask? We went on a road trip.
From our home base in Raleigh, NC all the way to sunny San Francisco, CA, Republic drove cross-country. We visited some of our great nation’s finest landmarks, sites, and cities along the way – documenting our journey each day. Our weapons of choice: A new Moto X with our $25/month WiFi + Cell plan, a Republic neck pillow, and coffee. Lots of coffee.
Over the course of 18 days (Dec. 27th – Jan. 14th), we proved once and for all that WiFi is all over the place, ready to help you better stay in touch, even when other carriers can’t. We used our Moto X the way we normally use our phone the whole way – no special loopholes or stops to find more WiFi – just what we naturally stumbled across. Using the $25 WiFi + Cell plan we tracked our offload to WiFi as well as cellular data usage. At the end, we’ll see just how much of each was used on our trip.
Stops along the way include:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- San Antonio, Texas
- Austin, Texas
- Roswell, New Mexico
- The Grand Canyon, Arizona
- The Hoover Dam, Nevada
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Los Angeles, California
- Santa Monica, California
- Santa Barbara, California
- Oakland, California
- San Francisco, California
- And back via plane!
Tips we used ahead of time to help keep our cellular footprint low and offload to WiFi more:
- Downloaded GPS maps/routes using popular Republic Community suggested app: “Here.”
- Downloaded favorite tunes ahead of time using the native “Music” app, instead of streaming.
- Downloaded Republic team member recommended podcast “Serial” ahead of time to listen to in the long, long car ride.
What travel tips do you use when out and about with Republic? Let us know in the comments and follow along with our journey (by subscribing in the box to your right) as we tour the US by car and see all the places our Moto X came in handy…and all the places there’s WiFi! See you on the road!
Check out a gallery of photos from our trip. We’ll add more each day. Be sure to follow along!
- Day 1: Atlanta, GA
Our trip couldn’t have started off better for Republic…or worse for my fellow travelers using iPhones with one of the big carriers. One friend’s plan ran out of data mid-day. He literally kept checking his watch to see if it was midnight yet because that’s when his billing cycle renewed and when he’d be able to check his email and download an app he needed (Splitwise, which I can’t recommend enough. It made keeping track of who paid for what on this trip a breeze.), without having to pay for overages. Meanwhile, I had offloaded to WiFi enough, that I had plenty of cellular data with no worries about usage what-so-ever. We wound up staying at the downtown Atlanta Sheraton, which had free WiFi in the lobby and ate at the always delicious Landmark Diner, which, surprise surprise, also had free WiFi.
- Click for Day 2: Atlanta, GA – New Orleans, LA
- Click for Day 3: New Orleans, LA
- Click for Day 4: New Orleans, LA – San Antonio, TX
- Click for Day 5: The ALAMO!
- Click for Day 6: Austin, TX
- Click for Day 7: THE BLIZZARD!
- Click for Day 8: Roswell, NM
- Click for Day 9: The Grand Canyon
- Click for Day 10: The Hoover Dam
- Click for Day 11: Vegas Baby!
- Click for Day 12: Las Vegas and a Car Fire!
- Click for Day 13: Las Vegas, NV to Los Angeles, CA
- Click for Day 14: Museum of Jurassic Technology
- Click for Day 15: Driving the Pacific Coastal Highway
- Click for Day 16: Beautiful Lake Merritt, CA
- Click for Day 17: Hiking in San Francisco
- Click for Day 18: The Journey Back Home