Road Trippin’: The Republic Travel Companion

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.

Before you ask, this photo was taken with a GoPro Hero 3+.
Before you ask, this photo was taken with a GoPro Hero 3+.

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:

  • IMG_6807_2-330x440Atlanta, 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!

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  • 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.

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69 thoughts on “Road Trippin’: The Republic Travel Companion”

  1. You’re not helping me promote Republic to others when you imply you are going to travel the country on wifi, and you choose the $25 plan instead of the $10 plan.

    1. Sorry Michael but I have to disagree on this one. The way I’d look at it is if I was only going to ever need a phone where I was absolutely sure to have WiFi, like at home or work, then fine. But, if I’m traveling across the United States and people are depending on me to get us there what do I do if we get stuck on some God forsaken stretch of road in the middle of nowhere where there is no WiFi? Unless Republic is guaranteeing universal WiFi I think the $25 plan makes sense here (just in case), don’t you?

      1. Do I think the wifi plan makes sense for this road trip? Yes. Do I think it in line with the opening Sentence? “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” No, I don’t. Had the premise of the article been presented differently, I would not have made the statement. The premise been using wifi to reduce our dependence on cellular towers, to lower cost of PROVIDING the service, to compare how little we actually use cellular data, or how dependable wifi calling & text can be…. $25 plan is perfect for this trip. But my sense of the opening phrase was how wifi is EVERYWHERE, leaving me with no need to go cellular, if I wanted to go that route. Maybe waiting till I picked up another wifi nearby or something.

    2. How come? Our phones and unique service offer more coverage, in more places, for less money by using WiFi when it is there and cell when it’s not. We figured out how to use WiFi that is already all around us for more than just Internet, but for calls and texts too. By offloading to WiFi and reducing our cellular footprint, we’re able to save money, which we believe should be passed onto you.

      That said, a smartphone is designed to make your life easier, not give you more to think about it. Cell isn’t bad, it’s just that most phones can’t use both WiFi and Cell to their fullest potential. SO! Our plan is to use our phone normally and at the end we’ll show just
      how much of both WiFi and cell we used and see what comes out on top. Typically, by offloading to WiFi as much as possible, whenever we do happen to need cell, we don’t have to worry about how much we use because our service has been using that WiFi too.

  2. I’m heading from ATL to DTW this week, so I’ll see how we do with WiFi up and down I-75. Honestly, my only concern is storage. I’ve got the original Moto X with 16gb internal storage. That 16gb goes mighty quick when you’re talking about pre-downloading maps (esp using HERE), not to mention music and/or audio books.

    The lack of removable storage is the biggest problem these days as the device manufacturers assume we’ll be putting everything in the cloud. I got a 32gb micro USB flash drive to hold all the music and audio books. While it works good enough, I can’t charge the device while listening, so we’ll see how that plays out.

    Anyone else have suggestions for storing all of our downloaded data, maps and audio for road trips like this?

    1. You could use an OTG cable and a USB stick for the audio but I don’t know about the maps or data. Since you’re in the car an external battery pack would take you further between charges.

      1. We used theGarmin for navigation and I used my tablet for the Audible audio books connected via the aux outlet on the radio. It worked out.

    2. I just kept my old phone that had 32g and 32g card…I keep all music and movies etc on there… But you’re right. It’s a total pain not to have that accessibility on this phone! Other than that, everything is great!

      1. I tried my old phone, but couldn’t get it to connect to download Audible. I opted for the tablet since I was bringing it anyway. The 32gb USB drive worked perfectly.

  3. I’m leaving for London Dubai, then Abu Dhabi on Friday and I bought a travel-sized 3G to wifi converter off Amazon so wherever I go in those cities I’ll be able to use my RW phone. I would name the converter but I haven’t used it yet so I won’t promote it till I know how it works. I wouldn’t be able to do this so cheap if I had any other phone provider.

  4. This is a bit of lies and bs because if you were genuine you would use the 10.00 per month plan to demonstrate wifi efficacy, not the 25.00 per month. I guess you are still like most Corporations and the govt thinking people are ignorant sheeple. We are beginning to awaken so stop treating us like the ignorant and deformed. I do realize many or most still are, but Wow.

        1. LOL exactly I am not going to get into it but I have had my share of being treated less than human by RW over issues like Warranty and some Service problems leaving me feeling like I am dealing with one of the big 4 , the truth hurts when the book doesn’t match the cover.

          1. Well that doesn’t quite sound like us. We didn’t earn our top ranking in Consumer Reports for nothing. We’re all about helping people and would be glad to look into any issue you might be experiencing. If you haven’t yet, hop on over and open up a ticket with our superb help team at the link below. If you have, please do post your ticket number here and we’ll see what’s up.

            https://help.republicwireless.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

          2. This is the scripted response I always got when there was a problem! I got better support from Motorola when my phone had issues they replaced my phone with basic info about the issue without forcing me to factory reset my phone after I have already done so just because you did not believe me making the moto migrate app useless wasting my isp data to re download all my apps again when you send me a new phone when migrate would let me transfer everting locally prior to a reset prior to the return of the phone and to top it off you send me a B stock phone to replace the defective unit only a few months old, Motorola sent me a new one twice so I gave up asking for hardware warranty from RW and will stick with Motorola! Motorola has a 48 hour turnaround from time of call till I have a new phone in my hands RW 1 week plus and plenty of email tag until RW feels the replacement is warranted not very good customer service and as far as your rating its got to be artificiality inflated! Because my issues are not isolated to one or 2 times and I see others with the same complaints in reviews on other sites opening a ticket will not solve anything when it comes to replacing a phone! As I said that is the scripted response “(open a ticket)” hence I only use the ticket system for system issues and anything not related to phone replacement. Sorry RW but I have no reason to make this up or attack you there are serious issues with your warranty policy it’s your only downfall! If a phone is bad what’s with all the flaming rings I have to jump through? You exchange the phone and send it back to Motorola and get credit but I don’t think you want to deal with returns and would rather the customer go to Motorola cutting you the seller out. Other than that I am only still with you because you excel in other areas the other few issues I can usually correct myself if you can’t correct it after 1or 2 emails.

          3. Yes that was a mouthful but again the book and what’s in it don’t tell the whole story you were a godsend after what Sprint did to me aftet buying a $500.00 Nextal Motorola I1x. Then pulling the plug on iden prior to my phones warranty expiration leaving me with a paperweight, as far as consumer Reports they only write about what they see not the experience customers have with company’s! You got the rating for the idea that makes up RW.

          4. Nope. Not scripted. I am a human who sat here and actually typed that out. Here – bibbidy bobbidy boo. Does that sound scripted? We understand you have experienced an issue and would be glad to try to help you if you let us. But, you gotta help us help you.

            As far as returns and replacements go – all phones come with our 30-day money-back guarantee. If for any reason you decide we’re not for you in those 30 days, you can return it no harm, no foul.

            Aside from that – Motorola is the hardware manufacturer – the people who make the phones. As such, Motorola has a 1 year standard warranty on devices that often covers many issues. Now – don’t know the full context of your issue without a ticket number, but depending on what is going on with your device, sometimes that is covered under the 1 year warranty, and sometimes we at Republic can provide replacement options. Sometimes – we do have b-stock phones on hand and are able to provide replacements.

            Please do feel free to post your ticket number on file with our help team and we’d be glad to check it out for you. You can also request a callback in your ticket if you need it.

          5. So you say 30 days then it falls on Motorola? That was never told to me! And I played email tag with a lot of people! RW did replace 2 phones and neither time was a pleasant experience! Moto replaced 2 phones also and I was treated like a human with a IQ over 10 unlike RW asking me to preform redundant and unnecessary tasks (was this a subtle way to say go away?) If you don’t provide Warranty support after 30 days as you seem to imply then your people need to say this! I did get 2 replacement phones from RW that were over 30 days old never once indicating I was supposed to deal with Motorola! (My preferred option now) this is the same mixed answers I got using your ticket system no one had the same answer no matter how simple the issue was no one is on the same page! I am just telling how it is with RW based on 2 years of dealing with RW A new ticket will do nothing I got the issues corrected painfully but corrected and I hope I do not need support before another company like RW comes along.

          6. Hold up, let’s back up. We get our jollies off trying to help people. So, even after 30 days, we’ll do our best to help you out with replacement options, etc. I’m saying that we don’t always have b-stock devices in stock for replacements though, and sometimes, depending on the issue (i.e. a hardware defect), there are times when the 1 year Moto warranty is the better option. In order for us to be able to figure out if that issue falls into one category or another, we must must must do meticulous testing and troubleshooting with you to see what we can do. While this isn’t rocket science, a lot still goes into telecommunications and smartphone tech. There can often be one of a few dozen things causing an issue, so us troubleshooting with you is just us trying to figure it out.

            If you do happen to need support ever again, we’d be glad to try to help you. And, if you post your ticket number, we can be sure your issue gets escalated to a team lead or you can speak to someone by phone. Thanks Ken! Glad to hear you’re up and running now.

          7. When I open a ticket and very clearly state that I had done everything I was being told I had to do over again before RW would even consider replacing the phone is the point I am trying to make! If I did 2+ factory resets and used the phone with only the pre installed apps and the issue remained tells me there is a hardware issue! In one case the virtual keyboard was not responding correctly, telling the person I was dealing with this info was not good enough and I had to reset the phone again even after I had reinstalled apps I needed to run my home business that takes time and a lot of (less than genourus) data from my cap that my ISP allots me prior to getting a business account that is now cap free, bottom line is RW did not care about the unnecessary inconvenience placed on me by making my phone completely useless before sending a replacement, do you get my point now??? I did everything several times prior to opening a ticket that I had to repeat before I could get a replacement! Yes I did reinstall my apps prior to starting a ticket so I could use the phone to the point possible with limitations if my reported findings were taken seriously all I would have had to do is use moto migrate to get the replacement up and running! But no I have to wipe it again per RW’s orders because my diagnostics were meaningless unless a active ticket was open when I wipe the phone! Then there is no point in reinstalling anything since the new unit is going to be overnighted. RW did this twice on 2 replacement’s but again this conversation is proof that there are issues with how you deal with issues, you have the attitude RW is always right even if the customer already did what RW asks! I am wrong because I did it before I was told by RW! Does this make sense? No but that is my point! And how much sense my prior dealings with RW’s made! Each time it left my head spinning thinking WT* was the point in that??????? Jollies that makes sense now! why I felt like I was a circus sideshow someone was sitting back laughing (getting there jollies off) while I was getting aggravated at the game being played on me that now make sense both times it was a joke haha but I wasn’t laughing. Let me put it into perspective if I went to a Dr because I dropped a brick on my foot and the Dr said I had to drop a brick on my foot again before he/she would fix it! Is exactly my experience with RW’s support. Sadistic Jollies. Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. Don’t worry I won’t help you get your jollies off anymore I will deal with Motorola that takes customer service serious.

          8. I’m not going to go into it again I had almost the same experience 3 times I am trying to make a point that RW is far from having the care for its members the way they are bragging I even had phone contact with RW and was told reset the phone again or we won’t help you!!! The best option I think is to copy and paste what transpired through support so the issues I had can be seen by all! of course I will remove all personaly identifiable information,there is no reason to post closed tickets, The damage is done and is history, if I decided to post the censored tickets RW can address the issue and any other RW members who had similar issues can speak up, I never seem to see complaints on RW’s site only reviews on other sites. I have had service with RW for quite a while everything is peachy support wise except when there is a hardware issue then all logic and common sense goes out the window!!!! Anyway I am done here I will post the tickets as soon I have time, I am not going to go back and forth with this, I wasn’t going to reply to you this time but I want to see RW succeed your growing and the issues I have had are only going to grow also, you have competition coming one of Bandwidth.Com’s customers Google is working on a similar service as RW according to a very compitant source stop the cap .com unless you are involved in that? If Google takes over I think the issues will go away!

          9. You gotta help us help you Ken. We’d love to have a team lead look into your issue and can even call you if you’d like.

            Listen to what you’re saying though – why on Earth would it make more sense for a startup company to conspire to laugh at their valued customers when they have a problem? I understand you’ve hit an issue. I understand you are frustrated. I understand you want a resolve. Help us, help you get that resolve.

            Why would it make any logical sense to hate on our customers – the very people who got us to where we are today and are the reason we’re in business? It makes a lot more sense just from an efficiency’s standpoint to try to help you out instead of spending energy trying to figure out how to make you feel like “a circus sideshow.” What company on Earth could possibly hope to sustain itself by being so manically “sadistic” as you put it? Why would I continually keep responding to you to try to help? We didn’t get ranked number one on Consumer Reports for nothing.

            Help us, help you. All I need is a ticket number and I can have the SVP of help himself on your case right now.

          10. Theirs no point in bothering you boast about ratings that can be artificially inflated it is done everyday! Verizon is #1 ATT is #1 heck even Directv is #1 in customer satisfaction but we know none of those self proclaimed claims are true! I can claim my Company is #1 in the known Universe! and filter out all the negative feedback and or have comebacks discounting the negative as rare events, there’s even company’s that can scour the internet for negative feedback and again artificially inflate any company’s ratings! RW is has a habit of giving people false hope about upgrades new phones etc! there was a post by A RW rep stating a new version of KitKat was being released in about a week 2-3 weeks ago with a mention of Jellybean soon after and it did not happen, I stopped asking what happened back when I got my Moto X when it was first released because there is never any truth in any claims made by RW except testing has not been finalized by Sprint yet, instead of we will let you know when Sprint gives us the OK to push out the Roms In dealing with Sprint as a former Nextel user since 1998 until they turned my Moto Titanium I1x into a paperweight months after I purchased it by selling a phone that was going to stop working when the ripped all the Iden Transceivers out of the towers nationwide, because of that incident I was a little hesitant to try RW because you use Sprint for Cellular service knowing Sprint could pull the rug out from RW whenever they felt like it They really don’t care about there customers and the 10s of thousands of government contracts federal down to the local government level that depended on the secure IDEN system not to mention company’s like AAA that used the service to dispatch service to stranded motorist nationwide and unlock cars sometimes with a child inside! Sprint left a lot of people/company’s scrambling to replace a system that worked reliably since Iden was the birth of digital communication they then started to push a 2 way system that all carriers tried to duplicate but failed because they were trying to use a system designed for phone service and piggyback a 2 way PTT service, where Iden was originally PTT only and they added Cellular service later no Nextel was not great handling phone service or internet even worse when Sprint said they were temporally turning Widen off but had no intention of ever turning it back on leaving internet speeds worse than dial-up! My point is you can claim your #1 there is nothing that can be done to fix the issues I have had with RW not even a personal call from the CEO! I am not out to get RW as a small business owner I don’t like being treated the way I was! I filled out your post ticket surveys (How Did We DO) and nothing ever came of them they contained basically everything you are trying to somehow fix but I never received a call about my survey and the issues this tells me either RW does not read them they are only there to make customers feel like RW is concerned, or the negative feedback is filtered out and tossed to the side, so your Consumer Reports rating does not mean anything, all you need is enough people that don’t have issues and then there are those that just take what they get compared to switching from say Verizon to RW the cost savings alone will have people look the other way to serious issues as long as you can provide reasonable service, your selling the Gen 2 Moto X but the issue with the Gen 1 Moto X staying on WiFi even if the cell signal is 1 bar sometimes no bars and it switches to cell sometimes dropping the call and the only fix to guarantee it will stay on WiFi is to turn Cell data off this is a known issue that has not been fixed I have gone through 3 Moto X’s and my Wife 2 all with the same issue, using various ISP’s from 150MB Cable Service Verizon Fiber and now I have a Static IP Business account with ATT that is rock stable the issues is in the Phones software? but none the less its a issue that has not been resolved that’s as old as the Moto X’s the Defys did not have this issue because they could not hand over to cell in call! The handover issue was the first issue I gave up on because I got tired of being told to turn cell data off when I am home to prevent it from handing over to a very weak cell signal if I didn’t and the call was important I had to go outside to get a better signal so the other party could hear me and to prevent a disconnect, basically I was told to put a band-aid on the issue and was told the handover problem would be fixed over a year ago but it’s still not fixed! you tell me is there a problem here??? you released a new Moto X before fixing the first one do you think I will buy the new one not knowing what issues it will have never to be fixed???? you are number #####1 on Consumer Reports even though there’s a issues with keeping the phones on WiFi the whole reason RW bases it’s service on???? Consumer Reports doesn’t mention the flaws that the Moto X has preventing people from getting a better WiFi to Cellular ratio!!!! I think enough has been said!!! Enjoy your road trip.

  5. To those complaining about the plan used, there is an easy solution. When this trip is done RW should post their usage and WiFi offload; maybe do it by day with a post at the end.

    1. And Bingo was his name-o. A smartphone should make your life easier, not give you more to think about. Our service is designed to give folks expanded coverage using WiFi for calls, texts, and data when it is there – cell and free roaming when it isn’t. SO! Our plan is to use our phone normally and at the end we’ll show just how much of both WiFi and cell we used and see what comes out on top. Thanks for commenting!

  6. since I live in Las Vegas I’m going to be interested in your blog when you reach Las Vegas I would love to see where are the free wifi spots here thank you

    1. Firstly, so glad you’re interested in following along. Thanks! One of the fantastic things about our new blog platform is the flexibility it has to bring new features. One of the things we aim to quickly do is add subscriptions and filters and customizable on-page feed modules that
      populate with content you pick. Our end goal / vision is a version of
      the blog that has headers for most important / recent news, and then a
      literal feed of tech news if that’s what you subscribe to, or helpful
      travel tips if you’re into those, or a mix of everything. Really, our
      aim is to provide all types of members with whatever material is
      relevant for them.

      In the meantime, we’ll be posting new entries to RoadTrippin’ each day, we plan on adding a subscribe button today, and if you’re really just chompin’ at the bit, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and subscribe to an RSS feed by clicking “Entries RSS.”

      Thanks for commenting!

    2. Annnnnd voila. You can now subscribe to our blog via email. Just scroll to the bottom and sign up – then you can set how often you get an email from us or you can pick to syndicate to an RSS feed reader of your choice.

      Next we’ll be looking to add the functionality to subscribe to specific categories, authors, and series. Thanks again Joshua!

  7. I have a Moto X and if I use WiFi mode while I am driving, my phone gets overheated. I usually keep it in my under shirt pocket and I can feel the heat on my chest. I am not sure if this is defect on the phone or not. As soon as I turn the WiFi off the phone gets cool down.

    1. This happenes with all 3 Moto X”s I have access to its s hardware issue! It might be the WiFi? Maybe so me the completely different? So starting a ticket as asked will do nothing but shift the blame away from the phone.long story but I have been there several times with RW’s support getting nowhere fast.

    1. LOL exactly I am not going to get into it but I have had my share of being treated less than human by RW over issues like Warranty and some Service problems leaving me feeling like I am dealing with one of the big 4 , the truth hurts when the book doesn’t match the cover.

      1. Well that doesn’t quite sound like us. We didn’t earn our top ranking in Consumer Reports for nothing. We’re all about helping people and would be glad to look into any issue you might be experiencing. If you haven’t yet, hop on over and open up a ticket with our superb help team at the link below. If you have, please do post your ticket number here and we’ll see what’s up.

        https://help.republicwireless.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

  8. Firstly, so glad you’re interested in following along. Thanks! One of the fantastic things about our new blog platform is the flexibility it has to bring new features. One of the things we aim to quickly do is add subscriptions and filters and customizable on-page feed modules that populate with content you pick. Our end goal / vision is a version of
    the blog that has headers for most important / recent news, and then a literal feed of tech news if that’s what you subscribe to, or helpful travel tips if you’re into those, or a mix of everything. Really, our aim is to provide all types of members with whatever material is relevant for them.

    In the meantime, we’ll be posting new entries to RoadTrippin’ each day, we plan on adding a subscribe button today, and if you’re really just chompin’ at the bit, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and subscribe to an RSS feed by clicking “Entries RSS.”

    Thanks for commenting!

  9. Since I’ve done road tripping with RW and the Moto X, here’s a few pointers.
    While in wifi land, map the day’s trip and write down the milestone points on your hand, paper, or send yourself a text. Don’t use the phone during the long stretches and only when your close to major cites and/or milestone points. Sprint’s 3G should be available in the cities and is enough to keep up with Maps. It’s nice to have a navigator when twisting through foreign spaghetti junctions. Roaming and no-service will occur in rural stretches.
    If you’re roughing a little, find established camp sites, like KOA, for evening wifi, otherwise almost all hotels have it. KOA has showers too.
    If you run out of gas in the rural areas, make sure one of you has nice enough legs to stop a trucker, cause that’s about the only way you’ll get some help.
    I’ve found there’s some pretty nice scenery out there if you aren’t always staring at your phone. You could also show your kids that having your nose in the phone is the end all, but that’s parenting preference.
    Oh, and public radio is kinda interesting now-a-days. Satelite radio is the best though. There’s now an App for Satelite radio too, but that circles me back to the rural roaming/no-service situation.

  10. Oh. Forgot to add. Moto X has a fantastic camera. I’ts panoramic photos are glorious. I wish I could post my Grand Canyon photos…and, btw, there is only one way to truly appreciate the Grand Canyon: hike to the bottom and back. If you can run a 5k under 30 minutes, your in shape enough for the hike. Amazingly there’s a campground at the bottom. Make sure to look this up of you are considering a hike down. AND, it’s an unplugged journey.

  11. This happenes with all 3 Moto X”s I have access to its s hardware issue! It might be the WiFi? Maybe so me the completely different? So starting a ticket as asked will do nothing but shift the blame away from the phone.long story but I have been there several times with RW’s support getting nowhere fast.

  12. In 2013-2014 I rode my bicycle around the US and Canada (about 15,000 miles of pedaling) with a Republic phone plan. Here is a map of my route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zO8xHVQGSByY.kcySNw35eXqA. I used my phone for all navigation (saved offline Google Maps) and communication with family and friends.

    My experience:

    1. WiFi is generally not hard to find, and the ability to call/text with WiFi is incredibly helpful, especially in very remote areas. I remember letting other people use my phone to make calls in several national parks where there was WiFi but no cell coverage.

    2. The ability to switch plans is generally very useful. Now that I am not travelling my needs have changed and I can get by fine with the $10/month plan.

    3. When I needed the data plan the most (in remote areas)
    there was often no service or roaming only. I found the roaming data speeds
    to be frustratingly slow. , I doubt other providers would do much better in these areas.

    4. After re-entering the US I stuck with the $5 WiFi only plan for a while. I found it to have some shortcomings, namely missed or delayed calls/texts/voicemails, which apparently has something to do with pinging the Sprint network.

      1. I did ride my bike! Started in Connecticut, down the east coast to Key West, across the south to San Diego, up the west coast to Alaska, back down the AK highway, and back east to CT via the Great Lakes. Took about a year.

  13. I live in California and went to Boston , New York , and Toronto. Service was the best ! I have the moto x with the $25 plan. In Toronto I was the only one who could make calls or text internationally without roaming because THERE IS WIFI EVERYWHERE !! Before republic wireless I had sprint for over 5 years and was paying over $90 for just myself. Now I feel like I found a loop hole and I’m getting better service for only $25

  14. I realize the $25 plan is a good deal.

    I would still ask you to be on the $10 plan until you have a problem where you need data over Sprint.

    I assume it’s easy to switch to the $25 plan using the Republic Wireless app if needed and would like to know when you switched and why you switched.

    I make this suggestion because I am on the $10 plan, and will forget to switch to the $25 plan if I were to travel.

    My concern about finding available WiFi should be the same whether I travel or not.

    It is interesting to note, more and more fast food places have free WiFi, but I have come across a few places that advertise free WiFi where the WiFi has been down.

    Some grocery stores have free WiFi in my area.

    The Target stores, in my area, have free WiFi.

    I won’t count the city-wide WiFi service for residents because that service is not free.

    Please reconsider your decision to start with the $25 plan and try to be on the $10 plan as long as you can.

    1. The plan was to use our phone the way we normally do and Republic’s unique service seamlessly uses WiFi when it’s there and cell when it’s not for an unprecedented expanded coverage experience. Cell isn’t bad, but the way we’re able to keep our plan costs so low is by offloading to WiFi as much as possible when it is available – which – turns out is A LOT! Glad you’re following along! Lots more in store! And at the end we’ll see exactly how much of both WiFi AND Cell was used to see which comes out on top.

  15. The plan was to use our phone the way we normally do and Republic’s unique service seamlessly uses WiFi when it’s there and cell when it’s not for an unprecedented expanded coverage experience. Cell isn’t bad, but the way we’re able to keep our plan costs so low is by offloading to WiFi as much as possible when it is available – which – turns out is A LOT! Glad you’re following along! Lots more in store! And at the end we’ll see exactly how much of both WiFi AND Cell was used to see which comes out on top.

  16. We used theGarmin for navigation and I used my tablet for the Audible audio books connected via the aux outlet on the radio. It worked out.

  17. I tried my old phone, but couldn’t get it to connect to download Audible. I opted for the tablet since I was bringing it anyway. The 32gb USB drive worked perfectly.

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