questionsmoto x is in at republic wireless, anyone…

vote-for23vote-against
vote-for7vote-against

An interesting article (the comments are also informative) for anyone who is considering the switch:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2426863,00.asp

vote-for6vote-against

Another provider in the same range as Republic Wireless is Ting. The price is a little higher than the $10/mo. for what you need. But you could come out cheaper. They don't offer any hardware discounts, though, so the startup cost is a little higher.

It takes almost no data to run credit cards, so 100MB/mo. might do it if you have everything else that uses data turned off.

vote-for3vote-against

@omnichad: It could conceivably be cheaper and it looks like I could get a used phone for a reasonable price. But it's very complicated, and having never had these services in the past, it's very hard to determine whether I would be better off paying by the minute with Ting or with a variable flat rate with Republic. In either case we only have 3G where I live right now.

vote-for4vote-against

@moondrake: Ting is variable as well - but the plan you're billed for is based on the whole month. You don't pick a plan, but you get billed based on which buckets your usage falls in for the month as a whole.

But I agree, it's really hard to know your usage before you use it. And as limited as you are with Tracfone, you might have a really hard time guessing.

vote-for4vote-against

Did you all hear me yell http://nooooooooooooooo.com/ ! when I found out that they have no data in my area. Perfect phone with a forward thinking company. I was actually going to get a cell phone.

FYI:
I am anti cell phone because carriers charge far too much for the service that is provided.
$.05 a text? suckers. Add unlimited texting? That will be $30. Never mind that we would rather you text as texting uses less data than a phone call. I already use voip on my tablet, and in my house.

Yes it has been a while since I looked at a Verizon plan.

vote-for1vote-against

Why are a bunch of the comments missing? Three for sure that I know if are missing. One of mine and two by other people.

vote-for2vote-against

@moondrake: i think it was my fault. i have since learned that posting referral links on deals.woot is frowned upon. they probably just obliterated all reference to them. sorry.

vote-for4vote-against

I made a mistake, they have different plans now. I am seriously thinking of getting the MotoX with the $10 a month plan. $300 divided by 24 months = 12.50 + 10 a month plan.
22.50 a month for an android phone.
And now coverage check says they have 3g in my area. I checked just less then a week ago. They took the coverage map away. In that case $25 + 12.50 with 3g. Still $37.50

vote-for4vote-against

@caffeine_dude: I am going to start with the $5 plan as I have several hundred minutes left on my tracphone but get lousy reception at home. So I'll carry the tracphone around with me till it runs out and use the Moto as my home phone on the wifi. Once the tracphone runs out I'll upgrade the Moto to the $10 unlimited voice plan for the winter, and then to the $25 unlimited voice and data plan for summer travel and art show vending. I like the versatility.

vote-for1vote-against

I have thought about switching to this service for a few months; however, I was waiting for their "new" phones to be released.
The negatives I found while doing a little research are:
1. Uses Sprint, I guess this is not a negative if you are in a good coverage area
2. The phones cannot be unlocked for use with another provider
3. Very very limited phone selection
3. Customer service seems to be via forum or email
4. No auto switch between wifi and Sprint, so you get dropped calls if you walk outside the wifi coverage
5. The price of plans seems to have increased
6. The whole issue of "lost, stolen, or damaged" phones was rather confusing. Basically, you had to cancel your phone service, port your number somewhere, order a new phone, wait for the new phone, port you number back in. This may have changed in the last month or so, but it sounded like a pain.

vote-for2vote-against

Please don't get me wrong, the service is a great deal for dedicated wifi users for data, and just talk and text via Sprint.
However, when you start paying $40+ a month, there are a ton of prepaid unlimited services with a better phone selection.

vote-for3vote-against

@atd15: The phone selection doesn't bother me. They have a comparatively inexpensive crappy phone and a half priced high-end phone. I don't need more selection than that. Supposedly the Sprint to wifi handoff issues have been resolved with the implementation of the MotoX. We only have 3g where I live so the most I can pay is $25 a month, and I can pay as little as $5 a month if I need a reduced level of service for whatever reason. I expect most of the time I will be on the $10 monthly plan. The only thing I expect I will miss with this plan is being able to use the phone for GPS. But GPS devices are cheap. As for the unlocking of the phone, they are picking up half the price of the thing, I don't think it's unfair for them to expect you to use it with their service, even if they don't bind you to a contract like most other phone companies.

vote-for2vote-against

@moondrake: I sometimes come across the wrong way. I don't mean to sound like I think the service is bad, more of an "eyes wide open" way off thinking.

The concept is awesome, and will be the wave of the future.

When I was seriously thinking of switching to them, I signed-up and joined the forum. I got very good input regarding my concerns, and I suggest you do this.

The only thing that bothered me was when the service is down, and the emails from the company seemed to suggest this was at least once a month.

Again, if you are a "lite" consumer, this is perfect. or, even as a second phone.

vote-for2vote-against

@atd15: No worries. :) The service being down would be a problem, although I am a light user, ti is my only phone when I am not at work. So when I need it, I need it.

vote-for3vote-against

I was in Wave G of their beta and I was glad at the time that I kept my old plan too, but with recent updates it seems like they have many of their issues fixed (Wifi to Data Handoff, Crappy Hardware). I'm strongly thinking about going back. I might even sell my grandfathered unlimited data plan at Verizon to pay for the phone.

vote-for3vote-against

This sounds perfect for you. T-Mobile also has a $30 plan, but their coverage is still not too good. This $30 is only available online and it offers 100 minutes talk, unlimited text and 5GB of data. Some T-Mobile phones have wifi calling built in, but they will be very expensive. You can get a 16GB Nexus 5 for $349+tax and shipping. I own both a Moto X and Nexus 5. Although I am using the nexus as my daily drier, I cannot get rid of the Moto X. It really is an amazing device! It's active notifications and always listening touchless controls are so useful! I would easily recommend the Moto X to anyone and at $300 with no 2 year contract...it's a no brainer! Do yourself a favor and get the Moto and try it out.

vote-for3vote-against

Ordered mine! Now I just crossed my fingers and hope they will send me one. I live too far from a large town, and sometimes get turned down for things like this.
The idea of having a mini tablet that can also make phone calls\send texts outside sounds good. I signed up for the $25 plan (first month free if you search for a coupon).

vote-for3vote-against

@caffeine_dude: Can you provide a link to that coupon, or the code? I looked for one but did not find one. I already put in my order but since I don't get billed for the first month till they ship my phone I might be able to get them to apply it.