It’s been exactly 14 days since I switched to Republic Wireless. In that time I have traveled from North Carolina to North Dakota and haven’t had any reception or call quality issues. I used the standard Android GPS and Google mapping software for all of my travels and even trained myself to use the hands free “Ok Google now” feature to make calls and send texts while driving. Through the mountains of WV and NC cellular tower hand off can have a few gaps but the network is much stronger than the last time I made that trip. Five years ago those gaps could last an hour. I tried to push the limits of the network and phone, I was using Spotify to stream music, the built in GPS, and “OK Google Now” to reply to emails and texts. I was skeptical about the phone and networks ability to keep up but it did so rather easily.
The first thing I noticed about the WiFi calling was the exceptional clarity. It’s much better than the cellular quality I was used to. I had made WiFi calls before with my cellular phone on T-Mobile but there was an obvious delay and voices sounded “digitized”. This is NOT the case with RW and the Moto X. The biggest deficit is that once you get used to the WiFi clarity the cellular calls sound… Well… “Cellular”. I made a point to connect to public/free WiFi when it was detected to see if heavily populated networks would decrease call quality. The answer is no, however I am going to test it again at Wright State University Library during finals week. The wireless network routinely overloads, this should result in a seamless hand off to the cellular network, but we will see. On the road the call quality ranges from great to adequate. I found less than great call qualities during rush hour and while driving in the mountains. Over all, I can’t tell a difference in connectivity from Sprint, to Boost, to Republic Wireless. All using the Sprint network.
Some people have expressed their distaste for the Sprint network. The reality is every network has its flaws and detractors, my bottom line goal is to pay the least for the most. I get unlimited calls, text, & data for $25. I don’t care if they drop my calls every 30 seconds! I mostly use text and data anyway, but the FACT of the matter is they don’t drop calls every 30 seconds and I haven’t experienced any in the past two weeks. I simply don’t want to pay Sprint/Verizon/AT&T, 4 or 5 times as much money for the same features I get from RW.