For a small business, a good-quality Small Business Phone System is vital. It allows better communication between both customers and employees without the additional costs of having to juggle multiple platforms to communicate properly. However, finding a trustworthy provider can sometimes be difficult.
Republic Wireless answers the obvious question on its website: There is no catch. You get unlimited talk, text and data with no contract for $19 a month.
However, the relatively new wireless provider isn’t exactly starting a price war among other no-contract
For $19 a month, there actually is a catch.
Republic Wireless service is so inexpensive because it depends on Wi-Fi connections whenever possible, and voice calls are handled via VoIP. Understanding VoIP technology is key to determining whether this type of phone system is the right choice for you or your business. You can learn more about VoIP technology by researching ‘what is sip trunking‘ online. When there’s no accessible Wi-Fi network, Republic uses the Sprint network.
Your choice of smartphones is down to one: the dual-band Motorola DEFY XT.
When happens if you use the Sprint option too much? You get dumped.
According to Consumer Reports, which reviewed the service, Republic tracks your cellular and Wi-Fi usage and reserves the right to cut you off if you spend too much time on the Sprint network.
“The company won’t acknowledge what that cut-off point is but says it’s yet to ‘fire a customer’ for overuse of the phone network,” says the CR review.
Most customers, according to Republic, spend 60 percent or more of their time on Wi-Fi.
Republic states on its website that it is relying on the honor system.
“Yes. It really is just $19 for truly unlimited talk, text, and data with no contract. But nobody likes a data hog and we rely on the honor system. As long as you play nice, and try to use Wi-Fi as much as you can, we’ll keep on doing what we do and can continue to offer you great wireless service on a network built for you.”
The are some other bumps along the way for the Republic smartphone user. If you initiate a call on a Wi-Fi network and then move out of that network’s range, the phone automatically placing a second call over Sprint’s cellular network. CR says that the hand-off is not seamles.
“The person at the other end of the call must hit the flash button to maintain the conversation or he’ll lose the call,” CR says.
Here is what Consumer Reports says about the Republic smartphone:
“The Motorola Defy XT is a competent but not particularly impressive phone. It runs the somewhat dated Android Gingerbread (2.3.7) OS and supports only 3G networks, not Sprint’s faster 4G one.”
CR concludes that the dirt-cheap Republic plan could be ideal for the very budget conscience person who has access to regular Wi-Fi, possibly a college student or an extreme penny pincher.
However, “not even Republic Wireless’ rock-bottom pricing will be enough to offset the frustrations of the shaky network connections and limited phone capabilities,” CR said.