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Re: [tridroid] Republic Wireless of Cary

From: user 8.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 7:35 PM
On 11/9/11, Chip Davis <[address removed]> wrote:

> We got a flier from Verizon for a $19.99/mo. unlimited talk/text/data
> cellular home phone access.

"Cellular home?"  Basically a fixed-point cell phone that you can plug
home phones into?

>  We actually signed up to add it to our
> "Family Share Plane" for $9.99/mo., so both our Droids and all the
> home phones will share the same pool of minutes.

Pool of minutes?  I thought you said it was unlimited talk?

> We can't seem to come close to exceeding our allotted minutes because
> all minutes with other Verizon customers are free, as are all minutes
> with non-Verizon customers on our "friends&family"­ list.

Not unlimited, then.  How many minutes do you get, and what do you pay
for them, for two droids and the "home cellular" unit?

> The home cellular unit is free for a limited time  and simply jacks into
> whatever wired phones you have in your house.

So it is like a MagicJack Plus or NetTalk Duo, except it uses the
Verizon cellular network instead of the internet to provide home phone
service, and except that it costs $20/month instead of $70 for the
first year, and $30/year thereafter.

Seems very pricey, to me.

> In our case,
> that's eight handsets split between hardwired and cordless over two
> floors.  It has 911 access (internal GPS chip), voicemail, caller ID,
> call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, and battery backup.
> After crunching the numbers, this will cut our phone bill to one-third
> of what we were paying Bellsouth/AT&T for local+longdistance service.

If you have Internet service, you could save a LOT more with MagicJack
Plus or NetTalk Duo or Ooma.

> I fail to see what a reseller like Republic Wireless is offering for
> the same price besides an inferior network.

Verizon's cheapest plan is $40 for 450 minutes/month, plus extra$ for
text and extra$ for data, and massive overage charges if you exceed
450 minutes of talk.  How is that comparable to the Republic Wireless
$20/mo deal?

For two Republic Wireless Android phones + a NetTalk Duo or MagicJack
Plus, you'll pay about$280 up front, plus an average of about $50/mo
thereafter (plus the cost of your Internet service), with no danger of
nasty surprises on your bill.  Your Verizon package sounds comparable,
except that it isn't unlimited.  What does it cost you?

BTW, today I went to the Republic Wireless ( office, and
tried to buy a phone.  No dice.  A pleasant young man named Zach at
the front desk IM'd someone, and was told that I can't do that, I may
only sign up via the web site -- which is temporarily not accepting
new customers.  :-(

I also asked two questions that he didn't know the answers to:

1. Can I port another phone number to them?

2. Do they "hand off" conversations between WiFi and Sprint-CDMA
without dropping calls?  (I'm told that T-Mobile's "WiFi Calling"
drops the call & you have to redial when you stray outside the WilFi


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