June 20, 2013

caveats about using republic wireless

the super-cheapie in me occasionally looks at switching from my super-low end android phone with $35/month on boost to republic wireless ... i ran across this list of caveats today and wanted to hold it here for future reference.  (not my words ... this taken from the republic wireless website via mr. money mustache.)


1. MMS is not supported – this means no sending pictures/videos/audio clips by text.

 2. Short codes are not supported – those are the interactive texts to 5- and 6-digit numbers, like for paypal/facebook/netflix confirmation, “Voting” for your favorite reality tv show contestant, promos from your local coffee shop.

 3. No Text-to-Email gateway – these are often used by alert systems to send a text to your_phone_number@your_provider.com.

 4. No account suspension – other services offer a vacation hold. Nothing like that exists here.

 5. Your number cannot be changed – if you move to a new area, RW does not change your phone number.

 6. No tethering – the phone cannot be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

 7. If you “root” your phone it will void your warranty and RW will not support it any longer. You cannot return a rooted phone under the 30 Day Guarantee.

 8. Dialer cannot be programmed to accept a “pause” or “wait.”

 9. Cannot change the amount of ring-time before the call goes to voicemail:

 10. No international dialing. Calls may only be made to the US and Canada

 11. No porting of a Google Voice number to Republic.

 12. Republic is a VOIP provider, not cellular. When attempting to port out from RW, it is considered a landline, which may limit options.

 13. No transferring of phones to new users or splitting/combining of accounts. No sales of service, though selling phone hardware is OK

 14. No BYOD.

 15. No services in Hawaii, Alaska, or New Hampshire. (Phones will work there, but no local numbers, and you can’t register order a phone to be shipped to those states)

 16. Voicemail has no “envelope” information and very few features.

 17. Voicemail notification is not delivered if phone does not have cellular service.

 18. 911′s caller id will be the underlying Sprint number unless the call is over wifi

 19. No X11 number can be dialed, other than 911