Information for Existing Republic Wireless Members Considering Moving to a 5.0 Plan

Note: At this time, the process to move existing members (including My Choice) to Republic 5.0 plans is unavailable.

 

Information for Existing Republic Wireless Members Considering Moving to a 5.0 Plan

Overview

This article will outline some specific scenarios for our members based on their current plan and account.

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Benefits of Our Republic Wireless 5.0 Plans

✓ Unlimited talk & text (SMS)

✓ Unlimited data options

✓ Compatible with short codes - including Venmo, Zelle, various banking institutions, etc.

✓ One-time data purchases good for 30 days from purchase (no longer expire on your bill cycle date)

✓ 5G Network where available and on a compatible device

✓ Hotspot tethering

✓ Wi-Fi calling when turned on in device settings - for devices that support wifi calling with our network carrier. See: Republic Wireless Phones (5.0 Plans)

✓ Discount on second line

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Can I keep my current phone?

  • If you are currently on a Republic Wireless 1.0 or Republic Refund (2.0) plan, you will need to upgrade your phone if you want to move to a 5.0 Plan
  • If you are currently on the My Choice plan, your phone will most likely work with our 5.0 plans. Check our list of compatible phones to see if your phone is supported

 

Can I keep my current plan?

  • Yes - you are not required to move to a 5.0 plan at this time
    • Note: If you are on a Republic Wireless 1.0 or Republic Refund (2.0) plan, you will need to upgrade your phone and your plan prior to March 31, 2022 as a result of the upcoming CDMA network shutdown. See What Does the CDMA Network Shutdown Mean for Me? for more information. 
    • Note: We are no longer able to activate My Choice (3.0) SIM cards. In order to activate a new line or add a line please create a new account and select a new 5.0 plan.
    • Note: In order to change phones and keep your My Choice 4.0 plan, see How to Change Phones and Keep Your Number (My Choice 4.0 Plans)

 

Will my coverage change on a new 5.0 plan?

  • Yes. We’re moving to a bigger and better network for our 5.0 plans with coverage across 99% of the U.S - Based on 2021 US Nationwide Test of Mobile Networks by GWS.

 

What happens to my annual plan?

  • You can keep your annual plan as long as you stay on the My Choice plan. In addition to keeping your annual plan for the current term, you can choose to enable auto-renew (if not already enabled) to continue your annual plan for another year.
  • If you choose to upgrade to a 5.0 plan, you will receive a prorated credit for the unused portion of your annual plan after activation of your new plan. Your new plan will be billed on a monthly basis.

 

Can I purchase one-time data on a 5.0 plan?

  • Yes. Add-on/one-time data can be purchased on all 5.0 plans for $5/GB. Data purchased expires 30 days from purchase (not on your next bill cycle date).

 

Can I use Extend Home or Republic Anywhere with the 5.0 plans?

  • No. Extend Home and Republic Anywhere cannot be used on a 5.0 plan.  Additionally, Extend Home and Republic Anywhere will be officially discontinued in the future; we will communicate any changes to these services in advance.

 

How many lines can I have on my account with a 5.0 plan?

  • You can have up to 2 lines on your account with the 5.0 plans. 
    • Note: All lines on your account have to be on the same 5.0 plan.

 

If I want to upgrade my lines to a 5.0 plan, but I have more than 2 lines on my account, what can I do?

  • In order to upgrade your lines, you’ll need to create new accounts based on how many lines you have. Each account can have up to 2 lines. Each account must have a separate email address associated with it and will receive separate bills. 

 

Can I have a mix of Legacy plans and 5.0 plans on my account?

  • No, all lines on your account must be on the same 5.0 plan. If you have multiple lines and only want to upgrade some of them to a 5.0 plan, see Number of Lines Supported on 5.0 Plans. 

 

Do the 5.0 plans use the same technology as previous Republic Wireless plans? 

  • No, the 5.0 plans do not use Republic's proprietary Wi-Fi calling technology.
  • The 5.0 plans allow Wi-Fi calling as supported through our network partner. Phones must support this functionality and have the Wi-Fi calling setting enabled in the phone's settings menu.
  • The 5.0 plans do not require the use of a standalone Republic Wireless app.
  • Phone numbers on the 5.0 plans are not classified as "wireline" and instead are classified as "wireless", meaning Republic Wireless numbers on 5.0 plans work with services that exclude numbers on our legacy plans, such as short code verification for Venmo, Zelle, banking institutions, etc.



My Choice Plan Cost vs. Republic 5.0 Plan Cost

Review the table below to see the benefits and cost comparison between the My Choice plan and the comparable Republic 5.0 plan for several scenarios.



Scenario My Choice Plan Comparable Republic 5.0 Plan
I have 1 line with no cellular data $15/month

My Choice Talk & Text

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
WiFi Data only
$20/month

Only What You Need

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data
I have 2 lines with no cellular data $30/month

My Choice Talk & Text

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
WiFi Data only
$30/month

Only What You Need

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data per line
I have 1 line and only need a little bit of cellular data $20/month

My Choice Talk & Text + 1GB

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data
$20/month

Only What You Need

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data
I have 2 lines and only need a little bit of cellular data $40/month

My Choice Talk & Text + 1GB

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data/line
$30/month

Only What You Need

Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data per line
I have 1 line and use 4GB of data or less $35/month (4GB)

My Choice Talk & Text + Data

$15/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
+
$5/GB of data
(i.e. with 4GB of data, monthly cost = $35)

Note: All data expires at the end of your billing cycle, regardless of when it is purchased
$35/month (4GB)

Only What You Need

$20/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data
+
$5/GB of data
(i.e. with an additional 3GB of data, monthly cost = $35)

Note: The 1GB of data included with the plan expires at the end of your billing cycle. Additional data purchased expires 30 days after purchase
I have 2 lines and use 4GB of data or less $70/month (4GB)

My Choice Talk & Text + Data

$30/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
+
$5/GB of data per line
(i.e. with 4GB of data, monthly cost = $70)

Note: All data expires at the end of your billing cycle, regardless of when it is purchased
$60/month (4GB)

Only What You Need

$30/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
1GB high-speed cellular data per line
+
$5/GB of data per line
(i.e. with and additional 3GB of data, monthly cost = $60)

Note: The 1GB of data included with the plan expires at the end of your billing cycle. Additional data purchased expires 30 days after purchase
I have 1 line and use 5GB of data or more $40/month (5GB)

My Choice Talk & Text + Data

$15/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
+
$5/GB of data
(i.e. with 5GB of data, monthly cost = $40)

Note: All data expires at the end of your billing cycle, regardless of when it is purchased
$40/month (unlimited data)

Everything You Want

$40/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
Unlimited data

Note: includes 20GB of high-speed cellular data. Data consumed after the first 20GB will be at a speed of 512 kbps. Additional high-speed data can be purchased for $5/GB and will expire 30 days after purchase.
I have 2 lines and use 5GB of data or more $80/month (5GB)

My Choice Talk & Text + Data

$30/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
+
$5/GB of data per line
(i.e. with 5GB of data, monthly cost = $80)

Note: All data expires at the end of your billing cycle, regardless of when it is purchased
$60/month (unlimited data)

Everything You Want

$60/month
Unlimited Talk
Unlimited Text (SMS)
Unlimited data

Note: includes 20GB of high-speed cellular data per line. Data consumed after the first 20GB will be at a speed of 512 kbps. Additional high-speed data can be purchased for $5/GB and will expire 30 days after purchase.

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