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I started hearing about Republic Wireless about a year ago or so–the promise of a new, low-cost cell phone that you own and pay very little on thanks to rebate plans and wi-fi bonded calling. Too good to be true, I used to say.
About a month ago, with our impending move to a small island in Florida, I finally caved in and said “yes” to my 2 teenage girls’ dreams to own their own cellphone. When the cries came in over and over, the first thing I thought about was “How am I going to pay for 2 more AT&T cellphones?” With the data, taxes, fees and rental of new phones, I figured that wasn’t an option. I remembered services like Republic Wireless from articles I have stumbled on and I figured to at least do some research.
What is Republic WIreless you ask? Here’s the gist: Low-cost phones that you buy outright–no renting from Verizon or AT&T for exorbitant fees. Low-cost plans each month–no contracts with these people whatsoever. You simply pick out your favorite Android phone (sorry, no iPhones welcome thanks to Apple’s closed-minded policies and procedures) and you now own that phone as long as you want. From there, choose a data plan and move on with life. Get ready for the best part–I just recieved my first bill from Republic. Since my girls didn’t use all of the 1GB I prepaid for, I got a refund of $10. Since I came late to the party, my plan doesn’t offer the refunding that they enjoy. My total phone bill this last month with the 3 of us? I paid $70.03 for the 3 phones. Don’t forget, I got a refund which brought that number to where it is.
You’re probably not convinced yet. Here’s some more bullet points–these phones that you buy from RW are “hybrid” phones. That means they are PRIMARILY built to work on wi-fi FIRST and then use the cellular signal when wi-fi disappears. So, most teenagers these days have 90-95% wi-fi signal around them at all times–wny not use that free signal to make phone calls instead of paying AT&T or Verizon to make real cellular calls? I average close to 95-97% daily wi-fi coverage as well. This is why RW doesn’t charge the rates for cellular service that AT&T and Verizon do–since you use very little cellular data, they can afford to drop the rates on cell service.
How about tethering your signal to wi-fi devices around you for free? Check. How about buying more data if you run out right from your phone? Check. How about software that shows you how much of your precious data that you have used? Check. How about making a call when there is NO cell service but PERFECT wi-fi service? Check. You’re going to hear a lot about wi-fi calling in the next few months–it’s simply the no-brainer way to work when you are near wi-fi and don’t want to pay AT&T prices for data. If you can get over T-Mobile and Sprint coverage, then give these guys a spin.
As far as the overall experience with RW so far, I have to say I’m overall pleased–my teenage daughters’ phones came and since I wasn’t in the same state with them, they actually figured out how to unbox them and set them up themselves. Since they have had these 2 phones, I have not had ONE single issue with the phones or service–if they want to make a call at home, it just goes over wi-fi as advertised–if we are driving around, the phones use a combination of Spring and T-Mobile service. Not as strong as AT&T or Verizon, but, I can’t complain about their signal on the small island here. They are on wi-fi 90% of the time anyway!
What’s the downside? I had a small one during my switch to RW from AT&T this last week. My brand-new Moto G4 that I purchased from RW was perfect for about 3 days–no complaints whatsoever. I even made a 1.5 hour phone call to a mortgage banker and it was wi-fi the entire time to her cellphone–I couldn’t have made that call in the house with AT&T–you have to go to the end of the driveway (and pray) to get a signal for AT&T or Verizon here. That right there paid for itself.
Things got crazy on the 4th day–the day my number ported from AT&T–the screen started freaking out like a ghost was pressing the screen, the programs would crash, the phone would reboot constantly for no reason. I ended up factory wiping the phone a total of 8 times to try to solve it–even right now it’s still crashing every few minutes. I assumed I got a bad phone and opened a ticket with RW. I had a nice fellow assure me it’s fine and we can monitor the situation overnight. I did that and nobody really got back to me the next morning. Or afternoon. Or evening. So, I took to Twitter and begged for a new phone–this one is clearly not right. An hour later, I had the e-mail saying they are sending a new phone. That was a GOOD move, RW. This is why I’m writing this review right now.
I’ll tell you point-blank–dump the contracts from these blood-sucking phone companies and at least try RW. You have a trial period where you can send the phone back if you don’t like it–I’m sure you will like the experience–it’s a no-brainer from the money side. We are all around wi-fi most of our lives–use that to make phone calls–it just doesn’t get better than that. Yes, you pay for the phone up front–but–you own it. No contracts, no rental fees, no damage penalties.
i loved RW before I had a phone with them and now that they came through and fixed an obvious lemon-phone issue without any qualms, I love them even more now. They are refreshing and progressive and I give 2 full thumbs up!
Will the unannounced 2016 Apple MacBook Pro feature an OLED touchpad? Rumors and photos seem to point in that direction.
It’s all in the photos
Well, these photos from Cult of Mac certainly seem to verify that Apple is cooking up a strange new contraption above the normal row of number keys on the MacBook Pro keyboard. What the photos seem to show is a new blank space above the keyboard number keys, normally where the function keys reside. The photos were apparently smuggled from a manufacturer in China, which has been known to leak unannounced Apple products in the past. Multiple reports are also saying that this is indeed the next MacBook Pro.
What can this new OLED touchpad do?
This new row would seemingly contain a touch-sensitive surface, capable of showing icons and graphics, which would most likely be able to change depending on context. An example of a keyboard with OLED keys can be seen in the image to the right. These keys can change graphics depending on the software and situation. This will be a radical departure from the standard “F-keys” that appear on most every laptop computer on the planet, including laptops from Apple. These F-keys may be able to change their state depending on the software program a user is running, or, even alert you to incoming e-mail, news or weather conditions.
When is the 2016 MacBook Pro coming to the market?
The unannounced MacBook Pro with the rumored OLED touchbar has been pegged for a late 2016 release, which is usually in time for a holiday release to maximize profits for Apple. This new OLED touchpad is also a cool and unique feature on the venerable MacBook Pro line. Keep watching Capital Mac Service for updates on this exciting new product that may be dropping later this year!
Have you decided to move to the Google Apps for Work platform in the Capital District area? If so, the Google Apps for Work setup can be a bit daunting for new or inexperienced users. Google Apps for Work brings professional URL-branded email, online Google Drive storage, shared Google calendars, and video meeting capability. If you are in the Capital District area including Albany, Colonie, Latham, Guilderland, Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park, Troy, Schenectady then give Capital Mac Service a call to assist you in the consultation and setup of Google Apps for Work. Some other features of Google Apps for Work include:
- Gmail-Professional and bulletproof email from Google. Get rid of Spam and enjoy compatibility with all of your devices, including Mac, PC, Android and iOS.
- Hangouts-Professional-level video conferencing with your clients
- Calendar-The best calendar on the web works for you, anywhere and anytime. Integrated with other Google products, this calendar is the only calendar you will ever want to use.
- Drive-Basically unlimited space for your documents, photos, movies and music.
- Docs-Why use Microsoft Office when you can use a better and compatible version on the web?
- Sheets-Use, create, import and store powerful spreadsheets in the cloud with Google Sheets.
- Forms-Create forms for your employees, customers or management and collect the repsonses in spreadsheet form.
- Slides-The power of Microsoft’s Powerpoint in the cloud, integrated with your other Google products.
- Sites-Create rich websites with minimal HTML and coding knowledge.
- Admin-A feature-rich dashboard to control all aspects of your Google Apps for Work accounts, apps and users.
- Vault-Keep your corporate and sensitive data safe with this secure product
Being Google Apps for Work users ourselves, we appreciate the power and feature-rich set of tools that Google offers businesses, teams and workplaces. Don’t be intimidated by the initial setup of Google Apps for Work. Capital Mac Service is here to guide you through the setup, deployment and even initial consultation of Google Apps for Work.
Contact Capital Mac Service today to have a Google Apps for Business resource in the Albany and surrounding areas.
Are you having trouble logging into Gmail on an older iOS device like an iPad or iPhone? I had this issue a few minutes ago where I was trying to put in my Gmail password, which I verified was correct, and it kept telling me my username or password were incorrect. After further digging, I found out that Google considers the older iOS mail software used on an iPad or iPhone as “unsecure,” and blocks it.
Here’s the fix to allow Gmail on your older iPad or iPhone.
First, visit http://www.google.com/accounts/DisplayUnlockCaptcha and sign in with your Gmail username and password. If necessary, enter the letters in the distorted picture.
Secondly, and even more important, visit this website: Allow less secure apps and choose “Allow” to let less secure apps access your Google account. This is a less secure option, but, it may be the only way to get your older iPad or iPhone mail software to allow access to Gmail.