Is your mobile plan stressing you out? MyRepublic’s new plans will end your data cap and roaming charge woes
With MyRepublic’s new mobile plans, it's time to stop worrying about mobile data caps and roaming charges
Today's problem: Plans that get you in a tangle
The problem with mobile plans today is that instead of offering solutions, they create unnecessary problems for us to deal with.
Take for example the meager 2 or 3GB data cap that some plans have. This causes unnecessary stress for many of us who have to check daily usage, for fear of accidentally exceeding the limit and ending up with an expensive monthly bill. Upgrading to a higher-end and more expensive plan isn’t a great solution, especially for students and those who’ve just started working.
Having enough data and call minutes shouldn't be mutually exclusive too. While we consume a lot of data on our phones these days, we also don’t want to be restricted by insufficient call minutes. Ever had the experience of trying to end a call quickly because you were running low on outgoing call minutes?
Traditional mobile plans are also ill-designed for overseas use. For pay-as-you-roam plans, it’s all too easy to rake up data roaming charges if we aren't careful. Even if we were to buy a roaming package, we’d be constantly worried about busting its limit or unwittingly joining an unsupported network, and ending up with an exorbitant bill.
And don’t even get us started on charges for services that we weren't aware of from the start. For example, caller number display is usually not free, and you’ve to pay to use the service beyond the sign-up/promo period?
Thankfully, there are new plans that better fit modern usage patterns and they come from MyRepublic. And they start from just $35/month for 7GB of data and 1,000 minutes of talk time. Here are three areas where MyRepublic's new plans are changing the conventional norms:-
1) Enjoy "boundless” data without sacrificing the essentials
MyRepublic’s mobile plans come with “boundless” data, which lets you continue to use data for free beyond your plan’s allocated amount. When this kicks in, the connection will be slower but still fast enough for you to keep on surfing, messaging, and calling non-stop. If you need to get back the full speed, you can easily buy 30-day Data Boosters through the MyRepublic app.
Oh, did we mention that you still get 1,000 minutes of talk time and 1,000 SMS messages, as well as free Caller ID?
2) Uncomplicated roaming services to ensure no bill shock
Instead of pay-per-use roaming data charges, MyRepublic lets you buy Data Boosters for the amount of data you need before you travel. For added flexibility, each roaming package lasts 30 days and covers a group of countries. So if you’ve gotten a 2GB package and only used 1GB for your trip to Bali last week, you can use the remaining data for your trip to Bangkok next week. Roaming activation, buying of roaming packages, and usage tracking can be easily done through the MyRepublic app.
For frequent travelers, the Xtra 85 plan additionally comes with 2GB roaming data to seven countries every month, at no additional cost.
3) No contract, no hidden charges, no-nonsense
MyRepublic’s mobile plans don’t come with a contract period. You're also free to upgrade or downgrade your plan anytime you want without any charge or penalty.
The features you get for each plan are also listed clearly upfront with no caveats hidden in the fine print. For example, all the plans come with free caller ID - not for a limited 12 or 24 months (remember, there's no contract), but for as long as you’re on the plan. And in months when you need to use a bit more data than usual, or if your plan doesn't give you the exact amount of data you need, it's easy to add more by purchasing one-time Data Boosters or monthly recurring Data Add-ons.
So, which MyRepublic mobile plan is right for me?
MyRepublic currently offers these three mobile plans:
As you can see, the basic Smart 35 plan, which costs S$35/month, already comes with 7GB local mobile data. If you are encountering an average usage of 4 to 5GB each month, this is an ideal plan to consider as it still has more data allowance to cover any usage spikes that you may encounter such as live-streaming during special events or other such activities.
For moderate to heavy data users who spend a lot of time on the phone talking and messaging, streaming music and video, or sharing stuff on social media, the Mega 55 plan, which costs S$55/month, offers 12GB of local mobile data.
Finally, super-heavy data users can go for the Xtra 85 plan. At S$85/month, this plan gives you 25GB of local mobile data. Additionally, every month you get a 2GB Roam Like Home - Essential Data Booster for use in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. If you’re a heavy data user and often travel to these neighboring countries, this plan is for you.
Remember too, all three MyRepublic mobile plans offer boundless data, 1,000 minutes talk time, 1,000 SMS messages, and free caller ID. And here's a pro tip: If you’re a MyRepublic Broadband customer, you can get up to 8GB of bonus data!
There are many important things to worry about in life, and your mobile plan shouldn't be one of them. Head over here to learn more about MyRepublic's new mobile plans, or check out their FAQ. For service quality inputs from the HardwareZone community and other queries, you can check this discussion thread and this one.