I’m headed to Shanghai China today with my Moto G republic wireless cell phone. I’ve had the phone now for a few months and aside from a few quirks, it’s been a very good experience in the US. Will my moto g work overseas? Well, we’re going to find out this week – in all places, in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
I’ve read reports of others experiences using their republic wireless phones abroad in Wifi Mode. I switched to the $5/month plan today which allows VoIP calls only. It’s no secret that mainland China internet users are among the most challenged among large countries regarding internet censorship. I think this will be a good test of RW and I’ll provide an update later this week when I am able to try to make a call.
If you’ve been to mainland China with a RW phone, please drop a comment, Id love to hear about your experience.
Nearly two weeks in China now and have been using my Motorola G cell phone in both Shanghai and Guangzhou cities with Republic Wireless in Wifi mode. Overall, the experience has been very good.
The call quality for wifi calls has been on par with what I experience in the US. Call drop rates are very low. I’ve had a few problems finding wifi when I’m away from the hotel but that’s about it.
The cities have free wifi in many areas, but in China you often have to supply a local phone number to which an access code is sent via SMS which then allows you to use the free wifi (this is the case
in CHinese Starbucks stores). This creates an issue in actually being able to use the local free wifi since I have a US number and the system only works for local Chinese numbers.
In the nice hotels, the rooms all have wifi, and calls are easy to make – it’s not different than if you were in the US.
One thing I wonder about is the security of the phone – not just in China, but anywhere. I’m not sure if the VoIP connection is hardened via SSL or some other mechanism, so this could possibly
be a security issue for some people but I’m not overly concerned about it.
Bottom line, Republic Wireless Wifi calls work in China.