Hey folks. I’m Jared Childs, currently a Senior at North Carolina State University and the Business Development Intern at Bandwidth. I joined Bandwidth this past summer looking for marketable experience and some summer cash, but what I got was so much more. With close to zero previous knowledge of the brand, I was taken aback by the way Republic Wireless was taking on an industry of giants with a customer-first mentality. After seeing the transparent and innovative nature of the brand, I was completely bought in. Needless to say, I dropped my costly Verizon contract and the iPhone that came with it for a shiny new Motorola Moto X™ on Republic’s unlimited 3G plan as fast as I could.
Like any true Millennial, I’ve been showing off my Moto X to all of my friends, and I keep getting the same response: “Wow! So, i-it-it’s actually, like, just as good as an iPhone?” The look of disbelief in their eyes is reminiscent of a child finding out that Santa isn’t real. And this unquestioning allegiance to Apple’s iPhone isn’t exclusive to my friends. In fact, according to a recent survey from the University of Colorado, out of the 53% of college students who owned a smartphone, 40% own an iPhone - talk about market share!
Admittedly, I was once under the spell of the forbidden fruit. Yes, I was that guy who encouraged my friends to drop their Android phones for iPhones; I was that guy who couldn’t stand the green text message of a non-iPhone friend. Then, one day, I saw the light, and all of the innovations Android brought to the mobile industry. It’s surprising that many of the most tech-savvy generation haven’t caught on to the fact that Android devices like the Moto X are taking us into the future. I figured if I could change my friends’ view of Android phones, then I might have some luck convincing some of you who’re on the fence.
The Moto X has changed my smartphone experience in nearly every aspect, and the change from Apple to Android was much easier than expected. One of the biggest perceived pain points of switching from iPhone to Android is the porting of contacts from your old device to your new. I thought this would be a nightmare, but Moto X was one step ahead of me with Motorola Migrate (shout out to Moto for such an awesome name by the way.) With the Motorola Migrate app you can simply select iPhone, put in your iCloud credentials, and it instantly migrates both contacts and calendars from your old phone to your Moto X - all from the comfort of your room.
As someone who is only mildly tech-savvy, I always assumed that iOS would be much more user friendly than Android OS, but once again I was wrong. After activating my device, the Moto X walked me through nearly every feature and function of the phone – everything from how to pull the camera settings to how to set up Touchless Control. Just typing Touchless Control makes me grin. Google Now (Android’s version of Siri on steroids) and winner of Popular Science’s 2012 “Innovation of the Year” award, takes the Moto X to a whole new level. From being able to calculate the square root of 397 without taking my eyes or hands off of my calculus homework (it’s 19.925 by the way) to setting my alarm with just the sound of my voice, Google Now has enhanced my smartphone experience tenfold.
I could go on and on about all of the features of Republic’s Moto X - Motorola Assist, Quick Capture Camera, Moto Care, Motorola Connect – but the real game changer for me was the ability to make calls over WiFi and cellular. Being surrounded by WiFi on campus, at work and at home makes this feature, exclusive to Republic customers, incredibly valuable. Even if my cell signal is weak, I am never in a spot where I can’t make a call or send a text.
Apple created a revolutionary product with the release of the first iPhone, and the innovations of Steve Jobs brought the mobile industry into the future. But the era of Android is here. College students, it’s time to innovate. The Moto X on Republic offers you everything you need and more in a smartphone. Make the switch. You won’t regret it.
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