I’m not a current US Mobile subscriber, however, I’ve done some research into them. US Mobile is among the highest rated providers on Trustpilot:
If my household weren’t already a satisfied Mobi and Tello subscriber in addition to Republic, US Mobile would be on my shortlist as a potential Republic replacement.
US Mobile SIM kits ship with two SIMs. The black SIM is “Warp 5G” (Verizon network). The white SIM is “GSM 5G” (T-Mobile network). One chooses the network they would like by activating the appropriate SIM. If you choose to activate on “Warp 5G” (Verizon network) and later prefer to move to “GSM 5G” (T-Mobile support) or vice versa, US Mobile support will facilitate that.
US Mobile’s 100-day free trial (if willing to port in a number) is currently “Warp 5G” only. That is supposed to be changing soon™. Otherwise, US Mobile’s plans are, for the most part, the same regardless of which network one chooses to activate on. Just as the 100-day free trial is currently “Warp 5G” only, international calling is currently “GSM 5G” only. US Mobile’s stated goal is feature parity on either of its network partners.
Only the provider to whom a phone is locked may authorize its unlock. How a phone is unlocked depends upon the provider to whom it’s locked and the phone’s manufacturer.
Specific to Republic, one must contact support to request their phone be unlocked. Support, generally, says it will take two days.
Samsung phones and Apple iPhones are unlocked over the air by the respective manufacturer once Republic asks them to do so. Typically, this takes less than the two days Republic support quotes.
Motorola phones require an unlock code. Sadly, though Republic support will indeed request the unlock, communicating the unlock code back to the member is haphazard. If one is unsuccessful in obtaining their Motorola phone’s unlock code from support, email email@example.com. This is DISH’s Executive Escalations Team.
To trigger a Motorola phone’s request for the unlock code, generally, all that’s required is to insert a non-Republic SIM. The alternate SIM may be activated or not activated, it just needs to be a SIM from a provider other than Republic. When prompted enter the unlock code. Since you mention already having your phone’s unlock code, you need not contact support to request your phone be unlocked.
Unlocking one’s phone and moving service to a new provider are separate things. When ready to activate with a new provider (after having unlocked your phone), follow the new provider’s instructions for activation. If transferring your phone number to the new provider; do not cancel Republic service. Doing so will cause the number transfer to fail and potentially risk losing your phone number. Transferring your number to the new provider will take care of service cancellation for you.
The need to unlock a phone purchased from Republic’s online store applies if you bought your phone at Republic’s store after December 1, 2021.
If you purchased your phone at Republic’s online store before December 1, 2021 or purchased your phone from a third party retailer, it is already factory unlocked and may be used with any provider willing to accept it.