If you haven’t been convinced about how awesome Republic Wireless is yet, I’ve got one more reason for you: saving over $1,000/year with our $35/month cell phone bill. And that’s not just for one of us, that’s for the both of us.
Republic Wireless: A Love Story
Republic Wireless and I began our love affair in December 2013. I had heard about the company before, but a) the only phone they had was not impressive at all, and b) switching phone carriers is scary when you know absolutely nothing about the one you’re switching to.
But the idea of saving a ton of money was compounded by the absence of a contract, 30-day return policy, and a new phone, so I decided to take the plunge. The day my Moto X came, I was late for work because I saw the FedEx guy driving into the neighboring cul-de-sac and I ended up stalking him until he dropped my phone off on my doorstep.
It cost me about $150 to cancel my Verizon account, which I made up for by selling my iPhone 4 for that amount, and I had to pay a little over $300 for my Moto X, which has already paid for itself and more. I started out with the $25/month plan (unlimited talk, text and 3G data), but ended up switching to the $10/month plan (unlimited talk, text and Wi-Fi only data), simply because I spend a good 85%+ of my day connected to Wi-Fi.
Ever since then I’ve been in love.
A Family Affair
During the last year, I’ve only been more impressed with Republic. Sure, my phone drops a few more calls a month, and I really really miss having iTunes on my phone, but it’s been worth it. So I was almost counting down the days to when my wife’s Verizon contract expired so we could switch her over too (she put the kabosh on doing them both at the same time because of the up-front cost of the phones).
Luckily for us, Republic made it even easier to save money by offering some cheaper phone options. After much going back and forth on what to do, I ended up giving my wife my Moto X, which was still in pretty good condition, and she chose the $25/month plan. Then I took a risk by purchasing the $99 Moto E.
I say risk because, unlike my Moto X, which sported a 16 GB hard drive and a 12 megapixel camera on both the front and back of the phone, the Moto E has a 5 megapixel camera (on the back only), a tiny 4 GB (closer to 2 GB with the Android OS). And while it does include the option of plugging in a 32 GB microSD card, I learned afterward that there are certain apps you can’t store on the microSD, so you’re still limited.
Anywho, despite the drawbacks of the Moto E, I’m still happy with the choice because in all honesty, I’m just tickled at the idea of having a smart phone in the first place. It wasn’t until just over two years ago that I finally ditched my archaic flip phone for the iPhone 4, and the idea of needing the newest version of any smartphone is just lame in my opinion.
In total, we’re now paying a total of $34.28/month on our cell phone bill (we each scored 20% off on our monthly bill from a promotion Republic did for some personal finance bloggers), a whopping $90.34/month less than what we would be paying for our share of a family plan with Verizon. That’s huge, and we never have to do anything again to keep earning those savings.
Making the Switch
Again, the reasons why I love Republic Wireless and why I think you should make the switch:
1. No contract. This also means no games, no early termination fees, and no waiting another year after your screen gets destroyed so you aren’t out $600 for a new phone. If for some reason I suffer brain damage and think it’s a great idea to switch back to Verizon or any other carrier, I just cancel my account and that’s that.
2. $$$ in my pocket. There aren’t a lot of areas in your budget where you can cut close to $100/month forever, just like that. After doing this for more than a year, it seems like utter insanity to even consider going back to paying what we used to pay. That and the fact that their phones are absurdly cheap in comparison to what else is available on the market, it’s a double whammy of greenback goodness.
3. Wi-Fi. It’s not just knowing that I’m saving myself money that makes me happy, but saving other people money too. By using Wi-Fi as often as I can, I’m part of a community to bring these types of savings to more and more people. Also, I haven’t gone out of the country since I joined, but I’m looking forward to when I do, since I’ll still be able to make calls back home wherever I am in the world, as long as I’m connected to Wi-Fi.
You can check out all things Republic Wireless, including coverage, phones, and their different plans here. Oh, and for all you Apple aficionados. Trust me, there is life after the iPhone.
Have you made the switch to Republic Wireless? What’s keeping you from taking the plunge?