October 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The October payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $15.53. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data. She received a refund of $4.27 for unused data.

She didn’t use as much data this month since we had sent her phone back to be repaired. It was in good working order for about a week and a half and the screen cracked across it. She was just holding it and felt it crack in her hand. Superhuman strength I guess. We won’t be sending it back this time and will just live it for the time being.

If you’ve used Republic or have any questions, let me know in the comments.

September 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For September 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $40.58. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.21
  • Additional 0.264GB of data – $2.63

The iPad used about 20MB this month. We’ve kept the data disabled unless we need it. Since we’ve had to send my wife’s phone in to be repaired or replaced, that’s the only way that we can stay in touch when she’s away from the house. We’ve even started to use Hangouts on it so we can talk back and forth. It’s been working out well, and we’ll have to see next month how it impacts the data use.

September 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The September payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $19.82. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data. No credit this month since all the data was used up by one of the little ones watching YouTube outside. She still managed to not have to buy any additional data, which is good.

Unfortunately, her phone ended up dying recently. Fortunately, it’s still covered under warranty, so we’ve mailed it back to Motorola to get a replacement. Hopefully we’ll have one soon and be back up and running.

If you’ve used Republic or have any questions, let me know in the comments.

August 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For August 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $40.59. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.21
  • Additional 0.262GB of data – $2.62

No data usage this month on the iPad, so this was all cell phone data this month. So far so good, no real changes as far as Project Fi goes. However, since you have to use a Nexus phone, my phone recently received the Android 7.0 Nougat update.

August 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The August payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $19.45. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $0.37 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before. This is the highest bill we’ve had so far without buying more data, but still managed to get a credit back.

 

The new phones and plans are now available on republicwireless.com. In addition, they’ve opened up the Bring Your Own Phone program. If you’ve got one of the phones on their BYOP page, you can test Republic Wireless without buying a new phone.

If you’ve used Republic or have any questions, let me know in the comments.

July 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For July 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $42.02. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.20
  • Additional 0.118GB of data – $1.18

We used somewhere around 189MB ($1.89) of data on the iPad this month. We recently took a trip West and I was able to use the use the US Cellular network that was added to Project Fi. It only popped up a couple of times and worked okay, but most of the time the phone connected to Sprint or T-Mobile. I was able to get coverage almost everywhere using one of the three networks. There were still some places where coverage was limited. I’m convinced that Sprint’s 3G coverage is worthless since it is so slow and is less usable that T-Mobile’s 2G or Edge service most of the time.

41, and counting…

Back in March, I posted about how we only had 47 more payments until our mortgage was paid off. Since then, we’ve done a bathroom remodel that cost a bit more than we anticipated. I figured when I’d run the numbers again we would be behind the original plan.

Luckily that isn’t the case! I track things pretty closely if you haven’t figure that out by now, and with predicted payments in the future, we’re on track to have it paid off in 41 months after our August 1 payment goes through. I think that’s actually one month faster than it was back in March based on the new numbers.

If you have any ideas on how to pay off a mortgage faster and experience the freedom that comes from having no debt, let me know in the comments below.

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July 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The July payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $18.85. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $0.96 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

New phones and plans are coming this month on Republic Wireless. You can check them out here: https://republicwireless.com/phones/

The new plans are only for the GSM network, although it says they are working with their CDMA partner (Sprint) to get them up and running there too. The new plans do not include a refund option for unused data, but since we’re almost maxing out the data already, it might be worth it to upgrade to the new plan for a few dollars more and get another half gig of data.

For the time being, we’ll probably just hold tight though so we don’t have to buy another phone. We were contemplating getting a cheap phone and putting it on the $5 Wifi only plan so that we could have a “home phone”, but it seems like the best option is to wait until my wife is ready to replace her phone with something new and just move that phone to be the “home phone”. Knowing how good she is about using something until it won’t last, she might be using it awhile unless I convince her to upgrade to something new. I guess we’ll see.

If you’ve used Republic or have any questions, let me know in the comments.

June 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

A little late, but for June 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $53.02. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.20
  • Additional 0.982 GB of data – $9.82

We used somewhere around 120MB of data on the iPad this month, so a little of the extra data came from that ($1.20 worth). I was also travelling for work this month and needed to use the included hotspot on my phone, so that ate up a bit of extra data. Overall, the bill was still pretty reasonable and I didn’t feel like I was restricting my use to keep the data low.

June 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The June payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $18.81. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $1.00 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

New phones and plans are coming next month on Republic Wireless. You can check them out here: https://republicwireless.com/phones/

It appears that the new plans may only be for the GSM network and not for existing phones that use the Sprint network, but we’ll know soon enough. I would certainly consider switching to get some extra data for only a few dollars more.

If you’ve used Republic or have any questions, let me know in the comments.