May 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For May 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $34.80. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.20
  • Refund for 0.841 GB of unused data – $8.40

This month we added a data only sim to our Project Fi plan for an iPad Air 2. The sim card was free and you only pay for the data used on the sim card. There isn’t a monthly charge to have the device on your plan. The data used all comes out of the same bucket. We didn’t hardly use any data on the iPad this month, but it’s available if we need it.

May 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The May payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $21.32. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 1 GB of data, and a $6.53 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

We kept the standard 512 MB plan this month, but ran out of data right before a weekend trip, so we bought an extra 512 MB in case we needed it. It was very easy to do and didn’t take very long to be applied to the account and become usable.

The GSM network is confirmed and so are new phones. You can check them out here: https://republicwireless.com/phones/

It looks like you’ll even be able to bring one of these devices over to Republic Wireless if you already own one. I had also read that they may introduce a $20/month plan that includes 1GB of data. If so, we’ll be jumping on that right away. Since one of the phones is the Nexus 5x and I own use one with Republic Wireless, I’d consider switching if they’re able to make their phones swap between Sprint, GSM (most likely T-Mobile), and WiFi.

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

April 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For April 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $31.42. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.20
  • Refund for 1.178 GB of unused data – $11.78

So far I’ve been pretty happy with Project Fi, but with the new Bonded Calling from Republic Wireless, if they get that along with the ability to switch between GSM/CDMA/WiFi more quickly and smoothly than Project Fi, I may consider a switch.

April 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The April payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $18.72. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $1.09 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

There appears to be a lot of good things coming this year to Republic, such as the addition of a GSM network (most likely T-Mobile), updated WiFi calling, new phones, and a financing option for phones. I’ll update you here as I learn more.

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

March 2016 – Project Fi Phone Bill

Project Fi

For March 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $31.29. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.23
  • Refund for 1.195 GB of unused data – $11.94

Other highlights include the fact that Project Fi no longer requires an invite to join their service. They’re also selling the Nexus 5X for $199 as long as you activate it with one month of service. Unlike Republic Wireless, Project Fi does allow you to finance your phone the last time I checked.

March 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The March payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $17.34. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $2.48 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

If you’re looking for inexpensive phone service and you’re around WiFi most of the time, check out Republic Wireless. They have 2 different phone options available at this time and both are under $200. There is no contract and you’ve got 30 days to try the service and get a full refund on the phone if it’s not for you. You can also look for used phones on eBay or Swappa as well.

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

47, and counting…

You might be asking yourself, “47 what?”

If all goes well, 47 more months and we’ll have our house paid off. That cuts about 60 months from where we were going to be. We’ve wanted to pay off our house for some time, but haven’t really focused any concentrated effort at getting it done other than making an extra payment here and there.

I’m hoping that by posting this, it provides some level of accountability. Putting it in writing makes it more real. I do better when I set a goal and can see results happening within a reasonable timeframe. The best way I knew how to do that was to create an amortization schedule and then start plugging realistic numbers in to see how many months we could cut off.

Do we really have to make huge sacrifices to get this done? Not like you might expect. A lot of it is a matter of prioritization. Most things that we want we can put off for 4 years to have full financial freedom. That means no “new to us” cars for the next 4 years, for example.

I’m hoping that it will actually be a shorter period than 47 months, but time will tell as life has a way of happening in ways that we don’t expect.

February 2016 – Project Fi Phone Bill

Project Fi

For February 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $35.47. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.23
  • Refund for 0.776 GB of unused data – $7.76

This gives me access to both Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks so as they battle it out to be better than one another, I benefit either way.

February 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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Starting last month I began reporting how much we’re paying for my wife’s cell phone bill. I’ll try to plan on continuing this, as well as posting my results with Google’s Project Fi starting with my next bill.

That being said, our February payment to Republic Wireless was $17.53. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $2.14 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

If you’re looking for inexpensive phone service and you’re around WiFi most of the time, check out Republic Wireless. You will have to buy your phone (they’re working on a financing option), but they do have some affordable options available. There is no contract and you’ve got 30 days to try the service and get a full refund on the phone if it’s not for you.

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

January 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

Republic Wireless Logo

A few months ago I switched my phone service to Project Fi and my wife’s to Republic Wireless. We simply couldn’t get good cell service in our area unless it’s using Sprint towers. Luckily both Project Fi and Republic Wireless use Sprint.

So far, we’ve been very happy with Republic Wireless’s ability to use WiFi and cellular to save on costs. They’ve introduced refund plans, where they will pay you back for the data you don’t use. The refund plan made it possible for us to save money by switching.

That being said, our January payment to Republic Wireless was $16.29. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data, and a $3.29 credit for the data she didn’t use the month before.

If you’re looking for inexpensive phone service and you’re around WiFi most of the time, check out Republic Wireless. You will have to buy your phone (they’re working on a financing option), but they do have some affordable options available. There is no contract and you’ve got 30 days to try the service and get a full refund on the phone if it’s not for you.

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