December 2016 – Mortgage Payoff Update

House Jar

A quick update on the mortgage payoff: at the end of December, we’re at about 48.6% remaining from our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. I won’t give an update on how many remaining months we have left at this point because we’ve got a couple of things that are changing that will affect the final number. I should have a more concrete number by the end of February.

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December 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For November 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $38.58. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.18
  • Refund of $4.60 for 0.461GB of unused data

I thought my data use would go down this month, but it stayed pretty consistent. It appears that if I notice I haven’t used much, I tend to use more.

I’m contemplating what my next option is. I like what Project Fi has to offer, but I’m disappointed with the limited number of phones available for use. With the release of the new Pixel phones and how much they cost (starting at $649), it just doesn’t look like it will be very cost-effective to replace my phone in the future with another one that supports Project Fi. T-Mobile has recently released their low band 700Mhz spectrum in our area, so that means we get better data coverage inside of buildings. That being said, it does take moving my phone to Republic Wireless a definite possibility.

If you’ve got a Nexus or Pixel phone, I’d recommend trying out Project Fi. If you’ve considered getting a Nexus or Pixel phone, financing one through Project Fi might also be an affordable option. Their new family plan options are actually pretty affordable if you don’t use much data and you can cheaply and easily add mobile data for certain tablets.

Google has also launched a referral program that allows new customers as well as the referer to get a $20 credit by using a referral link. If you’re considering trying out Project Fi, you might as well get a $20 credit by using the following link: https://g.co/fi/r/88E2KJ

Of course, I’ll also get a $20 credit if you do. 🙂

December 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

Republic Wireless Logo

The December payment to Republic Wireless was $23.76. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data on one phone, and WiFi only calling on the second phone. We received a refund of $2.05 for unused data this month.

Our bill every month will be slightly higher now that we’ve added a phone with the WiFi only option. That phone costs us $5/month plus taxes and fees. It’s our new “home phone” that our girls can use when they need to make a call.

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