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

Republic Wireless Logo

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

Republic Wireless Logo

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.

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.