November 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For November 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $38.48. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.18
  • Refund of $4.70 for 0.470GB of unused data

I don’t think the iPad used much if any data this month, so that was all me. Not bad considering I had travelled for 2 weeks of the month. It should be less now that I’ll be working from home more and can use the WiFi at the house all the time.

Mortgage Payoff Update

A lot of things have changed since the last update on the mortgage. Certain assumptions that we had made in the last mortgage payoff calculation are no longer valid, and there are new numbers to consider.

After running the calculations, it appears we’ve got about 33 months left before the house is completely paid off. I’m hoping that number drops down to 2 years or less here soon. I’ve decided to add a tracker to the right hand side of the web site to show our progress against our original loan balance when we took out the mortgage almost 10 years ago. At the time we had a 30 year mortgage with a higher interest rate.

A percentage towards paying it off is much more consistent measurement and doesn’t fluctuate like the number of months left does. Perhaps one month that number could climb up several percentage points, where other months it only moves one point. It should however move at least 1 point each month with only 33 months remaining.

Here’s to the future without a mortgage!!!

Photo by 401(K) 2013

November 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

Republic Wireless Logo

The November payment to Republic Wireless for my wife’s phone was $19.80. That includes unlimited calling and texting, 512 MB of data. No refund this month since all the data was used. The phone seemed to have an issue with staying on WiFi, so a bit more cell data got used than usual.

Her superhuman strength that caused the crack after we received it from its earlier repairs escalated to cracking the LCD underneath. So we replaced it with an inexpensive Moto G for the time being and then sent the Moto X in again to be repaired. Now that we’ve got 2 working Republic phones, we decided to activate the Moto G for use at home for the kids. It’s a WiFi only plan that costs us $5/month plus taxes and fees.

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

October 2016 – Project Fi Bill

Project Fi

For October 2016, my Project Fi bill came out to be $41.34. That includes:

  • Unlimited calls and texts for $20
  • 2GB of data for $20
  • Taxes and fees for $3.18
  • Refund of $1.84 for 0.184GB of unused data

The iPad used about 50MB this month. We had to rely on the iPad again for making calls. After getting her phone back from being repaired, the screen cracked about a week later, and then a few weeks after that, the LCD underneath cracked. We ordered a Moto G replacement and then sent her Moto X in again to be replaced. So now we have 2 Republic Wireless phones, just in case.

October 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

Republic Wireless Logo

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

Republic Wireless Logo

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

Republic Wireless Logo

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.