May 2017 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The May payment to Republic Wireless was $-1.48. This is our last month using Republic Wireless for our primary phones. We’ll be keeping one line for home phone use.

Wireless Breakdown

  • WiFi Only Phone – $5
  • Taxes – $1.01
  • Refund for unused service – ($7.49)
  • Total – ($1.48)

My wife and I have transitioned from Republic Wireless to Total Wireless and are on a shared 8GB plan for $57/month. I really liked RW and their customer service. I noticed recently that they now offer chat support, which is a nice improvement. However, when we did the calculations, it works out better for us to get the extra data at a fixed price each month.

We changed our WiFi only phone to my wife’s old Moto X and sell the Moto G3 through Swappa. I’m continuing to use my Nexus 5X and my wife is using the Moto G5 Plus (which is really a nice phone for the price).

This will be the last month that I post a Republic bill. All of the future bills should be $6.01. Republic definitely ranks up toward the top of my list of inexpensive phone services. Others that rank up there include Project Fi, Ting, Cricket, and Total. Each one works well for a different type of user.

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

April 2017 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The April payment to Republic Wireless was $25.79. The next month’s Republic Wireless bill will be a bit more due to some phone swaps we had to do this month.

Breakdown

  • WiFi Only Phone – $5
  • Wife’s phone using Sprint’s network on the Refund Plan (512 MB Plan) – $17.50
  • Taxes – $3.31
  • Refund for unused data – ($.02)
  • Total – $25.79

This month my Nexus 5X that I’ve had for about 18 months decided to die. I contacted Google Nexus support about it and surprisingly they decided to honor the warranty and send me a replacement at no cost. It took longer than usual to arrive, so we ended up buying a Motorola G5 Plus. That way I could get access to my messages and phone calls. I used the WiFi Only Phone for a couple of days and enabled data and cellular on it. They charged me right away for this, but it will likely be reflected in next month’s bill.

Now that I’ve got a working Nexus 5X phone again, and a Motorola G5 Plus, we’re going to switch my wife over to Total Wireless and take advantage of their 8GB shared plan for $60/month. We’ll then use my wife’s Moto X for the WiFi only home phone, and sell the Moto G3 that was the WiFi only phone. If you or someone you know is interested in trying Republic Wireless, I’ve got a great condition phone for sale.

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

March 2017 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The February payment to Republic Wireless was $24.81. We’re back to just 2 phones on the plan, so our bill is now back around its previous levels.

Breakdown

  • WiFi Only Phone – $5
  • Wife’s phone using Sprint’s network on the Refund Plan (512 MB Plan) – $17.50
  • Taxes – $3.26
  • Refund for unused data – ($.95)
  • Total – $24.81

I’ve changed my phone to use Total Wireless this month, which uses the Verizon Network. In fact, it even says “Verizon Wireless” when connected to the network. I’ll expand on it in another post, but for now, I haven’t went without a signal at all, but have found that sometimes I don’t have as strong a signal in certain places as I did when I was using Republic (T-Mobile).

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

February 2017 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The February payment to Republic Wireless was $48.57. This month I reduced my data level to 1GB, which reduces our bill by about $10.

Breakdown

  • WiFi Only Phone – $5
  • Wife’s phone using Sprint’s network on the Refund Plan (512 MB Plan) – $17.50
  • My phone on T-Mobile’s network using the Clear Choice Plan (1GB) – $20
  • Taxes – $6.10
  • Refund for unused data – ($2.73)
  • Total – $48.57

I’ve decided that I’m going to give Total Wireless a try. Overall, when I’ve got a connection on Republic using T-Mobile’s network, it’s usually very good and fast. However, when I don’t have a connection, I go for a while without anything. Total Wireless uses the Verizon network at an affordable rate. I’ll write a review after I’ve used it for a while.

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

January 2017 – Republic Wireless Bill

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The January payment to Republic Wireless was $55.77. I decided to drop Project Fi and switch my phone over to Republic Wireless. So far it’s been a great switch. I’m using the T-Mobile network. They recently deployed 700 MHz bands in our area, so I get better coverage inside buildings in our area now. Below is a breakdown of our bill:

  • One phone on WiFi Only Plan – $5
  • One phone on Sprint’s network using Refund Plan (512 MB Plan) – $17.50
  • One phone on T-Mobile’s network using the Clear Choice Plan (2GB) – $30
  • Taxes – $6.81
  • Refund for unused data – ($3.54)
  • Total – $55.77

I’ve had pretty good coverage except when in the country in certain places. Oddly enough, there are times when I have better coverage than my wife has. I’ve had LTE coverage when she sometimes barely has 3G. Of course there are other times she has LTE, and I have no coverage.

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

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

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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.

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.

November 2016 – Republic Wireless Bill

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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.