So it finally happened, I got fed up with paying over $200 to have a cell phone. Sounds crazy but so many people out there are doing the same thing whether it's with Verizon, At&t, T-mobile, or US Cellular.
One sunny day I was looking at my bills and realized there wasn't a huge amount I could change, my mortgage payment's staying the same, my student loan payment is fixed, what really can I cut? Then it hit me, I am personally paying $80 every month to be able call a few people, send a boatload of texts, and search the Internet on my train ride home. $80, that's $960 year, that's almost a $1000, that's crazy. Doing some calculations on bankrate.com if you would invest $80 monthly into the stock market and received a 8% return, you would have 119K!!! You can't buy a Rolls Royce Phantom with this money but at least a huge down payment! Who am I kidding we wouldn't buy this car, but you see what i'm talking about now. I didn't want to give up my cellphone, so I needed a solution.
I decided to check out some personal finance blogs(tons of great info out there) and came across a really interesting concept with phones which made a lot of sense to me. The idea is to use Wi-Fi as much as possible when making phone calls, sending text messages, and checking the Internet. If for any reason you are unable to connect to those it goes through the Sprint network. I liked the concept and I liked the price even better. Here's a Republic Wireless Price Plans below:
For me there was a ton of Pros and a few Cons.
- New Moto X Phone for $300, less than retail price
- Monthly Plan similar to mine, except $50 less month
- No 2 year Contract
- Quality of Service
- Initial Expense of phone and only 1 phone option
I did the math and came to the conclusion that after 6 months I would break even and save $300 in the first year alone and as much as $465 if I went to the $10 Cell and Talk plan. I'm not even taking into account that if I stayed with Verizon I would have bought a new Iphone 5S which starts at $199.99, if you take that into account I would be ahead after 3 months and saving money, like I'm sort of rich rapper guy throwing dollars everywhere. Here's the breakdown:
|Month||Verizon Wireless||Republic Wireless $25 Plan||Savings||Republic Wireless $10 Plan||Savings|
I bought the phone and took the plunge. Here's my review over the past 2 months of owning the new Moto X and joining Republic Wireless.(P.S. this link saves you even more if you join)
I purchased the phone online and used a promo code, similar to the link above and received the phone less than a week later in a Republic Wireless box with a shiny new Moto X inside. Starting service could not have been easier, a few clicks and an email address here and there(Moto X is a Google Phone so having a Gmail account makes everything go smoothly). I wanted to test it out since you have 30 days to return the phone, so I kept my Iphone and Verizon during this time, also because RW assigns you a phone number(you can change to your old number with a couple clicks as well) based on your area. I had a couple small issues and huge pros alike, check out what I went through shown below:
- I couldn't receive text messages from Iphone users because my imessages was still turned and my phone number was still registered as an Iphone user so all messages were trying to go to my new Moto X phone and would reject. I actually blame this on Apple more than RW but it was an issue for about a week until this was eventually fixed
- Sending picture messages in the first week or two was either extremely delayed like a day or two or the user did not receive them at all.
- Overall voice/service quality is lower than my original Verizon phone. My wife probably notices it more than I do, I would say if Verizon is a 10 for service, RW has been an 8 for me.
- Moto X phone is amazing! I have been so impressed with the apps being just as good and in some cases better than Apple. The Google Voice recognition(similar to Siri) is great, I couldn't be happier. The screen size, resolution, and camera are better in every aspect.
- My bill since I have started has amounted to a total of $22.05, with a $12.25 bill coming. I started with the 3G plan and it worked well, I switched about 2 weeks ago to the $10 Cell and Text plan and haven't missed a beat along the way.
- Everything being connected to Google has been great, from Google Hangouts, Play Store, Gmail, the previously mentioned Google Voice, just great, much more friendly than every Apple product and Cloud system I have ever used.
Overall I have really enjoyed owning my new Moto X and being apart of Republic Wireless, it is a great way to save money and not to sign a contract for 2 years and pay $100 month to own a phone. I highly recommend Republic Wireless, I have gone through the first 2 months of RW releasing the Moto X and it has been great.
If you want to cut your cell phone bill and make the switch make sure to use this link to save an additional $19 by using this referral link http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/20z49M or clicking on this Republic Wireless hyperlink. Any questions or concerns, let me know and I can tell you first hand!