Saving Money with Republic Wireless-Calculator
About a year ago I was looking to cut expenses and began looking very hard at my budget and items I could save money. Besides the Big 3 of House, Car, and Food, the items that jumped out at me were cable and my cell phone. I was finishing up my contract with Verizon and looking for a change in one way or another. I had a family plan with my wife, both with the iPhone and the minimum required data plan and 2 additional basic phones for her family that acted as a phone without a data package; I know I’m not sure how they survived without a data package. The total price for our family was $225 a month or $2,700 a year, or $27,000 every 10 years, just to talk on the phone and check the internet from time to time, that’s absolutely crazy right?!? See that nice new Toyota Camry, if we would have gone without cell phones for 10 years that car could be ours. But I digress we are not talking about giving up cell phones; we are talking about how much money I saved using Republic Wireless.
Out of the $225 a month plan I was responsible for $80/month or $960/year, this amount does not account for any new cell phones, cell phone accessories, overage costs for minutes, text, or data, which we all know can pop up and surprise our budget at any time. What do you mean I made a call from Canada?! Yes that costs $9.99 minute and you were on for 38 seconds, pay up! Just another call to customer service to find out why I was charged extra last month, great gooogly moogly. I read a lot of blogs because I love learning about how others are saving money and what they are doing differently than me. I didn’t come across one person who said, I’m with Verizon on the family plan saving hundreds of dollars and it helped me pay off my credit cards and student loans. What I did come across was a select few mentioning something called Republic Wireless(RW); they mentioned really affordable frugal plans for those looking to make a difference in their budgets. I was skeptical and knew that like any Even Steven Money follower knew I needed to research the crap out of RW.
All of my research boiled down to a few summary points:
• RW first tries to connect to Wi-Fi to make call, text, or use the internet
• If Wi-Fi is unavailable they switch over to Sprint’s network
• RW had 1 phone available(now they have more) which you needed to buy from them called the Moto X, which costs $300
• Plan prices included a $5, $10, $25, and $40 plan depending on your service desired
• No contract ever
My research said that if I could pay for a $300 Moto X phone upfront and deal with whatever Sprint service had to offer then this could be the phone for me, especially for the the amount of savings I was going to receive. How much savings exactly, let me show you:
|Month||Verizon Wireless||RW $25 Plan||Savings||RW $10 Plan||Savings|
This is the same excel sheet I used when I was deciding whether Republic Wireless was right for me. I made the switch to RW. It has been great, the concerns I had have been so minor that I don’t even notice them today. This is the dollars and sense of making a decision to save money. After 1 year he’s my actual bill totals details and how much I saved:
Have questions about Republic Wireless? Ask away in the comments section. If you like this one be prepared, I plan to do another post on my 1 year Review of Republic Wireless, I wasn’t the beta phone, but I was pretty close. I’ll dive into the phone, plans, and my overall experience…….
**I’ve since removed the calculator from this post, since RW has added so many different plans including a refund plan and phones, here check it out.