For years, Jordan and I were with Sprint. We were spending almost $100 a month on two little flip phones with unlimited talk and 300 texts a month. We had no internet and a smart phone was way out of our budget.
Then about a year ago, my flip phone broke and I started looking at renewing our Sprint contact.But then I saw all the fees and now they charge you to rent the phone or you spend hundreds of dollars to buy it up front.
So I took that as a chance to shop around a bit before spending even more on our sad little flip phones.
I asked around and a friend of mine mentioned Republic Wireless. She had been using it for a while and so were a lot of her other friends. They offer a 30 day trial and I desperately needed a phone.
At the time, they required that you buy one of their phones. Which was a basic Android smart phone for about $150. The phone bill for me to test it out was $10/month. If I didn’t like it, I could send back the phone and just be out the $10 for the phone plan that month.
Not bad, not bad at all.
I loved it and while there were a couple of quirks, it was totally worth it for me. I’ll go into those in a bit.
Once Jordan’s contract was up, we switched him over to Republic Wireless and got our total phone bill down to $25 a month.
It’s been over a year with Republic Wireless, so I thought I would share my honest review.
Excellent Coverage – They use wireless whenever possible to make calls and connect to the internet. That means you get coverage in places that can be kind of spotty like a basement.
If you don’t have a wireless signal around you, then it connects to their phone towers. We’ve done a bit of traveling and I haven’t had an issue with coverage yet.
You can do a Coverage Check to make sure your area gets coverage when you’re not connected to WIFI.
No Contract – You can leave at any point. They don’t have hidden fees or up charges. The prices they show on their site are what you pay.
Flexible Plans – We’re currently on the lowest plan which is just unlimited talk and text and wireless. They allow you to change your plan up to two times a month though.
So lets say we’re going to be traveling and I want to have data on my phone, I can change our plan just for our trip and then change it back. And the best part, I get a refund for whatever data I don’t use during that time.
Connection When Switching from Wireless to a Tower – We’ve noticed the phone will cut in and out a bit if you’re switching from wireless to a tower.
For example, if I’m on the phone while I’m leaving the house (using the wireless) and then drive away (and it switches to a tower).
This is easily fixed by just turning off the wireless on the phone for that time. It can be annoying, but it’s such a little thing that it’s worth it for the cost savings of the phone.
Phone Storage Space – This is my first experience with a smart phone, but these don’t have much storage space on them. I got a little external space chip, and that helped a little bit.
But it only allows me to move so much to the external chip. Again, a little annoying but worth it to us for the cost savings.
Overall, we’ve been very pleased with Republic Wireless. I’ve been recommending it to anyone who’s looking to save money on their phone bill every month.
I can’t speak to the new phones they’ve added, but the one we have is a basic android smart phone. If you’re big into the newest technology, this probably isn’t the best fit for you.
But if you really just a need a phone to make phone calls, browse the internet and hold a few apps, then this is probably a perfect fit for you.
Have you tired Republic Wireless? What were your thoughts?
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