Okay so every since I let the cat out of the bag about me now using Republic Wireless instead of one of the big carriers, I get a lot of questions about if Republic Wireless is worth switching to. So I thought I’d answered this question with our little story of using Republic Wireless.
I knew it was bound to happen one day and that day finally came. I found my smartphone at the bottom of our toilet bowl. (Not sure which kid put it there.)
Immediately all of my friends’ horror stories of having to replace $600 iPhones raced through my head and I started freaking out. I grabbed my phone out of the toilet and it was still working.
Thank goodness my phone was completely undamaged by the unexpected bath it took.
My phone is the Moto G (3rd Gen) from Republic Wireless and despite its claims that it’s “water resistant” I was beyond skeptical when my phone was sunk deep in water. I mean, really what phone is actually water resistant?
Well, apparently mine is. And if you’re wondering, I don’t have a case on my phone so there was no fancy Otterbox thingy or anything like that on my phone when it ended up in the toilet. It was just my phone.
The Biggest Expense
So why am I sharing my phone-landing-in-toilet story? Well, because one of the biggest expenses most families have when it comes to their budgets is their cell phones. And if you have little kids or careless teenagers, you’re bound to have one of your phones end up in the toilet.
And I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like paying a ton for my phone. Before I switched to Republic Wireless, I was with one of the big carriers and my phone bill was over $80 a month! This was just for me – my husband’s phone is paid for by the company he works for.
That’s just an insane amount of money to pay every month for one stinking phone. Not to mention the fact that my iPhone, which wasn’t the latest and greatest model, was over $500! Our kids aren’t old enough yet for cell phones but I can only imagine how much of a financial burden having a whole family with cell phones must be.
Should you make the switch?
So if you’re in the market to make a cell phone provider switch, I can’t recommend Republic enough. I know there is a lot of concern about the lesser known cell phone providers not having great and reliable service but I’ve never been without service with my phone and I’ve traveled out of state twice and once to the boonies and had service the entire time.
Basically, Republic Wireless works like this – they first go through any WiFi connections for everything including calls and then fall back on Sprint’s network if there isn’t a WiFi connection available. So if you have a WiFi connection at home this a great option because Republic actually refunds you the unused cell data every month. (I highly recommend Republic Wireless for Stay-at-home moms. We haven’t paid for a full bill – the $25 – since we started with them because I’m always home.)
It’s an amazing thing. For me, I have the 1G data plan with unlimited talk and text which is only $25 a month and it’s perfect for me. If you’re a stay-at-home parent or you work from home and have a WiFi connection at home, this may be a great plan for you as well.
Oh and did I mention that they are contract free? Yep, you don’t have to sign a contract with Republic and can switch to another provider at any time. They’ve been a true financial blessing for my family even though I had to get rid of my iPhone and switch to an Android. 🙂 Which honestly, was the hardest part of the entire process – learning how to use a droid.
So if you’re in the market for a new phone or a new phone carrier, I encourage you to shop around and to look into the lesser-known companies like Republic to see if they may be the right fit for your family’s budget.
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