Looking for a way to have a smartphone plan without draining your wallet? Republic Wireless may be the solution. As we’re looking for ways to save money in our monthly budget, I’ve noticed that we may need to re-evaluate our cell phone plan.
Right now we just finished a two year contract with Sprint for their Unlimited Plan. It’s served us well and in fact it may be more than we need. When I was checking our usage, I saw that we were using the phones a lot less than I expected.
After checking Mr. Money Mustache’s post on low cost cell phone providers, I decided to test the waters myself with Republic Wireless.
Republic Wireless – Smartphone Plans for $19/month?
Republic Wireless is a new mobile player; their program started a year ago. They offer smartphone plans for $19/month through hybrid calling. They are a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) of Sprint.
Hybrid calling basically has your phone using primarily Wi-Fi for calls, web, and texts. If there isn’t Wi-Fi available then your phone uses the cellular network.There are no contracts or termination fees. Sounds like a dream, right?
First off, Republic Wireless is upfront that this plan is still considered a beta service. If you need technical support they have an active community on their forums, but no dedicated customer service line.
If can’t afford to have any bumps with service and you like being able to call someone ASAP if you have a problem, you’d probably like to wait. That said, their forums are constantly monitored and the customer service representatives do respond quickly to resolve questions.
The plan is to use Republic Wireless for the next 3 months and see if it is a low cost solution for people.
Signing Up for Republic Wireless
I decided to go ahead and sign up for Republic Wireless’ Beta Waves. It was fairly simple process. For myself I got a confirmation from Republic Wireless to join up and grab my phone about a week after I originally signed up.
Currently there is only one phone that Republic Wireless is using – Motorola Defy XT. For phone fans, this is an adequate, but not a top of the line model. It’s an Android phone that runs Gingerbread. It has front and rear facing cameras and it’s relatively lightweight. I would love to see the ability for users to bring over their own phones to Republic.
The cost was $278 plus tax -$249 for the phone and a $29 start-up fee including the first month service. I created an account online and chose my cell phone number. You can also request to port your number, but I decided to get a new number and to use exclusively for my work.
If you’re interested in using Republic Wireless and getting unlimited talk, text, and data, then sign up today.
Other Options for SmartPhone Plans
Besides Republic Wireless, there are plenty of options to check out for cheaper smartphone plans. Many of these are mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) that use the bigger carriers’ network.
Check and compare each of the providers to make sure you can get the coverage that you need.
Thoughts on Cheap Smartphone Plans
How about you? Have you found cheap cellphone plans that offer good coverage?