How much is your wireless bill? Mine is about 100 bucks. A family of five could be in the $300-$500 range depending on their household usage and the type of plan they are enrolled in. That is starting to change, the wireless world is shifting rapidly, unlimited plans are growing. I first took notice when “Virgin Mobile” started selling unlimited everything plans. I did a carrier comparison to illustrate the huge savings that such a plan offered.
Now another smaller but ambitious player has entered then game, Republic Wireless. Using a combination of the Sprint network and WiFi, Republic Wireless offers unlimited voice, text, and data for 19 dollars a month. No contracts, no fees, no hassles.
They only offer one phone, the Motorola Defy XT. It can’t go toe to toe with the Iphone or the Galaxy 3, but it’s a solid offering. If you have to have the very best smart phone then this isn’t for you. If you need a basic well made smart phone, then the Defy Xt should fit the bill.
I spoke to a Republic Wireless rep and asked him how they could offer such a generous plan for so little money. He explained to me that whenever you are near a WiFi signal that your phone will connect to that for all of your cellular needs. Most people have WiFi at their homes and offices so a majority of your usage will be done through free Wifi. When you leave that area or when you are in the car, your phone will switch over to the Sprint cellular network like any other cell phone.
Who is this for?
- Light Users – If you aren’t constantly on your smart phone, running dozens of programs and apps, then this might be just what you need.
- Kids – If you have 2 or 3 teenagers, all with data plans, then you are feeling the pain every month when that wireless bill arrives. Instead of paying $100-$200 a month for their wireless usage you could pay $38- $47. That’s a saving of $600- $2000 dollars a year!
- Pre-Paid phone Users – I have a few friends that, twice a year put 100 bucks on a pre-paid phone. They don’t make many calls, they don’t want the hassle of signing a contract. At $19 a month, a good case could be made for dropping that pre-paid phone.
- Small Businesses – Many companies provide their employees with cell phones, cutting that bill in half would go along way towards shrinking expenses.
I tried the phone out at a trade show both and it worked very well, but that isn’t exactly a real world experience. Reviews for the service are good, several sites have endorsed it. The initial sign up cost is $278, that is for the phone and the activation fee. Republic Wireless has a 30 day no questions asked full refund policy and you can cancel any time after that. If you are looking to shrink your wireless budget, this might be just what you are looking for.