How to Save Money on your Cell Phone Bill
Cell phones….. where do I begin? Does anyone remember their first cell phone? I’m sure I will date myself with this, but I remember ours. It was huge, and had it’s own bag that you put in the floorboard of your car and had a long curly cord that was attached to the phone. They have definitely come a long way since the mid 90’s! I remember living in England when texting first began. I got a flip phone that I could pay as you go at the local post office for dirt cheap. Texting was a bit more complicated as you had to press the number buttons a million times to get to the correct letter. Then the qwerty keypad came out and that was life changing! And of course, the smart phone. I can’t live without mine now. But along with all this glorious technology came a steeper phone bill. It was manageable until our kids got old enough to need a phone. Our cell phone bill suddenly ballooned to $300 a month!!!
Searching for an alternative
We had our plan with a well known and widely used service provider that will not be named. We stayed with them because their coverage is amazing, and that is important when you don’t have a landline at home and your kids need to be able to get in touch with you. I know other people that have tried out other providers, but they always seem to have sketchy service. I had just succumbed to the fact that we would always have a large cell phone bill.
My life changing discovery
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One day, while reading a blog post on ways to save money, the author mentioned a cell phone company called Republic Wireless. So, I reluctantly checked it out. It seemed like they had coverage in our area, but that’s what they all say, right? Then I noticed they only support android phones. That was almost a game changer. We are Apple lovers in this family. But having never owned an android, I feel we were not giving them a chance. I talked to my husband about it, and we decided he could be the guinea pig. We purchased the Moto G4 Plus for him for around $300 (the initial investment was so worth it). It replaced his iPhone 5 that he had had forever! It arrived in the mail a few days later with perfect instructions on how to set it up. I was very pleased with how easy it was and how user friendly the website is. We wanted him to use if for a couple of days before we committed to transferring his phone number (which is an awesome feature) and cancelling his service for the iPhone. The service was great and he didn’t have any problems with the phone at all. He actually liked the android and all of its features! So, we transferred his phone number and cancelled his service for the iPhone. It was a very seamless and easy process that Republic Wireless took care of for us.
Slowly making the change
This all seemed too good to be true, so we wanted to him to use the phone for a full month before adding anyone else in the family. He never had any issues with service and the monthly plan is exactly what it is advertised to be. There are no hidden fees and no extra costs. It really is only $20/month! With tax, it came to $22/month. Seriously. I. Can’t. Even.
The next month, we purchased the same phone for the youngest one. She was not very happy with getting an android, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. But once she had the phone in hand, she said she didn’t know why she had a problem with it. She loves it! Sometimes we have to google how to do things, like take a screenshot, but it’s just a learning curve. Each phone has it’s own data plan, so there is no sharing of data, which I quite like. You are responsible for your own data usage and if you go over (at least in this household), then you have to wait for the next month to get more data. The phone is still operational as long as you have WiFi. Samantha and Gordon have made a game out of it and compete to see who can use the least amount of data. Last month, Samantha had 5 days left in her plan when she ran out of data. She learned a valuable lesson and was able to look at where and when all her data was used and she’s been more careful with it this month. You can easily upgrade or downgrade your plan, but it’s not automatic if you go over.
Anna and I have to wait a little longer before we can make the switch as we have newer iPhones that we have to pay off first. Anna can make the switch in May and I can in November. I can’t wait! Our cell phone bill will go from $300 to $90 a month. That is a 70% savings!!!!!!!
I highly recommend this service provider to anyone that needs to reduce their cell phone bill. It will make a world of difference and you’ll eventually get used to androids, I promise!