You know that thing you have called a budget? Good. Do me a favor and find your “Cell Phone” category. You probably won’t have to look very hard to locate it since it’s likely marked with devil horns and what looks like “HATE! KILL!” scrawled next to it. Now, if you’re budgeting more than $25/month for unlimited talk, text, and data, you should keep reading. If you’re interested in cutting that cost even more, to say, $10/phone for unlimited talk and text (with data over WiFi), you should gently fist bump your screen and also keep reading. And finally, if you’re interested in getting a free rad phone with 3-months of said magical service included OR a free Google Chromecast for your entertainment pleasures… I can’t help you, sorry… PSYCH! Keep reading!
OFB readers, meet Republic Wireless. We’ve heard about these guys through the grapevine for the last year or so, but we never actually chased the leprechaun to the end of the rainbow to find out more. It all seemed too good to be true. No contracts, unlimited plans as low as $5/month, smart tech that runs off WiFi + cell seamlessly, good Android devices. Thems some pretty serious claims.
So, here’s the deal. Republic Wireless has been awesomely generous enough to hook us up with a phone to try for the next few months so that we can report back to all y’all about our experience. And in the meantime, they also want to hook up OFB readers with some goodies, too. They’re
currently running [offer is now expired, sorry!] an awesome promotion where they’re giving away a free Google Chromecast with the purchase of a Moto X. So now you can kick your cell provider AND your cable company in the face! (Unless you neeeeed live sports, like me, in which case you curse the sports gods that prevent you from getting rid of cable… for now.)
In honor of all that awesomeness, we’re giving away one Moto X phone with three months of Republic Wireless service AND three Google Chromecasts. That means four of you will win. That’s a lot of winning. The giveaway ends Tuesday at 11:59pm EDT. There are two entries available per person, so snag them now and enter below.
Good luck! And stay tuned for our review of Republic Wireless in the coming month! We’re excited to report back.
I’ve been using RW since they started (beta wave A). They have certainly come a long ways in terms of service, phones, reliability, etc. I’ve been enjoying my MotoX for just under a year, but I’ve enjoyed only paying $10/mo even more! Glad to see you guys give it a try.
$10/month… I’m still waiting for the asterisk or gimmick. Can’t believe that’s the cost.
Beta Wave A-ers should get a Republic Wireless varsity jacket or something after they take down the Verizons and Sprints of the world.
I hope you like Republic Wireless! I made the switch in January as I was sick of paying $90/month, and it’s been a mostly smooth ride from there. Now my boyfriend is considering switching, since he has a dumb phone and pays more than I do!
Awesome! So glad to hear you’ve been happy with the switch. Thanks for the feedback.
I freaking love Republic Wireless! I have been using them since March 2014 and my bill runs under $30 month (3G service); I also love the Moto X (says a former iPhone user!) – it’s an awesome phone.
If I win, I will share the love to my young adult step=daughter – she needs a budget phone plan.
Thumbs up! My biggest concern is definitely the switch from my beloved iPhone to the Moto X. But having given it a test drive the last few days, it’s actually a really nice phone.
What is the coverage area for Republic?
I am paying Verizon too much monthly but I require the service coverage.
Thanks in advance for the information.
Republic is a MVNO that operates on Sprint’s network. However, they are the only MVNO that has agreements to roam on Verizon’s network when necessary (a big plus in my mind). You can check their coverage here: https://republicwireless.com/tools/coverage-check
When you’re on cell service it uses the Sprint network. Otherwise it covers data and calls over WiFi, and they’re hoping that’s most of the time, whether at home, work, or in an area with free WiFi hotspots.
I’m coming up on a year with Republic and the only issues I’ve had with poor call quality have been a couple of times while on WiFi, probably from temporarily limited bandwidth. The quick solution is to simply turn the WiFi off on the phone to make the call so that it forces it to cell coverage and it works fine. Again, most of the time the WiFi service works perfectly.
I still don’t believe it every time I get my cell phone bill. I’m on the $10 plan and thought at first they’d probably hit me with all sorts of fees and taxes, but it is $11.94 a month total. I’ve also had 4 months completely free through the referral program. Quick tip: if you are planning on signing up for more than one phone, since there is no family plan, do it one at a time and use the referral program for the next phone and so on. Both the referrer and new customer get a $20 credit, equaling 2 months free on the $10 plan for both phones. Use this blog’s referral link for the initial promotional offer.
I am SO glad you wrote this post!! Republic Wireless seems like exactly what I’ve been looking for… this would be A-mazing!! Thanks for the sweet sweet chance!
Ab-so-lutely. They seem like an awesome company, so we’re glad to be sharing them with our peeps.
I’m SO excited to hear your review!! I’m been fooling around with the idea to switch to Republic Wireless for a little over a year now, and this might just be the final nudge I need. I’m mostly concerned about converting my current iPhone 4S to a Droid…
That’s definitely our biggest concern. I’m a big fan of my 4S and Apple in general, so that would be a major change. But bringing my bill down to $25 or even $10 (!) would also be a major change.
Switched to Republic Wireless about a month ago and haven’t looked back since! I thought I’d miss my iPhone but all has been well in Android-land! So, so happy I cut the cord and fired Verizon!
So awesome, Amy! Thanks for sharing. And glad to hear it from an iPhone user, as that’s the only thing that really makes me a little nervous.
My verizon contract is expireing October, and i’m realy looking in to change to republicwireless.
Awesome, Chaim. Seems like a great time to look into RW.