How to Cut Your Cell Phone Bill to $20 a Month

This post is only a brief overview of how I save well over $100 every month on my cell phone bill.

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I have just about the exact same cell phone plan I had a few years ago and I’m paying 20% of the price. At one point I was spending $130 a month. over $1,500 A YEAR, just to have a cell phone with basic talk, text and data.

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Yuck!

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 3.45.33 PMWhen I came across Republic Wireless my interest kicked into full gear and I decided to stop waiting to achieve my goals and move forward.

Republic Wireless operates a bit different than a traditional cell phone company. Republic Wireless operates with the knowledge that cell towers and data usage is what costs the cell companies the most amount of money. Using towers and satellites to beam you your calls and data gets pricey. But using wi-fi is much, much cheaper. That’s why so many cell companies throttle back data usage or charge you a set price per GB each month.

But what if, instead of using satellites or towers to make your calls or check your email, you could make those same calls over a wi-fi spot? You’d be saving the cell phone company money. In this case Republic Wireless passes this savings on back to you.

For the most part, that’s how Republic Wireless works. Whenever you’re near a wi-fi spot, the phone automatically makes your calls or sends your data over the wi-fi network. When you’re away from wi-fi, it uses cellular service through Sprint.

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These were my available plans when I made the switch a couple of years ago. There are now even more plans, allowing you to get even better deals.

Have you tried out Republic Wireless? What is your experience?

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30 Comments

  1. June 25, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    I have Republic Wireless too. It’s not fancy by any means, but it works great. You simply cannot beat the price.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      June 26, 2014 / 10:23 am

      Yes price is definitely what got me curious about it. Hard to beat.

  2. Ben
    June 26, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    I’m not quite so sure why these phone plans are so difficult. The secret to a cheap rate on ATT without giving up any features or resorting to shenanigans is just to bundle up with friends or family members. 5 smartphones with 10gb shared data is only about $200 now, so that’s roughly $40 each. And you still get the benefit of the carrier subsidy (new $199 phone every 2 years) even at that low pricing.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      June 26, 2014 / 7:48 pm

      That’s assuming you have five family members to bundle with, no? With friends, it looks like there is a push to group them in, like Sprint’s “Framily.” Though if we’re focusing on saving money, do we really NEED a newest phone when it comes out?

  3. Ron Diaz
    July 1, 2014 / 11:27 am

    I love the service and value, however I have found porting in numbers to be near impossible, and I think the lack of any phone support is contributing to this.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      July 7, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      Ron, really? I found it to be very easy, just went through the online steps. Maybe I can help, what is it getting stuck on for you?

  4. Tonia S
    July 1, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    I love Republic Wireless. I’ve had them for almost 2 years now and I have no complaints.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      July 7, 2014 / 8:35 pm

      I’m liking them so far Tonia. I have seem a slight difference in connection/service, but as of now, well worth the decrease in price.

  5. Alan Holtz
    July 1, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    The price is my primary reason to switch to Republic. I use the $10 plan. I rarely would need data when in the car. Exception might be traveling out of town. As far as the Google maps feature, consider a GPS app that can download maps to the phone such as Route 66. One time cost, then free use!

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      July 7, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      That’s a really good plan Alan. I wasn’t aware of the Route 66 app.

  6. brandon h
    July 1, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    I have a Moto X on Republic. It’s alright. The price is certainly right, but call quality over wifi can be unpredictable on connections with low upload speed (like 1mpbs or less) or latency issues, which is a LOT of connections. And sprint is terrible when it comes to data. Calls are fine, but data is totally unreliable. Its not just slow but it chokes out totally all the time, and finding 4g coverage is rare. It pales in comparison to Verizon LTE.

    And there are issues with Android. I switched from an iPhone and I REALLY miss it. I’d happily pay full price (over 600 bucks) for an iPhone if I could, but you can’t yet on Republic.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      July 7, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      That’s one of the things that was on my mind Brandon; making the switch from iPhone, which I’ve had for many years.

  7. Michelle
    July 1, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    My bill was close to $200 on Sprint for 3 phones after taxes, which was becoming an unsustainable cost pretty quickly. I switched my phone first, just to try it out, loved it, then switched the other 2 as their contracts ran out, plus got rid of the house phone and got the Moto G for the house for another $60 in savings a month. The 4 phones run me $55 before taxes- (so $60 or so after taxes). So I’m saving $2500 a year and getting the same service since I was already used to Sprint. Love it 🙂

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      July 7, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Wow! Now THAT’S a story Michelle. Care to write out more details and share it on the blog as a guest post?

      • Michelle
        July 7, 2014 / 8:43 pm

        I’d be honored to do so!

        • Steve Bierfeldt
          July 8, 2014 / 4:32 pm

          Fantastic! Email me at SteveBierfeldt at gmail dot com. I’d be honored to post it!

  8. RW user
    July 2, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    If you decide to go with RW, you can save $20 using this referral link.

  9. Seth Folkers
    July 9, 2014 / 3:30 am

    Do you also pay a monthly “membership fee”? It looked like the first month was $12.28, making your actual monthly cost $37.28 (membership fee + $25 plan). Is that charged every month? Thanks.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      July 9, 2014 / 8:45 am

      Seth that is a good find. You’re right on the fee, though it’s an “activation fee” as I see it. So there is the charge when you buy the phone and activate the service, however it’s not a recurring, monthly fee for membership. Good catch!

      • Seth Folkers
        August 27, 2014 / 3:20 pm

        Thank you. I ended up going with Republic Wireless, and I am paying less than $12/month. The service has been great, as well!

        • Steve Bierfeldt
          August 28, 2014 / 8:45 pm

          Great to hear Seth! Keep me posted!

  10. SamM
    August 14, 2014 / 2:11 am

    I was considering StraightTalk, but the data plan only covers the phone right?
    I need a hotspot for my laptop. Have you found a great solution for prepaid data with a tethering option?

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      August 14, 2014 / 12:36 pm

      Sam there is a company called “freedom pop” which does have that extra data hotspot option. You may want to check that one out. I’m not familiar with their service but do know of a few people who use them to get their bill down, and also have the hotspot option.

  11. Bobby Davis
    August 17, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    Great post and find. Seriously considering swapping now. I currently have Sprint and their network is great in my area. I use GPS\navigation so that was a concern but as the previous poster suggested Route 66 may do the trick.

    • Steve Bierfeldt
      August 18, 2014 / 4:25 pm

      Definitely check out the service areas Bobby. If you need spotless service all hours of the day, it may be worth investigating. But for me and the price, I think you can’t go wrong.

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