I was a late adopter of cell phones in general - by the time I bought my first one in 2006, I was the only person in my circle of friends and family who didn't have one (excluding kids much younger than me). So it comes at no surprise that I'm way behind the trend on smartphones too.
But I don't mind being different so it's all good. :)
If you've been reading for a while, you may remember my post last year about my thoughts on buying a smartphone and switching to Republic Wireless. Well, spoiler alert: I finally took the plunge and bought one (you may have already guessed that from the title of this post haha).
The biggest factor for me was the money saved. Since I first got a cell phone, I've always had the cheapest basic plan I could find. I was paying between $42-45 for 500 minutes and unlimited texts, plus taxes and fees, for a nice round total of about $50 a month. That's $600 a year for my cell phone service (no cost for phones because I always pick a free one). Bleh.
With Republic, I bought a their smartphone (a Moto X) for $300, and my monthly bill is $12 for unlimited minutes and texting, plus free data usage whenever I'm in range of wi-fi. That means this first year, I'll pay $300 for the phone + $120 for 10 months of service, a grand total of $420. I'll already be saving money over my old plan! The best part is there's no contract, so I can jump ship at any time if I change my mind.
I've had it for a week now, and no plans to abandon ship yet! Phone calls and texts have been going through fine (except for one dropped call last week - possibly due to a heavy rain), and being able to use the internet on my phone is super convenient. Now I'm crossing my fingers that this service and the price are compelling enough to get my husband to switch (his current plan is $80 a month so we could be saving big time if he switches!).
Do you have a smartphone? How much do you pay for cell phone service?