Plenty of people dream about cutting their wireless bill — the average annual phone bill has gone from $210 a year in 2000 to $760 in 2010, according to the last research available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Living on the Cheap thinks that is crazy and so do the folks at Republic Wireless.
Republic Wireless is aiming to “disrupt” the status quo and working to reshape the wireless industry by changing what networks consumers use for their smartphones and how much they pay with a “$19 all you can use” smartphone service. That’s $19 a month for unlimited talking, texting and surfing. No contracts, no caps on how much you can talk or text or how much data used, no hidden fees (beyond legally required federal taxes, which will make the monthly bill about $22) or funny business in the fine print.
The company’s hybrid calling model enables member smartphones to use Wi-Fi as the primary network in their homes, offices and in public hotspots. When subscribers move outside Wi-Fi coverage, the smartphone works like a normal smartphone on the Sprint nationwide cellular network. A free app, Republic Wireless Wi-Fi+, available free on the Google Play store, allows members to be easily credentialed to more than 11 million public hotspots.
Sound too good to be true? Tech guru and Living on the Cheap’s Jeff Mac tested the Republic Wireless service for several weeks — read his review here.
The folks at Republic Wireless are giving one lucky Living on the Cheap reader a Motorola DEFY XT smartphone and six months of free service, which includes unlimited voice, text and data for your new smartphone. This is a $369 value.
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If you want extra entries, get your friends to subscribe to Living on the Cheap. Deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 4. We’ll randomly draw one name from all eligible entries, verify he or she is a subscriber with an activated subscription and has followed all other rules, and award the phone. (Note: Only one entry per e-mail address and/or family.) Winners will be contacted via e-mail for a mailing address — so check your spam filters. If we can’t contact you, the prize goes to someone else. Again, you must be a Living on the Cheap subscriber to win.