My husband and I have heard my teenage son’s pleas for a cell phone for a few years. Electronics are huge in our family between televisions, computers, tablets, music players, and cell phones and my son paints a clear picture of his needs. He is out of school the latest in the day, he has after-school sports that often run well into the evenings, and he’s proven to be very responsible as well as successful in school. All those things are valid points for getting a phone plan for him, but the real question is what kind of mobile plan would be most cost efficient?
I was recently introduced to Republic Wireless, a company raising the bar in the mobile industry. We’ve all tried no-contract plans in the past, but never with a smartphone option. Republic Wireless is saving customers hundreds, even thousands of dollars over traditional mobile carriers. My oldest daughter, husband, and I are all on a Verizon plan that costs us well into the mid-$60 range per month, per phone. We’ve been on it a while, we have the most updated devices, yet don’t have unlimited access to data or texting. Republic Wireless offers no-contract smartphones that use the combined power of Wi-Fi and cellular at prices that your pocketbook will like with the unlimited talk, text, and data that you crave!
Here are the 4 main reasons that we are loving the Republic Wireless plan for our 13-year old son.
1. Phone–Though the options for phones in the Republic Wireless plan are few as in two (!), the phone we are testing is the Moto X from Motorola. At a $299 price point, it’s the cheapest no-contract phone on the market today. With 16GB on an Android 4.2.2 operating system, there’s definitely a learning curve to the system after growing up on Apple products. Luckily my teen can navigate the phone and processes like he wrote their programs and has adjusted the settings to work for him.
Having Google Chrome on his computer, my son is familiar with the browser on the phone and has adapted to using Google Play for finding the apps and games that he’s enjoyed in the past on his tablet. Items like Instagram, Snap Chat, Minecraft, and Pandora are available as on his Apple products so he has the option to add them and have the music options he so loves (purchases can be made by Google Play Cards).
The phone is slim, comes in black and white, fits in his pocket and in his hands nicely and the 10MP clear pixel camera is something even I’m envying! Unlike other non-smartphones, no-contract phones we’ve had in the past the Moto X accessories are available to protect and charge the phone.
2. Value–Picking your plan couldn’t be easier or cheaper. I was shocked by the prices on the plan, especially the one that is most comparable to what I have! 4 great money saving plans to choose from and also you have the ability to change up to two times per billing period to meet your needs! If you or your child for instance will only be using Wi-Fi for a majority of the month (perhaps during summer vacation) you can pay as low as $5/month. But, then say you’ll be on vacation for a week, change the plan to gain more cellular data right from your phone. Your service will be prorated from the day your make the switch up to your bill cycle date. If upgrading you’ll be charged the difference, if downgrading, you’ll get a credit towards the next month’s bill.
$40 per month for unlimited talk, text and data + 4G isn’t even an option for me on my Verizon plan, my son has something very unique and special!
3. Reliability–It took about 24 hours to activate, but as soon as everything worked out my son was surfing the next, calling his friends, and texting us for a ride from his friend’s house! Republic Wireless works with the Sprint network and his 4G LTE has been flawless in town. While out of town, there were some spots where the signal would drop down to 3G, but it hasn’t been much of an issue for him. To check your area’s Sprint coverage, visit, https://republicwireless.com/tools/coverage-check.
4. Community–Inevitably there are questions, concerns, and troubleshooting with any phone and phone service. Republic Wireless offers a very thorough community page and knowledge center to help you through any issues that arise. Through my PR contact and the community my son, husband, and I have navigated the Android/Moto X world that is still very new to all of us and have learned so much.
I feel this community rivals going into the Verizon store and working through an issue. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply open up a case by signing in and asking away. It may take up to 24 hours but all of our problems have been solved so far!
Sure there may be parts of the plan that may have you skeptical. If you choose to cancel your service down the line, you can sell the device but it can only be reactivated by a Republic Wireless service. Current Moto X owners cannot transfer service to Republic Wireless, and at this point the Moto X is only available in 2 colors and in 16GB options. For us, this is okay at the moment. My son is enjoying the phone’s games and apps, can and has called us afterschool with updates and changes to his schedule, and we as parents are happy with the pricing on keeping him connected.
Republic Wireless is letting my son talk, text, and surf as much as he wants without the hidden contracts, hidden fees, MB’s, GB’s, and fine print that can jack up bill prices and we are happy with that!
To learn even more, visit https://republicwireless.com/ and see if this is the plan for you…or your teenager!
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Phone and service was received for honest review. All opinions are own.