Cell Phone Bills are Insane. Here’s a Way to Get Free Service for 6 Months
Phone bills suck.
Mine is exponentially more than I’d like it to be -- and sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m getting what I’m paying for.
Maybe your monthly phone bill is monstrous, too. After a few months, it can really add up. Maybe it makes it so you have to stick to a strict grocery budget or keeps you from heading to Disney World. (Who doesn’t love Disney World?)
What if I told you that your phone bill doesn’t have to hold you back anymore because you could have six months of cell service for free?
It’s true. Thanks to this awesome deal, we can slash our cell phone bills together.
Republic Wireless Offers 6 Months of Free Cell Phone Service
Have you ever heard of Republic Wireless? I hadn’t until I came across this deal. The more I read about it, though, the more I’m intrigued.
The cell phone provider is offering up to six months of cell service for free, and it can save you big. I’ll be straight up, though: It requires a startup cost of $35 or less.
But after the math is said and done, you’ll still save in the long run. I’ll prove it with numbers later.
To snag this deal, you must own a qualifying phone. Phones included in this deal include Moto G, Nexus, Pixel and Samsung Galaxy -- sorry, no iPhones. For a full list of qualifying phones, click here.
After you confirm your phone is eligible, download the Republic app to verify it. Your phone must run Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher for the app to work.
The next step is to purchase a $5 SIM card kit, which fits in all compatible Android phones. The Republic Wireless website says it will ship the card to you two to three days after your purchase.
And now, the bulk of the startup cost: activating your plan. After you install your SIM card, you’ll head to the app and activate your monthly plan. Plans start as low as $15 per month for unlimited talk, text and Wi-Fi data, and they go as high as $60 per month for unlimited talk, text and Wi-Fi data, and 6 GB of cellular data.
There are some stipulations, though. The free six months only includes the $30 per month plan, which gives you unlimited talk, text and Wi-Fi data, and 2 GB of cellular data. If you choose a more expensive plan for your six-month free term, you’ll have to pay the difference between the $30 plan and the one you select. And you have to pay monthly taxes and telecom fees, but they’ll likely be just a few bucks.
So, in simpler terms, go for the $30 per month plan so you don’t pay extra.
After paying for the first month’s service, you’ll get the next six months free.
This offer isn’t good forever, though -- you have to purchase a SIM card between May 16-22, and activate it by June 6. So, get on it!
Here’s Why This is a Deal
Maybe you’re ticked off now. This isn’t a deal, you buffoons! I’m still paying money! This isn’t FREE!
You’re right — it isn’t free at first. But after that initial cost, it’s totally worth it.
I’ll use my personal situation as an example.
I pay $55 a month for my cell phone bill, which is an unlimited plan.
I barely talk on the phone, and I’m always connected to Wi-Fi, so I would say my data usage is low.
If I chose Republic’s $30 per month plan, I would pay $30 for unlimited talk, text and Wi-Fi data, and 2GB of cell data.
Total startup costs? $35 before taxes.
Under my current $55 plan, I will spend $330 over six months.
With Republic’s plan, I would only pay $35 over six months.
Total savings if I got in on this deal?
$295 minus a few bucks here and there for taxes and telecom fees.
To me, it still sounds like a good deal.
Of course, the savings do not include any money you might owe on your phone if it’s financed or early termination fees, so your mileage may vary.
What do you think? Is this deal good enough for you to make the switch?
Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.