My November AT&T bill was $252. Ouch!
My December bill is $209. Better, but still quite high.
There are three lines in our account: mine, my husband’s, and my mom’s. We share a measly total of 550 plan minutes. I’m the heaviest user as I use the phone for my business, too.
I called AT&T and asked how much my monthly bill would be if I disconnect my line. I was told it will drop to $122. It will save me $100/month or $1200/year if I terminate my line. But, of course, I have to pay the pre-termination fee, buy a new phone, and pay the monthly fee to the other cell phone provider.
After researching several cell phone carriers, I settled on Republic Wireless. Its hybrid calling (routing calls over WiFi automatically) seems to be the best fit for me. I work from home and almost always has WiFi. When not connected to a WiFi, I still have access to a full 3G cell data network using Sprint’s network. My area has a strong Sprint coverage so it really works for me. Their $25/month plan, which includes WiFi + Cell (3G) Talk, Text, & Data service, is crazy cheap!
So, here’s how the math works out:
Remember that it will cost me $1200/year to stay with AT&T. I’m also always worried to go over the limit and end up paying more.
By switching to Republic Wireless, my costs will be:
$215 — early termination fee to AT&T
$370 — cost of Republic Wireless’ MotoX phone, case, taxes, shipping
$300 — ($25/monthly service fee) x 12 months
$885 — TOTAL cost of switching my cell phone service from AT&T to Republic Wireless
So, $1200 (cost of staying with AT&T) – $885 (cost of Republic Wireless) = $315.
I will be saving a total of $315 by switching from AT&T to Republic Wireless, and that is without the fear of going over my limit and what-not.
Also, I still have my old phone, a Samsung Galaxy S3. If I sell it on Gazelle.com, it will net me an additional $100, bumping my total savings to $415. I could probably get more if I sell it on Craigslist.
On the second year (if everything works out), I will be saving $900 with Republic Wireless vs staying with AT&T. Sweet!
I’m loving the savings, but I’m more excited of not having to think about going over my plan minutes because there is none! No more counting minutes! Freedom!!!
I placed an order for a MotoX and I really hope Republic Wireless is all it’s cracked up to be. If not, I fully intend to take them up on their offer of 30-day money back guarantee. I will write another post/review within a month or so to report on how the phone and the service is working out for me.
How about you, how much do you pay for your cell phone bill?