I hated dealing with my cell phone company. It always seemed like they were changing their fees or prices. In addition, the rates always seemed way too high, and I didn’t know of another solution. There were options like TracPhone, but I wanted smartphone functionality.
Now, there are many options for one to go with, but I like Republic Wireless best of all (although I’m a little worried by some of their recent changes). Republic Wireless keeps prices low by using Wifi for calls whenever available. It uses a combination of Sprint and Verizon towers to keep you covered in virtually any cell area as well.
Republic Wireless is able to also offer low monthly rates by allowing you to buy your phone from the start. While it is expensive to buy your phone outright at the beginning you can start saving money right away.
Republic has several different plan options based on what you need. You can get a wifi only plan for as low as $5/month or get unlimited talk & text and 3GB of high speed data for $50/month. You can check out all the plans here. One interesting new feature is that Republic Wireless will refund you for the data that you don’t use.
My wife and I both are on the $10/month unlimited talk & text plan. It has worked great and saved us lots of money every month that we are very thankful for. I would check them out, but if you are a heavy data user I would also look at Walmart’s StraightTalk. I just wouldn’t suggest going with one of the big companies because I think they charge far too much and don’t give enough flexibility. As one last big benefit of Republic Wireless, you can switch your plan twice a month which is great for me so I can enable data for a week or so if I go on a vacation.