It’s totally over-the top, and if I were living my true retired pre-Mr.
Money Mustache-life, I’d be traveling less, floating in fewer business expense account dollars, and probably not upgrading to Google Fi at this point.
I’m a long-time Google Fanboy and I get great life efficiency gains from their search, email, calendar, documents, photo, and map/navigation programs among others. Although the per month base price was double that of Republic Wireless, I found the specs tantalizing because the Google Phone service works virtually worldwide with no roaming charges.
That is right – in 120 countries, you get seamless voice, text and data at the same price as you do in the US: This sounded useful to me, since the Mustache family spends every summer in Canada, plus I end up in Central or South America at least once a year too.
The clarity and color of the screen is somewhat astonishing, as is the quality of photos and videos the camera can produce.
It has stereo speakers that are actually good enough to get a few friends dancing in your hotel room in a pinch.
But if you’re connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network, it routes all your calls and text seamlessly through the Internet instead.
You don’t have to know what is going on in the background, but it means the phone needs some special capabilities and software to let this happen.
The Overly Fancy Google Phones Like Republic Wireless, Google Fi keeps costs down (and flexibility up) by using a hybrid calling system: if you are out in the wild, the phone selects between Sprint, T-mobile, or international carrier networks as needed.
In the winter it might be squeezed into some snowboard pants next to a Ziploc of almonds and sliced cheese. I attempt to take selfie videos while mountain biking.
And I try to take incognito photos of jam bands through the cloud of Marijuana smoke that hangs over the busy crowd of fellow revelers.
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If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I have been a fan of Republic Wireless for several years now.