★ Rockstar Giveaway: Moto G5 Plus Phone & Service!


moto g5 plus

This is part of our weekly Giveaway series.
To see our previous giveaways, and who won them, click above!

What up, what up! My friends at Republic Wireless just dropped some major news about getting 6 months worth of free service for anyone who ports over their Android phone this week, and in celebration sent me a free phone to give out to y’all as well :)

I’ve been using RW for almost 3 years now, and absolutely love them as they’ve literally saved me over $3,000 so far (we were paying $160/mo for two lines at Verizon and now pay $50’ish/mo for the same at RW!). So if you’ve ever wanted to try Republic Wireless out, now’s a good time!

Here’s a quick snapshot of their plans and pricing for those new to them:

republic wireless plans

And here’s more about their special promo going on right now:

For one week, anyone activating a phone on RW’s popular Bring Your Own Android Phone program will receive six months of free service up to 2GB/cellular 4G LTE data, normally at $30 a month.

Some details and info on how to sign up:

  • First, make sure your existing phone is compatible with their service. (Check here!)
  • Order your FREE SIM kit. Act fast while supplies last. (Discount will be taken at checkout. All you pay for is shipping and taxes.)
  • Activate your phone by June 6th, 2017, and pay for your first month of service—then enjoy up to $30 off your bill for the next 6 months!

PS: The offer is only valid on new customer accounts and/or a new service line on an existing customer account. At any time, customers can choose the plan that works best for their needs and standard plan rates will apply, starting for as little as $15 a month. Customers are in complete control of their plan and can change it at any time without penalty and the bill will be prorated accordingly.

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This Week’s Giveaway!

If you’re ready to give Republic Wireless a shot and/or upgrade your own phone with them, today’s your lucky day :) We’re giving out the new Moto G5 Plus, along with 6 months of 2GB/mo service.

Here’s a look at the phone, along with some of its juicy specs:

moto g5 plus phone

  • 12MP dual pixel camera and 5MP front camera with a wide-angle lens
  • 32GB ROM / 2GB RAM
  • 5.2” Full HD (1080 x 1920) IPS
  • 3000 mAH long lasting battery
  • Scratch protection with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • High sensitivity fingerprint sensor with multi finger recognition for enhanced security
  • Water repellent coating water-repellent[ii] coating to protect phone inside and out

Want it? Answer the following two questions below in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win:

Why are you with your current carrier, and how much does it cost you a month?

The giveaway will be open for a week, and the winner will be announced on this same page at the bottom, as well as on our main giveaway page here. We’ll use Random.org to pick the winner.

Good luck! And happy calling! (Or texting/gaming/surfing, as who talks on phones anymore?? ;))

UPDATE: Giveaway now over – congrats to Cody Reeve for winning!


To see who won last week’s giveaway, click here.

Jay is the founder of Rockstar Finance, and blogs about money over at BudgetsAreSexy.com. He loves all things finance, coffee, and hip-hop, and is the proud daddy of two beautiful little boys!

Last modified: May 24, 2017

104 Responses to :
★ Rockstar Giveaway: Moto G5 Plus Phone & Service!

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    My carrier is AT&T and I pay $45 a month. Thanks for the chance to win.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  2. Yenti Sunarto says:

    My carrier is ATT and per phone it costs me $44 a month.

  3. Mrs. Groovy says:

    I’m with Selectel Wireless and I pay $30/mo for 1GB data, unlimited talk and text. I wanted stop paying $45+tax for StraightTalk which I was previously on and this seemed like a good fit. My phone is a MotoG 2nd Gen and has very limited storage capacity. I’ve barely added any apps and I have no space left.

  4. Paul Henfield says:

    I’m with Airvoice Wireless and pay $30 a month. Price is right but coverage is spotty.

  5. MikeC says:

    I’m on republic! I pay $15 per month, and want my wife to get on republic too! So good!

  6. Thomas E. Booker says:

    Right now I am with Republic Wireless (need a second line), and since I use WiFi almost exclusively, my total bill from month to month has been about $12.93. (I am on one of the older plans, but looking to upgrade to a data plan that suits a more mobile individual.)

  7. Mark says:

    I use Ting and my average bill for the last 12 months is $30.72. I could use a new phone though!

  8. Troy says:

    I am currently with AT&T because that is what my company provides. Most of my cell bill is paid by my company I only pay $25 per paycheck. When I retire in June I will need to find my own service.

  9. Susan BOROTZ says:

    I’m with tracphone because it’s cheap. It costs about $8/month. But I’m ready to trade up!

  10. Mark Reynolds says:

    I switched from AT&T Wireless to CREDO Mobile a few years ago as I became more conscious of my ability/freedom to boycott companies at will and vote with my wallet to support causes that sign with my own social, political and economic priorities.

    Unfortunately, I currently pay $60/month plus taxes/fees for 3GB service on just one line. Add in the monthly installment for 24-mo financing of an Apple iPhone and my total bill averages $97-100 per month for one line of service.

  11. I have Project FI (a Google company). I was able to get a stock android phone with awesome reception. It bounces off Sprint, T-mobile, and USCelluar.
    For Ms. Blue Ribbon and I the total each month is $49. That is unlimited talk/test and paying $0.10 a MB of data used. Also includes a monthly insurance on my phone…i break things…a lot…

  12. Rob says:

    Verizon Wireless, still on a family plan, $55/mo for me, ~$200/mo for 4gb data/4 lines, a few phone payments for Mom/sister included in that.

  13. Antwan says:

    I have to admit I am blindly with my current carrier because my wife chose them when we first got married on a “shared” plan and I don’t even pay attention to it. I read this article, took a look, and I’m paying +$200/month. (hangs head with embarrassment)

    1. J. Money says:

      Woah!! Damn good time to switch for sure :)

  14. Sherri says:

    I’m with T-Mobile because of a work discount and I also like that there aren’t any data overages. We pay $117 for 4 phones. (Mom,dad and 2 teens).

  15. STeve B says:

    I pay $32/mo for at&t go phone plan with 250 mb of data. I stay with them because they have a nearby office to help with any glitches.

  16. Vishal Ostwal says:

    I’m with my current carrier, Reliance Jio, because it’s the cheapest here in India, and works enough well.

    The service gave 9 months of free Internet access across the whole country, and now I’m currently paying Rupees 309 (about 5 dollars) for a 3 month plan which gives me unlimited data and calling.

    1. J. Money says:

      Interesting to see how it works in different countries, thanks!

  17. I’m with Tmobile and we pay around $90 for 2 lines, unlimited talk/text, and 2G of data for each of us. I’d like to find something cheaper!

  18. My husband and I use Republic Wireless. We are grandfathered into the 10/mo plan. I’m entering because I’m starting my own business and will be in the market for a new line.

    1. J. Money says:

      Congrats on the new biz!

  19. Alyson says:

    Consumer Cellular be wise my parents have it. My Dad is a total research hound and switched to them a couple years ago because it made sense for their usage. Seems like I need to take a good hard look at whether the $130 a month still makes sense for me and my son!

  20. Reni Johnson says:

    I’m with MINTSIM, trying out their service and on my second month. I paid less than $12 a month for the first three months. I’m not thrilled with them because I can’t reply to group texts and I can’t send pictures in text messages. I called their customer service only to learn that they don’t support group text. However, nowhere on their website do they say that. Their customer service isn’t great either. I won’t stay with them and would LOVE to win this promotion! I tried to win the last Republic Wireless deal you had but wasn’t chosen. Maybe this time?

    1. J. Money says:

      Random about the no group texting?

  21. John says:

    We already use RW 4 lines ~$90/month. Would love a new phone, but don’t really need a new line, and just wanted to clarify one thing you said:

    “Customers are in complete control of their plan and can change it at any time without penalty and the bill will be prorated accordingly.”

    I recently noticed my Mom was on the $30/mo plan and she only uses about 0.2 GB/mo, so downgraded her to the $20 plan. RW said the change would apply at the end of the billing cycle and prorating was not possible. It would be great if RW has changed this policy, but they would not do it a couple months ago.

  22. Andy says:

    I’m with Republic Wireless because I am still on their refund plan. They stopped offering the refund option some time ago, but I’m still only paying about $13/month since I rarely use any cell data.

  23. Jennifer says:

    My husband and I are with AT(T and pay $108/mo — which is why we’re looking to change! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Emil says:

    I’m with ATT prepaid. It’s a good deal at $40/6gb. I settled on ATT because I need rural phone service. Unfortunately only ATT had service there. I’m still looking for a cheaper plan that has this area covered.

  25. Greg z says:

    Tmobile, paying 120 for four lines. Huge benefit of Tmo is they don’t charge data to steam music and video. I use about 5-7 gb but only pay for 2.

  26. Mike M says:

    I’m on Sprint on the old Framily Plans. Need to finally pull the trigger on making a switch. Averaging $25 a line but data usage is killing me!

  27. Erin says:

    I use AT&T because we’ve used it forever and we can use iPhones – I pay about $98 (after discounts) for two lines with a high amount of data. I wanted to switch to Verizon when I thought it would be cheaper, but it turns out we can’t get any cheaper at Verizon than we are with AT&T. But I know, overall, our cell phone bill could be lower, so I’m considering making the switch to Republic Wireless…. but it’s a kind of a big deal to change up a phone when I’m used to iPhones!

    1. J. Money says:

      It is tough for the first month or two, not gonna lie, but after that you get used to it and seeing that extra $$$ you save def. helps it go smoother ;)

  28. Amanda says:

    Republic Wireless, $20/month for 1GB of data. I’m only with Republic Wireless because of the low cost.

  29. Zac says:

    I’m with AT&T.

    Why – I guess I’m with AT&T because I’ve been with them for years, primarily due to contract inertia, long-term iPhone financing, etc. Their network strength/speed is the best where I live but it’s just not worth the STEEP mark-up in plan costs. I’d gladly switch to Republic for a $90/mo boost to my cash flow.

    How much – I’m paying ~$140/mo for my phone plan and a hot spot for the wife/kids to use when they’re out of the house (my wife’s unlimited plan doesn’t allow for tethering). There is much room for improvement here.

    1. J. Money says:

      Agreed :) Whether you move to RW or Ting or Google Fi or any of the other competitors, you should be able to save pretty substantially.

  30. Paul Goode says:

    My wife and I use Verizon wireless and its about 60.00 a month.

  31. SCF says:

    My husband and I are on Republic Wireless. It took a while to convince my husband to try Republic, but now he is on board. He just switched to a lower plan so our average cost is about $34!

    Before that we were on Verizon for $160 a month.

  32. Amanda Heather says:

    I’m with AT&T and pay $25/month but that’s only because I’m still on a plan with my dad. I’ve been looking to break away and get my own line but have hesitated due to cost (especially since my current phone isn’t compatible with Republic). Republic looks awesome though and with a free phone I just can’t pass up the chance to win!

    1. J. Money says:

      One of the first steps to freedom, right there :)

  33. My wife and I use Ting, we didn’t have Android devices at the time. And our phone bill is around $30-35 a month

  34. Robert F says:

    My wife and I use RW as they give us the data we had with verizon with a much lower cost. Additionally, the call quality on wifi has been much better than anticipated and we have no intentions on leaving republic.

    We pay $40 a month for 2 lines.

  35. Jennifer says:

    I’m with Sprint although I don’t know why, my contract is up and I’m looking to switch. I pay $100/month for me and my husband.

  36. Dave says:

    Business phone with sprint that costs me nothing but need to get my own line.

  37. Monika Breece says:

    I use Virgin Mobile and pay $32.14 a month.

  38. David Toste says:

    My wife and I are both with Republic but she REALLY needs a new phone. Total price: Roughly $38/month! LOVE IT!!

  39. Cody Reeve says:

    I am currently with Sprint and I pay $175 a month for 3 lines. I desperately need to make a switch and will as soon as my contract is up in August. :(

  40. Bret says:

    Im with straight talk using a nexus 5x and its 48 a month after taxes and fees for 5gb with 4g lte (att). I like this idea but am not sure how well sprint is in my area…

  41. Tim B says:

    I am currently with Republic, myself. It costs me $20 for the 1GB plan, plus taxes, so it comes out to under $23. I’d like to get a second line for my brother, though, and take advantage of the 6 months’ savings for him!

  42. JMC says:

    ATT – this month’s bill is $82.00 for my wife and I. Our bill is usually in that area!

  43. Matt K says:

    t-mobile for $120 for 4 lines. I’m with them because exactly that…the price.

  44. Jeremy Einfeld says:

    AT&T: our monthly bill is $86.48 for two lines, and I’ve been with them for a while because they have better service in our area and provide a good military veteran discount (other service providers are marginally cheaper but moving comes at the cost of getting a new phone and/or dealing with lower data caps).

  45. Christina Strom says:

    I’m with Verizon because they have service everywhere! I value the reliability but I’m curious to see if RW is just as good. I pay $65 for each phone.

  46. Elizabeth says:

    I’m with republic! My phone is over two years old and no longer functioning properly though. :p I am currently paying $10 a month, but as my phone is deteriorating, it rather negates the savings.

  47. Troy Stewart says:

    How can Republic Wireless possibly be making any money off this deal? Cheat codes?? Even after the free 6 months its still really cheap . . .

    1. J. Money says:

      I don’t know, but don’t jinx it! :)

  48. Evan K says:

    I’m on Republic and my wife and I pay $46 a month. But we don’t have phones as nice as the G5…

  49. Asa says:

    I’m with Google Fi for the flexibility and affordability, and it averages $30 a month, using ~1 GB of data.

  50. Andrew Carter says:

    i am with stright talk and its $47 a month.
    uses AT&T service and no limits.
    awesome service.

  51. Julie says:

    I’m with Verizon. For four lines I pay about $140 a month. They have the best coverage in the areas I frequent, but the cost has always seemed a bit high to me.

  52. Donna says:

    I’m with Virgin Mobile because of inertia and my plan is reasonably inexpensive. I pay $30 + taxes per month, but only have 500MB of high speed data.

  53. Sarah Jackson says:

    I currently use StraightTalk as I found the $45 month plan the best option for not having to be in a contract. I broke up with Verizon in 2013.

  54. Samantha says:

    I’m already in the Republic! ;) They really are amazing. Both our plans comes to maybe $25/month total! So awesome. But I really need a phone upgrade.

  55. Rachel says:

    We use Verizon and our bill is $284 for 4 lines. Terrible I know! But I would love to try Republic Wireless and find out if we will have good service since we live in a smaller town. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. J. Money says:

      Yes, def. good to search around whether you win or not! $300 is crazy these days with all the new technology out there :)

  56. JTN says:

    Our household uses Project Fi (me) and Ting (my wife). Our monthly combined is usually somewhere around $60-65/month. It’d be a little cheaper if we were both with Fi, but at present I can’t convince my wife to part with her iPhone; same reason I haven’t tried her on RW.

  57. Ying says:

    I with Verizon, on a family plan with my siblings, and I pay $50/mo.Want too try Republic Wireless, but waiting until I need to get a new phone.

  58. Ana says:

    Verizon because need the reliability for work with a mifi. @$100 mo. for 2 lines.

  59. Republic wireless for both me and my wife. Me: 25 dollar grandfathered 3g unlimited plan. Wife: 20 dollar 1 gig 4g plan.

  60. Stephanie Lampila says:

    I currently have 2 lines with AT&T @ $127 per month (embarrassing). I have unlimited data and text on my iPhone and my dad has an old school flip phone. I’ve been thinking of switching to RW for a while now but haven’t pulled the trigger! The main reason I am with AT&T is because I am lazy! I’ve been with them since I was 14 (now 33) and the service has always been great so I have hesitated switching even though it’s in my interest financially.

    1. J. Money says:

      Woahhhh that’s brand loyalty haha….

  61. Shaun Parker says:

    Im with sprint. I pay $69/mo. I want to switch because they are terrible!

  62. Maria says:

    I’m currently with Republic wireless and pay $40 a month for two lines.

  63. Bela says:

    I’m with my current carrier because I was very unhappy with Verizon, after 12 years with them. I switched to a prepaid carrier on the same network in 2001, am still with the company and our average monthly cost is $11 total for 4 phones.

  64. The Roamer says:

    I am currently with republic and pay about 27 a month. But would love to give this to my mom. Quick question if you know can you do international calling now! Or how do you get around it if you can’t.

    1. J. Money says:

      From their FAQs:

      “We don’t offer international calling, but your phone works anywhere in the world where there’s WiFi for making calls back to the U.S., Canada, and Per Call Countries, Territories, and Protectorates – no extra SIM needed.”



  65. Joe Zaremba says:

    I use cricket and pay 35 month

  66. Rae Graham says:

    I am with Rogers and I pay $110 a month. Thank you for the chance to win!

  67. Tracy Snedeker says:

    I am a tad bit embarrassed to admit this, but here goes–we still have our original flip phone that is pay by the month thru Verizon and we also still have a landline home phone that is part of a bundle deal with our cable company. We’ve been wanting to get a new cell phone and also get rid of the landline for a long time now but just don’t know what plan to do or what phone to get, etc, so we’ve just kind of stayed stuck. My husband actually was told that he needs a cell phone for work purposes or risks being taken off of a certain position. We’ve been looking at Republic Wireless for a while now and would really like to give it a try! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

    1. J. Money says:

      I miss flip phones, if I’m being honest :) they need to make some w/ internet in it so they can go back to being smaller again and not the size of laptops!

  68. Mary says:

    Tracfone $22 every three month. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  69. Chrisb says:

    VZW for coverage and habit, $78 for two lines 2GB shared

  70. Sha Forgacs says:

    I pay $105 per month (ouch!) with T-Mobile.

  71. Brittany says:

    I have a prepaid phone with Net10. I pay $17.19 a month (including tax) for 30 days of service, 200 minutes and no data. My phone is an old school flip phone. But, they are pretty cheap… so that is why I keep using them.

  72. Lucy says:

    We’re with Verizon and pay $130 a month for 2 phone lines. It’s way to $$$, but I haven’t convinced my husband to try out a value carrier yet because Verizon’s coverage is so good here. We previously had T-Mobile, but our calls were constantly dropped.

  73. JPReisender says:

    I’ve been using Tracfone since the days of having to strap a phone to your belt. I like it because my “minutes” never expire — I now have well over 8,000 in my account. Normally, a year’s worth of service is about $100, but the last time I paid for my annual service, I was given the opportunity to add another year for $50, so I did. That comes out to $6.25 per month… lower than Republic Wireless, but without many of the advantages! I sure would like to be able to make and receive calls and texts without going outside to the top of the hill in my backyard. (Seriously.)

    1. J. Money says:

      Straps for phones – I remember those! Along with pagers :)

  74. JimmyG says:

    I am with ATT and I have been riding dirty in a “bill coma”, just looked at my bill and I pay $102 per month!!

    1. J. Money says:


  75. Patrick says:

    J – I’m rocking an iPhone 5S on Virgin Mobile. Made the move recently to save some money compared to my old AT&T plan. Mission accomplished and sitting pretty at $35/month. But I have been itching to move to Android!

  76. Kody B. says:

    Im with AT&T because they offer the best coverage in my region. As of today, I pay approximately $35 per month.

  77. Courtney says:

    I’m with AT&T out of pure habit. But I would like to nominate myself for the most archaic phone out there- I’m currently rocking an iPhone 4. That’s right, a full 5 generations old. It’s so old that it stopped updating entirely more than a year ago. I only have a few functional apps left and am thankful that podcasts still work! I’d be super thankful for a new, inexpensive provider and a new, awesome phone!

  78. Chris says:

    I’m with my current local carrier since my sprint prepaid reception/signal sucked when traveling in BFE Texas (maybe since I was using a galaxy s3?). It averages $45/mo.

  79. Robert Link says:

    Hey RockStar, I’m currently with AT&T as i have a family plan there. I am paying 52/month from past 2 years.

  80. Scott says:

    Like Elizabeth (above), I have been with Republic Wireless for 2-3 years on their $10/mo. plan, but my phone is going downhill as well. If I win this promotion I’ll add another account with them and give my current phone (and plan) to my son.

  81. Allison says:

    I have straighttalk from Walmart and it’s 45 dollars a month. It seemed like a great deal at the time, but now there are so many better options that I am ready to switch, just trying to decide where to go next.

  82. Jen says:

    We are with our current carrier (Verizon) because it has great coverage, and because I didn’t know until recently of less expensive options like Republic Wireless. We are spending $267/month for 4 lines and insurance on the iphones of our 2 teenagers. 10 GB. Yup, it hurts to write that amount.

    1. J. Money says:

      Woah – a car payment!

  83. Ryan says:

    We are still on AT&T due to a work discount we received 5+ years ago. Currently paying $88 for 2 lines and 2 gigs shared data! Have been wanting to swap to Ting or Republic but never got around to it. Think it’s time to jump ship with the Republic promo though!

  84. Diane says:

    I’m currently with republic and pay $20 per month. I’d love to get a phone and service for my college daughter! Thanks!

  85. Kelly says:

    I’m with H2O Wireless and I pay $27 a month for unlimited talk/text and 3 GB of LTE data. It’s on AT&Ts cellular network.

  86. Anthony says:

    Verizon Wireless because we’ve had it forever and also still get to enjoy an old work discount (22% total). Our bill is $120/month for 2 lines.

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