Looking for new ways to save money on wireless service?

There's a service I've talked about before called Republic Wireless that I am now ready to tell you is a real deal.

Republic Wireless offers truly unlimited talk, text, and web for $25 a month -- no contract.

The way Republic Wireless works is you have to buy a phone that has special software embedded in it to work on their system. At first they only had the Moto X for $299. Now they're rolling out the Moto G for $149. The Moto G is still a very good phone, though not quite as good as the X.

I tested the first generation a year and half ago and it was lousy; it was not ready for primetime. But the current version is fantastic. Read my review here.

If you want a more conventional player, AT&T has cut rates for 2 people together on a plan. Their Mobile Share Value Plan offers unlimited talk and text, plus 2 GB of data. The first person is $65, while the next person is $25. Because this is a no-contract plan, you either have to buy a phone or be out of contract with an already compatible phone.

In response, T Mobile now gives 1 GB of data with unlimited calling and texting. The pricing for the first person is $50, the second person pays $30 and every person after that pays $10. So family of 5 pays $100 annually or about $22$ per person per month.

The rates are getting better or better -- except for Sprint. Sprint has a prepaid $45 a month plan that offers unlimited talk and text with no data at all.

By contrast, you can get unlimited talk and text for $4 a month from FreedomPop. I'm testing a Samsung Galaxy S2 on FreedomPop, but I'm not yet ready to recommend it.

By the way, anything I try, I buy. I am unbought and unbossed. I accept no freebies from any company. So when I'm telling you about something, you know you're getting my unvarnished opinion; my responsibility is to you and your wallet alone.

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Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. View More Articles

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