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Spending: Great deals on wireless phone plans, tech

Venturing beyond the major wireless carriers can save you big bucks on smartphone plans.

Wi-Fi first

For a rock-bottom deal, consider a carrier that automatically connects your phone to available Wi-Fi networks. With Republic Wireless, you can get Wi-Fi-only phone service for $5 monthly. Or, to use the Sprint network for backup, you'll pay $10 a month for unlimited talk and texts. You can add a data plan, too, ranging from a total of $17.50 a month for 500 megabytes of data to $85 monthly for 5GB (most people use 1GB to 2GB a month). For any data you don't use, you'll get a credit toward next month's bill. Choose either an Android Moto E or Moto G phone, which can switch...