Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless announced today that sometime in November it will begin selling the Motorola Moto X for $299. The Moto X is the latest flagship device from Google owned Motorola. It features Android 4.2, a dual core 1.7 Ghz Krait processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 4.7" 720x1280px screen and a 10 MP camera. It also has an unique feature called Active Display that shows notifications of things like missed calls, texts and upcoming calendar events on the phone's lock screen
$299 is a rather amazing price as the major operators and Motorola all charge $599 or more for the Moto X off contract.
Republic uses custom firmware on its phones that routes all calls, messages and data over WiFi whenever possible. The technology isn't perfect; calls drop and reconnect when you move out of WiFi range, there's no MMS (picture and video messaging) and WiFi call quality can be iffy.
Rebublic says that the Moto X will have new software that delivers improved WiFi call quality, seamless WiFi to cellular hand-off and the ability to share MMS with users on the Sprint network.
Republic also has some new plans to go along with the Moto X:
- $40/month for unlimited talk text and data over WiFi and Sprint EVDO 3G and LTE 4G
- $25/month for unlimited talk text and data over WiFi and Sprint EVDO 3G (no LTE)
- $10/month for unlimited talk and text on WiFI and Sprint with no data except when you are on WiFi
- $5/month for WiFi only use.
Update: Republic has announced that effective Sept 26, Rebublic will be reducing the price of the Motorola Defy XT from $199 to $99. Users who purchase the $99 Defy XT and latter upgrade to a Moto X are not eligible for the 10% discount on the new Moto X plans.
Republic also clarified that the new $5-$40 Moto X plans listed above only apply to Moto X users. Optimus S and Defy XT users can keep their current $19 or $29 plans indefinitely.
Source: Republic Wireless