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Moto X Coming to Republic Wireless for $299 in November With New Plans Starting at $5/Month



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.
Republic's current $19 plan is identical to the new $25 plan, so this is a price increase. Current Republic users do get an ongoing 10% discount on the price of any of the new plans. In addition, current Republic LG Optimus S users will get a $100 credit toward the purchase of the Moto X.  Republic Motorola Defy XT who upgrade to a Moto X are eligible for a $100 rebate from Motorola.

If you are thinking on buying the Moto X and unlocking it for use of another carrier (it's a global GSM/CDMA phone) don't expect it to be easy. Republic's previous LG Optimus S and Motorola Defy XT CDMA-only phones have been locked down to point that installing alternate ROMs or flashing them to work on other operators has proved impossible.

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

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  1. Does Republic have WiFi permanently locked on? Can I choose to NOT pick or connect to available WiFi so that I am always on the Sprint cellular network? Or would they cancel you for that?

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    1. Republic's current phones don't force you to use WiFi. We won't know about the Moto X until it's released.

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  2. Republic charges taxes, so the $25 plan is probably over $30, and the $40 plan is probably close to $50.

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    1. Oh wow, this company charges taxes????? I had no idea companies still did that sort of thing. Silly.

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  3. If your only using wi-fi who need Republic?

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    1. Good point. Maybe they block WiFi access if the phone isn't activated.

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    2. I would assume that means access to their VoIP service to make calls and send texts over WiFi.

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    3. If Republic's firmware hasn't blocked them you could use free apps like Google Voice for texts and like Talkatone for calls.

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  4. that $10/mo deal is nice for people around WiFi all the time. I am not so I am thinking if the Nexus 5 is priced close to this. putting that on straight talk is a better phone and better network for a similar price.

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  5. This doesn't look like any great shakes. They still have bugs to workout hence being in beta. Plus, it isn't as unlimited as they claim. I'll bet they cut you off if you use too much of the cellular network.

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    1. Matt, you ought to read the website to hear it from the horse's. Republic did away with not conforming to some standard approach. Republic buys in huge buckets of minute and data from Sprint at wholesale level. There are enough good customers to offset the greedy data or voice pigs.

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  6. They will be exiting Beta in November when the new phone comes out.

    The new phone will have Wi-Fi to cellular hand-off, vastly improved voice quality and MMS. For MMS to work between republic wireless and other carriers, the other carriers have to upgrade to a newer standard for MMS. I am not sure how long that will take.

    I am one of the original Beta members of republic wireless and have been very pleased with the changes that I have seen. I think they have a very strong offering with their new plans and their customer support has been great.

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  7. You can switch between the different plans twice in a one month period. For example, you could be on the five dollar plan for part of the month and then switch to the ten dollar plan because you needed the ability to use cellular for a while. Then you could switch back to the five dollar plan when cellular wasn't necessary.

    This definitely could be a cost savings for someone. It is great to have that much flexibility.

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    1. I wonder how switching between plans will be billed? For example, if you're on $5 plan for only two weeks and then switch to the ten dollar plan do you get a rebate of $2.50 for the two weeks you weren't on the $5 plan?

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    2. I suspect that this type of hybrid service, utilizing both WiFi and a cellular network, will become the standard in a few years, with most of us using WiFi most of the time for data. I have read of the idea of businesses in major cities installing localized WiFi that will create seamless coverage in metropolitan areas, with the cost being spread out over lots of customers so it will be very low.

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  8. isn't VoIP calling still tedious and unreliable?

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    1. VoiP works well over a good, fast WiFi connection. The only thing tedious about it is the intial setup which isn't needed on Republic's phones where VoIP is integrated into the phone at the OS level.

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    2. VoIP is pretty good these days--it's the WiFi part of things that messes stuff up. My father has a Time Warner VoIP set up for his home phone and it seems just as clear and reliable as the old wired system, but TW says that this does not utilize the regular Internet.

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  9. Still can't beat an old fashioned cellular network for reliability.

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  10. I like the idea of the $10 plan, which is the way I mostly use my phone, and with the option of upgrading to data at will if needed. Though I'm curious how the billing will work out on that. Maybe pure paygo would make more sense for Republic--charge everyone $10 per month for unlimited talk and text and then something per mb of data used on the cellular network.

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  11. Dennis: if they charge $25 vs $19 a month for the Moto x, then the difference of $6 would be Republic's attempt at recovering the price subsidy of said device, respectively. When you have an apple to orange comparison, it's incorrect to justify the increase solely as a price increase. Based on public information, Moto is selling the device for $350 to carriers. I suspect the price is higher for Republic, thus Republic is eating a significant amount that they hope to recoup via higher monthly charges. Remember, Republic runs the risk someone will just buy the device and resell it on ebay and make a profit at Republic's expense.

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  12. Hofo ID Grateful4adviceSeptember 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    There's little risk someone will attempt to resell the Moto X as Republic uses a custom Rom and software to support hybrid WiFi calling. Someone with the skill to root the phone, remove Republics software and install a new ROM could make more money in other ways. Motorola makes the best cellphones but the Moto X is s mid tier phone. If the N5 launches at $299 with the same Qualcomm firepower as the Lg G2 then everyone will forget the Moto X.

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  13. What? They charge us $5 for using our own wifi? that's rediculous....there are plenty of free apps can do that Talkatone, Vonage, Grooveip, Textme....

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    1. No, what they charge the $5 for is the ability to make/receive calls to/from your cell phone, using the native dialer, no apps or hoops required, with the ability to switch instantly to a cellular plan, as needed, on the spot, right from the phone. It's a base price for having an active phone/account.

      A person with ready access to wi-fi at home, work, and around town might normally get along just fine without cellular, but under certain circumstances (road trip, family emergency, power outage) will need that capability. And sometimes they might just need temporary cellular for voice, and other times for data as well. This plan is for that person.

      Ting charges $6 for the same thing (wi-fi only) minus the native dialing. Tracfone charges $5.99 for 30 service days to keep a phone active when not adding minutes, and their CDMA phones don't even have wi-fi connectivity.

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  14. Dennis,

    Motorola is offering the $100.00 Jelly Bean rebate on the Motorola X when you send in a Motorola Defy XT or several other Motorola phones that are listed on their website. The rebate is available to people that purchase the new Motorola X on or before June 30th, 2014.

    https://www.mototradeup.com/?q=start

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  15. Dennis,

    I also wanted to say that there is no pre-ordering, at least for now, for the Motorola X with republic wireless. It will be offered to everyone this November.

    I also commented earlier on some other things like Wi-Fi to cellular handover that are going to be part of the offering on the new Motorola X with republic wireless. I thought you might want to take a look at those comments and maybe update your article.

    Thanks! :-)

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    1. Thanks, I've updated the article and removed the reference to pre-ordering and added that Republic says that the Moto X will support wiFi to cellular handoff.

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  16. MMS should eventually work with all the carriers. Getting it working with Sprint is just the start.

    People who buy the Motorola Defy XT before September 26th will qualify for the ongoing 10% plan discount for as long as they keep that line active with republic wireless.

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  17. Hofo ID Grateful4adviceNovember 1, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    My wife had the Motorola Defy XT on Republic. I must say there is no handoff between wifi and cellular - you are simply disconnected. The voice quality on fast wifi is not great either. I hope they are able to improve these isues with the Moto X.

    Am I the only one puzzled why a company with over $100 million in annual sales can't get these hand offs right when UMA calling on GSM phones offered smooth, stable handoffs 7 years ago.

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