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$299 Moto X Now Available at Republic Wireless

A couple of months ago Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless promised that it would begin selling the Motorola Moto X in November. Republic kept that promise and today the Moto X is available from the Republic Website for $299 with shipping in 5-7 days.

Republic is a " WiFi First" carrier that uses custom firmware on its phones to route calls, messages and data over WiFi whenever possible. There were some issues with the technology on Republic's previous phones, calls would drop and reconnect when you move out of WiFi range, there's was no MMS (picture and video messaging) and WiFi call quality could be pretty bad at times.

According to Republic the Moto X has new software that delivers better WiFi call quality, seamless WiFi to cellular hand-off and the ability to exchange  MMS with users on the Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon networks.

Republic has new plans to go along with the Moto X:
  • $40/month plus tax for unlimited talk text and data over WiFi and Sprint EVDO 3G and LTE 4G
  • $25/month plus tax for unlimited talk text and data over WiFi and Sprint EVDO 3G (no LTE)
  • $10/month plus tax 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 legacy $19/month plan is not available with the Moto X.

Unlimited cellular data is soft capped at 5GB per month with speeds reduced after the 5GB threshold is passed. But Republic gives users a break, it will allow you to exceed 5GB without throttling for one month every six months.

Unlike most prepaid operators, Republic adds telecom taxes and fees to all plans will cellular access. Taxes vary by state but average about 20%.

Even with taxes Republic's plans are a pretty good deal and the $299 Moto X is quite a bargain. The major operators and Motorola are charging between $499 and $599 for the same phone. The Moto X is a high end Android phone with 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. Its signature unique feature is Active Display which uses the phone's AMOLED to display notifications of missed calls, texts, emails and upcoming calendar events even while the phone is locked and sleeping.

Related:
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Republic Wireless Launches Unlimited Everything for $19/month - Sort Of

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  1. What about Sprint blacklisting new models for Sprint MVNO? Will this have an impact on them being able to use the Moto X?

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    1. The blacklisting only applies to BYOSD Sprint phones not phones made for and sold directly by MVNOs like the Republic Moto X.

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  2. Anybody know how much data/talk/text you can do off of WiFi?

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    1. According to the post "Unlimited cellular data is soft capped at 5GB per month with speeds reduced after the 5GB threshold is passed. But Republic gives users a break, it will allow you to exceed 5GB without throttling for one month every six months."

      I haven't heard of anyone getting their service restricted or terminated for using too much unlimited cellular voice or messaging.

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  3. How fast is Sprint 3G data? I've heard rumors it is quite slow. I know you can get Sprint LTE some places now, but it doesn't appear to exist around me.

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    1. Sprint 3G is EVDO. The maximum theoretical speed is 3.1 Mbps but typical real world speeds are between 600 Kbps and 1 Mbps.

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  4. I don't under stand their $5 Wi-Fi only plan....I use my tablets already on Wi-Fi only and pay $0 ..

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    1. Does you tablet have a phone number that lets you make and receive calls?
      There is an app for that, but you have to choose one, set it up and use a headset if you want privacy. The phone is more convenient.

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    2. The $5 plan gives you access to Republic's WiFi calling amd messaging app. It's probably more convenient than using VOIP calling and third party messaging apps and the Republic app is supposed to let you sent real MMS over WiFi which AFAIK no other app does. It's up to you to decide if it's worth $5/month.

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    3. This plan is useless. I can't imagine having a cellular phone and you have to stay around WIFI hot spots all the time in order to make and receive calls...

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    4. I already have a Freedompop 3G/4G hotspot, so why shouldn't I save the $5/month?
      I do think their $10 plan is a better value for almost everybody because it includes roaming.

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    5. This plan is useful because you can switch plans during the month to save money, and only pay for cellular service when you need it.

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  5. Sprint is so slow Republic never has to worry about a customer ever exceeding 5gb

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  6. Wall St. Journal reviewer really likes the Republic MotoX and service.
    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303281504579222131917130744

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  7. Republic Wireless Moto X (2ndGen.) to Launch December 10th.

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