Republic Wireless is finally allowing the reactivation of most used inactive Republic phones. I know it's hard to believe but, unlike every other mobile operator in the world, Republic hasn't allowed their phones to be reactivated after a user cancels their service or upgrades to a new phone.
Republic phones don't work on any other operator either, as they have custom firmware that's incompatible with other carriers. They are also reportedly very hard to flash with generic firmware that would allow them to be used on a Verizon MVNO. Needless to say, the resale value of a Republic phone has been lousy.
The good news is that an inactive Republic Moto X or Motorola DEFY XT can now be re-activated on Republic. Sadly, the LG Optimus S, Republic's first phone, still can't be re-activated!
Republic has a page detailing how to re-activate a phone. It looks easy and there's no charge for re-activation.
Republic is a "WiFi First" carrier that uses custom firmware on its phones to route calls, messages and data over WiFi whenever possible. When out of WiFi range, Republic phones use the Sprint voice and data network with no-extra cost voice and data roaming on Verizon and regional CDMA operators
Republic has four plans for 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.
Unlike most prepaid operators, Republic adds telecom taxes and fees to all plans will cellular access. Taxes vary by state but average about 20%.
Source, image: Republic Wireless Blog