Republic Wireless has announced that its version of the Motorola Moto G will be available for purchase beginning this Thursday April 17. The 8 GB model will be priced at $149 and the 16GB variant will go for $189.
The Moto G has rather high end specs for a modestly priced phone including a quad-core processor and 4.5 inch 1280 x 720 HD screen. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Republic is a low cost Sprint MVNO that uses a unique WiFi-First approach. Anytime a Republic phone is connected to WiFi, all calling and messaging uses the WiFi network. When not connected to WiFi the phone uses the Sprint network if its available. If there's no Sprint signal, Republic phones roam at no extra charge on Verizon and other CDMA networks.
Republic offers three plans for the Moto G:
- $5 WiFi Only - Unlimited calling and texting on WiFi only, no cellular network access.
- $10 Talk and Text only - unlimited calling and texting on WiFi and cellular but data is only availableon WiFi.
- $25 Unlimited everything - unlimited data, calling and texting on WiFi and cellular
I don't see the point of the $5 plan. You can get pretty much the same thing with an unactivated Android phone and one or more of the many free Android calling and messaging apps. But the other two plans are unbeatable deals. Even after you include the 20% extra for taxes and fees, no other carrier beats Republic's unlimited talk and text for about $12/month or unlimited everything for about $30.
Source, Image: Republic Wireless Blog
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