Republic Wireless' most affordable phone, the Motorola Moto E Android phone is now available in white or black for $99.99. It features a 4.3 inch, 540x960px display, dual-core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3G connectivity and a SD card slot.
Republic is a Sprint MVNO that uses WiFi-First technology. 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. Data roaming is limited to 25MB/month but voice and text roaming is unlimited.
Republic offers three plans for the Moto E:
- $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
Republic adds telecom taxes and fees to all plans will cellular access. Taxes vary by state but average about 20%.
The Motorola Moto E's specs (listed below) are pretty basic but it is running the latest KitKat 4.4.4 version of Android and Motorola has promised that it will get an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, which was just announced today.
Moto E (CDMA) Specs:
- OS: Android 4.4.4
- Processor: dual-core 1.2 Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
- Memory 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory (2.16GB available), SD card slot supports up to 32GB cards
- Screen: 4.3 inch 540x960px Gorilla Glass 3
- Camera: 5MP, fixed focus, no flash, 480p video capture
- Network: CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 Mhz)
- WiFi: 802.11 b,g,n
- Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
- Battery: 1980 Mah, non-removable
- FM radio: wired headphone (not included) required for use
- Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) rating M4/T4
Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: Republic Wireless