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Republic Wireless Launches Moto E for $99.99

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


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  1. Poor Sprint coverage plus awful Republic customer service disqualifies Republic as an option for most people. If that was not bad enough, Republic now limits users to just 25 mb of data roaming per month

  2. At least a $100 phone (since a special Republic one is required) gives those who have Sprint coverage in their location the option to try it out now... without investment in a more expensive phone...
    ? and I assume republic will let you sell/give transfer it to someone else should it not work out ?
    If wifi's available and don't do a lot of roaming (at least with this company's phone :) ) the plan prices look attractive.... but isn't it true they don't want customers using a lot of cellular anyway? your minutes etc.. should really be majority on wifi?

    1. not fully true. you can use upto 5 GB data.( and more than 5 gb once in every 6 months ). Yes u can sell the phone to someone else if you dont like it.Thats what i understand about rw.

  3. It might make sense for someone as a home phone in an area with good Sprint coverage. Most of the time you would be on wifi, but if needed when out and about you can use it on cellular. The problem for many of us is poor Sprint coverage and very limited roaming ability, meaning no data service some of the time. I suggest reading the forums at RW before deciding as the service seems to require a lot of fiddling to get and keep it operating as it should--not for someone who just wants phone service and no hassles.

    1. "If there's no Sprint signal, Republic phones roam at no extra charge on Verizon and other CDMA networks."

  4. I reside in an area of Los Angeles where the Sprint network has been upgraded to 4G LTE and Sprint Spark. However at my home, neither Sprint or any carrier, except for Verizon Wireless is available (I live in a semi-rural, not easily accessible area of Los Angeles).

    I have used Sprint (primarily for work purposes) since 1997, and at my home, utilize a Sprint Airwave 2.5+ device in oder to make voice calls. For data, I use our home Wi-Fi.

    I purchased a Moto X for a family member for use on Republic Wireless. I knew when making the purchase that Republic had negotiated the use of Sprint's already in place roaming agreements with Verizon (and predecessor to Alltel) and other CDMA companies, and the ability to make voice calls over the Airave device (even though Republic does not officially support/sell Airwave).

    In my experience, Republic works fine in native Sprint coverage areas, over Airave and in roaming areas with Verizon.

    I do get it that many of you who post on prepaidphonenews.com do not have access to Sprint's upgraded 4G LTE and Spark coverage, or like Dennis, is constantly stuck for over 300 miles on I-80 east of Reno and just west of Wendover, NV without any Sprint native coverage.

    At least with Republic, as a fallback, you do have Verizon for voice coverage, and if you need to use data for those times you are in a no-coverage zone with no native Sprint coverage, you have up to 25 mb of roaming data.

    If you're an individual that is located in a non-native coverage area of Sprint, then Sprint, or a Sprint MVNO such as Republic Wireless is probably not for you, especially if you are a heavy data user.

    Frankly, the coverage with the Moto X on Republic Wireless here in the Los Angeles area has been fine. As with any company, there will be "holes", however, my own usage on native Sprint within the Los Angeles area is extensive, and I find the coverage (now that it has been upgraded) to have dramatically improved and has become more reliable within the past 18 months.

    I can't believe that I am the only direct billed Sprint customer, and with additional lines on other Sprint MVNO's for whom the coverage and service is generally trouble-free.

    With some of the comments on here about Sprint and supposedly nobody uses them, it's as if I'm Sprint's only customer in the Los Angeles area!...LOL

    From my own experience, the monthly statements from Republic Wireless have been very accurate with no additional hidden fees, other than the required to be collected taxes. I pay right around $10.50 per month.


    1. My experience is that I've used Sprint and T-Mobile based phones pretty much exclusively for the last 12 years. I currently have grandfathered T-Mobile PAYGO, PTel PAYGO (T-Mobile), FreedomPop (Sprint) and grandfathered Boost PAYGO (Sprint). Coverage with both networks is pretty good here in the San Francisco Bay Area. When traveling outside of the Bay Area, either Sprint or T-Mobile and sometimes both will have coverage in most medium sized and larger towns and along the interstates.

      My Sprint based phones aren't LTE. Sprint 3G is slow but generally usable and better than the 2G and EDGE that T-Mobile still has a lot of in non-urban areas. l have no complaints about PTel (T-Mobile) LTE in and around San Francisco, it's fast and available nearly everywhere

      I think both T-Mobile and Sprint based prepaid services are good cost effective choices for urban dwellers. Neither would be good if you travel frequently by land. WhenI'm going somewhere that I know won't have T-Mobile or Sprint service li I activate a GoPhone or AT&T MVNO SIM for a month.

  5. A Motoe to go with their famous Motox (rhymes with "Botox")

  6. Sometimes I do but not always. Thanks.

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