Moto X

Republic Wireless is doing some pretty radical things when it comes to service plans, and now it's got another top-notch phone to go along with them. The Moto X — read our full review — is now available on the low-cost operator for $299 outright.

As for those service plans, remember that Republic does this thing where you pay as little as $5 a month for Wifi-only, but with that you'll still be able to talk and text. Here's the full breakdown:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data, on WiFi only - $5/month
  • Unlimited talk and text on WiFi and cellular, and unlimited data on WiFi - $10/month
  • Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 3G cellular - $25/month
  • Unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi, plus 4G LTE cellular - $40/month

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Moto X now available from Republic Wireless

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Here's what I found that works to save you 20 off a new phone.

Paste the following link in your browser's url,
rwshar.es/Oznk
Then add your phone and service plan. The cart summary should show the confirmation that 20 credit has been added.

There you are...savings!!!

This is the link that I used to get my credit. It will show up in the cart summary after you add your phone and plan. Type in http://rwshar.es/PqE- in your browser and it should apply. After chatting with Republic I can confirm that the invoice for the phone will be for the full amount. The credit that we receive applies to the monthly phone service only. Hope this information helps some of you begin their journey with Republic and savings :-) Viva Republic Wireless!

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This is the link that I used to get my credit. It will show up in the cart summary after you add your phone and plan. Type in http://rwshar.es/PqE- in your browser and it should apply. After chatting with Republic I can confirm that the invoice for the phone purchase will show that the discount was applied. The credit that we receive applies to the monthly phone service plan and can offer you 2 months of free service on the 10 plan. Hope this information helps some of you begin their journey with Republic and savings :-) Viva Republic Wireless!

Makes sense that they can offer it at such a lot price because you're getting a phone locked to Sprint's CDMA network. If it was an unlockable GSM version, I would buy one from them.

Ditto. My wife wants one, especially with Motomaker, though they don't offer that with the Republic Wireless one. There appears to be some confusion on XDA as to whether the HSPA+ bands are enabled on the Sprint and RW variants of the Moto X.

Hi Veridor -Lori P with Republic here. Thanks for thinking of us! Our Moto X works using the same cell tech as the Sprint Moto X, which doesn't include HSPA+. Our phones use the Sprint 3G network and Sprint's 4G LTE network as well--plus Sprint's roaming partners. And unlimited WiFi all the time, of course.

The best part about it is the plan switching! I can operate on the $10 a month plan most of the time since I'm around WiFi all the time. For a weekend when I know I'm going to be away from WiFi for a while, I can switch to the 3G/4G plan and switch back once I'm home, and it'll only bill me for those days of data. There's no beating this value, and hopefully they'll expand beyond Sprint's network soon!

I still can't believe that they figured out WiFi to cell handover when TMO keeps saying that it will only work with UMA, which they're phasing out.

Hi smileman - Lori P with Republic. We use a Moto X with a custom- built ROM designed to use WiFi first and then the Sprint network when WiFi is not available. It won't work on any other networks besides Sprint and Sprint's roaming partners in the US. You can use the WiFi to dial any US number when traveling internationally (if that would be of interest to you at all).

Thanks for the information Lori.

I have another question. Since this is a custom ROM, how will you handle Android updates? Will it ever be updated to KitKat?

That's $299 for the phone, you can port your number, and no contracts? Heck, if I have a wifi hotspot that I have with me all the time, I could do the cheap wifi plan... plus use it on wifi when I travel overseas. Verrrrrrry interesting.

If it didn't rely on Sprint, I'd be on board.
Sprint is only 3G where I live and < 1mbps on a good day.
Everyone else has LTE at speeds well over 10mbps here.

Sprint makes it a non starter for me.
$60 for MetroPCS makes more sense for me, as they have full LTE coverage where I live
and it's completely unlimited and unthrottled.

$20 more but still a vastly better deal compared to dealing with Sprint service when out and about.

If Sprint is only 3G where you live then isn't it really $35 more since you would only need to subscribe to the $25 3G plan? I am in the same boat trying to decide whether to send my Nexus 5 back in the next couple days and switch to this or be happy that I have HSPA+ speeds for $35 more per month (still a great deal compared to most).

The $10 plan is pretty impressive. I understand some of the thread's apprehension with the Sprint network data speeds, but for calling and text Sprint is very capable. Also they let you test drive for 30 days, if Sprint has LTE in your area, this plan is near perfection.

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So this phone doesn't have a SIM? What stops me from buying this and hacking it to run on GSM (T-Mobile)?

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Anyone having problems with checkout screen being black and asks to fill info below doing this on nexus 4 and nexus 7 doesn't work and different browsers 2

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I canceled my nexus 5 order and ordered this last night(as well as a new router), I like that since I live in a area that doesn't have 4G that I don't have to pay for it. So my monthly bill for two phones should be $57 a month(though I will bump it up too a 4G plan for a month for the few times I go out of town), not bad in my book. I am contemplating writing a review of the service in the forums after I have used the phone for a few weeks.

Here's what I found that works to save you 20 off a new phone.

Paste the following link in your browser's url,
rwshar.es/Oznk
Then add your phone and service plan. The cart summary should show the confirmation that 20 credit has been added.

There you are...savings!!!

This is the link that I used to get my credit. It will show up in the cart summary after you add your phone and plan. Type in http://rwshar.es/PqE- in your browser and it should apply. After chatting with Republic I can confirm that the invoice for the phone will be for the full amount. The credit that we receive applies to the monthly phone service only. Hope this information helps some of you begin their journey with Republic and savings :-) Viva Republic Wireless!!