Fledgling operator Republic Wireless — which has some of the more interesting plans we've seen in some time — today announced that it'll carry the Moto X starting in November. It'll cost $299 outright — as in no contract — with plans starting at $5 a month.
Yeah, you read that right.
For the uninitiated, here's the deal: Republic is all about this "Hybrid Wifi" thing, which isn't unlike T-Mobile's Wifi Calling feature. The idea is that you offload as much as you can to existing Wifi networks, thus saving the operator (and then you) money. If you do decide to go with a plan that users a cell network for voice or data, you'll be using Sprint's backbone. (So keep that in mind when considering coverage.)
Again, you'll be able to get a Moto X (again, not until November) for $299 without a contract. In, out done. You're stuck to either woven white or black — none of the cool custom colors, apparently.
The plans include:
- $5 a month for a Wifi only deal. You'll still be able to make calls and texts, but you'll have to be on Wifi to do it.
- $10 a month gets you Wifi plus unlimited voice and texts on the cell network.
- $25 a month gets you all that plus unlimited data on the cell network.
- And for $40 a month, you get unlimited everything over 4G as well as Wifi.