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Republic Wireless, an MVNO who uses Sprint’s network for service, announced this week that they will soon sell the Moto X for $299 without a contract. If they sound familiar, that’s because they made headlines last year with a $19 per month plan that included unlimited talk, text, and 3G data. This time around, they are aiming to be taken serious by using a serious device, unlike the Defy XT that they initially launched with. At $299, and without a contract, you won’t find a better deal on Motorola’s 2013 flagship. 

Along with the announcement that they would carry the Moto X, Republic Wireless is also launching a series of new service plans starting at $5 per month. For a Lincoln, you get unlimited talk, text and data on WiFi only. For $10 per month, you can have unlimited talk and text on WiFi and cellular, plus unlimited data on WiFi. At $25, you are looking at unlimited talk, text, and data on WiFi, plus 3G. The last plan runs $40 and includes unlimited talk, text, and data on WiFi, plus 4G.

In other words, since they do calling over WiFi, they expect you to be on WiFi and using your own home or public data rather than their network. Sure these plans are cheap, but how practical are they since they force you to be attached to WiFi more often than not?

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Via:  Phonescoop | Republic Wireless

Cheers J_Z, Brian, and Scott!

  • SamBoy

    There seems to be some type of site erode error where in ask the articles they keep calling this phone “Motorola’s flagship phone” when clearly this is “Motorola’s 2013 Fagship phone”

  • DanielP

    $299? it can even be thought of as the iPod touch for android.

    Thats a really, really good price.

    it also makes you think about how the bigger companies are ripping you off.

  • Razma

    its almost worth to have this phone with the $10 plan, and just use a crap feature phone on verizon for making calls when no wifi is available

    • JoshGroff

      The $10 plan gives you calls and texts over cellular, no need for a secondary line.

      • King Lo

        Yeah but it’s Sprint’s towers so YMMV on cell coverage.

        • JoshGroff

          That is a good point.

  • Pierito

    Hmm….long shot….but could this lead to a price drop for the other carriers? *Wishful thinking*

  • http://www.unexpectedparameters.com Aaron Hurt

    Im in.

    Wifi @ work, wifi at home, and google voice.

  • Fresh360

    Since Sprint still offers unlimited what is the benefit of buying this for $299.99 instead of the $199.99 on contract? I really didnt mind signing on for 2 years with a subsidy when VZW still had unlimited.

    • JoshGroff

      $40/ month vs 70, plus the benefit of not having a contract?

      • Fresh360

        The rate plan + Cost of phone saves you roughly $380 over 2 years but at what cost when you don’t have Wifi available? I know this is targeted at a specific consumer but that WiFi thing kills it for me. Now if this was a traditional MVNO at this price and no contract it would be tempting.

        Don’t they also charge you xtra when u fall back on Sprints network?

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Well according to their website, that 40 dollar a month plan isn’t just unlimited talk and text on Wifi, but also on cellar. And they make no statements about charging you extra when you fall back on Sprint’s network.

        • JoshGroff

          It saves you 620 not including taxes/surcharges on either network, which would be larger on Sprint’s. (Or, if you want to break it down to how long it takes to save the extra 100 you’re paying for the phone, a mere 4 months)

          As for the 2nd question, I do believe the way it works is they warn you if you go over an acceptable usage amount, but there are no fees aside from the monthly charge for using cellular. (Which isn’t clearly defined AFAIK and is based upon a community average)

          The WiFi thing is what allows them to set the price low, for the average user, a traditional MVNO is probably the better choice. For someone that has WiFi access at home and the office and rarely uses their phone otherwise aside from random calls/texts/minor browsing, it’s a pretty great deal.

          • Fresh360

            We are using diff #s…I am comparing $40/month vs $60/month, everyone I know with Sprint that is what they pay. I conceded the monetary saving in an earlier reply, my main question was it worth it If you have to be so heavily dependent on WiFi.

            I do admit that It does seem like a good alternative for Sprint customers or those in their coverage area.

          • JoshGroff

            The last time I considered Sprint, it was 69.99/ line with unlimited. That was like a year or so old and the figure I was working with.

            Also, I am a heavy WiFi user anyway, so it works out for me. I rarely use my phone when I’m out and about anyway, so the plan just fits into my lifestyle with no adjustments. I guess if you are used to full unlimited and having that always connected feeling it would require some major changes that others won’t want to make.

        • JoshGroff

          They’re looking more for consumers like me, attached is my phone usage for the past month (ok, like 3 weeks) and my WiFi usage over a 4 day span. Then again, most of that WiFi use was downloading my music from Dropbox and setting up my HTC One, but that’s besides the point.

          • Fresh360

            WHOA! Thats insane…You must be a living WiFi hot spot lol…My job does not have WiFi so i would be on data 10hrs day easy, and Netflix and Google Music has lead me to 17.30GB this month.

          • JoshGroff

            I just limit my off WiFi data usage to checking facebook/email and the occasional app download I forgot to tick WiFi only on.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    This would be great if sprint had 4G in more than 10% of the country.

  • Derek L.

    Don’t forget… It falls back to Sprint’s network…

  • AndrewScottRox

    The most popular question on every Droid Life post: can I use this on Verizon?

    • umbrellacorp

      But can I!??!?!

  • XvierX

    Will Motomaker be an option with Republic Wireless?

    I’m on Verizon, and the lack of Motomaker is the only reason I don’t have a Moto X yet.

    • David Verba

      I’m with you, but I finally bit the bullet and ordered a black one from Verizon. I purchased one for my GF and the phone is just awesome. Since I had to transfer an upgrade to a feature phone line to not lose my unlimited I would most likely not have been able to use Moto Maker anyway.

    • middlehead

      Not gonna happen, because Republic customizes the phone function in Android to default it to WiFi when available. It’s why they’ve never had more than two phone options at a time, so they’re not going to be able to take in outside phones.

  • Pierito

    So…theoretically speaking….I, who have unlimited data through verizon, could use wireless tethering to have a second line through republic wireless?

    • Pakmann2k

      You could have several. :)

      • Pierito

        NOW we’re talkin!!!

    • Robert Macri

      How many people are you talking to at once?

      • Pierito

        Left ear my mom….right ear…my dad! DUH! lol

  • Stewie

    Of course it would be unlimited data thru wifi, right ????? They don’t control your wifi location networks …. (they could still control your talk time and texts, but data itself for browsing, streaming would go right to the phone,) am I making sense there?

  • Carlos Danger

    Is the phone unlocked? It would be nice to be able to switch providers if you found Sprint coverage in your area wanting (when you actually need it and wifi is not available).

    I guess you might be able to go with the BootLoader unlock, but I’d prefer not to (and void the warranty).

    • middlehead

      Republic customizes the Android build to fold in their WiFi-preferring phone function, straight up switching carrier profiles probably won’t do you any good. If you want to install a different build of Android on it, that might get you clear.

      • Carlos Danger

        Thanks a lot for the reply. “Custom Android build”?? That doesn’t bode well for getting Android updates direct from Google as soon as they come out. Might be better to wait for the Nexus 5 and just go with T-mobile’s $30/month unlimited plan (which gets you 5GB of 4G before throttling and 100 voice minutes) and then do mostly wifi calling.

  • 1ofdakoolkidz

    umm… did you say unlimited 3G data, what, who cares about 3g data anymore unless your still on sprint (Sorry had to take a dig)

    • NexusPhan

      They have the unlimited 4G data one too. It’s really not that bad if you’re willing to sacrifice coverage on the go.

  • Sankyou

    This is a slam dunk in Kansas City, the only place with decent Sprint coverage. Thankfully I don’t live there anymore… Still nice to see options.

  • jerflash

    Maybe i will pick this up as a second phone…sounds like a plan

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Maybe if sprint stepped the freak up this would be an option.

  • Dan

    Doesn’t this phone have a SIM card tray? You can’t unlock it and use a gsm network?

    • NexusPhan

      It needs one for 4G LTE because that’s GSM. Same as Verizon.
      But your point is right. It’s carrier locked.

      • spunker88

        Verizon model will take a at&t Sim as it has gsm radios. Sprint model has a sim slot and unlockable bootloader.

        • NexusPhan

          And they are all locked by the carriers.

          • Pedro

            Any LTE phone from VZW is carrier unlocked.

          • NexusPhan

            No it isn’t. Try going overseas with a global Verizon phone and see what happens. You have to request them to unlock it for overseas travel and they wont unlock the proper bands for use on ATT or T-Mobile. I’ve already done this dance with Verizon.
            Check the forums to confirm I’m correct.

          • PJ

            That was the case for older phones but not the newer ones. My Verizon Galaxy S3 is sim unlocked (no 3G on AT&T/Tmobile in the US though) and I didn’t have to call Verizon. The newer phones like the Galaxy S4 apparently even get AT&T HSPA speeds

      • Guest

        And they are all carrier locked.

  • trwb

    Remember yesterday when I said that the Moto X would not hold its resale value? Anyways this deal is great. I am switching to Rep Wireless as soon as this is available.

  • JZ

    Worth noting they’re also going to be rolling out MMS over WiFi and WiFi to cell network handoff for calls.

  • EC8CH

    YES! YES!

    Rub some more salt into our Verizon gouge wounds!

    • NexusPhan

      Having just left Verizon and swearing to only buy Nexus devices from now on, it’s just icing on the cake to me.

  • Armus

    What kind of a cell carrier expects you not go use their cell service? Oh wait, Verizon is just like that these days.

  • napppppppz

    Well, that’s nice. About time someone put decent prices on off contract phones! I’d be pissed if I just bought a Moto X from any of the other carriers though…

  • Dan

    I tried republic for a while on the Defy XT, it actually worked pretty well where I had Sprint coverage. Unfortunately for me it did not have enough coverage where I needed it. But on wifi calling worked pretty well. I was happy with the service and if you are in a decent Sprint coverage area I would recommend them. I might actually have to hook my daughter and son-in-law up with these since they are in a good Sprint area.

  • Don Crist

    I will never buy anything other than a nexus from now on.

    • NexusPhan

      I’m right there with you. I just posted the exact same thing.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        NexusPhan only buys Nexus? :P

        • ToddAwesome

          Inconceivable!

        • NexusPhan

          Actually the Galaxy Nexus was my first and I didn’t even really know about the Nexus program when I got it. The name was originally supposed to be saying I was a Galaxy Nexus fan. I was 100% sure I was getting the Moto X until the price was announced. Now I’m just fed with with everything and everybody (phone makers and carriers) and the NexusPan name finally has taken on it’s true meaning.

          • Dre Fay

            Imagine how your Phan-don will increase once you get a true update capable Nexus that isn’t chained up by Verizon.

          • NexusPhan

            Already got the Nexus 4! I’m living in LTE T-Mobile contract free greatness.

          • Aaron Clow

            I never thought wireless freedom could be this awesome. I was with Verizon for ten years and had unlimited data, a promo plan where each extra unlimited data line was only $10 a month more. I dropped it all to go free and never looked back! Nexus phones FTW!

      • Don Crist

        Hopefully the next NEXUS will be in the same range cost wise as this “deal”. Oh please please please be in the same range.

    • Armus

      SD card…. Envy my storage

      • NexusPhan

        Clouds. Unlimited data. Non-issue.

        • Armus

          DL isn’t as fast as an SD card. Try using cloud on a plane – I’m taking 10 GB of movies to watch on a cross country flight tomorrow.

          • NexusPhan

            True. I was pissed that the Gnex didn’t have one initially. But the most I ever used was 10GB of the 32GB. I fell in love with Google’s cloud services and just never needed it for anything other than apps. 4G LTE helps a lot too.

          • Pierito

            get it…..try using CLOUD….on a PLANE!!!!

            I’ll show myself the door.

        • GotSka81

          No network connectivity = no storage. Also, if I drop my phone with an SD card and it smashes on the ground, all my data is safe. If I have only on-board storage then it’s all gone.

          • NexusPhan

            I think you missed the cloud part. Cloud doesn’t break when you break your phone. The SD card could tho.

          • GotSka81

            Correct, I was simply giving another example where an SD card is useful. Also, there is a very slim chance an SD card will break with a drop considering most are held under the battery or other tight spot.

            My main point is that many of us don’t have access to the cloud all the time. In my line of work I spend a lot of time in no-reception areas, so having extra on-board storage is a must. Also, cloud storage is useless when the phone is in a fastboot or recovery environment. Often times this is when the largest chunks of space are consumed.

        • Big_EZ

          I have unlimited data, and I already get throttled. I don’t want to get throttled more by using the cloud for everything on my microSD card. Also, it really sucks not having your music on the phone when you don’t have a data connection.

  • Buur

    Things like this are part of the reason I couldn’t pull the trigger on the $650 developer edition. If Republic Wireless can sell this phone for $300 it just shows what a ripoff it is to ever spend $600+ on a device.

    I am going to end up leaving my unlimited Verizon account and going month-to-month elsewhere. Just not worth the cost of the phones anymore.

    • capecodcarl

      The $600+ prices on modern smartphones are obviously cash cows. Look at the Galaxy Nexus. Google sold the unlocked GSM version for $349 while Verizon was selling the CDMA/LTE version for $549+. Why? Because they could and there’s nothing you can do or say about it. They’ll gladly sell you a subsidized phone for cheaper and lock you into a 2 year contract though! I admit I got suckered into buying a $50 HTC Rezound thinking that HTC would actually support it with software upgrades for 2 more years, but they pretty much dropped it like a red-headed stepchild less than a year after I bought it.

    • A.Miller

      Interested in doing this, but hearing bad reviews of TMO in my area. I can’t really dig up as much info on ATT prepaid as I’d like to.

      • Aaron Clow

        I’m sure there will be reviews soon about Aio. My SIMs should be here on Friday (switching from Tmo mostly because of coverage and poor building penetration). Straight Talk also has the AT&T SIMs again now.

    • Robert Goulet

      I don’t think your point is being made strong enough. This phone at $299 off-contract across all the networks WOULD have been a game changer…and the Republic Wireless pricing absolutely suggests that it was not THAT far outside the realm of possibility.

    • Droidzilla

      Holy crap, people, for the love of God do not just ditch your unlimited plans! Sell them; they’re going for like $200 a pop right now. If you don’t want to do that, please let me take your plan over when you leave it (of course, I’ll just sell it).

      • Jordan

        Whoa, whoa, whoa. How do I go about buying one of these unlimited plans?

        • Droidzilla

          Go to cellphoneforums, howardforums, or ebay and see what’s for sale. You assume liability for the line (standard credit check) and are signed to a one year commitment; at least with Verizon (not sure how AT&T runs it).

  • Kevin Lauscher

    couldn’t someone buy the phone and just flash a different image/rom onto it and take it to another network (i think sprint is cdma..so Verizon?)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s highly illegal to take a CDMA device and flash it to work on a different CDMA network. There are lots of regulations around CDMA networks.

      • jayray78

        Screw the system man.

      • mustbepbs

        Psh.

      • DoctorJB

        Eh, you’d have to do more than flash a ROM. There’s ways of transferring ESNs (ie from a broken Verizon device to this phone) but like Kellex said, it’s not legal (the act of swapping the ESNs of two phones you own is NOT illegal but using the software that allows you to do it IS). The reason is that the software that would allow you to swap ESNs would also allow you to clone ESNs (which is 10 years in prison illegal). Just not worth it!

    • chucklehead322

      This is my big question too!
      With the Moto X available on all carriers, couldn’t it just be used on other networks? What makes it Republic-specific?

      • Jeff

        From what I read, they have to make some modifications to it so that it can work off of their network, since it’s designed to primarily use WiFi instead of cell towers.

      • DoctorJB

        Can likely use on several of the MVNOs that allow the use of Sprint registered phones.

    • Sherlock Holmes

      It’s not that simple when it comes to CDMA. Sprint devices (and their MVNOs) don’t work with Verizon. However, it can be flashed to other ones such as Boost and Cricket.

    • IanKellogg

      as far as I can tell from reading forums and other sources the Moto X is the same between carriers. It is a matter of turning on the GSM radio and moving to Tmobile or ATT. In theory you could hop on Verizon’s network just by activating it.

      • NexusPhan

        I’m not sure about that. That would be great if it was. A world phone. But the FCC showed us so many different model variants that I’m not convinced.

        • IanKellogg

          I know what the FCC showed off but from the XDA forums people are saying the verizon version has GSM unlocked already. The last few phones out there (snapdragon) have all the radios already on the chip and I kind of doubt they wouldnt just use the same phone for every company.

    • decidedtochangename

      Might be BS, but here’s what they say:

      Why are you waiting to launch the Moto X until November?
      Republic’s Hybrid version (using Wi-Fi + cell technology) of Moto X is undergoing final certification on the Sprint network. When that process is complete, the phone will hit the market on the Republic store.

      http://republicwireless.com/moto-x-faqs#cost

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      No can do, aside from any legality and direct feasibility issues, you still have to deal with Verizon’s whitelist. They do not have VOLTE up and running yet so you could rest assured there is no chance in hell you could get voice.

    • Blue Sun

      I think that the IMEI on the Republic device would not be valid on the Verizon device when you attempt to get a SIM card for it. Assuming you could get the radios transplanted. Basically the same thing that occurred Nexus 7 2013.

  • Matt

    i’m on wifi 98% of the day, these plans are very practical to me. Finally a decent phone to use.

    • NexusPhan

      For the cost, it’s impossible to argue.

      • decidedtochangename

        For $20 more a month I think I would go with ATT’s AIOwireless and have a wide variety of phones, including the Nexus.

        • Aaron Clow

          That’s where I went with my Nexus 4. $55 a month (that plan includes tax and fees each month) for AT&T’s network will hopefully be a good thing. SIMs should be here on Friday. I loved T-Mobile, but their signals just don’t get through the building where I work. Going to see if AT&T’s lower frequencies work better.

    • JoshGroff

      Same, and they finally have a good phone to back their network. That $10 a month plan is perfect for me.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        If you guys are really thinking about it, and pull the trigger, I’d love to hear back later on with your experience.

        • JoshGroff

          I’ve been following them since the beta started, this looks like reason enough to try em out. I’ll definitely let you know.

          Going to wait and see if they get moto maker when the exclusivity is over. Should give me time to save up the cash or sell off a phone to cover it.

        • CharlieHustle84

          You still owe us a review on the straight talk att 4g LTE Sim buddy

          • JoshGroff

            If he ordered it Friday, max time he could’ve had it was 3 days at this point. That’s not a lot of time to test and review.

          • DoctorJB

            Pulling 20mbps down and 6 or so up. Same coverage as my old ST sim. What else can I tell you?

          • Jonathan Williams

            So you can order a new sim on the same account and all would be good?

          • DoctorJB

            That’s what I did. Use the online “activate your sim”, select “transfer your number to new sim”, use the new APN settings (tfdata), enjoy! The free one day FedEx shipping really is next day and requires signature but you can pick it up at the distribution center if you aren’t home when they get there.

        • GotSka81

          Hell…for $25 bucks a month, even if you decide to drop it you can sell the Moto X for at least $250 on CL you’re only down $75, which is equal to a month of VZW service for most people!

          • Cory_S

            There might be a pretty small market for a phone on a niche CDMA carrier.

          • GotSka81

            This is a valid point. I’m not very familiar with Sprint’s phone access practices, would a Republic Wireless Moto X work directly on Sprint? I know Verizon is pretty strict about it, but maybe Sprint is more flexible.

    • decidedtochangename

      Too bad it’s not coming until Nov.

      When can I order the Moto X?
      The Moto X will be available for purchase in the Republic store beginning in November 2013. Sign up now to be notified when our Moto X is available.

      http://republicwireless.com/moto-x-faqs#cost

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Well considering it’s $300 cheaper than everyone else, I’d say waiting 2 months is fair.

        • decidedtochangename

          Agreed. I meant it sincerely, not as a negative. Just annoying when they announce things so far in advance.

        • michael arazan

          And Moto Maker will be available to everyone in November as well

    • Josh Shaw

      Yea, but that 2% when you’er on cellular and need to make a call you have to rely on Sprint.

  • NexusPhan

    And they (both motorola and Republic) probably still make money off of just selling the phone. I swear I will only buy a Nexus from now on. I’m not even going to consider anything else.

  • Cory_S

    Unlimited data on WiFi? Sweet I’ll call up comcast and tell them they can’t limit me to 250GB a month anymore.

    • JZ

      I think their rationale is that you can switch your plan on the fly, so if you’re at home most of the time, you may only want the $5 or $10 plan, but if you’re going away for a weekend, you can jump up to the $30 or $40 plan. I’m guessing its pro-rated, so you can pay for your 4G data only when you want it.

      • Cory_S

        I’m pretty sure it’s only 3G data, but yeh I get what you’re saying..I was just poking fun at the wording.

        • JZ

          Ah ok! But to your point, you can get LTE data on Republic with the $40 plan :)

          • Cory_S

            Really? I kind of wish it didn’t now I’m tempted to look closer at it and risk getting locked into another CDMA network..ugh

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    While Motorola rapes us with $630.