Today is a big day for Republic Wireless. After weeks of anticipation, the Moto X is finally up for sale alongside four new plans. The Moto X costs $299 from Republic, but that's without any kind of contract – the full price is $499 most places. You also get you choice of four super-cheap service plans on Republic Wireless.

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This is only the second phone Republic Wireless has launched, with the last being the lackluster Motorola Defy XT. The Moto X sold by Republic is identical to all the other variants, except it has been configured to work with the carrier's hybrid service. Republic Wireless runs on the Sprint network, but only if you're not connected to WiFi. If you're on WiFi, all your calls and texts are sent over the internet. That saves Republic money in usage fees, so it can offer cheaper plans.

Each pricing tier has different limitations. For example, the $5 plan doesn't have mobile calls or data at all – just WiFi. The more expensive plans add mobile voice/text, mobile 3G, and finally 4G at the $40 level.

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In addition to launching the Moto X today, Republic Wireless has announced support for MMS. So if you're still into that, Republic's got your back. The phone is available now, but shipping will take 5-7 days.

[Republic Wireless Blog, Moto X]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Tim Davis

    Any idea if this would work with any service other than RW? Very interested in this off-contract for the wife, but we're on Straight Talk.

    • Daniel

      I would look up using Sprint's Moto X on T-Mobile or AT&T's network. I did some quick reading and found the RW uses Sprint's network. ST uses AT&T or T-Mobile depending on which SIM card you get.

      • Tim Davis

        Right, I just wonder if they left the GSM radios enabled.

        • Lori P

          Hi Tim - LoriP from Republic here. The Republic version of Moto X only works on our service, so you'd have to switch to Republic if you wanted to use this phone. Best of luck and we'd love to have you try us out!

          • Tim Davis

            Thank you for the confirmation, Lori. Were Sprint coverage better where I live, I'd consider switching.

          • Lori P

            I hear you, Tim. You gotta do what's best for you! Definitely keep us in mind.

        • lordmerovingian

          From the specs on their website, seems to be a Moto X without any standard GSM radio. "Networks: CDMA/EVDO Rev. A (CDMA model only)—4G LTE"

        • CowTwitch.com

          Talkatone Is a great free app for android. Uses your free Google voice # and you can talk and text with Wi-Fi.

  • bull

    I'm sorry but how is this "off contract" if you still have to commit yourself to one of their plans in order to buy the phone?

    • Derail Doax

      Well you see there's no contract. That's like complaining that a Virgin Mobile phone or Boost Mobile Phone isn't "No Contract" because it's only compatible with their network. You're confusing Unlocked with No Contract. No contract means you can buy the phone and cancel service tomorrow without having to pay an Early Termination Fee...

      • bull

        is there any way to unlock it (down the road), or will it be stuck to this network forever? comparing this offer to unlimited price of ~500$ that gives you absolute freedom is a little hacky.

        • Lori P

          LoriP here with Republic Wireless. Republic is undeniably no contract but you're right, bull. Our Moto X only works with a Republic service plan. That's because we've custom-engineered the ROM to use WiFi first, and cellular as the 2nd choice. That's the reason why we can offer our service for so little. That being said, here's what you CAN do with your Republic Moto X should you decide to cancel...

          First, you have a full 30 days to test out the phone and service, so if you cancel during that time, you can send the phone on back for any reason, we'll give you a full refund for it (minus initial shipping costs).

          If you end up canceling beyond the 30-day period, there are three good options for your phone:

          You can sell it. If you want to recoup some of your cash, this is a great option. We'll be allowing reactivations later this year, so a new owner of the phone could use it on the RW service. Sell it online or to a friend, though make sure to inform them that it only will work on Republic (this is due to the custom ROM we built into the phone to make it work natively on WiFi. Other providers can't handle the WiFi heat ;)

          You can give it. This is a suggestion some of our members brought to our attention. Some of the groups suggested here are battered women's shelters and veteran aid organizations, though there are likely many who would benefit from a great phone and very low priced service options.

          You can keep it. Even without service, you may want to keep the phone. It won't make calls on the Republic Wireless service, but you can still use apps, listen to music, and browse the Internet when WiFi's around.

          Hope that helps.

          • Brian

            Are there any physical differences with the phone? What if a stock ROM was flashed onto the phone? Thanks.

          • Lori P

            Hey Brian - without getting into the technical details, these phones are custom-designed to work with our ROM and our network only.

          • Derail Doax

            I love that you came on here to talk with us about the phone. Your company strategy is genius and honestly you are the only way I would ever recommend Sprint to anyone ever again. Keep up the great work!

        • Accophox

          These are also CDMA only models - as in, no GSM EDGE/HSPA for use on T-Mobile or AT&T, so even if you could unlock it, there's no guarantee that Sprint or Verizon would ever activate it.

  • Eric Vaughan

    Anyone have any comparisons of call quality using Republic vs Groove IP (or another similar VOIP)?

  • lordmerovingian

    Hmm, a clue as to why this is so much cheaper at $299 than the regular Moto X price might be this, "Networks: CDMA/EVDO Rev. A (CDMA model only)—4G LTE", from their website. This might just be a custom made CDMA ONLY (with LTE) model made for Republic Wireless (a Sprint MVNO) without any standard GSM radio.

    • Perv bear

      Not why, they are taking a loss and hope to make up for it with customer growth. And if you are on WiFi most of the time like they want they are not out all that much money per customer to sprint.

      • John Papenfus

        lordmervingian is right. Here is a chat with one of Republics representivitves

        Please wait for a site operator to respond.

        You are now chatting with 'Dave'

        Dave: Hi John

        John: Hi Dave

        Dave: thanks for chatting in

        John: Dave, I am rying to get m hands on a motorola moto x

        John: however

        John: Sorry dave are you still

        John: there

        John: I had to field a call

        Dave: yea

        John: ok

        Dave: no problem

        John: if I were to purchase a motorla moto x on your website what would you cahrge me for shipping to south africa

        Dave: The
        phone and service are optimized for US use and can only call and test
        US and Canadian numbers. The phones cellular calling capabilities only
        work in the US.

        Dave: we cannot ship to South Africa

        John: I understand how Republic works, Are you suggesting that there is no GSM radio on the phone.

        Dave: The phone is CDMA

        John: IS there a GSM radio in the phone even if its diabled

        John: disabled

        Dave: no

        John: So the phone that republic is selling is missing a piece of hardware that the is included in the normal version of the moto-x

        John: Dave?

        Dave: yea, our phone has special technology to support the wifi calling, so it is not the normal Moto X

        Dave: are you looking to use the phone in South Africa?

        John: I was hoping to yes

        Dave: the service will not work there. and we cannot ship it there.

        John: Fair
        enough, I still find it hard to believe that they are changing their
        manufacturing process and ommiting a piece of hardware just for

        • Batman

          It doesn't cost so much to place a GSM Antenna in the phone that it would jump $200 in price. Antennas are probably the cheapest piece of hardware in the entire phone unlike the processor, the screen, and ram.

  • shabbypenguin

    Future buyers be warned, this device has a locked bootloader. so if rooting and romming is your thing, steer clear of this.

    • jeffo

      except for the fact that it's already been rooted.

      • shabbypenguin

        Cool beans. doesnt change bootloader situation, and with a locked bootloader root isnt always guaranteed. and update could block the exploit and prevent people from rooting in the future.

    • Jason Brown

      I what Lori said but I wonder if there is a way to get this phone to work on Verizon. would be great.

      • shabbypenguin

        well you could esn repair it to a verizon donor phone, but youd only ever get 3g. and you wouldnt have wifi calling, not overly a great way to have a moto x :(

  • silverbemr

    Coupon / Promo Code $19 off when you sign up. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1Xfqk4 Enjoy.

  • jm9843

    @Lori P

    Hey, since you're from RW and are answering some questions....are your "custom engineered" bits (for seamless WiFi/cellular handoff, etc.) going to be easy to port to new versions of Android? Obviously, the "regular" Moto X is anticipated to get a quick update to KitKat 4.4 and it'd be disappointing to forgo that aspect of the handset to use it on your service.

    Can you comment on plans or a timeline to update to KitKat?

    • Justin L.
    • Storey Fram

      Here's what I found that works to get the $20 off.

      Paste the following link in your browser's url,


      Then add your phone and service plan. The cart summary should show the confirmation that $20 credit has been added.

      There you are...savings!!!

      • Peter Kuko

        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!

        • Thanks

          Thanks, I used your link and the information you provided helped. I saw the discount on my invoice and it will apply to my monthly charges.

  • master94

    Since this network uses Sprint, can I use this on sprint?

    • Brendan Owens

      I believe I heard it is carrier locked to Republic. Makes sense though because of that outstanding price. Wouldn't want someone buying unlocked from Republic then leaving right away from Sprint

  • TJ Ford

    use and share this referral link to get $19 credit to your new phone !http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1LxWh2
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  • Tom V

    I have been with Sprint for many years and was reluctant to switch since I was getting a 25% discount through my work, but I was tired of their poor customer service and barely use any of the data that’s on my plan (got really annoying when I was forced to pay an additional 10 bucks) when I’m still using my old Blackberry 8300. I never had any complaints with the service though. Rarely drop calls and reception wherever you would expect it. With that said, at work I have zero reception.
    However I do have wifi at work of course and with almost all my calls are being done at home or at work Republic Wireless works out great for me. When I’m outside a wifi hotspot, the old sprint network or verizon kicks in and I have even better coverage than before. Been with Republic for three months now and love it. If you use my referral link, we will both save a $19 when you sign up. My link is:http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/17rWzy

  • silverbemr

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  • kingramir

    If sprint is good in your area then this is a great phone, has worked great for me since 2012.

    IF you buy the moto x for $299 and have a motorola phone listed in the trade-up program you get a $100 Visa credit. They have many plans to choose from for different types of users.
    I'm going from the Defy XT $19/mo Unlimited 3G plan to the $24/month unlimited everything on 3G, been using since 2012.

    You can save $19 by using a referral code: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1fVtPn
    This is a credit toward monthly service.
    Also, take advantage of the first free month through "moneymustache19" code applied during checkout when purchasing the Moto X or Defy Xt.
    This is about a $44 savings right off the bat.

    No contract for unlimeted everything on 3G for $24 is unheard of. You can opt for the 4G but I do not have 4G coverage in my area and 3G works great for my usage.

    • SC

      Can you please give me your name and email address so that I can add you as my referee. SC

  • Rob

    Interesting that the RW Moto X uses the Sprint network, yet their coverage estimator states that "OOPS! There might be a problem with cell service in your area." I have Sprint now, and while 3G is still terrible, 4G is here, so not sure why RW can't see that. Hmmm...

  • CowTwitch

    Waiting for the price to drop under $200. Preferably $150. Can't justify that much for a phone after buying the defy xy for $199. Still trying to recoup that cost. Even with the $100 gift card, it's not worth it for me for another year. Might just ditch the cellular altogether and just use talkatone.

  • Sam Milton

    Hey get $19 off on your purchase with this Coupon/Promo Code. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1lW4vS

  • Sam Milton

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  • silverbemr

    Coupon / Promo Code for Republic Wireless $19 off. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1frrZR

  • dale

    I'm selling a moto x for 250
    Email. Vadalrobinson@gmail.com

  • ncnative123

    Great coverage, Great service, Great Price. Very Happy. The one caveat is they do not have a call center for service, but instead, if you have an issue, you fill out a support ticket. You will see by reading other post that some people cant give correct addresses or push the purchase button on the purchase page without blaming someone else, so these folks would be better served by one of the big 4 who charge $100 + a month to hold their hand. I only point this out to put complaints in proper prospective. Overall tho, the one service ticket I experienced was prompt and had an email back within the hour and a solution within a day to my benefit. I would suggest only going with the Motto X if you take the plunge. It is the latest and greatest and is much improved over the beta phone. If you decide to buy you can use this link: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1fXq2X and it will credit you $19 off and benefit me $19. Also they have a 30 day money back guarantee. If you return the phone for any reason, they refund all. Price of the phone and cost of the service.

  • Steve Crouse

    I switched to Republic Wireless a few months back from
    Verizon. They were killing me with the monthly charges. Around $120 a month.
    Verizon does have the best 4G coverage. I won’t deny that. I got the Republic
    plan for $25 a month. Unlimited calls, text and data with 3G. It doesn’t have
    the 4G on my plan. It takes a few seconds longer for the internet to load
    compared to Verizon. But for $100 a month savings its well worth it. If you get
    the 4G with Republic remember you might not have use of it except in large
    cities. Im completely happy with the plan I have. I have no dropped calls. It
    works great. Get the Moto X phone and not the Defy (it sucks). The Moto X
    rocks. Yes, you will have to pay $299 for the phone upfront but it pays for
    itself in a few months. Do the math and figure out your yearly cost compared
    with your current plan. I have a link that you can use to save $19 for the
    first month. Yes, it helps me with my bill too when you do. I won’t lie. For
    Christmas bonus my boss decided to let most of us go and I am unemployed. If
    you don’t like Republic, there is no contract. Just switch back. It is a great
    company. Here is the link. Cut and paste if it needed. Thanks!! http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

  • Brose

    I have been watching RW for a while and decided to take the plunge and try it out.

    I'm happy to share $19 off your new service with this link:


  • FreedomForever1


    $19 off your first month of service. It worked for me! Enjoy and let people know before they sign up.

  • Steve Crouse

    Here is the link for a $19 credit. Cut and paste if it needed. Thanks!!


  • newtownmkt

    This will change the cell phone industry, join today and with this link you can save $19! it worked for me as well! http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/22LlpM

  • Mitch Maloney

    If one signs up for Republic Wireless using the Moto X, what recourse does one have if you need a repair done on the phone?

  • Kevin

    I love RW so far. Give it a shot and save $19 when you sign up. Just use this link.

  • John Stevention

    Use this referral link to save $19


  • Cardinal Way

    Remember you have 30 days to try out the service. If you don't like it, you will be refunded the cost of the phone and the cost of the plan, minus $10 for shipping. Wifi calling is not mandatory. RW uses Sprint, which can be spotty, but will roam to Verizon. Where else can you get unlimited talk/text and 5 GB of data for $25 a month?
    You (and I) can save $19 by using this referral link:

  • mars
  • Storey1201

    This link doesn't work but try what I detailed below,

    Here's what I found that works to get the $20 off.

    Paste the following link in your browser's url,


    Then add your phone and service plan. The cart summary should show the confirmation that $20 credit has been added.

    There you are...savings!!!

  • Storey Fram

    Here's what I found to save you $20 off a new phone with Republic.

    Paste the following link in your browser's url,


    Then add your phone and service plan. The cart summary should show the confirmation that $20 credit has been added.

    There you are...savings!!!

    • Peter Kuko

      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!!