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The Moto X is undeniably one of the most important Android devices of 2013, and it's probably also one of the best. This phone can be had for a pittance on-contract, but many prospective buyers were disappointed the off-contract cost was so high. If $500 for this phone seems like too much, Republic Wireless is offering an alternative. The Moto X on this Sprint MVNO is just $299 and you can walk away at any time. The plans are also cheap because Republic relies on WiFi to share the load.

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This is only the second phone Republic Wireless has offered to the general public, and some users experienced issues with the hybrid WiFi/cellular calling model before. Are things running more smoothly now? We've got the Republic Moto X to find out if it's worth your money.

How It Works

Republic Wireless licenses the Sprint 3G and 4G LTE network, but the plans it offers are a little cheaper than other MVNOs – they range from just $5 to $40 per month. Republic Wireless is able to do this because its devices route calls and texts over WiFi automatically when it's available. You still place and receive calls with your regular phone number, but it isn't using the Sprint network as heavily.

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When you buy the phone, Republic Wireless offers you four different plans. The cheapest $5 option includes no mobile access at all – it's a WiFi-only device, but you can still call and text normally when you're connected. And indeed, all the plans include unlimited usage while on WiFi. For $10 per month you get voice and texting on the mobile network, but no data. Step it up to $25 and you have voice, text, and unlimited 3G data on Sprint while out and about. The top tier $40 plan includes unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data. Republic Wireless also allows you to change your plan up to twice each month.

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What does "unlimited" data mean in this context? I checked with Republic to find out what the current policy is, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Well, "unlimited" still doesn't mean what you might hope, but it's not bad. You get 5GB of data per billing period, after which your speeds can be throttled. It's not all gloom and doom, though. Republic Wireless will give you a pass on the throttling if you exceed the cap once in six months.

The other aspect of the hybrid calling capability is that your phone will actually switch from WiFi to cell if it loses connectivity in the middle of a call – for example if you leave WiFi range. This handover is one of the aspects early users had issues with, but we're going to dive into that shortly. First, let's talk about the phone.

The Phone

This is an almost completely stock Moto X, so I'm not going to go into exhaustive detail about how the phone is – you've already heard all about it. It runs on the Motorola X8 platform, has always-on voice controls, and active notifications on the screen. It's a great device, and the 720p AMOLED screen is surprisingly good in real life.

There are a few user-facing changes to how this version of the Moto X operates. In the notification area is a persistent item from the Republic app that tells you if you're able to make WiFi calls or cell calls. If you're on WiFi, the icon is green and the notification is very enthusiastic. No WiFi? The notification icon is gray and seems a little distressed. When you make a call, there is a small bit of text on the call screen to remind you if it's WiFi or cellular.

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The notification that reminds you of your status is spawned by the Republic app, which is included on the phone and updated through Google Play. It's really just a standard app that tracks your account and places a high-priority notification on the device. In fact, you can even disable the notification in the Android system settings if you don't want to see it. It does plug into some of the deeper modifications for WiFi calling, so I can't promise disabling the notification is a good idea.

The app itself is actually very nice as far as carrier apps go. It's completely native, uses a slide-out navigation menu, and it's really responsive. The Republic app also includes settings so you can adjust the sensitivity of the handover and add a manual handover button in calls.

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I'm pleased that the customization needed for Republic Wireless hasn't resulted in a lot of bloatware or unnecessary restrictions on usage. Although, native tethering is gone, not that I'm surprised. Basically, the way this phone works with Republic's hybrid service is very transparent to the user.

While the user-facing changes are extremely minimal, there is some more significant stuff going on behind the scenes that enables the WiFi calling and cell handovers. That means some changes to the ROM are needed beyond what Sprint does for its Moto X and longer waits for OS updates. The Republic Wireless Moto X runs Android 4.2.2 right now, while most variants have hit 4.4. I asked Republic if they had any firm plans for updates, but the best they could offer was an early 2014 timeline.

This version of the device will also not be supported for bootloader unlocking through Motorola, according to Republic Wireless. Any changes to the firmware would not jive with the Republic business model of hybrid calling, so that's one avenue not open to Moto X users on this network – at least not in any official capacity.

The Service Quality

This is really what it comes down to – you need a phone that's reliable. It doesn't matter if it's a good deal or a neat device with lots of features. You'll have to go into your Republic Wireless experience knowing that it relies heavily on Sprint service quality in your area. If Sprint is not great around your stomping grounds, you're going to have a bad time and there's not much Republic can do about that. If you've got a solid Sprint LTE signal, the mobile data can be awesome. If you're stuck with a marginal 3G signal, not so much.

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Left: Republic/Sprint 3G, Right: Republic/Sprint 4G

If you begin a call on WiFi, then lose connection because you've passed out of range, the call will flip over to cellular. I'm happy to report that I haven't had any of several dozen test calls drop while doing this. That's a vast improvement to the handover performance when Republic first launched.

There's always a little hiccup when you move from WiFi to cell. The call stays connected, but you don't get any audio on either end for 3-4 seconds as the mobile connection ramps up. You might think at first that the call has dropped, but it seems to always come right back. This has the potential to be confusing for the other party, but I've sprung this on a few friends and none of them saw it as anything unusual – cell phones do weird things sometimes and we mostly ignore it.

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If the phone does make the handover from WiFi to cell during a call, it will stay there for duration of that conversation. You can't move in the opposite direction, from cell to WiFi.

I don't consider myself a stickler for voice quality in phone calls – I like to avoid them as much as possible. The WiFi calls on the Moto X sound good, perhaps a little better than the cell calls. No one has complained about not being able to hear me, and I can hear them just fine. As for SMS over WiFi, I have no complaints. It works exactly as you'd expect it to.

Is This The Phone You've Been Waiting For?

Republic Wireless offers a great value with its service. Even though you're not using the cell network as much, you really don't notice. Virtually all of the WiFi features are completely integrated into the experience you're already used to, so it's easy to forget that the phone is using WiFi data instead of a cellular voice connection. With the overall smoothness of Republic Wireless handovers, I don't think you have anything to worry about on that front.

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This phone is also a huge step up for anyone considering going with Republic. Before the Moto X, the only device available was the Motorola Defy XT – not exactly a crowd pleaser. The pricing is hard to pass up too. For $299 you get the phone and can leave at any time without penalty. Of course, the device won't work on any other networks, but you can sell it and recoup some cash.

In addition to the Sprint network consideration, you have to think about how the how the update situation will sit with you. The Moto X elsewhere either already has, or will soon have, KitKat. The Republic version is lagging a little behind, and will probably continue to do so. If a somewhat delayed update schedule and Sprint's network are not deal breakers, the Republic Wireless Moto X is a great buy.

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.

  • Godspoken

    Definitely makes me consider going to Republic next year when I go to college. Currently on T-Mobile, with the $30 5GB data plan, but a $10 talk + text plan with the best phone on the market for the cheapest price may be well worth the loss of mobile network as a college student.

    • jonathan3579

      You definitely get it. I am testing Sprint on the "free" Student Plan right now and my data has been better than what T-Mobile has been giving. (I live in Houston.) I've been surprisingly impressed with speeds, network signal, and overall reliability thus far.

      • O’s Fan91

        Same experience for me on the Sprint Student Plan. Much more reliable than Virgin Mobile (my previous carier)

        • kcmojo

          Virgin is owned by sprint and runs on it's network.

    • Maxim∑

      I enjoyed that plan when I was on it but sometimes the 100 minute cap was a little to small

    • FreedomForever1

      Definitely do it. Its a $10 a month plan for unlimited talk text. You can't beat that anywhere.
      I love that I can enjoy having basically a data phone without paying the huge monthly bill for it.
      Even stuff like the moto x driving assist and GPS still work without data!!

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  • Raj

    I got my RW Moto last week and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I came from Virgin Mobile, so I'm familiar with Sprint's network. It does everything I need it to and is a helluva lot of fun.

  • Jeffbo

    Got the Moto X with Republic for my daughter, who's off to college on a wifi-connected campus. Got her the $10 a month plan, so she can call and text when she's off-campus. She can update to a cellular data plan temporarily if she needs web access in a bind when away from wifi. Works great, an incredible value! And she's happy with the state-of-the-art phone. Why stay with the contract plans when this is available?

    • Kcls

      I envy people who's parents pay for their cell phones and service...

      • Edward

        lol $10/month

    • FreedomForever1

      My favorite part is telling people that my phone gets better reception when I'm inside a building. The look of shock and confusion is priceless. WiFi calling is awesome and sounds way higher quality than any cell line I've ever used.

      Posted from my Moto X using Republic wireless hybrid service.

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  • http://www.dastardlyreport.com/ Ryan Joseph

    My wife has the Moto X on Republic and she loves it. No complaints about service and she loves the phone. I would recommend Republic to anyone.

    • Kwesner

      where does she mainly use the phone?

  • robert

    only downside you can't flash custom roms because it will break rw wifi calling stuff.

    • FreedomForever1

      Actually some people have reported flashing just fine on the Moto X. I don't dare try it however, but just putting that out there.

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  • Guest

    The problems with this service, as I see it:
    1. the phone is FOREVER locked to republic wireless.
    2. for $30/month I can get T-Mo 100 voice minutes, unlimited text and data — add my own voip and I've got a better deal than RW with much better service.
    3. With the Moto X "black friday deal" the $300 price is no longer a reason to jump.
    4. Updates.
    5. RP's wifi calling isn't full proof — lots of issues with different routers, read their forums.
    6. Sprint. . . do I really need to say more?

    this is a service for the uber cheap, not anyone that actually wants or needs good cellular service.

    • motoridersd

      It's not for everyone, but for the non-tech savvy, penny-pincher consumers who want a decent phone, it works well. I have a friend who loves it, and even though the Moto X was a huge step up from the Defy he had before (IMO at least) he was pretty happy with the Defy. The ability yo make calls and send and receive texts while out of wifi range is good for $10, otherwise you can get any old VoIP plan (or even Google Voice) if you're going to be using it for basic communication while in wifi coverage.

      I love T-Mobile and their $30 plan is great. Luckily SIP clients are getting much better nowadays, and their LTE is very low in latency.

    • ins0mn1a

      yep. if a no-contract phone can't work on any other network, i wouldn't quite say one can walk away any time. sure, you can walk away, but that effectively means you payed the $300 early termination fee.

      • zozo1234

        I thought about using RW. . . but the total lock-in was a no go for me — the whole "you'll have a mini tablet" spew didn't fly with me. And it's a bit funny when you think about it. Currently the FCC is pushing all carriers to unlock devices after the contract period, but RW doesn't have to do that? They can claim the device is "unlocked" but won't work on any other carrier ever and get away with it? The reality is, the only difference is a custom ROM and locked bootloader.

        That all seems a little strange. I would have no problem in them having a "subsidized" period for the phone, after which you get an unlock code or something — if in fact the device is actually being subsidized which I don't think it is, think they are selling at cost or minimal markup.

        Nonetheless, can't really reward a company for that, thus it's not for me.

        • Mason Goodknight

          Seems to me it can't transfer because of the internal Wifi calling setup. It effects too much to let it work on other systems. It is the unique ability to switch between cell and wifi that probably causes this.

        • Brandon h

          I bet dollars to donuts that someone will figure out a way to unlock the boot loader and put a regular Sprint rom on it, its the same exact hardware so should work. No logical reason it shouldn't work on Sprint so long as you get rid of the custom Republic software. The hard part is figuring how to get past the locked boot loader. Republic probably locked it so people would not buy the phone, unlock it, and move to another service.

    • Matt R Carner

      I'm currently carrying around a RW Moto X on the $10/month plan and a N5 on the TMo $30/month plan you describe. Obviously the 100 min on the TMo plan isn't enough so I downloaded Talkatone to bridge the gap and it is NOT satisfactory. Maybe a different VOIP provider would have helped (certainly when Google integrates Voice into Hangouts properly) but I was not happy with this compromise. I'll stick to the RW $10/month plan and save $20/month.

      • NeedName

        you are saving $20/month with no DATA. . . not exactly the same.

        • Matt R Carner

          Not exactly the same, but I also get unlimited minutes. Neither service is perfect, but for me, I'd rather get the unlimited minutes for a savings of almost $500 over two years and use wifi for my data needs.

          • RG

            I used to be in the same boat as you with talkatone but since I have switched to zoiper+pbxes+google voice, the quality has been amazing with very little delay and almost no disturbance in the call quality. It's pretty easy to setup, just search for pbxes and google voice setup on Google.

          • Matt R Carner

            I realize this will vary for each user, but that is too much work for me to go to to use T Mobile. One of the things that I didn't like about Talkatone was the multiple notifications I'd get even from someone sending me a non-SMS message in Hangouts.

            Does Zoiper fix that?

          • maxfrix

            I have had good luck with groove IP. Voice quality is quite good. Google will not be supporting these apps starting next May. So the free calling is temporary until or unless there is an alternative.

      • Mason Goodknight

        Hey Matt ijust signed up with that same T mobile plan and the Wifi calling works fine. Did you setup Wifi calling on your Tmobile phone? That's the reason I gave them a shot. Still considering republic though.

        • Matt R Carner

          I'd love to, but I don't think Wifi calling works on the Nexus 5 (which is what I'm using). If you can point me in a direction of how to enable it for the Nexus 5, I'd love to give it a shot.

          Thanks!

          • juniorsgv

            wifi calling on nexus 5 is only on tmobile version of nexus 5 i thought. i had same issue but when i had nexus 4. losing feature and it being noted on site that not supported. =/

      • FreedomForever1

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        I totally agree. And it's $19 off the first month when you sign up through the above link (that's what I did).

    • anti

      I just switched from T-Mo's $30/mo plan to Republic's $25/mo 3G-only plan, and I have to disagree about getting better service on T-Mo. My T-Mo service was really good in a limited area, but get outside of that area and it just dropped completely. No voice or anything. The problem was that the prepaid T-Mo plan has no roaming whatsoever, so if you're outside of the relatively limited T-Mo coverage area, you're toast. Republic roams for free on Verizon (including data), so even though you're generally stuck with Sprint's network where it's available, you have the much better coverage map of Verizon available when it's not.

      As for your other points, I don't necessarily disagree with them, but I mostly don't think they're a big deal. The phone being locked is a potential issue, although you do get 30 days to return it for only the cost of shipping, so you can at least make sure the service works for you. On the point of updates, it's true you're behind, but you actually aren't losing all that much. I went from a 4.4 Nexus 4 to this 4.2 MotoX and have almost no functional difference because most of the update stuff has moved to Play Store app updates. Very little relies on OS version anymore. So yeah, I'm missing a few nice features here and there, but it's really not a big deal. Of course, some people want to be cutting edge regardless, but I think most people would find they don't miss much at all.

      • brnpttmn

        I get talk/text roaming on the $30 plan. Just not data.

      • http://shanked.me/ Shank

        Depends entirely on your area. In Denver, Colorado, for instance, I have blanket HSPA+ and LTE on T-Mobile for $30/mo, which is a steal. I just wish it was like that everywhere.

      • Sly Ostinato

        Just a word of advice on promoting their 30-day return policy. It is NOT risk-free. You are charged $10 to return the phone. Also, there have been quite a few cases on their forums where RW has been caught lying about damages to phones that are returned in mint condition. They do that so they can charge you $35 dollars and keep more of your refund. There was one customer that caught them red-handed because he made a video and took pictures of the phone that he was returning and sure enough, RW charged him $35 for trumped up damages - so called, scratches. When he asked RW for pictures of their proof, it was revealed that it wasn't even his phone. This type of lying to customers will not make RW look good once the word gets out that they are doing this.

        • kcmojo

          I returned a phone and got 100% refund. My mother inlaw's refund was partial, but with and e-mail and a call back to us they refunded it 100%. Just my personal exp.

      • Brandon h

        Another issue is the lack of Tethering. There currently is no tethering on Republic even with an additional fee, but the staff has mentioned that they are looking into it at a later date. Tmobile at least has tethering as an option. It is nice for when you are on vacation at a crappy hotel with bad wifi to be able to buy a gig or 5 of tethering to use on your laptop/tablet for surfing and/or netflix (I'm convinced cheap hotels like Ramada keep crap wifi so they prevent you from using netflix).

      • MG

        I don't get it. T-Mobile roams to AT&T . I get you like RW but saying you WiFi/Sprint offers better coverage is just not true

      • ashwinipn

        Ditto from me. Exactly the same previous plan, same previous phone. Just one thing I miss is occasional tethering needs. For example, Skype is blocked within my institution. We had a conference call on Skype that had people from different countries on it. The blocking part we came to learn only when we were trying to convert to the conference. In that emergency situation, tethering feature of my nexus 4 came to the rescue and the day was saved for the entire lab and director. The moto x doors not have that functionality yet. However, on the discussion forum, they did not deny completely that they won't enable it in future. They are evaluating all aspects of it. So, it still remains a possibility. But on the plus side, if you don't have sprint network available, you will switch over to a better network that too free of charge. I dobby think you can get a deal better than that. My wife lived in a place witch is a dead zone for all networks except Verizon. Although with nexus 4, I used groove IP paid app, the quality issue remained an issue. Moreover, with Google voice slowly getting integrated with the hangout, third party apps would eventually loose functionality of connecting to Google voice over VoIP, that road leads to the end of the road. So, with concerted efferts of convincing rw to enable tethering feature, I don't think anything else is required what other services providers or phones provide extra. I am happy with the phone as well as service.

    • Kcls

      Problem is, even in my moderately sized town, there is NO T-Mobile service ANYWHERE. So AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon are my only options. My Nexus 4 is on Straight Talk.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      I don't see how T-Mobile $30 per month is a better deal. Republic is catering to a niche market, and for that niche, this is fantastic.

    • FreedomForever1

      1. Not true, RW has said we can resell our phones and they will work on Verizon and Sprint still (once you unlock)

      2. VOIP sounds great, but its hard to have more than one cell line/VOIP and most good VOIP's cost money (or will soon. Google voice); also incoming calls to your normal cell with use those minutes up fast, and you'll have to worry about going over each money. Republic Wireless has seamlessly integrated the two together.

      3. $300 is still a steal (this phone hasn't gone below $350 off contract; I've watched the price).

      4. Kit Kat coming 2014.

      5. Yeah, that's why if it has issues with your router, it is connected to the cell line. I can see the 6 bars thatI have the Sprint backup ready if wifi fails.

      6. Sprint is quite fine for most people. I know people who pay $80 a month for unlimited Sprint Data.

      http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

      Finally, they give you your money back if you don't like it. I dare you to ask for your money back from the At&t or Verizon store (or any major cell phone company). They trick you into pricey contracts, insurance you don't need, and other BS. Time to let the free market do it's job to these uninovational chumps and move to Republic Wireless.

      http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

  • John Smith

    What's this talk of $500 and $299 ? The last $ number that I remember reading was $150

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      You're confusing the fact that the Moto X was $150 OFF for Cyber Monday with its actual price.

  • trlovejoy

    My concern is the lack of a 32gb option. Did you find your storage was tapped out?

    • maxfrix

      Storage is not an issue for me. I store music and photos is all on my phone, never have exceeded 3gb since my first iPhone. I think if someone is storing video and movies it can go fast though. There are work arounds, like a portable micro SD reader if that helps

      • Sly Ostinato

        While workarounds are a possibility, most people expect upper-tier smartphones to offer better storage options. In this case, the problem is not the phone - the Moto X is an awesome phone, BTW - the problem here is Republic Wireless. They just didn't have enough foresight to anticipate the needs of customers. This 'tunnel vision' syndrome that RW has in nothing new. They've been very narrow-minded during this entire venture, IMO.

        • maxfrix

          I wouldn't rule out the possibility of them offering the 32 gb choice. There is the possibility the device will be available on motomaker. Just not this minute. Once they get caught up and stay looking for more ways to sell I am sure more choices will start to appear.

    • FreedomForever1

      Meenova is another option. Check Google. Up to an extra 64gb of storage with a microsd card.

      http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

    • dwight schrute

      one thing that's different (positive) is very few apps are pre-loaded by Republic (except their app). I found my samsung S4 multiple GB of "stuff" I really didn't want (ATT and Samsung apps) and couldn't take off without rooting (which isn't allowed on my work phone). The S4 is a work phone and the Republic MotoX is my personal phone. I think there's enough space for music and photos and apps for my usage.

  • skeeterfood

    Wish this option had been available when we dropped Virgin Mobile last month and switched to Nexus 5s on StraightTalk's $45/month plan. The Moto X would have still been a huge improvement over our LG Optimus V's and LTE is starting to show up around here on Sprint.

    • Maxim∑

      I just left virgin mobile... horrible. Republic wireless has been pretty good for me so far. I do wish 4.4 came a little bit quicker though

    • FreedomForever1

      http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

      Don't feel bad, republic wireless hit their stride with the Moto X. You didn't want to jump in before that. Join after they get the Nexus 5 on board (I'm sure they are working hard to port this software to other android phones).

  • David Lim

    What is the router you did your testing on?

    • RyanWhitwam

      Mostly a Linksys 5GHz N router, but also worked fine on 2.4GHz and a few public hotspots. I don't think the router is going to be a huge issue. Sounds like most work just fine.

      • http://www.davidandjennilyn.com/ David Lim

        I think the router could make a difference, which is what I'm trying to determine. I'm currently using a 2.4 GHz G router and when my wife and I are both on wireless networks (her at home on 2.4 GHz G and myself at work on N), it doesn't come through very clear.

        Calls over wifi sound heavily compressed to me on occasion, so I wonder if a weak signal results in a lower quality call.

    • FreedomForever1

      It has both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz FYI.

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  • Jeff

    Repubilc is great. Been with them for 6 months! If anyone wants $19 off their first month, use this link: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1Lf009

    I will get $19 off too!

  • dlongstreth

    Get $19 off the first month with a referral code: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/2CtdGg

    Seriously, I've had Republic Wireless for about a year. The RW Moto X is the best thing since sliced bread! There are caveats, but all in all a great device with a great plan. The main consideration people would need to make is whether they have good Sprint coverage in their area. If so, it is an easy decision. You buy the phone and then get a low cost, unlimited plan.

  • hcortes

    I have the disappearing phone bill. I haven't had a bill over a year a go and I get unlimited talk text and data, even includes international texting. Here is where i got it nationwideunlimited.com

  • Skippy

    A use case not discussed is when you live (or spend most of your time) just outside of decent cell coverage. We are in that situation and the WiFi-based service provided by RW offers quality voice and data. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint barely cover the house with 2G. When we drive into town for our jobs, we get decent cell coverage (via Sprint, Verizon, and other roaming partners). I think half-off for the RW Moto X is a great deal. Sure you could load an app to provide WiFi calling on other phones with other carriers, but RW is a nearly seamless solution.

    • STOP ARGUING PLEASE!!!!

      Are you Skippy Wickles????

  • Leah Harrell Robertson

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  • Refer for Good

    I'll chime in:

    I joined Republic two weeks ago. I had been on Sprint with a SERO plan (anyone familiar with those anymore?!). Sprint kept adding on $10 a month as newer devices came out, premium data BS got old and I was going to hit $50/month for essentially unlimited everything with an LTE phone.. So I decided to research and looked at essentially every contract-free option.

    I was between T-Mobile and Republic. In the end Republic Wireless won because no matter what 1) I will save lots with them 2) RW uses Sprint with VERIZON roaming as backup in many places. Like the mountains near my hometown... This provides tremendous value to me.

    Anyways, I plan to stay on their $25 a month plan until I travel internationally when I'll switch to $5 a month wifi calling. Fun community at RW too!

    If you're planning to join and want to save $19 off your first bill please use this link: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1h3kqS
    (I'll get a credit too and it happens to be my birthday week so extra special thank you!)

    • FreedomForever1

      Everything you said I completely agree with. My family wants me to shut up about how "great my phone and service is, LOL"

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    • SueAnn

      I'm still on SERO and have a terrible phone. Can't wait until my contract expires in May!!

  • maxfrix

    Been on Republic for a year. The service is great! I just got the Moto x and switched to the $10/mo plan and it's great too. I am out and about all day driving around and my service with Republic is every bit as good as my Verizon was in the same areas. But when I get home or at the office, Republic works incredibly. Verizon didn't work at my home at all. I dropped my landline at home and totally loving the extended range indoors. It seems to me, people that only have cell are missing out. I could see if you work outside all day and only have cell available, then the coverage is everything. If you work around WiFi then you can't lose with Republic in my book.

  • makuogo

    If you want to leave RW, can you port the number out?

  • AnnaK

    The phone is great. But RW customer service is louse at best. We're trying for two weeks now to get our old numbers transferred, and not even got an explanation why RW can't handle the request. Very disappointed with RW.

    • Sly Ostinato

      Yeah, they are the worst when it comes to customer service. Here are some secret phone numbers that they are trying so desperately to keep away from the public. Call them to get the customer service help you are paying for and deserve.

      919-297-1100 - Jim Mulcahy, manager of RW
      919-297-1010 - David Morken, CEO
      919-439-7335 - Sean Rivers, director of customer service

      BTW, I found these over at Yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/republic-wireless-cary-3

  • Jason

    hmmm... has anyone else heard about the outbound call issue they are having right now?

    reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRIid2PAJn0

  • MG

    If you think just WIFI isn't going to cut it, you could always order a Nexus 5 (awesome value) and get a SIM from 35orless.com Rates are even better than Republic/Sprint combo on T-Mobile 4G LTE

    • Sly Ostinato

      Yep, the new Nexus 5 is also an awesome phone. I think the best bet for people, from a financially-beneficial standpoint, is to ALWAYS go with a GSM phone. That way, when you are tired of dealing with your current cellphone provider, your investment in the phone is not wasted money. You cancel your account with your current provider, get a new SIM card from your new provider, pop it in and Tah-Dahhhh, you've just saved yourself a boatload of money by being able to use the same phone you already paid for. GSM is definitely the way to go if you want maximum flexibility and total control over your cellphone options.

  • jdog

    I just switched from ATT and couldn't be happier. Spint coverage is not great but I am on WiFi 90% of time. I got a referral discount from a friend and anybody can get an extra $19 off by using my referral link: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1fRR7D

  • Ben

    Republic is setting up to change the wireless world and I am on board! Start your order here to get your first month free! http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1tjVSC

  • MG

    What happens when the public WiFi in area gets filled up. A lot of times I find public WiFi is bogged down- I assume at that moment I don't get to make a call or (if paid extra) I become a Sprint customer. I know the phone prioritizes WiFi to save $. How bad does the WiFi have to get signal/speed to hand off to Sprint? T-Mobile does WiFi right, it's FREE and a secondary source. If no signal is available on the T-Mobile network or the roaming to AT&T it will choose WiFi- like when your underground in a basement. 35orless with LIVE Plan is the best price for T-Mobile service.

    • dwight schrute

      What I can say is that at my house, at the edge of good wifi signal (where the data is still good but I guess not good enough for calls) it will switch to cell coverage.
      That said, at home, I do get a good phone signal on sprint.
      If you are in a decent sprint coverage area, then you will be fine.
      Check out the coverage map from sprint
      If I recall the UMA mode on tmobile phones, my old blackberry had a bit more range on wifi.

  • Alex

    I just want to add my 2 cents about 'walking away' from their no-contract 299.99 Moto X. Yes, you can walk away if you don't like the service, but at this point in time, you'd be stuck with a very nice i-pod touch(pardon the comparison). Right now-today- there is no way to sell a used RW Moto-X to another user who can turn around and activate the device on their network. They say this will be possible in the future, but they're rather vague about the details. Go look on ebay for 'republic wireless motorola defy xt' all the sellers specify that the devices are not eligible to be activated on republic wireless. I bought the moto x and signed on for the 10$ month plan the first day it was available. I'm on the fence for their service. The phone is great, but if you have problems-as I did- you'll have to be patient and deal with email ticket support. I do love the idea of saving about 50 dollars a month over what I was previously paying sprint for crappy 3g/lte service. I'm adapting to not having data when I'm away from home or work, but I did okay before such a thing existed. I'm not important enough to require my emails buzz in my pocket the moment they're sent.

    • Jennifer

      In six months the $300 dollars you spent on the phone will be saved in lower monthly plan costs. After that point you'll have saved money on a net basis. That's like get a free iPod touch. Except you can get 5GB LTE service on the $40 a month plan and still be at a net savings. How is that a loss?

  • bunga28

    Love this service! No more stupid drop calls from Sprint at work anymore.

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wvTWb

  • ncnative1234

    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.

  • p.johanna

    I have been reading that it will also roam on Verizon, is this true?

    • FreedomForever1

      Yes. In fact it even connected to a Verizon hotspot for me on the $10 plan.

      http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

    • dwight schrute

      from what I understand, they have voice and (limited) data roaming on Verizon.
      So far, I have found good voice and 3g data coverage in northern NJ. I haven't found much 4g (except on a hike in the woods which is kind of odd but).

  • FreedomForever1

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

    Make sure to sign up using the link above (that's what I did), and you get $19 off your first month of service! For my personal review of the Moto X and Republic Wireless, I would give them both a 5/5 and call it the best cell phone deal and service in America. I haven't dropped a single call, I basically have a full data phone, and paying my monthly bill of $10 (or $25 when I switch to 3g when I go on vacation) is the best part of all. I highly recommend this service to family, friends, and anyone I know!

    Thanks and best of luck in joining the no contract phone world!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wlgRc

  • Sly Ostinato

    Wow! It sure looks like this review has gotten overrun with massive amounts of advertising spam. The same poster, FreedomForever1, has spammed this review 18 times with more than 18 links to a referral program whereby he enjoys a monetary benefit for each person he gets to sign up of for this service. Maybe Ryan Whitwam, or whoever is monitoring this review, would like to clean up these spam announcements to keep some credibility here; unless Ryan and this website condone such actions and just turn the other cheek.

  • 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

  • Pamela J. Campbell

    Love my republic wireless! Love having a low cost alternative. since I signed up at beta I pay only $19/mo unlimited everything. Now they have plans some are less $$ some are more $$

    http://www.republicwireless.weebly.com

  • Steve Crouse

    I highly recommend Republic Wireless!!!!
    Here is a link for the $19 savings. Cut and paste if it needed. Thanks!!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

  • jeffmahin

    I have been Republic Wireless for a month now and love them!! I pay
    $25 a month for unlimited talk, text, and 3G data. You can get unlimited
    everything including 4G data for $40 a month or you can switch to the
    $10 a month plan and you get unlimited talk and text anywhere but only
    can use data on WiFi but you can switch you plan 2 times a month from
    your phone and the rates are prorated so you only get charged for the
    days you use that plan!! The Moto X is an awesome phone!! I actually
    like it better than my iPhone 5 because the phone itself has features
    that the iPhone does not have (twist your wrist and the camera starts
    and its a better camera than the iPhone, it knows when your driving and
    reads you texts, and active notifications are very nice too). I highly
    recommend this service and phone and if anyone wants to use the service
    after doing some research use this link and get an additional $19 off:http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/20HdhL

  • Steve C

    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. I dont 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. The switch from
    wifi to Sprint 3G is seamless. Those commercials for Verizon that show the map
    show the 4G map coverage only and 3G is pretty much everywhere so their ads are
    really misleading. 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. Even if you have to pay an early
    termination fee it will save you money over the next year or two. 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 for the $19 savings. Cut and paste if it
    needed. Thanks!!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

  • whitey

    The negative reviews are old and outdated. Republic now has seamless wifi to cell tower handoff while on a call with their new moto x phone. The phone is great. Service is good. Plans are waaay cheap! $5 for wifi only. $10 for unlimited calls, text, and wifi. $25 for unlimited calls, text, and 3G. $40 for unlimited calls, text, and 4G. You can also switch between plans with an app on the phone a couple times a month so it makes it easy to pay $10/mo for the majority of the month and bump up to 3G or 4G at a prorated amount when you need it. It's all month to month so you aren't locked in to some long contract where the cell company has got you by the balls. This is the future of cell phone companies!
    If you decide to sign up with them you can use this referral and get $19 off! Just click the link below... http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/20jDTx

  • Steve C

    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. I dont 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. The switch from
    wifi to Sprint 3G is seamless. Those commercials for Verizon that show the map
    show the 4G map coverage only and 3G is pretty much everywhere so their ads are
    really misleading. 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. Even if you have to pay an early
    termination fee it will save you money over the next year or two. 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 for the $19 savings. Cut and paste if it
    needed. Thanks!!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

  • walliby

    I just switched from ATT and couldn't be happier. Spint coverage is not great but I am on WiFi 90% of time. I got a referral discount from a friend and anybody can get an extra $19 off by using my referral link: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1tktLx

  • Dustin

    Well, I joined Republic in March of 2013 after leaving 8 years of loyal over payment to Verizon Wireless. The service has been just as good as verizon at only 20% of the price. It's no contest for me.

    If you want to join Republic, this link will get you $19 off the purchase price: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/5Js94m

  • Dani

    I just got my Moto X in December and am THRILLED! My iPhone using husband is even a bit jealous. Hehe. If you decide to take the plunge, save an extra $19 by using this referral link: http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wF70t It feels SO great to get such good SmartPhone functionality with out paying out the nose!

  • whitey

    Republic wireless is amazing! Republic now has seamless wifi to cell tower handoff while on a call with their new moto x phone. The phone is great. Service is good. Plans are waaay cheap! $5 for wifi only. $10 for unlimited calls, text, and wifi. $25 for unlimited calls, text, and 3G. $40 for unlimited calls, text, and 4G. You can also switch between plans with an app on the phone a couple times a month so it makes it easy to pay $10/mo for the majority of the month and bump up to 3G or 4G at a prorated amount when you need it. It's all month to month so you aren't locked in to some long contract where the cell company has got you by the balls. This is the future of phone companies!

    If you decide to sign up with them you can use this referral and get $19 off! Just click the link below...
    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/20jDTx

  • Wondermama

    I've had my Moto X for a month and LOVE it. You can't beat the price and functionality. Get yours through this link and get $19 off. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1wF70t

  • malibuinvest

    Listen, Ive been with sprint over 7 years...their phones work everywhere I work. However, they along with all the other biggies charge way to much cause they are GREEDY. Got this Moto X and am VERY happy, works as well as my old S3 if not better. Battery last an entire day to day and a half. OS easy to use, internet is lightening fast. Ive paid for the phone inings over sprint in the 2 months Ive had it. 4 stars, No Brainer

  • Javiar Sandra

    Ok .. i have been using this service since the last 30 days and I
    absolutely love it. So much so that within a week of trialing it, i
    cancelled my AT&T which I have been using for more than 5 years. If
    you are kind of person who is mostly on home/office wifi and not too
    bothered about having 3G/4G all the time, then this is an awesome
    option. Ofcourse you can switch your plan whenever u need one. THIS my
    friend is revolutionary. All the top 4 carriers, in the name of data
    plans, have really screwed us. Thank god for the wifi enabled service,
    phone bills will drop. Over the next years as this type of technology
    becomes popular, hopefully the big 4 will be relegated to the tiny 4. If
    you are unsure, give it a try. They have a 30 day money back guarantee
    and if you want $19 discount, click on this link:
    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/25qmtg

  • Javiar Sandra

    Ok .. i have been using this service since the last 30 days and I
    absolutely love it. So much so that within a week of trialing it, i
    cancelled my AT&T which I have been using for more than 5 years. If
    you are kind of person who is mostly on home/office wifi and not too
    bothered about having 3G/4G all the time, then this is an awesome
    option. Ofcourse you can switch your plan whenever u need one. THIS my
    friend is revolutionary. All the top 4 carriers, in the name of data
    plans, have really screwed us. Thank god for the wifi enabled service,
    phone bills will drop. Over the next years as this type of technology
    becomes popular, hopefully the big 4 will be relegated to the tiny 4. If
    you are unsure, give it a try. They have a 30 day money back guarantee
    and if you want $19 discount, click on this link:http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/22hFj2

    • Oidualk

      I tried a link and it did not go through. I emailed a representative and I need an original unused or new unused link, your name and email address for both to receive credit.

  • Oidualk

    I tried a link and it did not go through. I emailed a representative and I need an original unused or new unused link, your name and email address for both to receive credit.

  • Justin Wood

    Use this link for
    a free $19 credit at Republic Wireless. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/24mT8l

  • mailman

    Ok i was a skeptic just like everyone else. I done research and even waited out their BETA program. But I finally had enough of my old basic cell phone and made the switch to RW. Had the phone for less than 1 week now. You know what?? It really works! I figured I would try it for 30 days and ask for my money back with their 100% no question asked refund policy. The phone works great, switching from wifi to cellular and I didn't even notice it. Voice quality is superb as well. I set up my router to the phone, plus at work and friends homes too. Phone works great and my friends are jumping in on RW as well. I even gave my referral link to one friend and we both saved $19 off our monthly bill! If you want to try their service here is my referral link for the $19 savings and we both score some savings:

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/26RrZ3

    Any questions feel free to ask.....

  • Cardinal Way

    What nobody seems to point out is that you absolutely do not have to use wifi for calling, unless you're on the $5 plan. Yes, Republic Wireless uses Sprint, which can be bad. But, you have access to all of Sprint's roaming partners... including Verizon! Virgin Mobile and Boost don't offer this, or any other Sprint MVNO that I know of. Unlimited talk/text and 5 GB of data for $25 a month on one of the best phones out there is almost unbelievable. Just do not cancel your current service or port your number until you try it out.
    Save us both $19 by using this link:
    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/27Qk9g

  • 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. I dont 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. The switch from
    wifi to Sprint 3G is seamless. Those commercials for Verizon that show the map
    show the 4G map coverage only and 3G is pretty much everywhere so their ads are
    really misleading. 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. Even if you have to pay an early
    termination fee it will save you money over the next year or two. 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 for the $19 savings. Cut and paste if it
    needed. Thanks!!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

  • mars

    Here is my referall link if you want 19$ off!!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/2BhDgX

  • June lamik

    For me Republic wireless was a no-brainer. Read the reviews. Liked the 30 day trial period. So giving it seemed a no-lose. Then did the math. I saved enough from switching from Verizon to have the RW moto x paid off within 4 months. So then I'm free and clear to switch back whenever I want (say when the iphone 6 is released?) Anyway, a nice benefit is that everyone on RW gets a referral code to promote. When it's used for a new sign up, they get $19 off their bill, and the new sign up does too. So give RW a try and use my code. You'll get $19 off your bill and so will I then you'll get your own referral code to use. Thanks!

    http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/26r3zX

  • Pack-Myer

    For some reason i am not able to get on to the WiFi at my house

  • ShallyUT

    Beware of Republic Wireless Customer Service!

    As a relatively new RW customer, I know firsthand how horrible the customer service is. I have been waiting more than four days for an answer to an email - more than 96 hours!!! I have emailed multiple times and keep getting an automated response, so I know nobody has even read them.

    In my company, we are in trouble if we take more than 4 hours to respond. Improving customer service could be hugely improved with minimal effort - like getting a telephone or responding to an email.

    In short, I like the Moto X phone and the affordable price, but if RW can't fix problems quickly, it's like you have no phone at all and is not worth it! Poor customer service will kill this company if it is not fixed.

  • Yalee Rmah

    Hello! I was looking for a phone that's unlimited talk, text, and data and and came across Republic Wireless. The plans are great but I have one question. Is this a contract plan or no-contract plan? Looking forward for your reply. Thank you!

  • Michael Aston

    you can't quite walk aWAY, you have TO BUY a phone that is useless SHOULD you walk away...so, like most carriers, $300 dollARS DOWN THE DRAIN...

  • Michael Aston

    you can't quite walk aWAY, you have TO BUY a phone that is useless SHOULD you walk away...so, like most carriers, $300 dollARS DOWN THE DRAIN...

  • Nevik

    Use my Referral code and get $20 bucks off - http://rwshar.es/OtVu