Republic Wireless saw success with its offer of the Moto X last year, and now the carrier has made good on its promise to start selling the low-cost Moto G. For a mere $149 you can get the 8GB Moto G on Republic with no contract and cheap WiFi calling.
Republic Wireless piggybacks on the Sprint network, but augments that with WiFi calling when you're connected to a network. Unlike other VoIP solutions, Republic Wireless can hand-off a call from WiFi to cellular if you lose connection.
The Moto G comes without any sort of contract, but it will only work on Republic Wireless. Aside from the tweaks for Republic's hybrid service, this version of the device is the same as always with a 4.5-inch 720p LCD, 1GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 400, and Android 4.4.2. Monthly plans on Republic range from $5 for WiFi-only calling to $25 for WiFi and 3G service (the Moto G doesn't have LTE). The device can be ordered today in 8GB ($149) and 16GB ($179) variants, but it won't ship for another 1-2 weeks.