Off-contract $300 Moto X tipped for Republic Wireless


Remember Republic Wireless? The carrier upstart has been trying to make a name for itself by offering some incredibly affordable plans: for a mere $19 a month, it would give users unlimited access via Sprint’s network, though with the understanding that the phone would instead do most of its business over WiFi whenever such a connection was available. That sounded promising, but the selection of compatible phones – just the Motorola Defy XT and LG Optimus S – left much to be desired. Republic’s been teasing a big announcement for today, and while we haven’t seen the news go official quite yet, leaks and some educated guesses sure seem to have revealed much of the story already, and the real star here appears to be plans to sell the Moto X for just about $300… off-contract.

A deal like that by itself would be worthy of enough attention, but we also get news of new Republic Wireless plans, including some even more affordable options than before.

Now, it’s not all great news there – the old $19 plan looks like it’s going up to $25. Beyond that, there’d also be a $40 plan that supported Sprint LTE. For users looking to save money, we could get a $10 plan that lets you use Sprint’s network for talk and text, but relegates all data to WiFi. Finally, there would be a $5 plan that gave you a phone number and everything, but offered no cellular coverage – from voice to data, you’d be totally reliant on WiFi networks.

Expect all this to add up to a flood of new interest in Republic’s services; we hope the carrier is ready for it.

Update: It’s official.

Source: Reddit
Via: Phandroid

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!