After many months of waiting, the innovative mobile carrier upstart Republic Wireless has added the much anticipated Motorola Moto X to it’s line of mobile devices that can be used with its service.
The Moto X is offered at the low price of $299 (no-contract) with the option of four different rate plans which range from $5 per month up to $40 per month. The $299 cost is much lower than what you would normally get at retail price for any other non-contract plan. Consider that AT&T is currently charging $529.99 for the Moto X at the no contract price. Not only that, but Republic Wireless is giving a 30 day money back guarantee so if you don’t like the Moto or the service, you can return it for a full refund.
As for the rate plans, they differ from their previous offering of $19 per month unlimited everything which is still available for their Motorola Defy XT model. You can see the new Moto X rate plans in the graphic below or by checking out their plan advisor tool:
Now the interesting thing about Republic Wireless is that they use a unique technology in which their phones will operate over a wireless Internet connection whenever one is available, essentially acting like a VOIP enabled phone, except that it can switch between the wireless connection and the cell network as needed. This saves Republic Wireless and its customers money since they make the assumption that most people are using their phones when they are either at home or in the office, which both will likely have Wi-Fi connections.
In addition, they also allow customers to switch between plans up to two times a month. So lets say you are typically on the low rate $10 per month plan but know you’ll be travelling later in the month and won’t have reliable access to Wi-Fi, you can switch to either the $25/month or $40/month plan, or vice versa.
As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, Republic Wireless is one of the new MVNO services which I’ve been strongly considering switching to from my current overlord – AT&T, and I must say that the previous and only phone that Republic offered, the Defy XT, had me on the fence, but with this new Moto X, I just might be swayed in their direction.
Regardless, it is clear that Republic Wireless is certainly a contender in the market for cheap cell phone plans and a great option for those wanting to leave the big carriers.
If anyone is currently using the Moto X with the Republic Wireless service, I’d love hear what your experience has been like so far in the comments below.