Republic Wireless Moto G hands-on: Half the cost of the X with same solid Wi-Fi calling experience

Republic Wireless Moto G hands-on: Half the cost of the X with same solid Wi-Fi calling experience

Summary: US consumers are starting to question long term carrier contracts and are seeking alternatives to save costs. Republic Wireless now has another excellent smartphone option with the Moto G.

Republic Wireless Moto G hands-on: Half the cost of the X with same solid wi-fi calling experience
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Last fall I took at the Republic Wireless Moto X and found it to be a great alternative to binding carrier contracts. They just recently started offering the Moto G at half the phone cost of the Moto X with the same low monthly fee options.

The Republic Wireless Moto G is available now for $149 for the 8GB model and $179 for the 16GB model, both capacities come in black only. For just $30, I would recommend getting double the storage capacity if you plan to take lots of photos and video or play games on your phone. I've been testing an 8GB model (about 5.5 GB available to the user) over the last week and find I have about 3GB available after loading up my favorite apps and taking just a few photos. Without a microSD card slot this amount of available storage makes me a bit nervous.

The Moto G does not have LTE support so is limited to Sprint's 3G speeds when you are not connected to Wi-Fi. This 3G network is pretty slow (I recorded speeds of 0.3 to 0.9 Mbps), but remember that the focus with Republic Wireless is on the Wi-Fi data and calling experience. Given that 3G is the fastest cellular option, the available plans for the Moto G are as follows:

  • $5 Wi-Fi only plan
  • $10 Wi-Fi with unlimited cellular talk and text
  • $25 Wi-Fi with 3G unlimited cellular talk and text

Motorola adds many smart features to their devices and you will find Motorola Assist and Motorola Migrate on the Moto G. You also get a free 50GB storage allowance for two years on Google Drive with the Moto G.

Specifications for the Republic Wireless Moto G include:

  • 4.5 inch 1280x720 display at 329 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS
  • 1GB RAM, 8/16 GB internal storage
  • 5 megapixel camera with 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2,070 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm and 143 grams

When you compare the Moto G to the Moto X on Republic Wireless you will see differences in all of the specifications. However, in my daily experiences I did not see a lot of differences in standard usage and performance. Remember, the Moto X is twice the price of the Moto G, yet still offers up a solid smartphone experience.

The Wi-Fi calling works well for those who are not walking along the streets of New York or Seattle trying to use just Wi-Fi for calling. It is perfect for those who want to make lots of calls from home or the office with the occasional call or email check while out and about. I was looking for something solid for my wife to use at home while connected to my strong wi-fi signal provided by my new Asus router. The Motorola G worked well in this scenario, but she wants a phone with a much better camera.

Using the Moto G made me want to pull out and use my Moto X on T-Mobile again. The form factor is absolutely fantastic and it really doesn't get much better in a phone. It feels great in your hand with the curved soft touch back, can easily fit in your front pocket, and has a display that looks great.

Battery life has been excellent with me easily going more than a day between charges. This is likely due to the lower resolution display and use of Wi-Fi for connection to the network, but these are both things you don't see as negatives for the most part.

We recently saw Motorola announce the Moto E as a budget phone. The Moto E comes in at $129, but is available only for GSM carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile) with a very limited 4GB of internal storage capacity. There is a microSD card slot, but that is only for data storage and not used for installing applications.

A Moto G with LTE was also revealed with the Moto E, but that is currently just for GSM carriers and starts at $219.

The Moto G on Republic Wireless is a great low-cost alternative on a carrier that gives you full control over your monthly fees. It is not designed for the high end smartphone user like me who consumes a few GB of data each month, but makes a great first smartphone with no risk to get started since they have a 30-day money back guarantee if it doesn't work out for you.

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  • Mostly good for cheap price

    I've had the Moto G from Republic Wireless for three weeks now. I switched from an iPhone 4 and I really like the Moto G- the author of the article is obviously used to more sophisticated phones than I am because it works fine for all my needs. My main goal in switching to RW was to aggressively cut my monthly bill ($85 to $30= $55 savings). I will say that my experience with Republic so far has had some bumps but their customer service team has been very helpful and my issues have been mostly resolved. If it helps anyone decide- in my opinion, RW is a good option for someone looking to save money who doesn't mind some small setbacks/ tinkering with phone settings. If you want (or need) your phone to work perfectly out of the box and to have someone set it up for you (and don't mind paying extra for these conveniences), I would stick with the major carriers. Hope this was helpful to prospective customers, if you are interested, my referral link is here for $20 off for both of us
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    Republic Wireless has the MotoX for $299 and the MotoG for $149, both with a 30 Day no risk guarantee. No contract, unlimited service is $25 and month and unlimited no data plans are only $10 a month. It uses Sprint but also roams on the Verizon network when a Sprint tower is not available. This is not an ad, it is my personal experience and recommendation. Use this link for an additional $20 off:
  • I'd be interested in republic

    if it had LTE and wasn't on sprint's network
    • plus

      I like to root and flash roms which you can't do on republic
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  • Good Service

    I use the Moto G with Republic Wireless and it's a good phone for a decent price at $149. The price is a lot better than elsewhere. Republic also has access to Sprint's roaming partners so the coverage is much better than other MVNOs from Sprint. All in all, great service at an awesome price. Use this link to save $20 when you sign up!
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  • Give it a try.

    I decided to give it a try and so far, so good. I was with Tmo for years, and decided to move over to Virgin Mobile. I stayed with them for 2 years but was frustrated with the lack of any decent phones coming out. (At affordable prices) I have a dead zone at work and struggled with Tmo keeping a signal, VM was a little better, but using WiFi I never have a problem. When the Moto G came out, I was hoping that VM would get it since it would be an affordable phone, but I am impatient. lol
    It was hard to decide between the G and the X, but decided to not give in to the phone lust and went with the more affordable option. It shipped fast, and I've had support emails along the way. I won't say it's been perfect, but I've had quick response from Tech support addressing my problems.
    I like that I can change my phone within a month and get prorated for use. I travel a few times a year, so I can just bump it up to the 25 plan when I need it and go back to the 10 when I return home.
    Give it a try and see if it works for you. You get 30 days to try it, see if it works in your situation. If it does, awesome! You save some money! If it doesn't, send it back and stay where you are. I waited until towards the end of my trial to port my number over, just in case it didn't work for me.
    If you decide to give it a shot, you can use my referral and save 20 dollars. Use that to help pay for the phone or service. Give it a chance, you've got nothing to lose except maybe a higher cell phone bill with your current provider! (use the code only when ready to purchase or it may clear out of cookies)
  • My phone is great and republic wireless is a great service too!

    I have had the Moto x for almost a year now. I love the phone and love the service. It is a very user friendly phone and service. If any one would like $20 off use my promo code
    • it's as good as your sprint coverage

      Republic is a good sprint mvno
      That said if sprint is good where you will use it republic is a good choice
      If their coverage is as good as their commercials then find another mvno
  • Daughter LOVES her Moto G on MetroPCS

    Recent purchase ... she's extremely satisfied. Pics are good enough, NetFlix is great on it, wifi calling (also MetroPCS feature) ... and for $180 unlocked + $10 SIM card + $35/mo unlimited everything, heck ...

    In a cold splash of water in the face for us techies - she didn't even care about LTE and an SD card, so didn't want to wait/pay more for the LTE version. Hello, real non-IT world ...
  • Great deal!

    I recently bought the Moto G for my 13 year old son. We live in an area with good Sprint coverage and so the service has been excellent. I signed him up for the $10 per month plan which is perfect for kids (and adults) who need to be able to call and text from anywhere (within the sprint network) and can live with internet access only via wifi. Would have been an extra $40 per month to add to my verizon account. Use this link to get both of us $20 off when you buy the moto G or moto X.
  • My review after 1 month

    I have been using Republic for about a month now and I have to say it has been smooth sailing so far. I have the Moto G and the operating system seems thus far to work flawlessly. The handoff between wifi and cell service works great. I have started calls on cell, then arrived home and I didn't even notice until later that the service switched over to wifi. My first bill arrived and with tax, it was only $29. Less than $30 a month for unlimited phone, text and data. Gotta love it! If you need a referral code to save $20 on signup, feel free to use my link below. Cheers!
  • Legit Service-- 4 months and very happy

    All these positive posts are legit. I've been using Republic Wireless for four months now and it's the real deal. US Cellular lost their business in their own HQ market, Chicago. I was forced to switch. I did my homework and discovered Republic Wireless. I love the service-- everything has been seamless. SMS, MMS, calls, data, whatever you need-- the phone acts no differently than the Moto X on Verizon or Sprint. Only difference I've noticed, my calls are actually more consistent and clearer than on US Cellular.

    You definitely won't go back. Also, I got the Hyperion Moto X Phone Matte TPU Case. It's awesome. It was $9 and came with screen protectors.

    Use my referral code (I used someone else's from this same article) to save $20 on the first month.
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    Here is my $20 RW referral link.
    Join RW and buy a Moto G or X phone and get $20 off your first bill. No contract and $25/month unlimited talk/text/data. They use the Sprint Network so if that is good in your area save some serious $. Thanks
  • Moto X

    I use the Moto X with Republic Wireless and it's a good phone for a decent price at $299. The price is a lot better than elsewhere for over $500. Republic also has access to Sprint's roaming partners so the coverage is much better than other MVNOs from Sprint. All in all, great service at an awesome price. Use this link to save $20 when you sign up!
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    RW uses the Sprint Network so if Sprint is good in your area you can save some serious cash. No contract and they have $25/month unlimited voice/text/data. You have to buy a Moto G or X through RW when using a referral link. $20 off referral link