Contract Free: Moto G And Republic Wireless Review

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When we last checked in with Republic Wireless, we found that the service itself was as advertised (inexpensive and very good), but the asterisk was the handset--the Motorola Defy XT, a decidedly midrange smartphone that was the only handset you could use with the service. Worse, the price tag was a mite steep at $249.

Subsequently, however, Republic Wireless added two handsets to the lineup that changed the game with the Motorola Moto X and Moto G. Although neither are considered particularly high-end smartphones, we found the Moto X to be a well-made device with substantial performance capabilities, and when it landed at Republic Wireless for $299, the MVNO started looking more legitimate.

Still, $299 is a lot of scratch to drop up front, so Republic Wireless brought the significantly less expensive Moto G to the family, too. The Moto G costs you just $149; that’s $100 less than the Defy XT, and it’s a price point that can entice even the cheapest of skates to give the service a go.

The question we’re asking today is whether or not the Moto G’s performance can equal or exceed its value, particularly within Republic Wireless’ service, because a bargain is only a bargain if you’re getting something good out of it.

Motorola Moto G
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4.5 inches (1280x720)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.2GHz, quad-core)
Android 4.4 KitKat
5MP rear, 1.3MP front
720p HD @ 30fps
LED flash
4X digital zoom
Slow motion video
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Tap to Focus
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings,
   Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand,
   Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Micro USB
3.5 mm headset jack
Internal: 8GB
129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm (HxWxD)
2070 mAh
$149 (as configured), Find It At Amazon

The Moto G runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is just slightly smaller (4.5 inches) than its big brother the Moto X (4.7 inches), but it actually weighs a bit more as well. The Corning Gorilla Glass display offers a 1280x720 resolution, and there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.2GHz) processor inside.

Our unit has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, although other Moto G models have up to 16GB. There’s no microSD slot for more storage if you run low, although you do get 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years. (The 4G LTE version of the device does offer a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB.)

There’s a front 1.3MP camera for selfies and video chatting, and the 5MP rear camera offers LED flash, 4x digital zoom, slow-motion video, burst mode, HDR, panorama, and tap to focus. Both cameras can handle 720p HD video capture and playback at 30 fps.

Ports include only the 3.5mm headphone jack and the requisite micro USB port, and there’s 802.11b/g/n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and GLONASS.

One selling point of the Moto G is its all-day 2070 mAh battery, which Motorola promises can last for 24 hours under mixed usage.

Our Moto G came with a simple black shell, but you can order a more colorful one if you like, including yellow, red, fuchsia, and a couple of different shades of blue.

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Dave_HH 6 months ago

$149 and no contract... not too shabby at all.

ckh 6 months ago

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Moto X is an excellent phone in all respects. I use an UNLIMITED, NO CONTRACT cell, text and data service on the Moto X for $25 a month and that is only available from Republic Wireless. They also offer a unlimited cell and text plan for $10 a month. They use Sprint cell with Verizon roaming, and use WIFI connections where neither is available. That makes it extremely accessible. It is revolutionary, and it saves a fortune. I have been using Republic for over a year and a half now I recommend them to everyone I know. They sell the Moto X for $299 or the Moto G for $149.

Super Dave 6 months ago

That's a nice phone in that price range but being limited to 3G might be a deal-breaker for some, including me. Right now the 3G Moto G is available prepaid no-contract at Best Buy for only $49.99 and at Verizon for $79.99. I believe these are Father's Day sales and normally the phone is $99.99.

Realneil 6 months ago

"the cheapest of skates?"

Lord, you got me,.........I'm cheap! LOL!

This seems like a good phone for the money.

randragon42 6 months ago

I have had Republic Wireless for over a year now and currently have a Moto X through them.

I love the low prices while still having a top tier smartphone.

I recently got the Moto G for my mom for mothers day. It's her first smartphone and she loves it!

If you're around wifi all the time then I definitely recommend getting a phone from Republic Wireless and only paying $10 a month for unlimited talk and text.

Arbitron 6 months ago

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.

kingramir 4 months ago

I started on Republic Wireless (RW) with the Defy XT which is also my first smartphone. RW switched my single band to dual band Defy XT at no cost for those of us who wanted it, what carrier does that? When the Moto X came out I upgraded immediately.RW worked out a trade-up program with Motorola and gave us $100 for our Defy XT once we purchased the Moto X. I have had the Moto X for awhile and love the service and phone, but I especially love the $22.50 a month for 3G and unlimited talk and text. Many people think it is some type of scam or too good to be true so they don't even bother checking them online. So far I know of four people at work and other family members making the switch to a great service at great prices, saving them some serious cash compared to their old providers. My wife was resisting change but even she saw the benefits and bought the Moto G for $179 for the 16GB. She is currently on the $10 unlimited talk & Text, no data plan, but she is around WiFi and does not need it yet. She can switch plans up to twice a month with no fees. I have used both phones and they are great smartphones. These make good smartphones for high school kids also .

The Moto X: takes great pictures with a 10 MB camera and great software.

Great touchless control and always awaits your command, great while driving.

The Moto G: great phone at $179 or $149 with a good 5 MB camera.

First make sure Sprint Coverage is good in your area first!

You get a 30 day return policy to try it out.

Buy with American Express or other credit card that gives you extended warranty, just in case you need it - I have not!

With the Moto X you get a chromecast right now.

nfs3freak 4 months ago

I'm starting to hear more and more about Republic Wireless and how they're helping save people money...

I have been with Sprint for 10 years and service is okay but my phones are always super expensive. After each two year contract ends, I don't really get any discount on a new phone (not substantial). I pay around $75 a month with 400 anytime minutes (I never go over, also since after 7 I can use whatever amount of minutes) and unlimited data. I've still got the few plans with the unlimited data that (supposedly) isn't throttled yet. $75 bucks is a bit much though.

joecrenshaw3 2 months ago

I frick'n love Republic Wireless. I switched from Verizon ($150/month) to Republic ($50/month) and I'm saving $100 macaroons! I have had them a month so far and the service hasn't skipped a beat. No dropped calls, Their 3G internet speed is fantastic. I listed to Pandora and use google maps on the road all the time and there's no delays or buffering pauses. I think it's because Republic Wireless's (Sprint's) network in Utah is under used. Unlike Verizon's with I think is over-crowded. If you are looking for more details on Republic Wireless in the Utah area, I posted my review here:

magand127 2 months ago

I have had republic wireless for a few months now and have been completely satisfied with no complaints. It is also great to be able to make all my friends jealous with the unlimited plans where I don't have to constantly worry about my phone usage on the go.

MarkAdams one month ago

Hello! , so far it's proven to be an acceptable ,inexpensive alternative.


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