Posted: 2:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
By Clark Howard
After getting off to a rough start, Republic Wireless now offers one of the most compelling price points for a smartphone in America.
Here's how it works: You buy a $299 Moto X that runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has a 4.7-inch screen, 10MP rear-facing camera, and 16GBs of memory. Once you buy the phone, you get unlimited calling, texting, and data each month for $25. (Unlimited talk and text -- with no data -- is available for $10 a month.)
Everything you do on the Moto X is routed over wifi when possible. If you're out and about, your activity goes out over the Sprint cellular network. Interestingly enough, I find the Republic Wireless experience to be flawless when I'm on wifi. The call quality is great and the data is lightning fast.
The problem comes when I'm *not* on wifi and I'm on the Sprint network -- which probably says more about their network than about the phone. When I'm on the cell network, sometimes I place a call and it just keeps ringing and ringing, or the person I'm calling can't hear me. But that's an intermittent thing.
All said, I'd give Republic Wireless a grade of B plus to A minus.
Speaking of saving money, the tech writers have been very fond of another phone called the Moto G. The Moto G is a non-contract phone with 4.5-inch screen that's available for $179 through Amazon and other retailers.
Getting the Moto G lets you be a free agent and go to any GSM carrier (like AT&T, T-Mobile, and many of the discounters you've heard me talk about.) You just pop in a SIM card and voila…that's the service you're on.
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