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If you haven’t heard of Republic Wireless yet, you should absolutely go read Debt Roundup’s Review here. Their innovative ideas are revolutionizing the cell phone game! With the Moto X (an amazing phone) already offered contract-free for $299, and phone plans starting at just $5 and going through $40 a month, they are, in my opinion the best option on the market right now.
How do they do it? Republic Wireless developed software that would offload calls, texts, and data onto wireless internet when you are within range. You don’t have to have a separate app to call or text, the phone does it automatically. When you are not in wireless internet, everything goes through Sprint’s cell towers. Smart, right?
Right now, Republic Wireless only has 1 phone, the MotoX $299 on Republic Wireless Unlimited 3G Plans. Republic Wireless does not have contracts, so that is an awesome price, but you have to buy it from them because of the software.
In April, they are coming out with another, more affordable phone option, the Moto G. The 8GB version will be $149, and the 16GB will be $179! I think that is an awesome price for a contract-free phone! But, how does it stack up against phones from other carriers and the Moto X? Below are the specifications from Republic’s Website, but here are the highlights:
KitKat Operating System – the latest and greatest
Gorilla Glass Screen
Stunning Screen Quality
PC Advisor’s “The Best Ever Budget Smartphone”
So, so camera megapixels
No 4G support
No microSD card slot
Operating System: Android™ 4.4.2, KitKat®
4.5” diagonal (11.3 cm)/1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Size: Width 65.9 mm; Height 129.9 mm
Curve: 6.0 – 11.6 mm
Water repellent coating
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear-Facing Camera: 5MP at 4:3 and 3.8 at 16:9 (user-configurable)—LED flash—720p HD video (30 fps)—4X digital zoom—Slow motion video—Auto HDR—Panorama—Tap to focus
Front Facing Camera: 1.3MP 720p HD video
3.5 mm headset jack
Cellular: CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
1 GB RAM, 8 GB standard, 16GB version available. 2 years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive. Offer must be redeemed within 30 days of activation.
What do you think? Are you going to get one? Is the loss of 4G on the Moto G a deal-breaker?
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