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    Default Republic Wireless + Moto X Review

    Two years ago Rpeublic Wireless rocked the headlines with its unlimited smartphone plan for only $20 a month. Sadly their phones were medicore at best and didn't meet the standards of many potential (including me) customers. Fast forward to earlier this fall Republic once again topped the tech sites and brought on flocks of customers waiting eagerly for there new Moto. I have had my phone since the seat after launch and I'm here to answer the biggest question. Is it worth it?
    Purchase Experience:
    After seemingly years after Republic first announced the Moto I received the email: The Moto was available to purchase. I tried purchasing later that evening but the site was down so I had to impatiently wait to try again the next morning. Other then that the purchase was peachy. I got my Moto (and a short!) the next Thursday.
    The Phone:
    Screen: The screen is spectacular. Besides its relatively low resalution (that you can't even notice) it easily passed my screen test. I was/am mostly upgraded with the black's. They really are black, in a dark room I can't see where the screen ends and the begins. Yes, it's that good.
    Performance: The Moto is also good in this respect. I was a little worried with its ageing processor on how it would perform but I am impressed. It's smoothly moves through homescreens and apps load quickly. It easily tackles any game I throw at it including Shadowgun: Deadzone and Riptide GP 2.
    Active Notifications: I love this. You have no idea how much you hate pushing a power button to see the time before you get this phone. I'm not even kidding. Also a gently pulsing icon saying that I have a text can early catch my attention. I do have one problem that makes the screen flash red after the time pulses off but Republic is sending me a replcacement.
    Touchless Controls: This is by far the most dissapointing aspect of this phones. I expected amazing and I got subpar in response. The Moto can't here me when it's in my pocket but it can here random people in fancy places *cough* Mcdonalds *cough*. I also just don't see the point of it so I have it turned off.
    Camera: Both of the cameras are spectacular for the occasional Snapchat selfie and Instagram pics. The flick to open camera feature gets used every day. I only wish it was available for other camera.
    The Service:
    Customer Service: Not much to say about this. On Facebook they quickly sneer questions. On their request area place thingy on the site the answer usually within three days. They also are sending me a replacement phone becuase of my Active Display problem.
    Phone Service: In small town Minnesota I have better service than I've had with either Tmobile and AT&T. 3G speeds are plenty fast for occasional web browsing just don't try streaming videos or music.
    WiFi Technology: Everything works great. Switching between cell and WiFi is seamless on both ends and texts never fail to go through. I'm pretty happy about the added MMS support with all major carriers.
    The Bottom Line:
    If you are 99% of America I'd say to get this phone and plan. If you need texts that include shortcode or can't stand Sprints coverage then skip. The phone is great, the WiFi hybrid technology is great,, and the Facebook managers have a sense of humor. I'm paying $10 a month for unlimited talk and text. That's a steal of a deal.
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    I love my Moto X. The last time I looked at Republic, the coverage wasn't there for me, but the pricing sounds like it is a steal.

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    good read... wonder how much of a hit is X on republic wireless
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    I love my Moto X. The last time I looked at Republic, the coverage wasn't there for me, but the pricing sounds like it is a steal.
    I would check again. Sprint has really grown in the last year.
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    I tried the Moto X on RW for three weeks. The phone was fantastic, and the switching between wifi and cellular was flawless for me. The problem I had was multiple dropped and garbled phone calls related to my work. Unfortunately I needed better cellular coverage. Packaging that phone up to send back was heartbreaking, but it was the right call for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaels_epp View Post
    I would check again. Sprint has really grown in the last year.
    He's actually on Sprint :o

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    Thanks for the great review. I am in the trial period with RW and the moto x. I have noticed that even with 4/6 bars of 3g signal strength, a speed test reveals only 0.13 Mbps download. That seems horribly slow. Other times I get 0.22 Mbps etc... Does anyone else have these problems? Is it the phone? A similar At&t signal got my nexus 4 around 4.0,Mbps download.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremmar View Post
    Thanks for the great review. I am in the trial period with RW and the moto x. I have noticed that even with 4/6 bars of 3g signal strength, a speed test reveals only 0.13 Mbps download. That seems horribly slow. Other times I get 0.22 Mbps etc... Does anyone else have these problems? Is it the phone? A similar At&t signal got my nexus 4 around 4.0,Mbps download.
    It's not the phone. It's the service. Republic Wireless uses Sprint. You're probably not going to get AT&T speeds.
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    unfortunately with most MVNOs your 3g speeds are usually slower than normal. The 4g plan will get you about 8-9mbs download.

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    Has anyone had problems with the camera on the moto x with RW?? The pictures that I send out on MMS are horrible! Even in great lighting the pictures are grainy grainy grainy! They look fine on the moto x in the gallery, but when I send them via text, they are embarrassing. Any suggestions?

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    I just received my Republic Wireless Moto X. The phone is really nice but I'm not liking the 4.2.2 old-*** version of Android when almost all other carriers and unlocked Moto X's are on 4.4.2. Lagging behind on OS updates is an understatement with the RW Moto X but outside of Google Wallet/Tap & Pay not working at all, it's serviceable.

    RW needs to seriously work on their switching algorithm. The phone is far too aggressive in switching you from WIFI onto Cellular. And I notice it's a one-way-street: you cane switch from Cellular to WiFi; only WiFi to Cellular. (Please correct me if I"m wrong but I've tried and tried and it wont let me switch back to WiFi.)

    Not even a full day into my trial so I cant say much beyond that but I still have high hopes for this phone and Republic Wireless' service. I pray neither disappoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achiquitachaser View Post
    unfortunately with most MVNOs your 3g speeds are usually slower than normal. The 4g plan will get you about 8-9mbs download.

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    I was actually getting up to 16 mbs on the 4G/LTE plan, coverage is pretty limited though so I normally end up on the painfully slow 3G at sub .5 mbs speeds.
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    Nearly a dozen dropped calls. The phone just hangs up. Not so good.

    Got sick of being forced immediately into cellular 20 seconds into a full signal strength WiFi call that when at home I always have the phone in Airplane Mode and re-enable WIFI so there's no way it can switch to cellular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KitN View Post
    Nearly a dozen dropped calls. The phone just hangs up. Not so good.

    Got sick of being forced immediately into cellular 20 seconds into a full signal strength WiFi call that when at home I always have the phone in Airplane Mode and re-enable WIFI so there's no way it can switch to cellular.

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    I have had some problems with dropped calls too while on the Sprint network. Even while having really good signal strength.
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    I think I am able to put a few things together with my picture quality of MMS texts. Just found out that when I send the pic message via text to a Sprint phone it comes through crystal clear, but when sent to an at&t service, it is grainy and fuzzy, just bad.

    Maybe if sent to those in CDMA it will have a good quality, and if sent to someone on a GSM it will have very poor quality. This is my theory.
    Has anyone else ran into this sort of thing or taken notice? Or is my phone just quirky?

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    I have to say my experience so far has been pretty positive. However with this service I would always have either the $25 or $40 3g/4gt plans enabled. I tried the $10 plan and just used data on wifi and noticed the phone would be very buggy. Slow to connect calls, everything on the phone tries to use the internet of course. But all in all it is a pretty good service for the price

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremmar View Post
    I think I am able to put a few things together with my picture quality of MMS texts. Just found out that when I send the pic message via text to a Sprint phone it comes through crystal clear, but when sent to an at&t service, it is grainy and fuzzy, just bad.

    Maybe if sent to those in CDMA it will have a good quality, and if sent to someone on a GSM it will have very poor quality. This is my theory.
    Has anyone else ran into this sort of thing or taken notice? Or is my phone just quirky?

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    Do you guys know if you have the 3g/4g plan if you can use the Moto to tether? Fox fi works with 4.2.2

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    Tethering is prohibited on Republic Wireless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremmar View Post
    Thanks for the great review. I am in the trial period with RW and the moto x. I have noticed that even with 4/6 bars of 3g signal strength, a speed test reveals only 0.13 Mbps download. That seems horribly slow. Other times I get 0.22 Mbps etc... Does anyone else have these problems? Is it the phone? A similar At&t signal got my nexus 4 around 4.0,Mbps download.

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    Its Sprint and their horrible data coverage. When i got my first smartphone on Sprint back in 2009 speeds were decent, around 1-2Mbps down but they kept falling and they didnt seem to care. I left for T-Mobile and havent looked back. The Moto X gets fantastic reception, even better than my last phone (HTC Amaze).

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