Big news in savings: Republic Wireless has launched the Moto G for $150
Ever since the Republic Wireless launched the Moto X in November of 2013, the Republic Wireless service has been such a better deal than every other phone company, that signing up with RW is the easiest decision you can make if you want to save money. You get the best coverage, the unlimited everything, and a top of the line phone all for a price that is ridiculously low.
Ever since I wrote my original review of the Moto X, dozens of ABC readers have signed up with RW and started saving large piles of cash every month. However a few haven’t. I have spoken with some of these people the reason for not signing up with RW is always the same, the large upfront investment of $300.
Even though they know they will save a bunch each month that will quickly make up for the up front costs, the decision to spend $300 for a phone up front is a painful one that they just can’t bring themselves to do. Even though this isn’t a mathematically wise decision, I understand it. Now that you can buy a phone from RW for less than what the other companies charge for their top of the line phones, all excuses are gone. The Moto G for $150 is a great deal.
The Moto G vs the Moto X
I have ordered a Moto G to see how it works on RW. I will write up a full review as soon as I get my hands on it, but in the meantime here is what the experts say.
The Moto G is the little brother to the Moto X, and although the specs don’t quite match up to the Moto X, the Moto G is one hell of a deal for the price. I have read several review of the Moto G and the consensus is it has a fairly fast processor and good battery life, but it comes up just short of the Moto X in terms of the quality of the screen and camera. The screen and camera may not be state of the art, but they are good enough to please most users.
The two features of the Moto G I would actually miss are it doesn’t have 4G or NFC(near field communication). No 4G isn’t a real big deal for me, because I am on the $25/ month 3g plan anyway but it would be nice to know I had the option of switching the 4G on at any time. As for NFC, it doesn’t really do anything right now, so there is nothing to miss at the present time. However, I am convinced that in the future mobile payment technology will get to the point where payments can be made from NFC phones.
So if you are willing to give up a few things to save $150 the Moto G is for you. If you have to have the best of everything, stick with the Moto X for $300.
Why you should be with Republic Wireless
The coverage you will get with Republic Wireless is arguably better than what any other phone company could possibly give you. As a primary network, your phone will work on wifi. That RW is the only phone that will get a signal if you are like me and work in a basement of a building with wifi where no cell signal reaches.
When you aren’t on wifi, the phone will work on the Sprint network. When the Sprint network isn’t available, it will work on the Verizon network (phone calls and texts on Verizon are unlimited. There is a relatively low limit of Verizon data which you are allowed), which is easily the best cell phone network in the country. If you happen to be out of the country, your RW will still work whenever you are on wifi without any roaming fees.
Besides having arguably the best network, RW also has the cheapest plans available. Here is an explanation of their unlimited plans:
$5 plan- This plan only works on wifi, meaning you could use it at places like your home, your office, and places with free public wifi such as restaurants or hotels, but it won’t work when you aren’t on wifi. I believe at this price, the Moto G makes a lot of sense as a home phone. If you keep your phone for 2 years, the total cost over 2 years would be $300, or just $12.50/ month. That’s a pretty good price for a home phone.
$10 plan- This is a great deal. You have unlimited talk minutes and text wherever you go, but you only have data when you are on wifi. This is the plan my wife has and is perfect for someone who doesn’t need to surf the web or receive emails wherever they go.
$25 plan- This plan gives you unlimited talk minutes, text and 3G data wherever you go. 3G data is fine for using the GPS navigator, receiving emails and doing a little bit of surfing while you are on the road, but is a little slow if you want to do a lot of surfing and downloading while you are on the road. This is the plan I signed up for, because I can wait until I am home before I need to use serious data. You are allowed 5G of data, which is very generous.
$40 plan- This plan for heavy data users that want to use data wherever they go. Compared to any other phone company, unlimited minutes, texts, and 4G data is an incredible deal. Keep in mind the Moto G doesn’t get 4G data. You are allowed 5G of data, which is very generous.
The bottom line
I have ordered a Moto G and will give you a full report as soon as I receive it. If the service is anywhere near as good as what I receive on my Moto X, then the Moto G will be a great deal. Anybody who didn’t pull the trigger on the Moto X, congratulations, a better deal came along. At this price there are no longer any excuse for saving yourself a bunch of money.
How much money can you save?
I have created this calculator to show you just how much money you can save with RW, even if you have to break your current cell phone contract.
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