$20 Unlimited: Republic Wireless & Moto DEFY XT - HotHardware

$20 Unlimited: Republic Wireless & Moto DEFY XT

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We wanted to look at both the service and the hardware to get as clear a picture as possible of the value that Republic Wireless is offering. To start things off, we put the DEFY XT through a couple of benchmark tests to see what the hardware is capable of. Bear in mind that we compared this phone to older handsets sporting similar specs; newer phones will blow most of these scores out of the water.















As you can see, performance is mostly middling, although the battery life is excellent. Note that we usually run the battery test on mobile phones with WiFi turned off, but in this case that doesn’t make any sense because the DEFY XT relies on WiFi for calls and general connectivity, so that score is all the more impressive.

We were curious if we’d be able to detect a difference in call quality when talking over WiFi versus out and about on Sprint’s network, and in fact, we could not. That said, we found that there was a noticeable, but slight amount of crackling on all calls, no matter when or where we chatted. Otherwise, the call quality was clear with solid audibility.

Final Thoughts
As you might expect, the Motorola DEFY XT’s hardware performance isn’t anything to get too excited about, but then again nobody is claiming that this is anything but a midrange phone. And for as much as I love having a larger display on my phone, there’s something to be said for toting around a device with a smaller footprint. The DEFY XT t’s so small that you forget that it’s in your pocket. The ruggedized features of the device are a plus, too.



In terms of usability, we didn’t find that making calls over WiFi was an issue at all, and in any case, handsets jump connections between towers and networks (eg, 3G to 2G) all the time, so the WiFi-to-cell tower handoff isn’t a big deal. And even if the WiFi is acting screwy, you can just disable the WiFi calling and fall back on the Sprint network anyway.

It hurts a bit to imagine forking over $249 for this phone, but the unreal savings you can get from paying so little per month makes up for the initial sticker shock. Consider this: If you pay $75 per month for an individual “unlimited” phone plan and get the phone free with a 2-year contract, you’ll be paying about $1,800 for 24 months of service; if you roll with Republic Wireless, you’d be paying for the phone and $19 per month, which works out to $705 for the same time period. That’s a savings of nearly $1,100. Spread out over two years, that’s actually more than $45 per month back in your pocket.

Republic Wireless recently unveiled a plan that reduces the initial cost of the handset and ups the monthly fee somewhat, so you can get a DEFY XT for $99 and pay $29 per month instead of $19. (Over two years, that works out to $795.)

The company says that there are plans in the works to add more phones to the service at both higher and lower tiers, so those hoping for a better phone and those more interested in less expensive options will both be pleased. That said, Republic Wireless was mum on exactly which phones those might be and when they might be available.

If you’re as particular about your phone as most of us are around here, this service and its lone handset option may not be for you. But make no mistake, Republic Wireless is for real, and it offers an excellent value. In other words, it’s not too good to be true.
 

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Good deal

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I switched to Republic Wireless a few months back from Verizon. They were killing me with the monthly charges. Around $120 a month. Verizon does have the best 4G coverage. I won’t deny that. I got the Republic plan for $25 a month. Unlimited calls, text and data with 3G. It doesn’t have the 4G on my plan. It takes a few seconds longer for the internet to load compared to Verizon. But for $100 a month savings its well worth it. If you get the 4G with Republic remember you might not have use of it except in large cities. Im completely happy with the plan I have. I have no dropped calls. It works great. Get the Moto X phone and not the Defy (it sucks). The Moto X rocks. Yes, you will have to pay $299 for the phone upfront but it pays for itself in a few months. Do the math and figure out your yearly cost compared with your current plan. I have a link that you can use to save $19 for the first month. Yes, it helps me with my bill too when you do. I won’t lie. For Christmas bonus my boss decided to let most of us go and I am unemployed. If you don’t like Republic, there is no contract. Just switch back. It is a great company. Here is the link. Cut and paste if it needed. Thanks!! http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/1ymPvN

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I've had Republic Wireless for a month now. I moved over from a big red company, where I was over-paying for what was once called a 'feature phone'. For what it's worth, I'm totally impressed with R W and intend to stay. The 250 for the phone and 20 per month will save me about 300 over the course of two years vs what i was paying previously for the lowest level service. Now everything is unlimited and I feel like a kid in a candy store. The limitations are not debilitating.

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I have republic wireless with the Motorola DEFY duel band & by far it's the best phone I every had,now at $19 a month for unlimited it's the greatest deal anywhere= republic wireless I'm here to stay.

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keep the comments coming I am almost sold. I would really like a smart phone but really don't like to let the money. I just now got a phone that is not a flip phone and it has a keyboard so I can now text. I am in front a computer at least 12hrs a day so I never thought about getting a smart phone. We travel more now and it sure would come in handy.

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We tried Republic Wireless for a month. It had very slow data speed and horrible call reception. Everyone kept complaining they couldn't understand me. Plus the only phone they have available felt very underpowered, like I had taken a step down from my last 2 year old phone. We were still within the cancellation period, so we canceled to get a full refund for the over $500 cost of 2 phones. Or so we thought. Their customer service is non-existent. Email only, and they don't actually help with anything. They drug their feet the whole way, reimbursing $20, $20 there. Their customer service kept saying they couldn't help until we had waited 10 business days for the payment to clear (it didn't), and then said they would just mail me a check (they sent $20 instead of the remaining $450 they owed). By then it had been 116 days since my original purchase and I was still nowhere close to getting the rest of the refund back. I had to have my credit card dispute the transaction to get my money back. I think they were purposefully dragging their feet, hoping I would forget. If I had waited 2 more days, not even the credit card company could have helped me.

In short, sure it is unlimited, but it is unlimited crap: horrible call and data service, underpowered phone choice, nonexistent customer service, and they will try to steal your money!

If you are looking for cheap smartphone service, try Ting instead. We are on them now, and it is only $4 more than Republic with much better everything (except data speed. After all, they are both Sprint rebundlers). Sure, they are not unlimited, but we found out that we don't actually use that much phone data and minutes since we use wifi so much anyways. Plus with Ting, you don't have to buy a crappy new $300+ phone, you can bring in an existing one or get a used one on ebay for much cheaper. https://ZJSTN31QN62.ting.com

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If you're ordering Republic Wireless service, use the link

http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/50VjgQ

to get $19 off....yay!!!!

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If you're cool, you would use this link to save $20 off when you sign up for Republic Wireless! Thank you!

http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/5LF9zS

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You should try Republic Wireless. All talk, text, and data is unlimited for 19 bucks a month was a huge incentive for me. I have been with Sprint for many years and I was reluctant to switch since I was getting a 25% discount through my work, but I was tired of their poor customer service and barely used any of the data that's on my plan (got really annoying when I was forced to pay an additional 10 bucks) when I'm still using my old Blackberry 8300. I never had any complaints with the service though. I rarely dropped calls and I had reception wherever I would expect it. With that said, at work I had zero reception.

However I do have wifi at work of course and with almost all my calls are being done at home or at work, Republic Wireless works out great for me. When I'm outside a wifi hotspot, the old sprint network (the 3G) or Verizon kicks in and I have even better coverage than before since I can use the same Sprint network when I'm outside a wifi hotspot. Many say the phone is "old" technology, but that's all about perspective. Someone who always needs the latest and greatest won't be too happy with Republic, but in that case they shouldn't be with Sprint either. I mentioned my old bberry, so I feel the Defy XT is a huge upgrade for me personally. If you use my referral link, we will both save $19 when you sign up.

Link to save an additional $19. http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/17rWzy.

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I have been Republic Wireless for a month now and love them!! I pay $25 a month for unlimited talk, text, and 3G data. You can get unlimited everything including 4G data for $40 a month or you can switch to the $10 a month plan and you get unlimited talk and text anywhere but only can use data on WiFi but you can switch you plan 2 times a month from your phone and the rates are prorated so you only get charged for the days you use that plan!! The Moto X is an awesome phone!! I actually like it better than my iPhone 5 because the phone itself has features that the iPhone does not have (twist your wrist and the camera starts and its a better camera than the iPhone, it knows when your driving and reads you texts, and active notifications are very nice too). I highly recommend this service and phone and if anyone wants to use the service after doing some research use this link and get an additional $19 off:

http://referrals.republicwireless.com/a/clk/20HdhL

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