You might know Republic Wireless best as the call company OF THE FUTURE. OK, so it’s a mobile virtual network operator, but it’s one of the few MVNOs that’s made a go of it over the last few years. And it’s about to get a major boost.
A Hardware Upgrade
Specifically, it’s about to get the Moto X. The Moto X is Google’s new high-end smartphone, the first from Motorola since Google bought Motorola Mobility a while back. It’s mostly notable for being made and sold in the USA, which is likely part of the appeal for Republic. The other part of the appeal? The fact they can sell it for $299.
There’s Always A Catch
Specifically, there are two. First, as you may have guess, Moto X’s much vaunted customization options will not be available for a Republic Wireless phone. Secondly, and this is the bigger problem, it’s locked to Republic Wireless’ network.
That’s a problem because Republic Wireless mostly uses WiFi and VoIP to make its calls; when you’re away from a network, it uses Sprint. True, it probably had to be locked just to keep people from buying cheap Moto X units and then ditching the service contract, but it has the promise to be enough of a problem to make anybody think twice. After all, Republic Wireless is still a tiny company, and tiny mobile carriers have a tendency to, um, go away.
A Deal For Those Willing To Risk It
Nonetheless, if you want a Moto X, and aren’t picky about your carrier or how they work, this has the potential to be a really good deal. And if nothing else, this should solve Republic’s notorious call quality problems, which was largely thanks to the crappy hardware it had to launch with. So, if you want a Moto X and to try an MVNO, you finally have your shot.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.