Before the folks at Motorola officially introduced the Moto G, the rumor mill speculated that the affordable smartphone would be a part of Republic Wireless’ portfolio. So far, the Moto G was released off-contract at many US retailers and through carriers like Verizon, Boost Mobile, and US Cellular, but Republic Wireless failed to make it available for purchase.
The Raleigh, North Carolina-based carrier announced on their website that they will start selling the Moto G as of April. The 8 GB model will cost $149, which is $30 less than the unlocked version. Because the unlocked Moto G models are for GSM, you will have to acquire the Republic Wireless variant in order to be able to use it in their network.
Just like the other Republic Wirless smartphones, the Moto G will rely on WiFi for calling, texting, and data. For when you are not in a WiFi network’s range, the handset will use Sprint’s network for this kind of stuff. The plans begin at $10 per month, have no data included, but come with unlimited calling and text.
Even though the Motorola Moto G is not the most powerful smartphone on the market, its low price and decent hardware make it a good option for those who don’t want a spend a fortune on a smartphone. For $149 you will get a 4.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD resolution, 8 GB of native storage, 1 GB RAM, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 5 MP primary camera, 1.3 MP secondary camera, and a 2,070 battery. Even though it doesn’t come with 4G LTE, it runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.