Republic Wireless rolls out software update for Motorola Defy XT

by: Bams SadewoJanuary 30, 2013


The rugged Motorola Defy XT might be a bit long on the tooth, but on the plus side, owners of the device don’t to have to fight for the affection of Republic Wireless — as it’s the only Android handset offered by the prepaid carrier.

Whether you own the single- or dual-band Defy XT, a software update for your phone is now available to download and install via OTA. The update, which comes with various improvements and tweaks, will bring your phone’s software to version 1_65_K-1207.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • Ability to place E911 call over WiFi when CDMA network is not accessible
  • Ability to transmit SMS over WiFi when CDMA network is not accessible
  • Ability to manually add WiFi access point via the WiFi wizard
  • Optimization and improvements to cellular calling
  • Audio optimization while using speakerphone on a WiFi call
  • Latest Android security patches to improve device security against malware

The update will be available to download via WiFi only. If you haven’t received the notification, you can go to the phone’s “System updates” menu and select “Download”.

  • Quryous


    If ONLY they would pick up the Galaxy Note 3 (I have the 2), I’d switch. But I refused once, and I’ll refuse again to go back into the dark ages of old tech, which is what they are offering for hand sets. I like my handipad and will stick with them, upgrading to the Note 3 when it comes.

  • pickle

    the service is 20 bucks a month, i can receive and make calls(from anywhere in the world for free), i can search, i can text, so what do i care about some other type of new hipster doofus phone that might be a little bit better? the serves me just fine, far from perfect but the 70 bucks i save per month makes up for it.

  • Lynda

    One word of caution on Republic. They do not support MMS (Picture Messaging) I agree that the MMS was the deal breaker for me also. I have 12 grand-kids living mostly in other states where I live. It is impossible to convince them and my employer that it is simple “for them ” to make changes because I wanted to remain with Republic. They must remember to send MMS to everyone else BUT me and then to go back and send me an email. Fat chance of that in this fast paced world. I purchased 3 cell phones at $250.00 and setup the accounts and within 30 to 45 days had all kinds of complaints about not answering text. It took me a couple of weeks to read through all the links to find out what my problem was. For a cell phone company that advertises that “You can do anything with our phones that the Big Boys” can do is false. At the time I purchased all the phones they were advertising that they were working on the problem and would have it working in a few months….. Just bologna to keep everyone hanging on for a few more months. If RW did not want our business, those of us who constantly use MMS, they would have a disclaimer on their home page that says ” DOES NOT SUPPORT MMS AND NEVER INTEND TO FURNISH WHAT WE CONSIDER A DYING PART OF THIS INDUSTRY”. Yep frustrated with spending $1000.00 for my 3 paperweights for my desk.

    • BLOVE

      It’s not disclaimed on the front page but it is mentioned along with no international calling (both will be supported in the future though; licensing and company agreements are what keep it from coming.. believe it or not, it takes a lot to get MMS to work on a network because of the complexity of the feature) – It’s mentioned in their FAQ section; as well as in several forum posts by Sara (an official Republic Wireless representative)

      While I can agree it should be more widely known as it would help the customer better; They did mention it somewhere and it was in the FAQ (which is the first place I look as a customer before I buy any product)

      The best lesson from this is; research rigorously before making big purchases. Make sure that what you are getting is what you are willing to pay for. Sorry that you had a terrible experience though but the great news is; they are Android devices which means they aren’t total losses. You can use the WiFi and Skype or other apps to make it a free home phone?

    • Steve Crouse

      They have MMS now. It works great.

      • Johnny Test 2

        No they DO NOT. They partially have it (on the Moto E, G and X ) they still can not do everything althoug is a little more than 90% working. But they do not (or plan to ever) have it fix for the Defy XT so they still suck! It is a cheap service (as oppose to inexpensive). They are no were near close to the service and availability of the big guys. They are actually worst than Sprint itself as Sprint roaming contracts are much better than Republic.

        I tried them and although I was thrill for the first 2 weeks things got worst ever day. Customer support sucks, their phone selection suck. But they are without a doubt one of the cheapest (on the low end). But you are better off with T-Mobile or Sprint if you have:
        a family of 4 or more that needs data
        use more than 5GB per month
        need luxury things like international calling and phone support
        need an Android phone that is not made by Motorola
        need a phone that does not run Android
        need a phone that has a replaceable battery
        need the option to buy a use phone
        need the option to be able to sell your used phone

        Also if you rarely use the phone there are other companies that can save you money (even over their $10).

        • Steve Crouse

          I wasn’t aware anyone was using the defy phone still. Lol. Its a piece of junk. For the 99.99% of people on Republic using a phone that costs more than two dollars (every phone except the defy) MMS works just fine. I’ve been on the service for 2 years now on a Moto X and at $28 a month , nothing else beats it.