Republic Wireless has a new pricing option that lets you grab its only device, the Motorola Defy XT, at the price of $99. What’s the catch?
Whether you own the single- or dual-band Defy XT on Republic Wireless, a software update for your rugged phone is now available to download and install via OTA.
After announcing back in September that it’s readying a dual-band variant of the Motorola Defy XT that’s compatible to run on both 800 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies, the rugged phone is finally shipping out to customers.
When we first started talking about Republic Wireless last year, the service was in beta. When we last talked about it a few days ago, it was still in beta. Now, the moment some of you may have been waiting for is at hand: Republic Wireless is officially open to everyone.
Republic Wireless offers unlimited calling, SMS, data for $19 monthly using a Wi-Fi and Cellular hybrid service. No contracts, but it has some limitations.
Everybody was excited last year about Republic Wireless, “the mobile network that runs on freedom”, and its hybrid wireless service, with unlimited calling, texting, and data for just $19 per month. In spite of the enthusiastic welcome, the communications provider encountered a few bumps on its road to mainstream popularity.
Fresh from the very successful launch of the top of the line Samsung Galaxy S3, U.S. Cellular is hoping to jolt its Android roster some more by introducing two new mid-range phones from Motorola, the Electrify 2 and Defy XT. The Motorola Electrify 2 is the sequel to Moto’s Photon 4G, which was released a year ago for Sprint. At the heart of the phone is a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, though we’re not sure what SoC it’s sporting since it’s not mentioned. It also boasts a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera…
Republic Wireless started offering its hybrid wireless service in late 2011, with the premise that customers can make unlimited phone calls, texting, and browsing for only $19 a month. Unfortunately, it only provided one choice of Android model for its proprietary technology, the rather outdated LG Optimus S. The mobile operator is reopening its unlimited Beta service for new customers today, bringing along a new phone to offer, the Motorola Defy XT. Before you can gorge on the carrier’s unlimited everything, you will have to shell out $249 for the Motorola Defy XT. But since there’s no contract, no overage…