Republic Wireless announced today that it will offer the Moto X starting in November for just $299 off contract—$300 less than the bigger carriers are offering—along with a new Wi-Fi-only plan priced at $5 a month. If you want to use your new smartphone on the go and not just at home and at work, you can also pay $10 per month for cellular calling, $25 for unlimited 3G, or $40 for unlimited 4G. That’s still a steal compared to most of the competition.
Republic Wireless launched back in 2012, offering unlimited talk, text and 3G data for just $19 per month. The deal could have been revolutionary, but it was only available on the unimpressive Motorola Defy XT, which sports a 3.7-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But now that the carrier has snagged Motorola’s flagship handset it should be able to attract more customers.
The Moto X comes equipped with a 4.7-inch 720 x 1280-pixel AMOLED display, a 10-megapixel camera, a dual-core Qualcomm processor, and a 22oomAh battery. Those specs might not be the most impressive, but the phone’s main draw is a handful of added features, including Active Display and Motorola Assist. Republic Wireless will initially offer the handset in black and white, but hopes to offer full customization once AT&T’s stranglehold on the Moto Maker site comes to an end.