The Alcatel A30 was recently added to RW’s BYOP supported phones.
However, it is not available for sale from RW, so there is very limited info available on the RW website.
You can find all the spec details at this link
You will also need a Republic Wireless SIM card which can be bought from RW here
or from Amazon here
Before you buy anything be sure to check the coverage in your area at this link to make sure that BYOP is supported in your area
Power down the phone, open the back and insert the SIM card in the SIM card slot. You will need to punch out the correct size (Nano sim) - or innermost SIM card from the credit card sized kit. See here for some additional info. The A30 is not listed in this document, but you can still use it for SIM card size.
Activating the phone was pretty straightforward.
The initial WiFi set up was a bit tricky to set up…as one of the buttons to proceed further was only visible in landscape mode. The rest of the initial set up was a breeze.
Republic Activation took only a few minutes even though it says it might take up to an hour. And then you are ready to go!
The Amazon lock-screen ads are not as intrusive as I thought they might be…and so far they don’t seem to be causing any excessive overhead on the battery drain. The battery size is adequate for a moderate usage and you can get a full day out of it. The phone really does well for standby power but listen to music for a couple of hours and you can quickly drain your battery.
The camera at 8MP is adequate especially outdoors or bright surroundings. It doesn’t do that great in low light.
The storage at 16GB (with system stuff taking up 4.5GB) could be limiting. You can add a micro SD card up to 32GB to give yourself more storage space for photos, etc.
Overall it is a good budget phone at a great price, especially if you have Amazon Prime and are willing to live with the lockscreen ads.