Interestingly by the standards of the CTIA, Republic’s legacy phones are technically unlocked. Republic until recently had this statement in its’ documentation:
Are Republic phones locked or unlocked?
On February 11, 2015, CTIA - The Wireless Association’s standards for the unlocking of mobile devices became effective. CTIA - The Wireless Association designed these standards to give customers of wireless service providers greater freedom - which Republic Wireless certainly endorses. These new standards explain that “unlocking” a device refers only to disabling software that would prevent someone from attempting to activate a device designed for one carrier’s network on another carrier’s network, even if that network isn’t technologically compatible. In other words, “unlocking” a device will not necessarily make a device interoperable with other networks.
With that understanding, we do not “lock” any of our phones. However, the nature of our unique software that powers Republic Wireless is not technologically compatible with other carriers. We have explored - and will continue to explore - a way for Republic Wireless members to take their device to another carrier. Unfortunately, this is not easy and will require close coordination with both our equipment manufacturer and other carriers. At this time, we do not have any way to forecast when this will be possible.
In the meantime, we will never attempt to make any Republic Wireless member hostage to Republic Wireless. We never have…and we never will. If you have more interest in this topic, the FCC has a helpful FAQ page: Cell Phone Unlocking FAQs | Federal Communications Commission.
Also, the fact that a Republic Moto X1 is capable of using LTE means it has a GSM radio as well as a CDMA radio. LTE is an evolution of GSM technology. Whether a Republic X1’s GSM radio supports the needed frequencies for Kuwait is an entirely different question.
While the above may be interesting to geeks like me, both points are moot due to the modified version of Android used to make Republic’s legacy phones work with blended WiFi/cell service.