Out for a year-transfer

If I’m going to be out of the country for one year can I cancel my Republic Wireless line and save my number for next year?

If you’re traveling on military orders, you should open up a support ticket as Republic should be able to help get this taken care of for you. Otherwise, your best bet is likely going to be to port your number to a service like Number Barn or Google Voice that will let you preserve it at a relatively low cost. When you return, all you’d need to do is reactivate your Republic phone as a new line of service and port your number back to it.

If you happen to own a 1.0/2.0 device (Moto X1, X2, G1, G3, E1, E2) then another option would be to reduce your plan to the $5/month plan which will continue to allow you to use your phone (and in turn, protect your phone number) whenever on WiFi. I’ve used Republic phones on WiFi in a number of international destinations with great success and, while it may be tough to justify the $15/ month minimum plan on the 3.0 phones, I can make a pretty solid case for going this route when the $5 plan is an option.

Finally, as a smidge of fine print, be aware that if your phone is by chance a Defy XT (BETA phone) you’ll need to upgrade if you deactivate it and wish to return to Republic. The Defy XT can sadly no longer be reactivated (RIP ) due to technical limitations associated with Republic’s rollout of the 3.0 system.

I have a moto e 2nd gen.is that a Beta phone?

the Defy XT is the Beta phone, only currently active one can be used on republic once the Defy is deactivated it a mini tablet only

the Moto E 2nd Gen is a Legacy phone (it also has the $5 plan option of a WiFi only and number hold (a good deal compared to other number parking services)

is it true that all phones (specifically the moto e 2nd gen) are unlocked but are not compatible with any other carrier?

Yes, it is unlocked but is not compatible with any other services.

Hi @ruvip.nw6w26,

You and @mb2x are quite correct. Here’s Republic’s word on the matter: Are Republic Wireless Phones Locked or Unlocked?

all Legacy Phones are this way (Moto X 1st, 2nd, Moto G 1st, 3rd, Moto E 1st and 2nd)

all 3.0 phones are unlocked and unmodified and can be used on any carrier willing to activate them

would this phone work with republic wireless? http://www.ebay.com/itm/262968763894?ul_noapp=true

It says the correct model but the following line make me think it’s a Verizon or Sprint model re-flashed with the North American Factory Unlocked ROM and it may have issues working on Republic


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Likely you are correct. Presuming that’s the case, the phone should (no guarantee) work with Republic’s GSM network partner but CDMA (Sprint) coverage wouldn’t be an option.

@ruvip.nw6w26, while the price isn’t as attractive, BestBuy has unlocked S7 refurbs here: unlocked s7 - Best Buy. You’ll pay more but know you’re getting the genuine article. Additionally, Best Buy’s refurbs come with a 90-day warranty parts and labor.

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