What happened to the $50 phones?


#1

My son has been using a Moto E (1 Gen) and it has had it’s challenges. Even after a hard restart it continues to shut itself off. My son then needs to reset clock/calendar to make it work again. This happens frequently. Its been a good run…almost 1 1/2 years with Republic. Time to get him a new phone. Now the cheapest phone is $199!!! WHAT??? Is that phone going to have the same challenges as the Moto E? Not sure what to do…help?


#2

BTW… I want to keep Republic Wireless! Phone has been a problem but service is good. He always has a signal even when my Sprint Phone does not!!!


#3

The new phones in the Phones section all work with T-Mobile, not Sprint. Check the coverage map:

4G LTE Coverage Map | Check Your 4G LTE Cell Phone Coverage | T-Mobile

There are some pretty good deals coming up soon. Those phones will work with T-Mobile too.

Republic Wireless celebrates its new independence with six months of free service - The Verge

If you need to stay with Sprint we expect the new phones to work with Sprint by the end of the year.

RW has never had a $50.00 phone but you can get some good used Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen) models for a reasonable price on eBay and Swappa. Just be sure to get the Republic Wireless version. These phones will work on the Republic Refund plans.


#4

Republic’s cheapest phone has always been around $99 (not counting sales) there is a BYOD option in that ballpark if one has amazon Prime and is willing to put up with some lock screen ads the Moto G4 Play

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KBH547A/ref=twister_B01LELXFAK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

one would need a SIM (Amazon Prime has it for no shipping)

https://www.amazon.com/Republic-Wireless-Starter-Prepaid-Carrier

if not a prime member or not willing to put up with the ads then it’s $149 (also found on other 3rd party sites or directly from Motorola


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