The phone we’re all smitten with is now available on one of the cheapest carriers in the United States — but how well does Republic Wireless’ ‘hybrid calling’ actually work?

What’s left to say about the Moto G? When we first met the Moto X’s little brother back in November, we raved about its solid spec sheet, gorgeous design and eye-popping price tag — the budget entry in Moto’s lineup was a refreshing look at just how few corners need to be cut to make a sub-$ 200 smartphone.

Six months later, we’re just as impressed as ever. The Moto G still feels like one of the best choices out there for smartphone buyers on a budget, and for those who refuse to pay for another contract-subsidized device. But now, unlike six months ago, it’s readily available – the unlocked version available on Motorola.com works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and a plethora of GSM carriers overseas, while CDMA versions have popped up at regional carriers across the country, even making it’s way to Verizon’s prepaid shelves. There’s really never been a simpler time to get your hands on a quality, affordable smartphone.

Here, we’ll look at the Moto G on Republic Wireless, the North Carolina-based carrier that combines Wifi coverage and Sprint’s 3G network to create what it calls its “hybrid calling” system. Republic Wireless is now available in nine out of 10 of the United States’ major metros, with plans starting at $ 5 per month and topping out at just $ 40 per month. Combined with the $ 179 Moto G, Republic Wireless customers are looking at extreme savings compared to the major carriers, without having to make sacrifices in terms of hardware. But how sustainable is the model?

 




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