Since receiving my MotoX from Republic Wireless in mid February I have driven from Winston-Salem North Carolina to Bismarck North Dakota without any complaints about service whatsoever.
During these trips I used the phones Native GPS and the app Waze for mapping, all while streaming music on Spotify and taking calls. Everyone gets spotty service in the mountains especially while streaming internet music, I experienced a few skips and pauses but never missed a data beat with the GPS. The MotoX has a 10 megapixel camera and produces fantastic photos. It has the “twist & take” feature which allows you open the camera with a quick shake of the wrist. Voice activation with “Ok Google now” is very effective for driving and making calls, navigating, sending texts and emails, party tricks etc. The research shows that Apple’s “Siri” and “Ok Google now” are rated the same overall but each does certain tasks faster or more accurately. In the end it’s going to boil down to preference on voice activation, however a HUGE plus for the MotoX is the truly hands free activation of the search. To activate Siri you must hold down the home button, less convenient when driving especially when using the phones GPS simultaneously. The MotoX will wake up and anticipate a question whenever you say “Ok Google now” as long as the device is turned on, even when other apps are running.
Cell phone contracts are typically 2 years and the average cellphone bill in the U.S. is approx. $47. Much higher if you have a smartphone on one of the big 4 carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, & T-Mobile). I was on Sprint originally and switched to Boost, on Sprint I paid $89/month for 2 years ($89 x 24 months = $2136). I switched to Republic Wireless after being on Boost for 2 years, with Boost I was paying $40/month after one and a half years with their shrinkage program. If I had stayed I would have paid, ($40 x 24 months = $960) through the life of a typical contract. On Republic Wireless I pay $25/month with no contract or shrinkage deals. Over two years I’ll pay $25/month x 24 = $600.
Sprint ($89 x 24 months = $2136)
Boost ($40 x 24 months = $960)
Republic Wireless ($25/month x 24 = $600)
Link to Republic Wireless pricing:
Unlimited 3G Plan $25 per month from Republic Wireless