Republic Wireless Moto E Review – A Smartphone Under $100!

$99 (No contract)

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On December 18, 2014
Last modified:December 17, 2014


Looking for a smartphone that allows you to call, text, use the internet and a few apps here and there? This phone on Republic Wireless is perfect for you at an amazing price.

Republic Wireless recently launched the Moto E cell phone on their network which is great news for cost conscious cell phone users.

This brand new phone made to work solely on Republic Wireless is only $99, which is amazing considering Republic Wireless never makes you sign a contract.

Add that to phone plans starting at just $5 a month and this great combination will save anyone a ton of money on their monthly cell phone bill.

Republic Wireless Moto E Phone Review

Republic Wireless sent me a demo Moto E phone to try out for a few weeks, so I’ve had first hand experience using this device. This smartphone does exactly what a smartphone is supposed to do, but at a budget price point.

Republic Wireless Moto E 99If you’re simply looking for a smartphone that allows you to call, text, use the internet and a few apps here and there, this phone is perfect for you.

It isn’t anything fancy and doesn’t come with all of the new latest and greatest features that the newest iPhone or Galaxy phone may offer, but Motorola wasn’t targeting that audience with this phone.

Instead, the Moto E was made for a cost conscious consumer that wants the basic benefits of a smartphone at a great price and it delivered.

As with all of my experience with Republic Wireless, their phone calls and texting both worked almost exactly like a regular cell phone, with the added benefit of being able to use WiFi when I didn’t have any cell service.

You might have an occasional dropped call when switching from WiFi to a cell tower, but that has been rare in my experience. On the talk and text side of things, this phone performs just the same as the Moto X (1st gen) that we own.

Where this phone saves money is with the camera, the internal memory, the lack of 4G LTE and a slightly smaller screen.

The camera is only a 5 MP fixed focus camera. This is a pretty sad camera compared to new phones out there today, but it does work and captures photos. They might be a bit blurrier than you’re used to, but if you’re just photographing a list or a reminder it will work fine.

If you want to capture all of your family memories, it will work, but I’d suggest you bring along a point and shoot camera or upgrade to a Moto X instead.

The Moto E also comes with less memory than the other Moto phones at only 4 GB. While I never save much on my phone, if you do you may run out of memory.

Luckily, there is a micro SD card slot that will allow you to add up to 32 GB of extra memory for just $32 if you order the 32 GB Kingston Micro SD Card from Republic Wireless.

The screen on the Moto E is 4.3″ which isn’t too bad for a smartphone. It isn’t anything like the huge screens of the iPhone 6 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S5, though. Many will find the smaller screen is an asset, as the phone is smaller and easier to fit in both your hand and your pocket or purse.

Finally, the Moto E lacks 4G LTE capabilities. This personally isn’t a big deal to me as 3G is fast enough for anything I need to use my phone for. However, if you want to watch videos, they definitely won’t load as fast on 3G as they would with 4G LTE. For everything else, just wait a couple extra seconds and everything will still load fine.

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Republic Wireless Moto E Specifications

The Moto E is just $99 with no contract required. It comes in both white and black, depending on which you prefer, and it comes with 4GB of memory.

If you’d like to expand the memory capacity, you can add a 32 GB Kingston Micro SD Card at the time of purchase for just $32 through Republic Wireless.

The Moto E will allow you to access data through either 3G or through WiFi. Unfortunately 4G LTE is not an option unless you go with one of the Moto X phones.

The screen is 4.3″ and is a HD screen. The phone comes pre-loaded with Android KitKat version 4.4.4. While this isn’t the latest Android operating system, it gets the job done just fine.

The back of the phone features a 5 MP fixed focus camera, but it does not have a flash. The battery is 1980 mAh which should allow you to go up to 24 hours without plugging in. If you rarely use your phone it will last even longer on one charge. It even comes with FM radio!

The Moto E also allows you to customize the back of the phone with optional colored shells that come in eight different colors.

My Final Thoughts On Republic Wireless’s Moto E

I think the Moto E is a great phone at a great price for someone who just wants a basic smartphone. Add that with Republic Wireless’s great pricing structure and you’ll be saving hundreds on your cell phone bill.

If you’re a techie and love advanced smart phone features, you’ll want to stay away from this lower end phone.

Click here to get your Republic Wireless Moto E today!

Want to learn more about Republic Wireless and how they can offer phone service for as low as $5 per month? Check out my full review of Republic Wireless’s service here.

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Looking for a smartphone that allows you to call, text, use the internet and a few apps here and there? This phone on Republic Wireless is perfect for you at an amazing price.

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About Lance Cothern

Lance Cothern, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the founder of Money Manifesto. You can read more about him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.


  1. I got the Moto E just over two weeks ago for the unlimited calling and it works grrreat (I got the $10 plan wifi plus cell).

    I didn’t see you mention, but Republic Wireless uses the Sprint network when wifi isn’t available (so, if you’re in a major city you should have cell coverage). I’ve never had a problem.

    Oh, and like you mention, it’s nothing compared to my 4s, but it sure saves money!

    • Republic Wireless definitely uses the Sprint network. This was more of a phone review, but my full Republic Wireless review definitely mentions that along with a lot more detail. There is a link to it at the end of the post.

      We decided the extra super fancy stuff wasn’t worth $50-$100 extra a month, much like you. It definitely saves a ton of money 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great plan for people that do not use cell phones that much. I wonder how the coverage is?

    • The coverage they use is the Sprint network. So if that works where you are, then you’re good. Also, they use WiFi whenever possible and if you’re always around WiFi you’ll always have coverage.

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