Thanks to the rising costs involved in owning a smartphone, many are turning to prepaid carriers and MVNOs.  Republic Wireless is hoping for a share of the mobile pie, and while the Motorola Defy XT isn't anything special, their $19 unlimited service plan is.  Does it work well, given the push towards Wi-Fi?  How inter-compatible is it with cellular?  We'll find out!

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Mark Schroeder You can get Samsung gs3 on cricket for $329 after a $150mir. Also you can finance the phone with no interest and no credit check for 3 months. Also it's a 4G LTE model which means when you get crickets lte service in your area you won't have to upgrade to notice.
Ken Hoey The thing is many times when you do this and unlock your phone you most of the time lose your 3G and have to be relegated to 2G service on a $400 cellphone. I couldn't do that it would be tough to use 2G with web speeds of 200-300kbps
Jannis Anderson Unlocked galaxy nexus!!!
DeVon Burley unlocked galaxy note on straight talk.. zero regrets
Eric Kroh As RW stated if you go over 300mb data/150txt/550talk minutes..off wifi they WILL boot you off their network!
Mark Belkowski boost and virgin mobile suck as hard as sprint.
George Isenhart Who would have thought we would see the GSII on Boost and Virgin? Now they need to get free roaming going on, yes much more choice and excellent plans on prepaid.
Ken Hoey You can do that on Net10 your phone and their SIM
Matt Shipley I don't think so. But I will say that it would be a great alternative to someone who is budget minded. I think phone dog needs to review some of the regional carriers services as well though. I have unlimited texting, calling and data and I pay a lot less than the big name providers. Plus I am using an iPhone 4S.
Robert White Jesus, because Republic Wireless allows roaming as if you were on a sprint contract plan, something you don't get with boost or virgin mobile :)
Timothy Parry Jr. StraightTalk FTW
Charles ThreePercenter Berg My wife thinks so with her lumia 900 and straight talk for $45
Jesus Salvador Delgado Martinez but isnt RW a sprint mvno..? why not get boost or virgin mobile they even sell this phone on straight talk..? but im using an Atrix 4g on Jolt Mobile
Richie Soares I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 from Straight talk. The battery life is horrible and its still on Gingerbread but hey, for less the $50 a month including taxes for talk, text, a data (HSPA+) on AT&T network. I do not regret my choice coming from Verizon.
Tyler Kirchman That phone is crappy but 19 dollars sounds awesome for unlimited
Ken Hoey Not a chance
Nick Petrizzio I would rather buy a unlocked phone and put it on a prepaid plan costs as much as a crappy prepaid phone, and if you switch carriers, you can take the phone with you too-unlocked phone is better
Fonzy Paniagua T-Mobile Monthly 4g
Bobby Delaney My N4, Tmo $30 a month prepaid for 100 minutes, unlimited text and data is the best plan in America if you are lucky to have Tmo coverage
Anthony Evans Jr not with that phone
Dan Lorrain prepaid service in canada is not great my eyes waste of $ as almost the same amount on a plan gets you 60% more services

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