Goodbye Sweet Friend: A Tribute to the Moto X (1st Gen.)

 

1393806_430709517030817_2016034714_nThe date is November 13th, 2013.  It’s a chilly Tuesday morning in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Dozens of Republic Wireless employees sporting white zip-ups are scattered around glass tables, anxiously awaiting the 1 o’clock hour.

Up until that day, Republic Wireless had been in BETA testing along with some of the best members we could have ever asked for.  We had a new technology and thousands upon thousands of people who believed in our mission enough to help us get to this point. Our WiFi calling now had seamless handover from WiFi to cellular.  Our plans were affordable, with no contracts, hidden fees, or any of the other “head-scratchers” the industry is known for. Republic was knocking on the door of something special, and on this day, we had a device to kick it open.

As the hour hand reached one, the doors of the Raleigh Convention Center opened, and attendees flooded in as the 2013 Internet Summit began. People crowded around trying to catch a glimpse of the sleek smartphone the Republic team was boastfully holding. It was the newest stone in Republic’s sling: The Moto X (1st Gen.).

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The introduction of the first generation Moto X marked the beginning of a new era for Republic Wireless and, in turn, the cellular industry.  It was the vessel for the mobile industry’s first ever seamless WiFi + Cellular Hybrid network.  It was the device that gave you the freedom to change your plan twice a month, right from your phone. For many, it was the first affordable entry into the full, unfettered, smartphone experience. When the Moto X came to Republic Wireless it changed the game, not only for us, but for all of today’s callers as it made waves throughout the tech world.

Republic Wireless Moto X Review: Top consumer smartphone and low cost service are a killer combo. – ZDnet

When I began Moto X calls in my basement under WiFi and then walked down the street beyond the reach of my router, neither I, nor the folks I talked to, detected the switch to cellular. That’s a marked change from before. – USA Today

The Moto X is undeniably one of the most important Android devices of 2013, and it’s probably also one of the best. – Android Police

Consumers need a quality phone that provides inexpensive coverage at a super low price. Enter Republic Wireless. Huffington Post

With the addition of a modern smartphone, Republic becomes a lot more interesting cellular option. – TechHive

This is a game changer. – CNET

Indeed, the launch of the Moto X at Republic was a pivotal turning point in the history of our company – it proved that savings don’t have to mean a sacrifice in experience and it helped more people stay in touch with the folks who matter.  Now, after almost two years of premium performance, we are nearing the last of our Moto X (1st Gen.) stock, but still have a limited supply. If you’ve ever wanted to give us a shot on our 30 day money-back guarantee and a great phone, now’s your chance.

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So,

Moto X – we salute you and bid a fond adieu.

Members with a Moto X – standing ovation. You’re just the best!

We’ll of course still support the Moto X (1st Gen.) and all the folks who have one for a long time to come.  Most of us at Republic use them for our own service ourselves.  If you own a Moto X, or heck, any Republic phone at all, leave some nice words about your device in the comments section below and share this post with friends and families. It might be their chance to save, but they won’t be here for long.  Get yours today.

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  • bitflung

    I remember the first day I fired up my Moto X – it was raining and I walked in and out of my office making call after call to my fellow geeks, asking them to listen for the handover. No one ever heard it in my tests.

    I’ve since passed that torch on to my wife and am sporting the newer 2nd generation Moto X, but to be honest a big piece of me preferred the first gen. It was just the right size and I could reach every corner of the screen without fear of dropping it (i loathe cases so never ever use one – and on my 2nd gen X i’m starting to fear this will lead me to a broken screen). More than this, though, it was the device that first let me show off Republic to my friends with some real WOW factor. The Defy XT (and the earlier Optimus S) worked and were inexpensive, but none of my geeky friends actually WANTED one. The X? yeah, it got folks excited. That was awesome and carries a lot of sentimental value for me. Even today I cringe when my wife let’s our ~2 year old son handle her phone.

  • Dr. Pablo

    The date was March 12th, I had an epiphany to get out of debt and build a better life for me and my significant other. I was saving to go back to school for advance degree, that coupled with bills and other debts, it finally clicked.
    I got rid of my Iphone and fired up ebay. There I purchased one and it has been my best friend. It is always there through the ups and downs. Save my ass whenever I’m stuck.
    My girlfriend has since followed suite and to date we have saved over $800. I’ll miss the phone – obviously still sticking with the fire that start it all. The amazing Moto X 1.
    one for member for all, all members for one – Republic Wireless.

  • OrpheusDreamt

    I put Verizon behind me last year when my brother hipped me to Republic Wireless. A month of testing out my shiny new Moto X with the fancy wooden back panel and I fell in love. As a mobile professional (that is to say I move around a lot), I wasn’t will to compromise performance for a cheaper plan. Moto X was my savior. Since then, I’ve had amazing responses from customer service whenever I raised an issue and the rest of my family (first smartphones for the parents!) switched over. Can’t wait to see what RW and Motorola has in store for us next!

  • HomelessOnWheels

    The Moto X Classic was a milestone device – not just for Republic and Motorola, but for the industry. It pioneered always-on voice recognition/command. It’s also just about the perfect size. While my Moto X Classic may not last forever, I’m sure my fond sentiments for it will survive far beyond its eventual demise.

  • Doug McGraw

    Can’t say I didn’t see this coming with the Moto X 2nd Gen already here and Motorola stated they stopped make the 1st Gen when they start making the 2nd gen it was only a matter of time before republic ran out of the 1st Gen

    It was my first smart phone and I enjoyed it until I dropped it down a concrete stair case(it still works but hte screen is cracked) (it is current waiting for 4.4.4 to upgrade then it will sit until something happens to my second gen then I will reactivate it until I get a replacement for that 2nd gen(warranty and or out of pocket)

  • Doug McGraw

    Can’t say I didn’t see this coming with the Moto X 2nd Gen already here and Motorola stated they stopped make the 1st Gen when they start making the 2nd gen it was only a matter of time before republic ran out of the 1st Gen

    It was my first smart phone and I enjoyed it until I dropped it down a concrete stair case(it still works but hte screen is cracked) (it is current waiting for 4.4.4 to upgrade then it will sit until something happens to my second gen then I will reactivate it until I get a replacement for that 2nd gen(warranty and or out of pocket)

  • Richard Myers

    All I have to say is I’m a bit disappointed that we still have 4.4.2 on this phone even months after other carriers have pushed 4.4.4 and some 5.0. I understand that the goal of this company is cheap reliable service, but that is no excuse for lack of system updates that leave your customers vulnerable to old exploits. Please think about this as you grow in this market.

    • Jerry

      Just updated to 4.4.4 this morning. Can tell no difference. Kind of a silly thing to be disappointed about isn’t it?

      • Richard Myers

        If you consider security risks acceptable then yes it is silly. I however don’t see it that way. They were slow to bring this update and patch the SSL vulnerability. And yes there was fixes for this in 4.4.4. Read the changeloghttps://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/100753.

  • Richard Myers

    All I have to say is I’m a bit disappointed that we still have 4.4.2 on this phone even months after other carriers have pushed 4.4.4 and some 5.0. I understand that the goal of this company is cheap reliable service, but that is no excuse for lack of system updates that leave your customers vulnerable to old exploits. Please think about this as you grow in this market.

  • Kyle E Higgins

    BEST Phone and one and only Smartphone I have ever had! I love the service and support from Republic Wireless, the ease of use, the apps. Best of all I get to do everything I want and need to do with a phone for an affordable price!

  • Abel DeVries

    Never have I been more happy as wireless customer then after I joined Republic Wireless. My moto x rarely has had problems and when it does the information on the site is very helpful. Its a great deal for a college student wanting the convenience of a smart phone while still being able to pay for tuition.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Priscilla

    I don’t want to use chrome or icloud

  • http://www.paulmisner.com Paul Misner

    Still love my Moto X 1st Gen, only downside is that it’s only 16 GB. Really love saving $70 month on my cell phone bill

  • Lance Manesse

    “Members with a Moto X – standing ovation. You’re just the best!” – While I appreciate the standing ovation, I’d really appreciate it if RW would truly support us Moto X users. Why don’t we have Android 5.1 yet, when the Moto E and Moto X 2nd Gen have them?