New Phone Joins our Bring Your Own Phone Lineup

UPDATE: Introducing the all-new Moto Z Play!

The phones keep rolling in… We’re adding new phones to our bring your own phone lineup already! Every time we add a new phone to our bring your own phone option, we will update this blog with the new phone and highlight a few of the features. Let’s take a closer look:


motorola-z-play-familyThe Moto Z Play comes with Motorola’s longest lasting smartphone battery ever, with up to 50 hours of battery life. Fifteen minutes of charging gives you 9 hours of battery life, so no waiting around for a charge.

Customize your phone with Moto Mods™ that let you snap on interchangeable backs with magnets. Our favorite is the JBL SoundBoost speaker for tunes on the go. Check out the Insta-Share Projector to stream your favorite shows and movies, too.

  • 5.5 “  FHD Display
  • 16 MP rear camera and 5 MP front facing camera
  • Android™ 6.0, Marshmallow will upgrade to 7.0 Nougat
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 32GB** 3GB RAM,  microSD Card support
  • Mixed usage up to 50 hours*** (3510 mAh)
  • TurboPower™ for up to 9 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging****
  • TurboPower 15W Charger included in box.

Moto Z

The Moto Z (GSM Unlocked) gives you up to 30 hours of battery life* with just a single charge. Power up in practically no time, with up to 8 hours of power in only 15 minutes of charging.** The 13 MP camera features Optical Image Stabilization and Laser Auto Focus technologies built-in, giving you crystal clear pictures.

The Moto Z (GSM Unlocked) is compatible with Moto Mods™, do things you never thought were possible with your phone. With interchangeable backs that snap onto your phone with powerful integrated magnets, transform your phone whenever you’d like.

  • 5.5 “ Quad HD AMOLED Display 13 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • Android™ 6.0.1, Marshmallow will upgrade to 7.0 Nougat
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 64GB 4GB RAM, microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)²
  • Mixed usage up to 30 hours³ (2600 mAh)
  • TurboPower™ for up to 8 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging4
  • TurboPower 15W Charger included in box.

²Actual available capacity of user storage and internal memory is less because the operating system, software and other functions which utilize part of this capacity. ³All battery life claims are approximate and based on a standard mixed use profile. 4Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Charger sold separately in some markets.

Nexus 6 by Motorola

The Nexus 6 by Motorola is an Android powerhouse. It features a razor-sharp expansive display, and a powerful Snapdragon 805 processor. Capture 360 degree and panorama photos with the dynamic 13 MP camera. The Nexus 6 by Motorola also offers the convenience of Qi wireless charging.

  • 5.96” Quad HD AMOLED display
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3220 mAh battery talk time Up to 24hrs
  • Latest Android™ updates including 7.0 Nougat
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 32/64 GB, 3 GB RAM Water resistant


Moto G4 PLAY

This phone is for the multi-tasker. With a quad-core processor and 2GB of memory, you can switch between streaming the big game, your favorite music, and apps with ease. Shoot crystal clear pictures with the 8 MP rear camera. The camera features a sensor that uses larger pixels. Store your award winning shots for up to two years FREE of charge with Google Photos. Your Moto G4 PLAY automatically backs up and organizes your photos and videos so you can find them easily.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 410 processor with Quad-core CPU
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera
  • All day 2800 mAh battery²
  • 2GB of memory*
  • 16 GB internal, up to 128 GB microSD Card support¹
  • Pure Android™ Experience
  • Water- repellent nano-coating³

¹Actual available capacity of user storage and internal memory is less because the operating system, software and other functions which utilize part of this capacity. ²Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses.  ³Advanced nano-coating technology creates a water repellent barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain.

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98 thoughts on “New Phone Joins our Bring Your Own Phone Lineup”

  1. Waiting for a phone with removable battery, WATERPROOF. and removable sd card.
    I still have my trusty Defy XT and waiting for a faster replacement.
    I REFUSE to buy a new phone or dick around with an internal battery replacement when battery dies.

    1. The future of mobile devices has been headed in the opposite direction for a VERY long time now.

      You need to recognize that, instead of grasping on for years.

        1. 2 years ago is a long time in the technology world. 2 years ago, USB Type-C was nonexistent, 1080p was flagship, 5 inches was a standard screen size, the only acceptable fingerprint scanner was on the iPhone, and the headphone jack was taken for granted.

          Now, USB Type-C is what you’d expect, 1440p is a flagship screen resolution, 5.5 inches is the standard screen size, almost every phone has a lightning quick fingerprint sensor, and we’re worrying about the future of headphone jacks.

          But perhaps the biggest issue…
          The last phone to have what you want was the GS5, but that was met with horrible reception and considered the Galaxy series’ greatest flop. It was a flop because people didn’t want it, despite having all these features. Because people don’t care for them, as you do, and that is how technology moves.

          1. Not one with a removable battery, microSD, and waterproofing.

            There are phones with waterproofing and microSD, though. Removable battery has been slowly phased out.

          2. You do realize that phones have exploded because people were putting in 3rd party batteries?

            Samsung’s battery debacle is solved by sourcing their batteries to a different manufacturer, NOT by allowing the user to change it.

          3. ASK someone who bought one and ask them how they’re liking it.
            It’s a bit more involved than sourcing batteries to a different mfg. like you claim.
            I have 2 batteries for my XT, both nearly 4 years old and I swap them out every six months or so.
            Try that with a built-in battery.
            The same people who replace fuses with pennies or similar are the ones who buy cheap batteries.

          4. Literally, you omitted several steps of the FIX.
            I suppose the battery magically replaces itself via a download?
            Sort of like “beam me up”?
            I hope you’re not employed in a position that’s detail oriented.

          5. I did not omit anything, because I was not describing the engineering behind the battery. Simply stating what Samsung is doing which is clearly not making the change to replaceable batteries.

            Let’s not bring our socioeconomic status into this, shall we? I prefer to be mature and diplomatic.

          6. It should be obvious that there’ more to making the samsung work again as designed than just switching battery suppliers. Your statement oversimplified the fix.
            It’s a total recall of the phones.
            If the phone had a user replaceable battery, all one would have to do is buy a new working battery.
            I’ll just wait for a phone that has the features I want. ALL you SUCKERS can go ahead and replace your phones every year or so at approx. $500 a crack.
            Have a nice life.

          7. Well, duh. You’re missing the point though. They are not bringing removeable batteries back period. That is all. You keep avoiding that and start getting into pointless technicalities.

            What’s wrong with replacing my phone at $400-$500 about every year, if I have the income to do so….

            What’s the problem, your “position that’s detail oriented” not paying you enough? 🙁

            I’d argue that the real “SUCKER” here is you. Poor communication skills, bad attitude… $500/year expense too much…

            I’d say to have a nice life as well, but you are clearly not able to.

          8. Time for you to edit this reply – it doesn’t make sense
            “With all the free time I have. Shouldn’t you be at work? Your meager income is being exposed.”

          9. Meh, I suppose the illiterate will stay illiterate.

            Question. What is your annual income? And where did you go to college, if you attended college?

          10. Can’t even take you seriously when you use the word “poof.” Nobody says that anymore. Still living in the past?

            So, where’d you go?

          11. If you can afford 500 every year or so, why are you on a shaky budget carrier. When I retired my pay was 500k so don’t make any dumb remarks about who can afford what! I just think it is stupid to pay that much for a phone so you can impress someone! Is that all you got that you can use to impress other? Pity!

          12. 500k but think it’s stupid to spend $500 on a phone? Your idiocy is bleeding…

            (yes, I know you are lying)

          13. You sir, come across as a double digit midget ( that is someone with an IQ below 100 for you) who tries hard to impress with your wit and comments. I am all for you spending the money you have however you like, it really does not matter to us.- So, I have no doubt that you would choose to have the best! Although I seriously doubt that you do that without sacrificing something else!

          14. You might want to look up what “double digit midget” means because you referenced it horribly wrong.

            EDIT: Looking at your post history. I see now that you are just as bigoted as LeRoy. Disgusting.

          15. Or check google shopping, amazon, or eBay for a good used one that is on the bring your own phone list, I’m on an older plan system (2nd I think) and can get replacement Moto X’s for around 50$, a waterproof cover isn’t that expensive, or there is a service that you can send in a phone or electronic device and they impermeable it with a gas that gives everything a waterproof coating.

          16. I’m still using my Motorola Defy XT and its functionality has become pretty limited. If I were to buy a used Moto X for ~$50, would I have to change my plan? I’ve been on the ~$20/month plan for years now. I appreciate any input and guidance. I don’t really need a high end phone, but I would like a phone that is compatible with a few apps. Thanks!

        2. What you guys drinking? Mobile phones at 4″ to 6″ and mere ounces aren’t mobile? I smell sheep poop all over both of you!

    2. Then you’re gonna be waiting around for a while. I can’t believe you’re still using the Defy, it’s like a rock with lights. I had to use it as a placeholder when one of mine broke and I almost threw it out eh window daily.

      So refuse away, but you’re only hurting yourself by using ancient devices that are hardly compatible with all of today’s technology.

        1. So why not get a phone that makes phone calls ONLY, most even have basic internet, really cheap and you can change the battery. NOT waterproof but for a little money you can buy 2 or 3 and throw away if they get wet!

          1. My Defy XT does more than that for $19/m plus tax – UNLIMITED EVERYTHING. I don’t need another phone.
            How old are you – I’m guessing 19.

          2. I’m a little more than 19 (not much) BUT you were bragging that you only use your phone for phone calls and had no use for the other things!
            Seems like you have your attention riveted to the phone A LOT more than you admit to

          3. I simply refuse to buy a phone that’s not WATERPROOF, has a replaceable battery and an SD card.
            If you read anything else into my posts, I suggest you have your pea sized brain scanned.
            Maybe it’s GONE, JAG0FF.

          1. My XT shows me weather radar among over a dozen or 2 other features.
            AND, here’s a NEWS FLASH for you – I can take it on a road trip!
            You sound pretty stupid.

          1. Self employed, DEPLORABLE and PROUD.
            I didn’t know that Republic supports 0Bama phones – how did you swing that?

    3. leroy you crafty dog. deplorable and unemployable. how cool. i think most obamaphones fit up the anal cavity. please let us know how many you can stuff up there

    4. If the phone is waterproof, they went to a lot of effort to get it there. Consequently, it’s going to be REALLY hard for it to have a removeable battery. You can’t trust the consumer to reseal it in a waterproof manner. There aren’t many phones like this.

      1. Defy XT has both plus more.
        If an owner does not seal the phone properly, warranty is voided if it gets wet – very simple. It was a phone intended for responsible adults with at least a mediocre knowledge of hardware and software and who respect property.
        NOT a phone for empty headed millennials or the 47%.

    5. Get the Samsung j36 I got one yesterday $85.00 used on eBay.
      Removeable battery and SD card. You can purchase a cover that is waterproof from AliExpress for a few extra bucks.

      1. Thanks for the case info. I’ll have to revisit that option.
        Initially, I regarded it as a “budget” phone and not worth the switch.

        1. You actually have a conception of “budget” smartphones versus high end? Can you even afford anything that isn’t “budget?”


          1. Or have you just exposed your socioeconomic status? Shall we list them.

            -can’t spell the word “Nazi,” tried to sound it out like a kindergartener and spelled it “natzi”
            -finds it incredulous to spend $500/year, an incredibly minor expense
            -believes the word faggot and poof are still offensive in this day and age
            -poor communicative skills, bad attitude, lack of intelligence in general


  2. I see the censoring natzis are out in force.
    What’s wrong with the Deplorable and the 47%?
    Here’s one for you:
    Suck the snotty end of my COCQUE!

    1. Nazi*

      Meh, now I see why you’re living a lower class life.

      This kind of fun now. You’re very easy to attack and everything about you screams a lack of education.

          1. Do you live in Bigot Village?

            Are you suggesting murder or battery and assault? That would land you in jail.

          2. I said go for it.

            Neither you or I will decide whether its a crime against humanity or not. We can let the UN decide 🙂

  3. I’m not yet with Republic, haven’t found a phone that works for me, so this page (linked in an email “Bring your own Moto g4 play” led me to believe I might find a list of other “bring your own” phones which I don’t find. Coming from Verizon it is hard to adjust to the lack of available contact with Republic, even to support getting started, all emails being “no reply” 🙁 I see at the top of the page there is a moderator (Shannon O) but don’t see any comments by her here. If a Republic rep ever sees this, I would like them to know that their flood of emails about me joining, when I cannot discuss what holds me back, pushes me back further.

      1. Thanks Shannon. I did end up finding it, was glad to see the Nexus 5 there, until I realized it is still too big for my lil hand 🙂 Maybe if the iPhone SE proves popular there will be a Nexus 4 introduced! (I suppose Apple makes it too difficult for you use their phones)

        1. A lot of these phones are too big for my hand too! lol We get a lot of requests for the iPhone, we’d like to be able to offer all the phones our members and potential members want. We’re still working to add more options to our portfolio.

  4. The email says it can charge in 15 minutes, yet the Moto G4 Play doesn’t have Turbo charging; instead, it comes with a standard Motorola wall charger.

    It’s a nice budget phone. If you’re in the market for a new phone yet can’t afford the flagship models, this is right up your alley. Plus, a removable battery is a nice option, not only for convenience, but also for troubleshooting.

    I’m excited to try the new plan and coverage and am awaiting my SIM card.

    Thanks for the BYOP option, Republic! You just keep getting better and better.

  5. Is there a Republic compatible dual SIM phone that will work with Claro in Guatemala? I have a moto with Republic don’t have or want internet on my phone but it would be nice to have a phone that would work as a phone in both locations.

  6. When they add unlocked phones I might but not until. I had the nexus 6 they didn’t allow it now I gave to to my other half. I have the Samsung 6edge plus now and the Nextbit Robin.If they decide to i might, but by the time they decide it might be to late. Tmobile is cheaper now 4 lines 40 gig 120.00. I used to think the Wifi Hybrid model was an interesting idea and it would save me money. Problem is I LIKE my current phones and they no longer are a cost savings.

    1. I was waiting for a true BYOD with Republic, not some fairly limited BYOD. RingPlus, Ting, and FreedomPop all allow a wide range of BYOD options. For what Republic’s cheapest plan costs, I could go with RingPlus for a one-time activation fee with free monthly thereafter. Shame Republic gave up some of its best cheap plans as they would have been a good alternative to the other companies.

  7. Yes. Who writes these colorful comments? If the Moto Z can run up to 30 hours on a single charge, then it can run nearly 60 hours on two charges. And it can run nearly a year on 365 charges.

    Secondly, what is a crystal clear picture? You would be able to see through it. There is such a thing as a Sharp focus picture, but not crystal clear.

  8. How come the email announcement mentioned the new Google Pixel phone but that phone is not mentioned in this post?

  9. Can anyone recommend a used phone for Republic Wireless that your happy with. Currently I am using a Moto X 1st version and want to upgrade to a reasonably priced phone. Doesn’t have to be Moto. Thanks, Bruce

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