Moto E (1st Gen.) Overview

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Basic Information

Moto E (1st Gen.)


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October 2014


Motorola shells or colored backs and covers

We also offer other accessories, including protective films, cases and microSD cards.

Activation Type


Cellular Network






Operating System

Android™ 4.4.4, KitKat

Pre-Installed Apps (non-removable)

Motorola signature apps: Assist, Migrate, Help, Alert


Other apps: Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Chrome, Clock, Contacts, Downloads, Drive, Email, FM Radio, Gallery, Gmail, Google Settings, Google+, Hangouts, Maps, Messaging, Navigation, Phone, Play Books, Play Games, Play Magazines, Play Movies & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Quickoffice, Republic Wireless App, Settings, Sound Recorder, Translate, YouTube


Sold out! 4GB: $99 (plus taxes) with no contract

SIM Card

No SIM card

SD Card

MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB expandable memory

(sold separately in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions)

Tech Specs

Can be found here

*Note: We do not "lock" any of our phones. However, the nature of our unique software that powers Republic Wireless is not technologically compatible with other carriers. For more info, see FAQ: Are Republic Wireless Phones Locked or Unlocked?

Service Plans


Three different plans will be offered for the Moto E ranging from $5/month to $25/month.


The Moto E is a 3G-capable smartphone. 4G is not available for this phone, regardless of mobile provider.



$5 WiFi Only

This plan is for WiFi lovers and penny savers. Take a load off your wallet and enjoy unlimited data, talk and text on all the WiFi networks you know and love at the same time. No need for cellular when you're around WiFi as much as you are!


$10 WiFi + Cell Talk & Text
Our members are around WiFi about 90% of the time. During the other 10%, when you’re away from WiFi, this plan gives you cellular backup for communicating via text and talk when you need to. This plan combines both cutting costs and accommodates what’s quickly becoming the norm: a day filled with WiFi.

    25-dollar-plan.png $25 WiFi + Cell (3G) Talk, Text & Data
If you're more of an outdoors kind of person and you like to surf the internet, check email in the car (as a passenger!) or use GPS navigation, this plan lets you enjoy all the benefits of WiFi with the additional luxury of 3G cellular data. And if you only need this plan for part of the month—no problem! You can always switch to the $5 or $10 plan right from your phone (up to two switches per monthly billing cycle period).

Color Customization/Accessories


Standard Shell in the following colors


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blue-circle-case.png Royal Blue
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turquoise-circle-case.png Turquoise
lemonlime-circle-case__1_.png Lemon/Lime
cherry-circle-case.png Cherry (Red)

Grip Shell in the following colors


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blue-circle-case__1_.png Royal Blue
lemonlime-circle-case.png Lemon/Lime
cherry-circle-case__1_.png Cherry (Red)



I bought another Republic phone recently. Can I return the other phone in exchange for the less expensive Moto E?

There is no trade in program available, but if you're within your 14-day return window, you may return your other Republic phone for a full refund (minus initial shipping cost) and purchase a new Moto E.

If I choose to upgrade to the Moto E, will my contacts and apps automatically transfer over?

There are two primary ways to make sure your contacts and apps transfer to your new device:

  1. Sync your contacts
    You can sync your contacts to your Google account from your old phone. Once you have your new phone, they’ll automatically load when you sign in on your new phone.

  2. Use Motorola's Migrate app
    Motorola's Migrate app is designed to make the process of transferring your contacts, apps, photos, even text message history easier than ever. Check it out on the Google Play store
     The Migrate app is pre-installed on the Moto X, Moto G and Moto E, but you’ll need to install it on your old phone as well (it’s compatible with any Android phone version 2.2 and above).

Does the 10% beta discount apply to the Moto E?

If you’re an existing member who owns a Motorola DEFY XT purchased by September 25, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET, you are eligible for a 10% discount off your new monthly plan when you transfer that existing line to the Moto X or any future phones, including the Moto E. This discount will stay with you for as long as that phone line remains active with Republic, even if you transfer that line to a different Republic phone later. Please see the Beta Member Service Discount FAQ  for more info. 

Tech Specs 

Check out the Moto E's technical specifications in more detail here

Republic Phones Comparison 

  • Check out how the Moto E compares to the Moto G here.
  • Check out how the Moto E compares to the Moto X (1st Gen.)here.

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