As we had been expecting, Republic Wireless has officially launched the Moto X. The handset is priced at $299 and available in black or white. Keeping in mind that is a contract-free price, Republic Wireless also has plans that range from $5 to $40 per month depending on your needs.

The Moto X that is available from Republic Wireless will still have the same key features such as Touchless Controls, Active Display and the quick camera launch gesture, but there is one extra that is also included. In the case of the Republic Wireless Moto X, users will also have Hybrid Calling. This is a Republic Wireless specific feature, and is what allows the carrier to offer such low priced plans.

Hybrid Calling means the phone will use WiFi as a default. Basically, assuming you are connected to WiFi — all of your calls and messages are routed that way. Of course, your data will also go out just fine over WiFi. This is where the monthly plans come in. Take the $5 per month option, that includes unlimited talk, text and data over WiFi with no cellular coverage.

Bumping up to the $10 plan and you get the same WiFi coverage with the addition of unlimited talk and text over cellular. The 3G and 4G data comes in with the $25 and $40 per month plans.The cellular data options are both billed as unlimited, however a quick look at the fine print points towards a slowdown for those topping the 5GB mark.

Otherwise, aside from the Hybrid Calling and potential for lower monthly prices, the Moto X still sports the same 4.7-inch 720p display and Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 50GB of Google Drive storage (free for two-years), 2200 mAh battery and 10 megapixel Clear Pixel (RGBC) camera on the back. The handset is also launching with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

VIA: Republic Wireless