Motorola DEFY XT Overview

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The DEFY XT is no longer for sale and can no longer be activated on any Republic Wireless account. All existing active DEFY XT's are still supported. Please contact Republic Help if you need assistance with your DEFY XT.







Basic Information



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No longer available for purchase or for reactivation.


Several accessories compatible with the DEFY XT are available in our online store.

Activation Type


Cellular Network






Operating System

Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread

Pre-Installed Apps (non-removable)

Can be found here.

SIM Card

No SIM card

SD Card4GB microSD pre-installed (up to 32GB microSD capacity)
Removable batteryYes






Beta Service Plans


  • Existing lines
    Your existing DEFY XT will keep its existing $19 or $29 plan as long as you have the DEFY XT.






Tech Specs



Black dust


Operating System: Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread®

MotoSwitch UI 2.0
LED alerts / charge notifications


3.7" diagonal / 480 x 854 FWVGA


Corning® Gorilla® Glass


Size: 115 mm x 58.5 mm x 11.95 mm


Weight: 115 grams


Dustproof and water resistant


Built-in rechargeable, 1650mAh



Continuous usage: Up to 9.5 hours

Standby time: Up to 20 days


SAR (Specific Absorption Rate): Please click here for levels specific to this smartphone.



5 MP auto-focus
LED flash

4X digital zoom

Automatic focus

Pinch to zoom

Front-facing VGA webcam



800x480 video capture MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Playback: Streaming

30fps@WVGA capture rate

Up to 30fps playback rate


Micro USB charging and data (USB 2.0 HS)


3.5 mm headset jack
GPS / Location ServiceseCompass, GPS/aGPS
Bluetooth® Technology

Version 3.0 w/o HS; profiles, HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, SPP, GAP


WiFi: 802.11b/g/n


Cellular (Sprint): CDMA 1900/800, CDMA 1X/EV-DO Release A


Playback: MP3, MIDI, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV


Voice recording: AMR only; Voice codecs: AMR NB, AMR WB


FM Radio

Processor Speed

1 GHz


1GB ROM/512MB RAM (Prior to OS)


Up to 32GB microSD (comes with a 4GB microSD pre-installed)

  • Digital TTY/TDD: Yes
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: Rating: M4, T3 (mostly tele-coil compatible)
  • Languages supported: English, Spanish


See Accessibility (Lollipop 5.1) for more info.








Does the microphone work on the DEFY XT while headphones are plugged in?

Yes, this has been tested and works great!




Is Adobe Flash supported on the DEFY XT?

Yes, the DEFY XT does support Adobe Flash for playback.




What's the difference between the single-band DEFY XT and the dual-band DEFY XT?

In the US, cellular service uses 800MHz and 1900MHz frequencies. Not all towers operate on the same spectrum frequency; for example, more rural areas typically use only the 800MHz frequency.


How does this relate to the DEFY XT? The single-band DEFY XT only roams on the 1900MHz frequency. Some cell towers only utilize the 800MHz frequency, so this means there are some areas where the single-band DEFY XT won't have cellular service. The dual-band version operates on both the 800MHz and 1900MHz frequencies, giving you extended cellular coverage when you roam.




How do I transfer my contacts to or from my DEFY XT?

Contacts saved to your Google account will sync once you’ve signed in to your Google account on your new phone. See Sync My Google Account.


You can also use Motorola Migrate (Lollipop) or import a .vcf file containing your contacts. See  Manage Contacts for Motorola DEFY XT and Manage Contacts (for Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen.), Moto G, and Moto E) for more info.