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Samsung's newest flagship phone has infiltrated just about every US carrier already, but we can add one more to that list today. Cricket Wireless has started taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S4 with an expected shipping date of June 7th.

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Cricket Wireless is a pre-paid carrier that operates partially on the networks run by Sprint, MetroPCS, and others (as an MVNO). Cricket does have its own CDMA towers on 1700 and 1900MHz in many areas. New Cricket lines can't be activated in all markets, and the Galaxy S4 isn't even available in some others. You'll just have to plug in your ZIP code on Cricket's site to see if you're eligible.

Picking up the GS4 on Cricket will cost you a little more up-front, but not as much as you might think. There are $70 in web discounts and a $55 mail-in rebate. The final price after all that is worked out comes to $474.99, and you get a free flip cover. That's less than we were originally told. Monthly rates on Android devices come in the form of a $50 option with 1GB of data, and a $60 plan with 2.5GB of data.

[Galaxy S4 (black), Galaxy S4 (white)]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • S. Ali

    Too much. You're essentially paying for a premium GS3. Only a fool would pay this much for a phone.

  • David Viohl

    Cricket is not a MVNO, they have their own network. They only operate on sprint in areas they don't have coverage.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Maybe I worded that poorly. Yes, Cricket does have a network, but it isn't national. It licenses CDMA access from other networks through an MVNO agreement made by its parent company Leap. I reworded that to avoid confusion.

      • Serge

        That's called roaming agreement.

  • Joe Martinez

    Thats a good price because theres no contract..not like tmobile where u have to pay at least 600 upfront or in payments..

  • http://twitter.com/Milleniumlance LANCE

    my friend has cricket, coverage is TERRIBLE...*DO NOT BUY THIS*

  • Tyler B

    Too bad they barely have 4g, their 3g is awful, they have no coverage, and all of their customer service can barely speak English. Not worth it.

  • topgun966

    I wonder what radios are in it. Should be the standard GSM radios as well (for LTE). If they don't lock them down might be worth it for tmo.