Budget phones used to be the bane of Android's existence, embarrassments that gave buyers horrible first impressions of the platform and sent them running, tears in their eyes, towards the nearest iPhone they could catch on sale. Things have changed. Low-end phones may not offer the looks or build-quality of their flagship counterparts, but they provide plenty of screen real estate and power for average folks to stay connected.

With the new Moto E, Motorola has again raised the bar on what we can expect from a budget device. At $149.99, we can own a 4.5-inch phone outright and experience most of what Android has to offer. Now Cricket Wireless has announced that it is making the phone even more affordable. It will offer customers the ability to buy the phone with 4G LTE for $129.99.

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You will be able to pick up the device online and in person starting March 13th. Pair the device with a prepaid Cricket Wireless plan running on AT&T's network and away you go.

Press Release

Cricket Wireless Offers Next-Gen Moto E 4G LTE Smartphone: Faster, More Powerful And Just As Affordable

ATLANTA, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Wireless announces the latest valuable addition to its device lineup – the second generation Moto E by Motorola, a 4G LTE phone priced at $129.99, and available at Cricket Wireless in stores and online starting March 13.

The new Moto E is the first Cricket device running the latest Android OS, Lollipop, and continues Cricket's tradition of offering powerful smartphones, with comprehensive data, voice and text plans, at a smart price. Cricket customers once again have something to smile about.

"We said Cricket would continue to roll out more affordable 4G LTE smartphones in 2015, and the new Moto E is one of the best in its price point," said Andy Smoak, head of devices for Cricket Wireless. "It's an entry-level 4G LTE smartphone tailored for those looking for a great mobile experience at a price that won't break the bank. With unlimited calling and texting plans starting at $35 per month, after $5 Auto Pay Credit*, on a nationwide 4G LTE network, we are making good on promises to offer our customers a first-class wireless experience, no matter their budget."

A faster processor and larger battery isn't all that differentiates the second generation from its predecessor. With its crisp, scratch-resistant 4.5" qHD display, all-day battery life**, incredible 4G LTE speeds, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor for great performance, and the best of Google with the latest Android™ OS 5.0 Lollipop, the Moto E brings great quality and premium experiences at a value price. Altogether it means better mobile Internet access for feature phone upgraders and others who don't want to spend lots to get a great phone. Other features include:

  • Liquid- repellent technology to protect against splashes and spills
  • Dual cameras for photos, selfies and HD video recording
  • Moto Experiences -- Moto Display, Moto Assist and Moto Migrate

Additionally, customers can use the preloaded Cricket Wi-Fi app (free) which helps to manage their data by enabling them to quickly connect to over 14 million curated Wi-Fi free and open hotspots across the U.S., thereby maximizing their high speed data usage.

For a limited time, customers switching from T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint and Boost, and others and who select the $50 or $60 rate plan are eligible for 1 free month*** of service on us after completing two months on the Smart, Pro or Advanced plan. New and existing customers receive generous high-speed data access**** allotments, making Cricket's wireless plans more affordable so customers can spend their hard-earned money on things that matter to them. Cricket's Basic ($40/ 2.5GB), Smart ($50/ 5GB), Pro ($60/ 10 GB), and for a limited time Advanced ($60/ 20GB) Plans are $35, $45 and $55 after a $5 monthly Auto Pay credit. Plus, unlimited calling and messaging to Mexico from the U.S. is included on the Smart, Pro, and Advanced plans*****.

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