It's Cyber Monday, folks, and even the little prepaid carriers are getting in on the sales. For today and tomorrow only, customers either joining Cricket Wireless or adding another line to their current account can get a Samsung Galaxy S7 for $324.99, making the phone a whopping 50% off! Read More
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. Read More
Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless has been pushing its inexpensive tax-inclusive plans and $5 auto-pay credits recently, but it just rolled out some new plans that make the deal even better. Its two cheapest plans are getting more data, and there's a new limited time deal on a larger bucket of bytes.
The big news in the wireless business this week has been AT&T's upcoming purchase of Leap Wireless, which the FCC approved yesterday. The deal has been in the works since July of last year. That leaves AT&T in an interesting spot, since it now owns the CDMA-based Cricket Wireless, which directly competes with the budget-focused Aio sub-brand. Apparently AT&T prefers the more established brand, because the company said it will combine the assets of both under the "Cricket" name.
Fierce Wireless reported that AT&T announced plans to combine the brands as part of the FCC filing back in October. Read More
If you're in the market for a Cricket Wireless phone, the carrier is offering some downright fantastic deals at the moment. They're offering massive mail-in rebates of $200 off the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and HTC One SV (in addition to their regular web discounts), delivered in the form of a Visa prepaid card. Thanks to a surprisingly low starting price, Samsung's Galaxy S4 is just $329.99 with the rebate - and that's not a contract price. Cricket sells all its phones outright. These deals appear to be valid only for online orders from the Cricket website.
The Galaxy S III is going for just $179.99 after the rebate, and the HTC One SV is $79.99, both good deals for phones that are still perfectly capable. Read More
Cricket Wireless wants you to know that they'll have the Samsung Galaxy S4, just like the big boys. They just don't have it yet. In a press release issued today, Cricket revealed its own special version of the Galaxy S4 (which is exactly like all the other LTE Galaxy S4 models), and it will be available to customers in-store, online, and at authorized resellers on June 7th. The cost for Cricket's unsubsidized phone is a wallet-searing $599.99, but those who are short on green can put $54.99 down and pay it off over a couple of years.
Cricket's S4 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, not Samsung's own Exynos octa-core, thanks to its LTE chipset requirement. Read More
Last night, Cricket quietly added the Engage LT to its website for $179.99. Amusingly, with the current set of sales, it's the same price as its older and better brother, the ZTE Engage (no LT in the name). David posted about the ZTE Engage shortly before it released late last year. Neither phone is particularly interesting and both have lower-end specs with mid-range pricing.
Here are the relevant specs:
- Android 4.0
- 4" TFT WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive display (233 PPI)
- 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (model is currently unknown)
- 3.2 MP rear camera w/LED flash, VGA front camera
- 1 GB RAM
- 1900 mAh Lithium Ion battery
What makes the original Engage better than the Cricket-branded newcomer? Read More
Hey Cricket customers! Want a new phone that may or may not be better than the one you already have? You can get the new HTC Desire C, a dinky little 3.5" thing inspired by the One series.
The Desire C features some of the things you'd expect from its higher end counterparts, like 25GB of Dropbox space, Beats Audio, and Sense 4, to go along with its 3.5" touchscreen and Android 4.0. Sure, it's not the best phone on the planet, but it's not a bad for Cricket. Because, let's face it - you chose Cricket as your carrier, so you can't expect the latest, greatest, and best phone of all time. Read More
Do you like the idea of a low-end prepaid phone that's probably marginally overpriced for what it is? Does Cricket Wireless intrigue you? Then have I got the news of the century for you. Meet the ZTE Engage. It's not particularly exciting. It's not particularly cheap. But it's... a phone. And it runs Android 4.0. So there's that.
The ZTE Engage does other things, too. Like music. And apps. Here are some specifications that describe it:
- 4.0” WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz
- Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
- MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
- Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery
If those don't get you pumped up, well, you're probably a person of pretty reasonable expectations. Read More
Thanks to the high cost of traditional cellular service, contract-free wireless service is becoming more and more appealing to many customers. Two fairly big names in both cellphone sales and pay-as-you-go wireless service - RadioShack and Cricket Wireless - have now teamed up to offer RadioShack No-Contract Wireless service. I kind of wish they would've come up with a catchier name. ShackMobile. ShackWireless. ShackPack. Boom Shack-a-lacka Mobile. But I digress.
The service will start off with but two phones - one smartphone and one feature phone - both manufactured by Huawei. The only one that is of any interest to us, the Huawei Mercury Ice, is a low-to-mid-range Android device, packing a 1.4GHz processor, 4" display, 8MP rear shooter, and Android 2.3. Read More