Compelling smartphone deals have stopped being a holiday-only affair a long time ago, but it’s a known fact January tends to be the slowest month of the year in terms of gadget sales, due among others to a proverbial stubbornness to not cut prices from manufacturers and retailers.
When the occasional steal does crop up shortly after Christmas, it’s obviously wise to jump on it before it expires or inventory runs out. Case in point, Cricket’s latest batch of discounted prepaid handhelds, starting as low as $10, no contracts needed, no strings attached.
Well, there is one string attached, as you’re required to port your number to AT&T’s subsidiary from a different operator, and activate a new smartphone plan worth at least $40 a month.
If you’re willing to do that, the second-generation Motorola Moto E can be yours at $10, the HTC Desire 520 fetches $20 instead of $40, and the Microsoft Lumia 640 is slashed from its normal Cricket tag of $100 to just $60. Also, the ZTE Overture 2 drops from $50 to $30.
Which of those is the best deal? It depends on your favorite OS and whether you like your phones bigger or smaller, but it’s definitely between the Android-powered Moto E and Windows 10 Mobile-ready Lumia 640. The former was available completely for free back in November, while the latter has never been cheaper, both featuring 4G LTE connectivity, just like the Desire 520 and Overture 2.