by Jules Wang | May 20, 2016 4:20 PM
ZTE has a pretty decent mid-range smartphone that's just made it to AT&T's prepaid service, but are we getting a capoeira lesson here? And what's with this long name? Well, the blog post at Cricket Wireless's site play cute with the marketing of the phone with references to Motorola's heavily 'ol chugger, the DynaTAC, and the whole bit about how smartphone screen sizes blew up so fast. But then we get this series of GIFs (which we can't place here because of our filesize restrictions ... darn them) that show off a bunch of people running around a huge park in Atlanta, showing off ...
by Jules Wang | May 8, 2016 5:29 PM
As promised, Cricket has refreshed Microsoft's presence in the US prepaid carrier space as it has exclusively introduced the Lumia 650 into its lineup. It's $129.99 with activation on the network and it brings native Windows 10 Mobile. A phone with an OLED display at that price is a pretty good steal, — the phone's $199 at the Microsoft Store — though the uphill part comes to the OS. That's another post, though. Virgin Mobile only has the Lumia 635 on clearance while Cricket itself still stocks the Lumia 640. Source: Cricket Wireless Via: GSMArena
by Stephen Schenck | April 20, 2016 11:46 AM
Windows Phone managed to find some of its biggest success not with high-end feature-packed flagships, but by bringing shoppers some of the best values around on really low-priced hardware, pairing affordable handsets with a platform that wouldn't over-burden them with steep system requirements. Now that Windows 10 Mobile is here, will this this trend continue? Certain carriers would sure like to see that happen, and today Cricket Wireless is doing its part to help, stepping up to offer a pre-paid Windows 10 option in the form of the Microsoft Lumia 650. We saw the Lumia 650 launch back in ...
by Stephen Schenck | April 15, 2016 5:54 PM
Limitations suck. Whether we're paying more for that over-mileage leased car, standing in the long line at the supermarket because we have eleven items, or having to check that slightly-too-large bag at the airport, it's no fun having to put up with added hassle just because you wanted a little more. This is doubly true for wireless data, and whether the consequences are added fees or reduced speed, going over your monthly data cap can be a real headache. That's what makes unlimited plans so alluring, but many carriers have been anything but willing to offer them. It's especially rare when ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | March 31, 2016 7:42 AM
Anyone here nostalgic about a 2013 mid-range Samsung phone by the name of Galaxy Amp? Did you at least know such a thing existed? Well, if you did, and you were waiting for an affordable upgrade or two, prepaid US carrier Cricket Wireless serves up the Galaxy Amp Prime and Amp 2 in online and offline stores starting today. There’s not much to see or notice here, except for palatable $150 and $100 price tags respectively and, surprise, surprise, pre-loaded Marshmallow software. That’s right, it seems at least the slightly higher-end Amp Prime runs an Android version out the box most ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | March 10, 2016 7:03 AM
Not to be outdone by Samsung, which just brought 2010 mobile technology back with the Galaxy J1 mini, LG is only 24 hours away from releasing a similarly shoddy low-end Android effort on American prepaid network Cricket. AT&T’s daughter carrier tries hard to sell the LG Spree as a “great phone for those who currently own an entry-level smartphone and aspire for more without sacrificing style and features”, but the fact of the matter is the 4.5-incher lacks both things. Style? Please, this is a frail, full-plastic handheld like so many others in its price range, with chunky ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | March 10, 2016 5:37 AM
While Samsung may stir up great indignation among unlucky Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge buyers if the purported performance gap between Snapdragon and Exynos variants proves authentic and noticeable in real life, the Korean OEM can do no wrong when it comes to its US-based fans. The nation’s four top carriers have all started to ship S7 pre-orders in advance of the official launch date, with two of them already introducing compelling BOGO deals, and each and every retailer letting you have a go at a gratis Gear VR headset. That includes Cricket Wireless, a small but feisty AT&T prepaid ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | November 28, 2015 10:00 AM
They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...
by Rithvik Rao | June 26, 2015 8:00 AM
It's not all that often that we see phones from Asian manufacturers make their way over to the United States. Some companies – like OPPO, for example – have been really good about making their phones available across the pond soon after they launch in Asia, while a majority of devices never make it out of their country of origin. So imagine our excitement when we see not one, but two phones from ZTE make their way to AT&T and an MVNO carrier, the ZTE Maven and the ZTE Sonata 2. The ZTE Maven is without a doubt a low-end smartphone, retailing for $59.99 at AT&T's website and ...
by Rithvik Rao | January 5, 2015 7:45 PM
Many people, when going smartphone shopping, just want something that's cheap and is on a decent rate plan. In the United States, it's not that simple to work this combo out with ease and still get a phone that's workable, but the newly-announced ZTE Grand X Max+ on AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless could change this. The phone packs a massive 6-inch HD screen with an HD (1280x720) resolution, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facer, a 3,200 mAh battery (that's the benefit of having such a massive phone), Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and ZTE's custom skin atop Android ...
by Anton D. Nagy | June 11, 2014 4:58 AM
The Nokia Lumia 1320 was announced for Europe and Asia on October 22, 2013. Other markets were later added to the list of regions where the phablet would eventually become available, but, so far, there was no word on US availability. However, if you're in the US, and you just can't wait to grab a Lumia 1320, Cricket Wireless has got you covered. Starting this Friday, June 13, you'll be able to grab the phablet online for $229.99, after a $50 mail-in-rebate Cricket Visa Promotion Card. The Lumia 1320 is definitely not a phone worth switching carriers for, but, if you're already on ...
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