Well, this is beyond confusing. The same exact phone, with the same exact humdrum design and outdated hardware specifications, available on four US carriers under three different names.

First, Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid-specialized daughter operators, picked up the Alcatel Dawn a little over a month ago, charging just $70 with no-contract activations. In the meantime, the price dropped to $60, and now $30 on Cricket Wireless, where the entry-level 4.5-inch phone is branded Alcatel Streak.

The Dawn/Streak can also be purchased starting today from Best Buy on AT&T GoPhone plans, in exchange for $50, though the Alcatel Ideal, as Ma Bell calls it, only runs Android 5.0 Lollipop for some mystifying reason.

Bottom line, if you’re curious to see how Marshmallow interacts with a cringe-worthy 854 x 480 pixels resolution screen, modest quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB RAM and 1,780 mAh battery, Cricket is by far the cheapest, smartest way to go. Then again, if you don’t care so much about contemporary software, the TRU on MetroPCS is just as crazy affordable as the Alcatel Streak, similarly low-end, but significantly larger, at 5 inches in FWVGA display diagonal.

Sources: Cricket, Best Buy

Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).

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