Alcatel Onetouch may not be on your mental short list of companies to turn to when looking for a nice budget-priced smartphone, but based on our positive experiences with the company’s Idol 3 earlier this year, maybe it should be. We saw direct sales of the 5.5-inch model get started back in the spring, and then in August saw those joined by sales of a more petite 4.7-inch model. Ordering your phone independently of service is a fine way to go about things (and one we maybe even prefer), but not everyone’s on board with that plan, and some shoppers are always going to turn to their carriers when shopping for a new phone. Now Cricket is finally bringing just such an option to the Idol 3, getting ready for sales to open.
For just about $150, Cricket will hook you up with the 5.5-inch Idol 3 – that’s quite a bit lower than the $250 Alcatel Onetouch itself is asking for the same model. Availability starts both online and in carrier stores beginning November 6.
Beyond adding the new handset to its lineup, Cricket is also tweaking its plan structure with international data use in mind, adding free roaming in Canada and Mexico for users on its $50-a-month and higher tiers.