Cricket inaugurates holiday shopping season early with a handful of free phones

AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has gained a reputation as one of the most generous US mobile carriers in recent years, often “selling” decent phones for free despite not demanding a contractual obligation.

Naturally, the small operator’s holiday deals are always a sight to behold, this year letting you score no less than four Android and Windows handhelds sans upfront charges, as well as two more at deeply discounted prices.

Now, granted, Christmas is still over a month away, and even Thanksgiving Day feels like a sweet but distant dream. You needn’t worry however, as Cricket plans to “tech the halls” with these super-attractive promotions through January 7, 2016.

Technically, the Nokia Lumia 635, LG Risio, ZTE Overture 2, and Motorola Moto E all require down payments of between $20 and $50. But you can ask for every penny back via mail-in rebate forms. The second-gen Moto E, mind you, costs $90 or so unlocked, and runs Lollipop out the box. The Overture 2 also stands out with (relatively) new and smooth software, the LG Risio, aka Tribute 2, packs a quad-core chip, and so does the Lumia 635, which should qualify for an official Windows 10 update.

If you’re willing to spend… something on Christmas gifts, the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime goes for $30 at Cricket after a $20 instant discount and $50 rebate, and the pen-wielding LG G Stylo is $100 cheaper than usual, at just $50.

The “big” catch? In order to get in on the deals, you’ll have to bring your number to the no-contract carrier, and activate a plan of minimum $40 a month.

Source: Cricket Wireless

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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).