A free smartphone may sound like a potentially better deal for wireless network switchers than discounted mobile service, but when said complimentary phone makes you cringe with its archaic specs, and Sprint offers Verizon subscribers $900 savings in unlimited plan rates, it’s easy to reconsider.

Of course, AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket wants to compete against similar Verizon and Sprint sub-brands and daughter carriers with its latest promotion, and if you refuse to spend a single dime on a new phone, the Alcatel Verso is not that bad.

Priced at $29.99 for current customers looking for an upgrade, or new number activations, the 5-incher makes the upcoming Alcatel 3v and 3c seem like forces of nature. Protected by Dragontrail glass, the (relatively) large display sports awful FWVGA resolution, aka 854 x 480 pixels.

The unnamed 1.1 GHz quad-core processor is most likely Qualcomm’s humble Snapdragon 210, though at least there won’t be too much pressure on a tiny 2050 mAh battery. Android 7.0 Nougat runs the software show, with very slim odds of a future update, and your 5MP photos and 2MP selfies will need to be stored on “up to” 16GB internal space or a microSD card.

“As long as supplies last”, Cricket Wireless will also continue to offer the LG Fortune and ZTE Overture 3 free of charge with port-ins, down from the two’s list prices of $39.99 and $19.99 respectively. Keep in mind that four unlimited data lines are just $100 a month overall, with two available for $80, and one costing $55… with some nasty restrictions and big compromises.




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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