Next week, Cricket Wireless customers will be able to purchase Alcatel OneTouch’s flagship phone, the Idol 3. For the first time ever, the Idol 3 will be sold by a carrier online and in stores from Cricket Wireless starting November 6. The two companies announced today that the Idol 3 is a Cricket Wireless exclusive priced at just $149. This price is down from the unlocked price of $249 directly from Alcatel OneTouch. Cricket Wireless, in addition to offering the handset at a lower price, is emphasizing its 4G LTE network as an advantage over the competition. In case you forgot, Cricket Wireless is owned and operated by AT&T.
Cricket Wireless also announced that customers on its Smart and Pro plans can travel to Canada and Mexico without incurring any extra roaming charges. The carrier says this is part of its “roundtrip feature” that allows customers to call, text, and message throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico at no extra charge.
Cricket Launches Data Roaming in Mexico and Canada Plus New Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4G LTE Smartphone
ATLANTA, Oct. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket has expanded its international offerings and phone portfolio once again. Now, customers on Cricket Smart ($50/mo) and Pro ($60/mo) plans can use their rate plan data in Mexico and Canada at no extra charge. This new data roaming feature complements Cricket’s existing “roundtrip” feature which gives customers unlimited calling, texting, and messaging in between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Primary usage must still be in the U.S.
Plus Cricket will be adding the IDOL 3 to our smartphone line up — from one of the most popular mobile phone manufacturers in Latin America and now the U.S., ALCATEL ONETOUCH. Available in stores and online, starting November 6, the IDOL 3 is a Cricket exclusive and features the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Mix app – giving users an immersive music experience on a 4G LTE network that has more coverage nationwide than T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, and Boost. Customers can listen to music directly from the app and add effects, transition songs, sync, mix, scratch or insert samples just like a DJ!
“Our customers don’t want limits – they want to be able to call relatives, send selfies or listen to the latest hits when traveling across North America*. They want a seamless experience and Cricket delivers,” said Janna Ducich, chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. “Our new data roaming feature is another in a long line of benefits that makes Cricket a smart choice for consumers who want great service, flexibility and value.”
More About Cricket’s International Features
In addition to our “roundtrip” calling features, Cricket offers international add-ons to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean such as Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Haiti. Plus customers on the Smart ($50/mo) and Pro ($60/mo) plans already have unlimited texting to 38 countries.
Cricket’s ‘Roundtrip” International Features
With $5 Auto Pay Credit
High Speed Data Access
Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text and Messaging
Unlimited Talk & Messaging (SMS and MMS) to and from Mexico, Canada and the U.S.
Unlimited International Texting from the U.S. to 38 countries
More about the ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL 3
This feature-packed 5.5-inch smartphone, available for $149.99 with activation, is exclusive to Cricket and includes awesome experiences like:
- Technicolor® Color Enhance Full-HD display for a crisp picture and clear viewing from any angle – even in direct sunlight
- Dual front-facing 1.2w speakers featuring JBL® Audio for an immersive surround sound experience
- Fast face-focus 13MP main camera and 8MP 85-degree wide-angle front camera for great selfies and group photos
- The only smartphone with a fully reversible user experience, so no matter if you’re browsing through social media, reading emails or watching movies, the display will always be right side up, even if you’re holding the phone upside down
About the new Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 300 million people; easy and affordable plans prices that include taxes and fees – no surprises; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com. And connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketnation and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
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*North America incl. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Int’l coverage ltd. Other restr’s apply. Click here for details.