If you’re looking for an extremely large phone but don’t want to shell out the cash for something like Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, you may want to keep an eye on ZTE’s awkwardly named Grand X Max. The phablet device features a 6-inch, 720p display, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 and 1 GB of RAM. The other specs are pretty mid-range, including an 8 megapixel camera and 8 GB of internal storage, but the Max will launch at $200 off-contract for Cricket. Not a bad deal.
This is the second large phone that ZTE has announced for a US carrier this year, with the other being the ZTE ZMAX for T-Mobile and US Cellular. The Grand X Max beats out the ZMAX by a few inches, even though the rest of the hardware is slightly less powerful, but if you’re interested in picking up a ZTE phone for the holidays you’re going to have several new options.
Ever since T-Mobile launched their Uncarrier initiative, other companies have had to think of creative ways to stay competitive. Eager to take away T-Mobile’s spot as the #1 prepaid carrier, Cricket (and its parent company AT&T) have announced that anyone who switches to their service from T-Mobile or its sister company MetroPCS will receive a $100 bill credit. In order to get the bill credit customers only need to sign up for service and port their existing phone number to the new plan. Not a bad deal at all, but is it enough to make an impact on T-Mobile’s enormous customer base? Let us know in the comments.
AT&T purchased Leap Wireless back in March, which operated a wireless network named “Cricket Wireless” — and now, AT&T will be relaunching Cricket with 4G LTE service and new unlimited plans which will start at $35/month.
On top of that, 3,000 “redesigned” Cricket Wireless stores around the US have opened, and more locations are expected to open in the future.
The three plans Cricket will be making available to customers include “Basic,” “Smart,” and “Pro” options. Check out the details after the break:
AT&T’s Aio prepaid service may not have a very long lifespan if the acquisition of Leap Wireless is successful. According to AT&T, if the acquisition goes through, they plan on merging Aio into Leap’s business under the Cricket brand. While it would be good news for AT&T in building up brand recognition for their prepaid service nationwide, it would likely mean Aio customers would have to switch over to a new plan and carrier.
Leap shareholders will vote on the acquisition on October 24th, and we’ll keep you updated on what happens. Any Aio customers disappointed to hear this news?
source: Fierce Wireless
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone is in the midst of a global assault on its consumers, so it should come as no surprise that wireless carrier Cricket is the latest brand to carry the sweet device. The popular prepaid carrier confirmed it will offer the device from June 7th to customers for a smooth $599.99 outright or $55 down (plus monthly payments) for qualifying customers. Additionally, for customers that take advantage of the Galaxy S 4′s release, Cricket will offer for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data speed allowance for its 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data service plans, compared to its standard 3G rate plans. Or of course, customers will be able to take advantage of its other traditional plans that start at $45/month, which is a pretty sweet deal.
So now that it’s all said and done, you know the drill gang— hit the break to check out the full press release from Cricket.
Cricket has announced today that they will be offering a new family unlimited plan, complete with unlimited text messaging, unlimited calling, and unlimited data, and it’ll only run you $40 per line. What’s the catch, you’re probably asking yourself? The unlimited data is throttled after 1 GB of usage, and you have to opt in to the automatic bill pay. Oh, and it’s strictly for family plans, not individual plans. Still, it’s $10 cheaper than the single-line plan, and Cricket is throwing in a free subscription to Muve Music, so it’s an excellent deal, even with the relatively minor caveats.
You can also go with a $60 plan that offers 2.5 GB of non-throttled data, and a $70 with 5 GB of non-throttled data. Both of these plans also include the mobile hot spot capabilities. If nothing else, it’s good to see some other carriers try to take on the big guys with better value bundles. Hit the break below for the full press release.
Cricket announced the availability of The Groove, a new Android smartphone that incorporates Muve Music features. The Groove device comes with an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3, a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, all supported with a 1500mAh battery. Added to the device is Muve Music from Cricket, a service that lets subscribers access unlimited downloads of music, artist commentary, and video.
The new Groove from Cricket will be available starting on November 21st for $129.99 and data plans start at $50 per month. For more information, hit the break to read the full press release.
Not too long ago, RadioShack teamed up with Cricket to offer prepaid wireless service for their customers. The pricing is competitive, starting at $25 per month, but the device selection so far has been fairly lacking. Well, the ‘Shack at least looks like they’re making an effort to change that by offering the HTC Desire C, and low-end/mid-range phone at an attractive price point. $119.99 gets you a 3.5 inch HVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera, and Android 4.0 with Sense on top. It’s not going to make your Galaxy S III jealous, but for the pricing on the handset and the wireless plans, it makes an excellent entry level phone for consumers.
Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S III handset is not only popular with consumers, it is increasingly popular with carriers who want to offer a high end device for use on 4G LTE networks. The latest carrier to offer the Galaxy S III is Cricket, which announced it will be available starting on Black Friday, November 23rd, for $549.99 with no contract. Buyers can opt for a data plan for as little as $50 per month for 2GB of data.
In conjunction with the announcement of the Galaxy S III joining their device portfolio, Cricket also released a list of additional locations with 4G LTE service. The new markets include Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas. These join the existing 4G LTE service areas of Las Vegas and Tucson.
If you are interested in getting a Galaxy S III on Cricket, visit one of their retail stores or www.mycricket.com for updates on availability.
source: Cricket Communications, Inc.
Chinese manufacturer ZTE is looking to continue its big splash out here in the States, so it’s only natural we see more and more devices on networks willing to take a chance and bring some unique devices. That’s why Cricket has announced its new ZTE Engage smartphone. This Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device will arrive on the wireless carrier on October 2nd and will cost a mere $250. What this gives customers is a zippy Snapdragon S2 1.4GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA display and 8MP camera. Not a bad way for customers to enjoy Muve Music, right?
More details of the device once you hit the break and check out the full presser.