ZTE has announced two new phones at CES 2016 headed for prepaid US carriers, so don’t expect them to compete with some of the other flagships that have been announced in the past couple of days. The Grand X3 is on its way to Cricket, while the Avid Plus is slated for T-Mobile. Read more
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Cricket Wireless announced today they are enhancing international calling and messaging options available to their customers. For those who are traveling or doing business frequently between the U.S. and Canada, they will now get unlimited talk and text both to and from Canada and the U.S. This new capability will automatically be included in Smart and Pro monthly plans for no additional cost. Read more
Cricket has announced a new feature for their Smart and Pro monthly plans that will be extremely useful if you call out or text numbers internationally. These plans now include unlimited talk & text (although that’s limited to just SMS, no MMS) to Canada and Mexico. Mexico will be included in plans on August 2nd while Canada should be included later in the month. Read more
Cricket Wireless has just started its summer sale. From now until July 19, the telecommunications provider is offering some hot deals on devices like the Moto E, Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime, and more.
Samsung is working on a new variant of the budget-oriented Galaxy Grand Prime which appears will be named the Galaxy Grand Prime VE, the VE standing for Value Edition. It is not clear how much more value in terms of lower cost can be squeezed from a budget smartphone, but Samsung does appear to be planning some hardware and operating system changes to help enhance the value of the device. Much of this new information was learned after the device passed through the Taiwan equivalent of the FCC for certification in that country. Read more
The 2015 Cricket World Cup has been running since mid-February and comes to an end in a few days. In the meantime, fans can play around with a fantasy cricket app released by the International Cricket Council and Reliance Big Entertainment. Just as any fantasy sports app would, this one allows users to select players and face friends to climb leaderboards and win prizes. The app serves live scores, statistics, and news to keep users updated. Also, it supports notifications so fans never miss any action from the sport.
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Cricket announced some new wireless plans over the weekend that may offer some good deals for customers who are covered by their service, which Cricket claims covers more are than the 4G LTE networks of T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint, Boost or Virgin. In a bit of a twist that seems like something T-Mobile might do, Cricket is calling the plans “All In” because the prices published include all the taxes and fees that other carriers tack on top of their monthly subscription fees.
The lowest cost plan that was announced is a Basic Plan that provides 2.5GB of high-speed access to go with unlimited talk and text for only $40 per month, or $35 per month if you take advantage of an auto-pay credit. Users can step that up to a Smart Plan that comes with 5GB of data for $50 per month or a Pro Plan that includes 10GB of data for $60 per month. In addition, a new Advanced Plan that gives users 20GB of data for $60 per month is also available. Like the Basic Plan, the monthly cost of all of these can be reduced by $5 by opting for auto-pay. New customers who switch to Cricket can also get a free month of service credited to their account.
Check out the full press release after the break. Read more
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.