Update to budget-oriented Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime gets Taiwanese certification

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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

2015 Cricket World Cup gets its own fantasy app

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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.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

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Cricket announces new “All In” plans offering cheap, high-speed data access for smartphones

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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.

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ZTE launches the jumbo-sized Grand X Max on Cricket Wireless

ZTE grand X maxIf 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.

Cricket offers new customers $100 for switching from T-Mobile or MetroPCS

Screen shot 2014-08-28 at 7.55.00 AMEver 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.

Source: Cricket

 

Cricket Wireless relaunched by AT&T with new, inexpensive data plans

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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:

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AT&T to merge Aio into Leap Wireless if Leap acquisition is successful

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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 Galaxy S 4 smartphone headed to Cricket on June 7th

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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.

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Cricket shows off unlimited family plan, only $40 per line

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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. Read more