HTC Desire 555 now available in the U.S. exclusively from Cricket Wireless

If that chirping you heard outside your window was keeping you up all night, perhaps it was a special message that was just meant for your ears from Cricket Wireless. You might not speak cricket, but we do. And we can tell you that the HTC Desire 555 is now available from Cricket Wireless for only $119 when you upgrade to a new phone, or switch to Cricket from another carrier. The Desire 555 features a 5-inch display with a 720 x 1280 resolution (HD).

Under the hood is a quad-core 1.1GHz CPU and there is 16GB of native storage inside. Those seeking additional storage can access the 2TB capacity …


Samsung Galaxy Halo is Cricket Wireless' newest Android Nougat phone

As of this week, Cricket Wireless is selling a relatively new Samsung smartphone – the Galaxy Halo. The handset is only relatively new because it’s just a rebranded (and slightly different) variant of the Galaxy J7 Perx, which has been available since earlier this year on Sprint and its prepaid brands.

The Galaxy Halo is sold by Cricket for $179.99 (no contract required), and comes only in black. The smartphone offers LTE connectivity and support for HD Voice, sports a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz (most likely, this …

Alcatel Pulsemix is a new, interesting $79 smartphone headed to Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless, one of AT&T’s prepaid brands, today announced the upcoming release of the Alcatel Pulsemix, an affordable smartphone that will go on sale on July 21.

The Pulsemix is a rebranded Alcatel A50 – a handset that will soon be offered in the US unlocked for $149.99 (or less if you want to buy its Amazon Prime version, which comes with adds and various Amazon offers on the home screen).

Similar to the A50, Cricket’s Alcatel Pulsemix runs Android Nougat out of the box, offers a 5.2-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek …

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is coming to Cricket as the Samsung Galaxy Halo

Earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) and Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) were unveiled in Europe. The latter model is coming to Cricket Wireless in the U.S. as the Samsung Galaxy Halo. An image of both the front and back of the device was disseminated today via a tweet sent out by reliable tipster Evan Blass. The image shows the back of the phone branded with the Cricket logo. The Galaxy Halo is equipped with a 5.5-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 (FHD) resolution.

The Galaxy J7 (2017) is powered by an Exynos 7870 SoC featuring an octa-core 1.6GHz CPU, although …

Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket (6060C) receives FCC certification

The Alcatel Idol 5 has already appeared a number of times on the Geekbench and GFXBench benchmark sites revealing two different variants. One version (Idol 5S) is powered by the MediaTeK MT6757CH SoC carrying an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU. 2GB of RAM is aboard this unit. The second model (Idol 5) has the Snapdragon 625 chipset under the hood. This also comes with an octa-core CPU, running at a slightly slower clock speed of 2GHz. The Adreno 506 GPU is on board along with 3GB of RAM.

The version of the Alcatel Idol 5 that comes with the Snapdragon chipset is believed to be …

ZTE Blade X Max coming soon to the US via Cricket

There are at least a couple of affordable ZTE smartphone coming to the United States these days. We’ve already reported about the ZTE Max XL and ZTE Blade Max 3, which made their debut at Boost Mobile ( Sprint, Virgin Mobile) and U.S. Cellular, respectively.

Now, we’ve learned that there’s a third ZTE handset that will be introduced in the US in less than a week, the Blade X Max. The smartphone will be carried by Cricket, but details about its exact release date and price are unknown at the moment.

The good news is we know what’s under the smartphone’s hood. The most appealing piece …

$100 nets you a big screen and a fingerprint scanner if you get the new LG Harmony on Cricket

$100 phones just get nicer with every passing year. If you look back a year or two ago, the choices in this price range were mostly rare and borderline offensive to anyone after a remotely decent user experience. Not any longer. Today, a Benjamin gets you something like the new LG Harmony, which just launched on Cricket.

The phone has a simple plastic build with metal accents, but isn’t ugly in any way. More importantly, it has a fairly big 5.3-inch display with a 720p resolution that’s not as sharp as 1080p, but still quite serviceable. There are an 8MP rear camera, …

Deal: Save $40 when you buy a Moto G5 Plus and a Cricket refill card

In case you’re looking for an unlocked, affordable mid-range smartphone (in the US), right now, there’s likely no better option than the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. Sold for prices starting at $229, the G5 Plus offers long battery life (with fast charging times), Android Nougat, and plenty of other nice features for this price range.

If you’re a Cricket Wireless customer, or want to become one, there’s a Moto G5 Plus deal for you currently available at Best Buy: you can save $40 when you’re purchasing a G5 Plus and a Cricket refill card of at least $40. Basically, you’re getting a refill card …

The LG Fortune is available now from Cricket priced at $89.99 with a smartphone plan

You don’t need to have a fortune to buy the LG Fortune, an entry-level handset available right now from Cricket. The pre-paid carrier is offering the phone for just $89.99 with the activation of a smartphone plan. The LG Fortune features a 5-inch display carrying a 480 x 854 FWVGA resolution. A quad-core CPU is under the hood, running at a clock speed of 1.1GHz. 16GB of internal storage is included, along with a microSD slot with a 32GB capacity.

Both the back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 5MP, and a 2500mAh battery is in charge (no pun intended) of keeping the device powered up. …

Cricket cuts its price for unlimited data, and offers a free phone to those who switch

The latest carrier to make an adjustment to an unlimited data plan is pre-paid carrier Cricket. Owned by AT&T, Cricket Wireless is chopping $10 or 14.3% off the price to $60 a month. When a second line is added, there is a $10 discount that increases to $20 with a third line. A fourth line chops $30 off the price bringing the price for a family of four to $180. If you need a fifth line of unlimited service, add an additional $40.

Besides offering unlimited data, the plan includes free calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico, and texting to 38 countries is also free. As with most of …