We’ve already covered the best smartphones you can buy from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, but what if you are not the commitment kind? If you’d like to go the prepaid route, getting one of the Cricket Wireless phones is a great option. There is a wide selection of Cricket phones and decent coverage all around the United States. It also offers some of the most aggressive rates around, especially if you’re willing to sign up for autopay (smartphone plans as cheap as $35 a month, all fees included).

So, what are the best Cricket Wireless phones? While we’ll admit there aren’t tons of Cricket phones sold directly through the carrier, there are a few gems. Most of these Cricket phones offerings are relatively low cost, so this is a list of all the best smartphones available on the carrier. If none of these Cricket Wireless phones are your cup of tea, check out our best cheap Android phones or best Android phones list – as any unlocked GSM phone compatible with AT&T’s network will play nicely with Cricket.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 is all about refinement. Design, display, photography, and performance were all strong areas for the Galaxy S8 line, and the S9 does all of them better.

The biggest improvements in the Galaxy S9 have to do with the camera. The S9 sports a single Dual Pixel 12MP autofocus sensor with OIS, along with support for two apertures at f/1.5 and f/2.4. This mechanical iris lens is able to switch between apertures depending on the lighting conditions. 

Samsung also included its own creepier version of Apple’s Animoji, called AR Emoji, allowing you to make GIFs and send cartoony videos to your friends.

This is the newest Samsung flagship, so it’s no surprise that it features the most top-of-the-line specs currently available. It comes with a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. Its certainly among the best Cricket Wireless phones you can buy right now. It’s available for $699.99 with a new phone number, or for $499.99 if you tranfer an old number to one of the Cricket Wireless phones.

Specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

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Motorola Moto E5 Cruise (Play)/Supra (Plus)

Motorola Moto E5 Cruise (Play)/Supra (Plus)

Cricket Wireless is selling both the new Moto E5 Play and the E5 Plus smartphones, but for some reason they have new brand names at the carrier. Cricket is calling the E5 Play the Cruise. It has a 5.2-inch display and inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. There’s also an 8MP rear camera,  a 5MP front facting camera and a 2,800mAh battery. Cricket is selling its Moto E5 Cruise for free for new customers who transfer their older numbers to the carrier, or for just $39.99 for a new number or a phone upgrade for current customers.

Motorola Moto E5 Cruise (Play)/Supra (Plus)

The Moto E5 Plus is being sold by Cricket with the Supra brand name. It has a 6-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It’s rear camera is bigger at 12MP and so is the front facing camera at 8MP. Finally, it has a huge 5,000mAh battery which should offer one and a half days of use with a single charge. Cricket is selling the Moto E5 Supra for $179.99.

Specs

Moto E5 Cruise

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.95″ x 2.91″ x .35″ inches

Moto E5 Supra

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 1440×720 resolution,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable  5,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Nougat
  • 6.37″ x 2.96″ x .37″ inches

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LG Stylo 4

An image of the LG Stylo 4 and its stylus pen. YouTube

The LG Stylo 4 is the latest in LG’s long running Stylo series that offers people a big screen phone with an included stylus, but it doesn’t cost nearly as much as its rivals in the Galaxy Note series. The LG Stylo 4 has a 6.2-inch display at a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution in an 18:9 ratio. Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It also has a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter and a 3,300mAh battery.

The included stylus also can do some unique software tricks, including a way to write up notes and save them without the need to turn on the phone’s screen. It can also help you create cool GIF clips from videos, along with magnifing texts, and more. Cricket is selling the LG Stylo 4 for $229.99.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 6.3″ x 3.06″ x .33″ inches

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Apple iPhone 8/Plus

Apple iPhone 8/Plus

 

Yes, we know we are an Android site. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus isn’t a phone many (if any) of our staff would personally recommend, we recognize it’s popularity and concede they are one of the best Cricket phones out there. After all, this is about the best Cricket phones… and so we have to represent the whole package!

Apple’s current flagship phones are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 1 Plus. Both come with iOS 11 out of the box and both come with the company’s own quad-core A11 Bionic processor inside that has a 64-bit six-core CPU (four high-efficiency cores/two performance cores), as well as an Apple-designed GPU that’s supposedly 30 percent faster than the older A10 found in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can be purchased in 64 GB and 256 GB storage options and both also have 2 GB of RAM.
 
The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch diplay, while the larger iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, and both use Apple’s new  Retina HD display technology. The iPhone 8 has a non-removable 1,821 mAh battery, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a 2,691 mAh battery. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor built into their Home button.
 
Except for their size, perhaps the biggest difference between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus concerns their rear camera set up. The smaller iPhone 8 has a new 12 MP sensor, complete with a new color filter and OIS, while the 8 Plus comes with dual 12 MP sensors with apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.4.  Both phones also support slow motion 1080 video recording at 240 fps and both have 7 MP front-facing cameras. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are also the first phones from Apple to support wireless charging and both have stereo speakers that are around 25 percent louder than the iPhone 7 models.
 
Pricing for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus depends on the carrier, along with the amount of its onboard storage, but the starting prices for the iPhone 8 as one of the Cricket phones begin at $699  The iPhone 8 Plus has an up front starting price of $799 as one of the Cricket phones.

Specs

iPhone 8

  • 4.7-inch display with 1,334 x 750 resolution
  • Hexa-core A11 Bionic processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB or 256 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front-facing camera
  • 1,821 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, 148 g

iPhone 8 Plus

  • 5.5-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Hexa-core A11 Bionic processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB or 256 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear camers, 7 MP front-facing camera
  • 2,691 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm, 202 g

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iPhone X

 
Apple iPhone x
 

Apple did something different this year by launching an even higher end phone than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”) is a radical design change compared to the last several iPhone models. It has a large 5.8-inch display with a slick, bezel-less design. It’s also waterproof thanks to its IP67 rating, has a dual-camera setup, supports wireless charging. and includes a glass back.

The iPhone X ditches the fingerprint scanner and instead uses Face ID cameras and sensors on the front to help you unlock your phone. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack. Apple is selling the phone at the highest price ever for an iPhone. The device is now available as one of the many Cricket Wireless phones, with the  64 GB model retailing for $999, while the 256 GB option will set you back $1,149

Specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,436 x 1,125 resolution, 458 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,716 mAh battery
  • iOS 11.0.2
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 174 g

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Best Cricket phones – Conclusion

Don’t see any Cricket phones you like? Try checking out our list of the best cheap Android smartphones and best unlocked Android phones. How do like our Cricket phones list? Is there any Cricket Wireless phones you’d add or remove? Let us know your opinions in the comments!

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