We’ve already covered the best smartphones you can buy from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, but 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).

We’ll admit there aren’t tons of Cricket phones sold directly through the carrier, but there are a few gems. Most of these offerings are relatively low cost, so we just picked the best ones. 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, and the S9 does all of them better.

The Galaxy S9’s biggest improvements are with its camera. The S9 sports a single Dual Pixel 12MP autofocus sensor with OIS, with support for two apertures at f/1.5 and f/2.4. This mechanical iris lens can switch between apertures depending on the lighting conditions. 

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

This is one of Samsung’s newest flagships, and 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 transfer an old number to one of the Cricket Wireless phones.

Specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163g

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

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

Cricket Wireless sells both the new Moto E5 Play and the E5 Plus smartphones, for some reason with new names. Cricket calls 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 facing camera and a 2,800mAh battery. Cricket sells 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)

Cricket sells the E5 Plus as the Moto E5 Supra. 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. You can get the 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
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,800mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.95 x 2.91 x .35 inches

Moto E5 Supra

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 1,440 x 720 resolution,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable  5,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 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 aspect 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 can do some unique software tricks, like write up notes and save them without needing to turn on the phone’s screen. It can also help you create cool GIF clips from videos, along with magnifying texts, and more. Cricket sells 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
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP 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

While the iPhone 8 isn’t a phone many (if any) of our staff would personally recommend, we recognize its popularity and concede it is one of the best Cricket phones out there. After all, this is about the best Cricket phones and we have to represent the whole package!

Apple’s iPhone 8 comes with the company’s own quad-core A11 Bionic processor inside, which has a 64-bit six-core CPU (four high-efficiency cores/two performance cores), as well as an Apple-designed GPU supposedly 30 percent faster than the older A10 found in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The phone comes in 64GB and 256GB storage options and both also have 2GB of RAM.
 
The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch display and uses Apple’s Retina HD display technology. The iPhone 8 has a non-removable 1,821mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor built into its Home button.
 
The iPhone 8 has a 12MP rear camera sensor, complete with a new color filter and OIS. It supports slow motion 1080 video recording at 240fps. The phone also has a 7MP front-facing camera. The iPhone 8 supports wireless charging and it has stereo speakers that are around 25 percent louder than the iPhone 7 models.
 
The starting prices for the iPhone 8 as one of the Cricket phones begin at $599.99 for 64GB of storage, while The iPhone 8 on Cricket with 256GB of storage is priced at $749.99.

Specs

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

iPhone Xs/Xs Max

 

Apple replaced 2017’s iPhone X with two new models, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. In terms of design, the new phones look much like the older model, with a nearly bezel-less screen and a notch on top for the front-facing camera and Face ID sensors. The iPhone Xs has a 5.8-inch OLED display, while the iPhone Xs Max is the biggest phone Apple has ever made, with a 6.5-inch screen. The phones both use Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chipset and both also have dual 12MP rear cameras which support Smart HDR, which can compile several photos into one using the phone’s new and fast Bionic A12 chip.

Cricket Wireless sells the 64GB and 256GB versions of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, with prices starting at $999.99.

Specs

iPhone Xs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,436 x 1,125 resolution
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2658mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, 177g

iPhone Xs Max

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,688 x 1,242 resolution
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3174mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm, 209g

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

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