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Jun 2017
This month we removed the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG Stylo 2 to make room for the Galaxy S8 and ZTE Blade X Max.

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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Alcatel Onyx

One of the newest Cricket Wireless phones you can buy, and also one of the more affordable ones, is the Alcatel Onyx. It has a 5.5-inch display with 1,440 x 720 resolution, and inside there’s a MediaTek MT6739ww 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. You also get 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. The front-facing camera is a 5MP sensor that supports  Alcatel’s Face Key facial recognition software, which can detect 100 points on your face for unlocking the phone. The rear of the phone has a 13MP main sensor and a 2MP secondary camera. Unfortunately, the Alcatel Onyx has Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed. You can get this phone now for $119.99 from Cricket Wireless.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,440 x 720 resolution,
  • MediaTek MT6739ww 1.5 GHz processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP and 2MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 5.76 x 2.7 x .32 inches

Nokia 3.1 Plus

Cricket Wireless is one of the first U.S. carriers to sell a Nokia-branded Android phone from HMD Global. The Nokia 3.1 Plus has a big 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display. Inside it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, 2GB of memory and 32GB of onboard storage. The rear cameras include a 13MP main sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor for creating depth effects. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,500mAh battery. This phone is also one of the first from Cricket that comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It’s available from Cricket for $159.99.

Specs

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1,440 x 720 resolution,
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP and 5MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 6.37 x 3.03 x .33 inches

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 XR/XS/XS Max

The Apple iPhone XR as depicted on stage during the Apple Event 2018.

Okay, we know we are an Android site, but it’s hard to leave this one off, considering Apple’s latest smartphones are among the best Cricket Wireless phones. Apple’s current phones are the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three come with iOS 12 out of the box, as well as the company’s newest and fastest A12 Bionic processor inside. The iPhone XR is the new “mainstream” smartphone from Apple. It cuts corners with its older, lower-res 6.1-inch LCD display, 3GB of RAM, aluminum frame, and single rear camera compared to the twin rear cameras on the iPhone XS and XS Max, but it still feels pretty premium. Cricket Wireless has a starting price of $749.99 for the iPhone XR.

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED screen, and the XS Max goes big with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Both also have twin 12MP rear cameras and a front 7MP camera, and Apple puts in 4GB of RAM as well. Cricket sells the iPhone XS starting at $999.99 without a contract. while the iPhone XS Max begins at $1,099.99 without a contract.

iPhone XR specs

  • 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with 828 x 1,792 pixels resolution, 326ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2942mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 194g

iPhone XS specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,125 x 2,436 resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2658mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 177g

iPhone XS Max specs

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,242 x 2,688  resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,174mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm, 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!