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Cricket Wireless offers one of the best prepaid wireless services in the United States. For significantly less money than you’d pay as a postpaid customer, you can get unlimited talk, text, and data on the AT&T network. However, you might be wondering which are the best Cricket phones you can buy to use on that network? Don’t worry; we’re here to help you out with that!

Cricket Wireless offers a limited selection of phones you can buy by walking into a store or shopping online at the Cricket site. Most of the best Cricket phones are budget and mid-range offerings, but there are a few flagships in there, too. Keep in mind that pretty much any device that works on AT&T (or T-Mobile) will also work on Cricket. That means, in some cases, the best Cricket phone is the one that’s currently in your pocket.

Also: The best Cricket Wireless plans

The best Cricket phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Cricket phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Apple iPhone 12 series

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You may be on an Android site, but there’s no denying that the new iPhone 12 series are a great bunch. These phones find a sweet spot that nicely balances performance and usability, and all of them come with stunning cameras, incredible performance, and an amazing ecosystem of apps and accessories.

iOS isn’t to everyone’s taste and requires a few compromises regarding file management and customization. Still, there is no denying the quality of many of the apps available is exceptional. These can even handle some video editing and other intensive tasks.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.6

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.6

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.6

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.6

2. Apple iPhone SE

Budget premium phones are all the hype in 2020, with the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE offering amazing quality at very accessible price points. Unfortunately, the Pixel 4a isn’t on Cricket’s website yet, but the iPhone SE is available for purchase right now, and it’s easily one of the best Cricket phones.

The iPhone SE offers the Apple promise at about $400. It includes the familiar glass and metal design we saw on the iPhone 8 and has a very competitive camera. Users will also love that Apple didn’t skimp out on the processor, as the iPhone SE uses the same Apple A13 Bionic processor we see in iPhone 11 handsets. Other benefits over the Pixel 4a include wireless charging and an IP67 rating, two features Google’s budget phone lacks.


Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is technically a part of the S20 series, but the Fan Edition is different enough to warrant its own mention. In fact, it might just be the affordable flagship sleeper hit of 2020. The phone takes a kitchen-sink approach with a brilliant 120Hz display, bells and whistles like an IP68 rating, wireless charging, and a trio of very competent cameras. Yet, it’s one of the most affordable Samsung flagships you can get.

The phone competes directly against the OnePlus 8T, and for the most part, bests it if you are looking for a more well-rounded package with significantly better cameras and feature set. For the most part, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE offers more bang for your buck with software features and a competent feature set. It’s definitely one of the best Cricket phones you can get if you’re looking for a premium experience without the premium price.


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is one of Samsung’s biggest mid-range entries for 2021. It’s a great Cricket phone for those who want a good phone but don’t want to pay $1,000 to get one.

The device offers some premium features you would otherwise have to pay up for. These include a large 120Hz display, all-day battery life, a good main camera, and an outstanding design. Of course, performance could be better, but if you’re a casual user, you’ll be more than satisfied considering the price and its other improvements.


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

Samsung galaxy A32 5G

Those who want to save even more for a pretty good Samsung experience should also consider the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G. It still comes with 5G supports and costs less than the A52 5G and an acceptable set of specs.

Like other A-series devices, it comes with a large 5,000mAh battery, which means it should have awesome battery life. Especially when you consider its modest specs won’t take a toll on your resources. Its design is still awesome, and the display pretty large. Samsung didn’t skimp out on camera versatility either, as you get four lenses to choose from.


Samsung Galaxy A32 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 5G
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung has plenty of great affordable options with great-looking designs and enough powers to keep casual users happy. Needless to say, these phones will also cost much less than the company’s higher-end handsets, and the Samsung Galaxy A12 will surely keep your wallet healthy.

Modest specs accompany the thin and stylish design. It’s nothing to write home about, but you get a price nice design, a large HD display, and a very healthy battery size that should keep this phone running for long. It also sports a quad-camera setup, which is outstanding at this price point.

 

Samsung Galaxy A12 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35
  • RAM: 2/4/6GB
  • Storage: 32/64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Motorola Moto G Power

The Moto G Power’s USP is its battery life. It packs a 5,000mAh cell that can last up to three days, according to Motorola. The battery should be good for 150 hours of music playback or 27 hours of video binging. Not bad!

More: The best Motorola phones

The G Power is a mid-range smartphone, but this Cricket version is a bit downgraded. This one has two cameras, as opposed to three, and it also sports a larger screen. In addition, it’s packing the Snapdragon 662 chipset under the hood. We like the modern design with a punch-hole display. It also sports a headphone jack and supports expandable storage. These things combined make the Moto G Power one of the best Cricket phones you can currently get.


Moto G Power specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. LG Stylo 6

LG stylo 6 - Best Cricket phones

LG’s Stylo line is akin to an entry-level Samsung Galaxy Note line. That’s because Stylos offer big displays and come with a built-in stylus, just like Samsung’s Note line. However, Stylo phones are considerably cheaper than Note phones due to several cut corners.

For example, the stylus you get with a Stylo phone is not powered like on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, nor does it connect to the phone via Bluetooth. Instead, it’s essentially just a plastic stylus.

The latest Stylo is the LG Stylo 6, and it’s one of the best Cricket phones to get on a tighter budget. It’s perfect for people who want a big, hefty phone, but don’t want a high, hefty price.


LG Stylo 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio P35
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 5, 5, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

9. Your current phone

Although this list of the best Cricket phones only includes devices you can actually buy from the carrier, that doesn’t mean those are the only devices you can use. Cricket has a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program, which allows you to use almost any GSM-compatible device on the network.

With that in mind, if you are looking to switch to Cricket and already own an unlocked version of a compatible device, you don’t even need to buy a new phone. In fact, if you do take advantage of the BYOD program, you can even earn some hefty discounts and bill credits.

Here: These are the best unlocked phones you can buy

Additionally, if you find a great deal on a smartphone that saves you some cash over buying directly from Cricket, you can bring that device with you.

To check whether or not your current device is compatible, you’ll need to visit this page and enter your phone’s IMEI number. You can locate that `number by dialing “*#06#” using your phone’s built-in dialer app. However, in general, any device that works on AT&T, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Simple Mobile, etc., should work with Cricket. Just double-check before signing on the dotted line!