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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 just 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. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup is not to be ignored. These are some of the year’s most important handsets, and Cricket Wireless has one of them available for purchase. We are talking about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, a device with guts, a large screen, and plenty of features that make it one of the best Cricket phones.

The Galaxy S20 sports a latest-generation processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The dynamic 2x AMOLED screen is among the best in the industry, and the QHD+ resolution makes images super crisp. We can’t ignore the design, which is something Samsung is known for. This smartphone is both gorgeous and powerful. It’s also quite pricey, though!

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Apple iPhone 11 series

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The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max may not look as impressive on paper, but we know Apple is appreciated for more than mere specs. iOS is clean, highly optimized, and so simple even kids can use it with no problem. And because it is so optimized, the seemingly lesser specs are enough to make the iPhone 11 one of the best Cricket phones.

Apple’s build quality is also hard to compete with. There is a certain finesse to these handsets, likely thanks to the great designs mixed with clean software. Apple’s devices are made for the masses, which is why they can be recommended to most casual consumers. Most people don’t want the flexibility, customization, and complex features other AT&T phones have to offer. They may just want a phone that “works,” and these do.

Apple iPhone 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,729 x 828
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,110mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3

Apple iPhone 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, 2,436 x 1,125
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,046mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 2,688 x 1,242
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,969mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3

3. Apple iPhone SE

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Budget premium phones are all the hype in 2020 with the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE offering amazing quality at very accessible price points. 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 the Google budget phone lacks.

Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

4. Samsung Galaxy S10

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While an older device now, we can’t ignore the Samsung Galaxy S10. It’s definitely one of the best Cricket phones available. The device has all the 2019 flagship features you would expect: wireless charging, a triple-lens camera on the rear, an IP68 rating, tons of RAM, tons of internal storage, and long battery life. It even has a headphone jack and a microSD card slot, two features that a lot of flagships are abandoning, unfortunately.

Unfortunately, Cricket Wireless doesn’t sell the larger sibling of the Galaxy S10, known as the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. It also doesn’t sell the smaller, cheaper sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. LG Stylo 6

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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 it is on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, nor does it connect to the phone via Bluetooth. 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 big, 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

6. Motorola Moto G7 Supra

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The Motorola Moto G7 Supra is actually just the Motorola Moto G7 Power — the Cricket version gets a slight rebranding for some reason. Other than the name, though, there is no difference between the Moto G7 Supra and the Moto G7 Power.

The most notable aspect of the Moto G7 Supra is its enormous battery: at 5,000mAh, this is one of the biggest batteries you can get in a commercially-available smartphone. In regular usage scenarios, you should get much more battery life out of the G7 Supra than most other devices on this list.

More: The best Motorola phones

Other than the battery life, though, the Moto G7 Supra doesn’t have too many standout features. Its RAM and internal storage numbers are pretty low, and its mid-range Snapdragon 632 processor is nothing to shout about. But with that massive battery — and the device’s very low price — you’re getting a great phone for what you’ll spend on it.

Moto G7 Supra specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

7. Nokia 3.1 Plus

HMD Global has done an amazing job bringing back the Nokia smartphone brand, and the Nokia 3.1 Plus is a great example of its success. The device is very inexpensive but still packs some great features. It also runs Android 9 Pie and will get fast updates going forward.

Granted, the Nokia 3.1 Plus is no powerhouse. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor won’t blow you away, and its very low amount of RAM will make multitasking a bit tough. But it does have a microSD slot to expand on internal storage, a decent-sized battery, and a sweet dual-camera system on the rear.

Generally, if you’re looking to get the biggest bang for your buck and willing to spend more than $100 to get it, you can’t go wrong with the Nokia 3.1 Plus.

Nokia 3.1 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Helio P22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Cameras: 5 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

8. Nokia 3.1 C

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There are a lot of cheap devices available from Cricket which are specifically geared towards those people who don’t care much about their smartphone’s features or specs and just want to spend as little cash as possible. If that’s you, look no further than that Nokia 3.1 C.

There are other devices available from Cricket that might be the same price — or even a little cheaper — as the Nokia 3.1 C. However, stay away from those because you’re likely to get few (if any) software updates and won’t find the great build quality of a Nokia-branded phone.

Related: These are the best Nokia phones

Since you’ll likely be spending less than $100 on the Nokia 3.1 C, you’re probably not expecting any awesome features or specs — and you’d be right not to. With the 3.1 C, you’re getting the bare minimum you need to run Android adequately — but it will work just fine for you if that’s what you expect.

On the plus side, you will get Android 9 Pie out of the box and also get relatively fast updates.

Nokia 3.1 C specs:

  • Display: 5.45-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 429
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,990mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

9. Your current phone

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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 just 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!