Cricket Wireless is the no-contract subsidiary of AT&T, offering customers a way to get affordable smartphones with cheap prepaid plans. While many of Cricket’s smartphones are already priced pretty low, there are some special Cricket deals from time to time.

 We’ve compiled the latest and best Cricket deals currently available. Since Cricket changes these deals regularly, we will also update this article on a frequent basis to alert you to the most recent special offers from the carrier.

Cricket deals – Get a new smartphone for “free”

 

Some of the Cricket deals center on a few of their smartphones which are currently “free.” You have to switch your old number over to Cricket Wireless as part of all these deals (excluding any numbers from AT&T). They also need you to pay a $25 service activation fee and sign up for a plan that’s at least $30 a month, with the first month’s payment due at the time of the sale. Keep in mind, as with all phones sold by Cricket, these handsets will have to be used on the carrier for six months before they can be truly unlocked.

The “free” phones under these Cricket deals include the recently launched Motorola Moto E5 Cruise, along with the ZTE Overture 3, the Alcatel VERSO, the LG Fortune 2, and the ZTE Blade X. Here are the specs for each of these phones:

Motorola Moto E5 Cruise

  • 5.2-inch 720 x 1.280 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB of RAM 
  • 16GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • 2,8oomAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.95 x 2.91 x .35 inches, 5.29 ounces

ZTE Overture 3

  • 5-inch 854 x 480 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 2GB of RAM 
  • 16GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera
  • 2,115mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 5.73 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches, 5.59 ounces

Alcatel VERSO

  • 5-inch 854 x 480 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 2GB of RAM 
  • 16GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • 2,050mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 5.57 x 2.83 x 0.39 inches, 5.4 ounces

LG Fortune 2

  • 5-inch 1,280 x 720 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB of RAM 
  • 16GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • 2,500mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.32 inches, 4.62 ounces

ZTE Blade X

  • 5.5-inch 720 x 1,280 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB of RAM 
  • 16GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 1TB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 6.14 x 3.05 x 0.35 inches, 5.50 ounces

Cricket deal – Get the Samsung Galaxy S9 for $499.99

In addition to the Cricket Wireless deals on free phones, the carrier also offers a great discount on the Samsung Galaxy S9 flagship phone. Cricket currently sells the phone for $499.99. As with the free phones, the price is for people who switch their older phone line over to Cricket. They must also pay a $25 service activation fee and sign up for a plan that’s at least $30 a month, with the first month’s payment due at the time of the sale.
 
Specs
  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 570ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163g