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Cricket Cellphones and Smartphones

Cellphones are available from Cricket Wireless without monthly contracts. Cricket cellphones and smartphones are available in many brands for calling, text messaging, and data access. Here are answers to some questions you may have if you're considering a cellphone from this service provider.

How are Cricket phones different?

Cricket offers cellphones from a number of different manufacturers. The difference with Cricket Wireless lies in the way they are purchased and used.

There are basically three ways to buy a phone. You can buy it directly and pay the full price up front. Alternatively, you can buy a phone through a contract with a wireless service, and the cost of the phone will be paid over the duration of the contract, usually about two years. If you terminate the contract early, you must pay the remaining amount due for the phone.

Phones purchased through Cricket are paid in a third way. Cricket Wireless is a prepaid service where you pay in advance for the service you intend to use. With phones offered through Cricket, you pay a low up-front price for the phone. However, the phone can then only be used with Cricket Wireless until you have used their service for six months.

How is Cricket phone use controlled?

Cricket phones may initially be locked onto the Cricket Wireless network. This means that you can't use the phone with any other carrier.

After you have prepaid for six months of Cricket phone service, you will be sent a code to unlock your phone. Once the phone is unlocked, you can continue to use Cricket service or switch your phone to another carrier.

Your six months of service with Cricket Wireless do not have to be continuous. For example, you can prepay for a month, skip a month, then prepay for another month, and so on. However, until you have prepaid for a total of six months, you will be able to use your phone only with the Cricket network.

What cell phones does Cricket carry?

There are a variety of phones to choose from through Cricket. The selection includes both Apple iPhone and Android operating systems. As a customer, you can choose the type and style you like as many options and plans are available. In addition to Apple and Samsung, available brands include:

  • LG
  • ZTE
  • Nokia
  • HTC
  • BlackBerry
  • Motorola
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