Oh Jiminey! Cricket to launch Samsung Galaxy S4 on June 7th
posted by Alan F. / May 22, 2013, 12:39 PM
Count Cricket in among the pre-paid carriers that will add the Samsung Galaxy S4 to their lineup. Not only do we have word that Cricket will be offering the phone to its customers, we even have a launch date of June 7th. Unlike most pre-paid carriers that ask you to pay for the phone by plunking down the full price, Cricket is asking you to put down $55 and pay off the balance in monthly installments. If you don't qualify for the installment plan, you can pay the $599.99 MSRP for the handset.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is coming to Cricket
As for 4G LTE data plans, the $50 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data Rate Plan allows for 2GB of full-speed data a month, the $60 plan gives you 5GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers 10GB of full-speed data. Just keep in mind that the number of Cricket locations that offer LTE is a pretty short list at the moment, covering 21 million POPs in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Las Vegas and Tucson.
You can also buy the phone for use with Cricket's 3G plans. $50 a month gets you unlimited talk and text and 1GB of data, while $60 gives you 2.5GB of data. The highest price plan, $70, comes with 5GB of 3G data.
SAN DIEGO - May 22, 2013 - Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone builds on the success and innovation of its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3, and provides a suite of new innovations that will change how customers interact with a smartphone. The Galaxy S4 uniquely makes advanced technologies and features easy to use by integrating them into the way individuals use their phones every day. The Galaxy S4 will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com starting June 7, 2013 for $599.99 (MSRP). Qualifying customers can put $54.99 down at purchase plus monthly payments.
"The Galaxy S4 redefines the smartphone and we are very proud to offer our customers the highest level of wireless technology on the market," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "Cricket's three smartphone rate plans start as low as $45 per month1 and give customers value-packed choices for the plan that's right for them with unlimited music included."
The Galaxy S4 is the first device to enable consumers to control the device with touch-less features including scrolling or turning a page and viewing documents within a file folder or a link on a web page. It enhances memorable moments with innovative camera features that captures progressive action and easily removes unwanted people from the photo. The Galaxy S4 also enhances the TV watching experience with the new Samsung WatchON™ service that simplifies searching and recommends TV, movies and sports according to personal tastes. With WatchOn and the built in IR blaster, the Galaxy S4 also functions as a remote control for home theater equipment.
The Galaxy S4 combines the simple and visual interface introduced with the Galaxy Series Camera with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to take professional looking photographs with a smartphone. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S4 allows consumers to capture special moments in unique and new ways with Dual Camera shooting mode. Dual Camera mode takes pictures with both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to enable the photographer to be in the photo as well.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available on Cricket's 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data service plans that offer, for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data allowance offered in 3G rate plans. The $50 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data Rate Plan allows 2GB of full-speed data; the $60 plan allows 5GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers 10GB of full-speed data.
The Galaxy S4 is also available on Cricket's 3G all-inclusive smartphone rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk and text plus up to 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains up to 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers up to 5GB of full-speed data per month. With the $60 and $70 plans, customers can use their device as a hot spot to power additional wireless devices.
Cricket 4G LTE service is now available in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas in addition to existing 4G LTE service in Las Vegas and Tucson. The company's LTE service now covers approximately 21 million potential customers.
Don't even try financing any device from Cricket unless you make over $1,000 per month. My step-dad went in and asked them about it and they told him because he doesn't make at least $1,000 per month he doesn't qualify.
I could agree w/ you, but I only make half that much a month (full-time student/part-time employee). But a smart phone is a priority for me; would never buy a feature phone no matter how cheap the feature phone plan is. Just got to make some sacrifices.
But I think it'd be nice if Cricket lowered the $1,000 minimum amount you have to make a month to qualify. I own a credit card and don't even make that much a month. And yes, that is irresponsible of me.
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