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The best phones you can buy on Cricket Wireless (updated October 2021)

The best phones you can buy on Cricket Wireless
People usually choose a smaller carrier, or MVNO like Cricket Wireless, to save money. The companies know their customers and that's why their phones largely consist of affordable and super-budget devices. That doesn't mean they don't have something to offer on the higher end, however.

Pairing a $1,000 phone with a budget plan like the ones Cricket tends to offer doesn't make much sense, so we're straying away from the best possible phones and suggesting something more reasonable instead. 

Cricket Wireless is using AT&T's network and if you're considering it as an option for your next contract, then this article will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Without further ado, it's time for the best Cricket phones you can buy right now!

Best Cricket cell phones, a summarized list:


Apple iPhone 13



Apple iPhone 13
8.5

Apple iPhone 13


The Good

  • Much improved battery life
  • Dynamic and jolly photos in more challenging conditions
  • Easy to view outdoors display with perfect calibration
  • Snazzy Cinematic video mode
  • Double the predecessor storage for the same price

The Bad

  • Slow display refresh rate for the price point
  • Wired and wireless charging take comparatively long
  • Cinematic video mode is finicky without good lighting
  • Taller notch eats into some video formats
  • Worse value for money ratio than the iPhone 13 Pro


Don't feel the need to flex with the most expensive iPhone available? The iPhone 13 will give you 95% of the 13 Pro experience for a much lower price. You still get the ultra-wide-angle camera alongside the much-needed camera improvements and the A15 Bionic chip that will ensure your phone will run smooth for years to come. What you sacrifice is mostly the telephoto camera and some storage, even the displays are identical this year. If you're interested to learn more, check our iPhone 13 review.

iPhone 13 Pro Max



Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
9.3

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max


The Good

  • Amazing battery life
  • Super bright display with great colors
  • Fastest performance of any phone
  • Improved camera
  • Best video quality of any phone

The Bad

  • Lacks fast charging
  • Size is a bit extreme and it is a heavy phone
  • Cinematic Mode needs some more polish
  • No USB-C makes life more complicated


The iPhone 13 Pro Max is, for all intents and purposes, the ultimate iPhone to date. With the largest battery on an iPhone to date and paired up with the large 6.7-inch display, the behemoth iPhone is powered by the super-fast Apple A15 Bionic chipset and is available in 128, 256, 512GB and, for the first time ever on an iPhone, a staggering 1TB version to keep store of all your photos and videos. The cameras are also greatly improved, with faster apertures and improved HDR, as well as brand-new features like Photographic Styles, macro shots, and Night mode portraits.

iPhone 12


Apple iPhone 12
9.0

Apple iPhone 12


The Good

  • New design is pretty and compact
  • OLED screen, finally!
  • MagSafe is cool and has potential
  • Outstanding performance
  • One of the best cameras on a smartphone

The Bad

  • No charger, no headphones in the box
  • 64 GB of storage is fine, but feels a bit stingy in current ecosystem
  • No telephoto lens
  • No ultra high refresh rate

Despite being superseded by the iPhone 13, the iPhone 12 is still a super capable device that you can't go wrong with. It was the first non-Pro iPhone with an OLED display, and comes with the super-fast A14 Bionic chipset. The iPhone 12 comes with a dual-camera setup with a large sensor. 5G and Face ID are on board, too. It's probably the best overall iPhone you can get on Cricket right now.

iPhone 11


Apple iPhone 11
8.5

Apple iPhone 11


The Good

  • Snappy performance
  • Versatile dual-camera setup with Night Mode
  • Speakers are LOUD
  • Cool design and colors
  • Face ID is fast and reliable
  • Affordable pricing

The Bad

  • Display leaves a lot to be desired

Despite somewhat older, the iPhone 11 is still offering insane value. Yes, it comes with the older iPhone design and the somewhat aged screen of the LCD type, but as an upside, the iPhone 11 comes with excellent performance and battery endurance. If you can get past the age of the device itself, as well as the not-so-appealing display, then the iPhone could be just for you.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE


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Your preferred brand for smartphones is Samsung? Well then Cricket gives you a couple of options, but right now, the best-spec'd one is the Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) is the successor of Galaxy S10 Lite. Specifications include a 6.5-inch FHD+ display, Snapdragon 865 chipset with 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB storage, and 4500 battery.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)


Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE


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Going down a tier, we have a much more affordable iPhone. The price of the iPhone SE is bringing the A13 Bionic chip in the familiar body of the iPhone 8 and a price that would make any Apple fan giddy. You're sacrificing Face ID (and with it animojis) and some camera features but performance is top-notch. Apple will support this phone for many years to come and the latest chip ensures it will handle newer versions of iOS with ease. If you're eager to join team blue text bubble on the cheap, the iPhone SE is the best Cricket Wireless can offer.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G



Samsung Galaxy A52

Samsung Galaxy A52


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The Samsung Galaxy A52 is one of the latest phones by Samsung, aiming to establish a stronger foothold on the mid-range market. From the looks of it, the Galaxy A52 is well-equipped for the task: with a 6.5-inch 90Hz display and a capable quad-camera setup, we've got all it needs to bring excellent value. A great Android phone to get on Cricket!


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