AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand is running a holiday sale with deep discounts on three of Cricket's better phones. Now through January 5, 2017, the following deals are available to customers activating a new line of service.
The LG X Power with Android 6.0, a 5.3" 720x1280px screen, Snapdragon 210 SOC, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot, 8 and 5 MP cameras and non removable 4100 mAh battery is $9.99 for new customers. The regular price is $99.99.
The LG Stylo 2 with Android 6.0, a 5.7" 720x1280px screen, Snapdragon 410 SOC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot, 13 and 5 MP cameras and removable 3000 mAh battery is $49.99 for new customers. The regular price is $149.99.
The Apple iPhone 5s with iOS 10.1.1, a 4.0" 640x1136 screen, A7 SOC, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 8 and 1.2 MP cameras and non-removable 1560 mAh battery is $79.99 for new customers. The regular price is $199.99.
The special sale prices are only available online from cricketwireless.com. Next business day shipping is free if you order by 12/22.
The catch is that to get the sale prices you need to sign up and pay for a new line of service at the time of purchase. Cricket plans start at $30/month for unlimited voice, messaging and data, with first 1 GB of data at speeds of up to 8 Mbps followed by unlimited data at 128 Kbps data.
For current Cricket customers who feel cheated that they don't get the same good deal as new customers, there is a partial workaround. Buy one of the sale phones as an additional line on your current account, activate the new phone and swap the SIM from your old Cricket phone to the new one. Then cancel the new line before it renews. This will cost you an extra $30 over the new user price but you're still saving $50 to $90 compared to Cricket's regular upgrade price for the three sale phones.