Cricket announced that Samsung's newest flagship, the Galaxy S4 (image) will be available June 6 for $599.99. That's a lot for a prepaid phone but there's an installment plan. Customers with good credit can walk out with the S4 for $54.99. Cricket isn't saying what the monthly payment will be but I doubt it will have to be at least $20 per month for 30 months. The S4 requires a Cricket plan starting at $50/month which includes unlimited talk and text and 1GB.
The S4 supports Cricket's LTE network which is currently limited to Philadelphia, Tuscon, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Texas. However Cricket has revealed that it's signed an LTE roaming agreement with an undisclosed tier one operator, which is widely believed to be Sprint. LTE roaming will be available this summer.
Ting is adding a couple of new high end phones. Ting's version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is available now for $596. The HTC One can be preordered for $536 and will ship in two to three weeks.
According to Kyocera, Boost will be getting an upgraded version of the Kyocera Hydro this summer. It's called the Hydro Edge (image) and like the original Hydro, it features IP57 certification, which means it will survive dust, sprayed water - like a rainstorm or sprinklers - or total submersion in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The Hydro Edge hardware is a significant upgrade from the original and includes a 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 4-inch 480x800px impact-resistant screen and a 5.0 megapixel camera. No price was given for the Hydro Edge but hopefully it will be close to the Hydro's $99.99.