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New Phones: Cricket and Ting Launch the Galaxy S4, Ting Getting the HTC One and Boost's Hydro Edge is on the Way

Here's a roundup of some new phones that are coming to prepaid. Yesterday 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.

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  1. Any info on the Huawei Ascend W1 windows phone on Straight Talk. What network and price. Thanks.

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  2. any more news on iphone on boost mobile?

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    1. I haven't heard new anything about Boost getting the iPhone. Old rumor says Q3 2013.

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  3. If Zact mobile follows suit like Cricket with the newest phones and they market their awesome customizable plans for talk text and data , I think were going to see a revolution in prepaid history. Especially on a NATIONWIDE NETWORK and not secondary one like most of the prepaid out there.

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  4. Who offers the Galaxy S4 CDMA on pre paid in Los Angeles besides Ting?

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    1. None that I know of although you could activate the Sprint version on PrePaYd, EcoNobile, Ting or ChitChat

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    2. Ting and ChitChat support LTE, PrePaYd and EcoMobile don't.

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  5. I have a cricket Galaxy s4 that uses a sim card, can it be unlocked to use international.

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    1. I doubt it. According to the specs on the Cricket site, it only supports CDMA, EVDO and LTE not GSM or UMTS so there's no GSM side to be unlocked and it wouldn't work outside North America even if it could be unlocked.

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