The ZTE Source will be available from www.mycricket.com and at Cricket stores and independent dealers starting Sunday, October 20 for $219.99. It can be used on Cricket plans starting at $50/month ($45/month with auto-pay) for unlimited music, talk and text, plus up to 2.5GB of full speed data.
Earlier this week, Cricket announced that it would begin selling the new iPhone 5S and 5C starting Oct.25. Cricket will be the third US prepaid operator, after Virgin Mobile and AT&T's Aio Wireless, to offer the new iPhones. Cricket did not disclose its pricing for the iPhone 5S and 5C. But Cricket sold the iPhone 5 for $599.99 when it was the iPhone flagship, so I'm guessing the iPhone 5S will be $599.99 and the 5C, $499.99. Update 10/25: The 16GB iPhone 5C and 5S are now available at mycricket.com at prices of $499.99 for the 5C and $599.99 for the 5S.
The great thing about the iPhone 5S and 5C for Cricket is that they support all of Cricket's 2G, 3G and 4G LTE bands. The iPhone 5 and 4S not only don't support Cricket's Band 4 LTE, they don't even work on the 1700 Mhz AWS 2G/3G band that Cricket uses in many markets. Because of older iPhones' incompatibility with Cricket's network, they were only available in a some markets. The 5S and 5C support Band 4 LTE and 1700 AWS CDMA so they will be fully functional everywhere on Cricket's network and should be available in all markets.
If you are wondering where you can use Cricket LTE, it's now available in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, Wilmington, Del. and Austin, Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Houston, Killeen, Laredo, San Antonio and Temple Texas.
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