Cricket Wireless has launched the new Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone. It's almost identical to T-Mobile and MetroPCS' Lumia 635 except that AT&T/Cricket has removed the 630's LTE capabilities, limiting the device to HSPA+ "faux-G". Other than the lack of LTE, the 630's specs are great for a sub $100 handset.
Cricket is running a "back to school" promotion through Sept 11 that makes the Lumia 630 free after rebate for new users. Customers purchasing a Lumia 630 and activating it on a new line of service on a $40 or higher plan get a $50 instant discount and a $50 mail in rebate making the total cost a negative penny.
The rebate is in the form of a VISA Gift card which is not redeemable for cash or at automated gas pumps and expires after 150 days. Customers must pay for two months of service to receive the rebate card. Residents of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Miami-Dade County, Florida are not eligible for the rebate.
Key features of the 630 include:
- 4.5 inch 480 x 854 pixel Clear Black IPS LCD Gorilla Glass screen,
- Quad-core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor
- 512MB RAM, 8GB Mass Memory
- SD Card Support for cars up to 128GB
- 5MP autofocus camera without flash
- Windows Phone 8.1
- Removable 1830mAh Battery for up to 13.1 hours talk time and 25 days standby
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Dimensions 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.36 in)
- Weight 134g (4.73 oz)
Cricket has also put a couple of their better LTE capable phones on sale including the Lumia 1320 for $179.99 and the Samsung Galaxy Express for $149.99. The sale prices require the activation of a new line of service on a $40 or higher plan and are after a $50 instant discount and $50 mail in rebate which carries the same restrictions as the Lumia 630 rebate.
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