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Cricket Moto G LTE, Republic Moto E and HTC Desire 510 for Boost and Virgin Announced

Fall is a traditional time for prepaid mobile operators to release new phones in preparation for the holiday shopping season. This week saw prepaid handset announcements from Cricket, Republic Wireless and Sprint's Boost and Virgin Mobile. Here's what we have to look forward to.

AT&T's Cricket Wireless is supposed to begin selling the LTE version of the Motorola Moto G sometime today for $149.99. This is the 2013 or 1st generation Moto G LTE, not the new 2014 2nd gen model. That's no surprise as only the non-LTE version of the 2014 Moto G has been released. At this point no one outside of Motorola even knows if there will even be a 2nd generation LTE. What you get with Cricket's Moto G LTE is;
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4.5" 1280 x 720 HD Gorilla Glass screen
  • Liquid resistant construction
  • Quad-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 8GB internal memory and a microSD expansion slot
  • Dual cameras (5 MP rear with LED flash and 1.3 MP front) for photos and HD video recording
  • Non-removable 2070 mAh battery
Cricket's $149.99 price is considerably less than Motorola's. $219.99 list price or the $199.99 that Amazon is selling the Moto G LTE for. However Cricket's version is SIM-locked and probably has a non-unlockable bootloader. Moto G's from Motorola or Amazon are unlocked for use with any GSM operator and Motorola will unlock the bootloader so you can install alternate ROMs.

Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless has announced that it will offer the Motorola Moto E for $99.99 beginning sometime in October. Motorola's entry level Android model comes with:
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4.5" 960 x 540 qHD Gorilla Glass screen
  • Dual-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 200 processor
  • FM radio
  • CDMA and 3G support (no LTE)
  • 4 GB internal memory and a microSD expansion slot
  • 5 MP camera with 720p video recording
  • Non-removable 1980 mAh battery
Republic's Moto G includes the carrier's custom software that allows WiFi Calling and messaging with seamless hand off to cellular when moving out of WiFi range. The Moto G works on Republic's $10/month unlimited talk and text and $25/month unlimited talk, text and data plans. Plan prices do not include taxes and fees of 10% to 30%.

Sprint has announced that the HTC Desire 510 Sprint Spark capable LTE Android phone will be available for $99.99 from Boost Mobile starting Sept. 22 and from Virgin Mobile beginning Sept. 23. The Desire 510 features:
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4.7" 854 x 480 FWVGA  screen
  • Quad-core 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 8GB internal memory and a microSD expansion slot
  • 5 MP main and 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • HD-Voice for improved call quality when calling another HD Voice-enabled phone
  • Sprint Spark (triband LTE with carrier aggregation) support
  • Removable 2100 mAh battery
The Desire 510 looks like a good choice for price-conscious Virgin or Boost customers, especially if they are in Sprint Spark markets, where they can expect data speeds of up 60Mbps.

Sources: Cricket Wireless, Republic Wireless, Sprint


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  2. Typo.
    "The Desire 610 looks like a good choice"
    This is the 510.
    Thanks HTC for your not at all confusing model numbers.

    BTW is the 610 a better phone than the 510?

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    1. The are virtually the same spec wise, the 610 and the 510. The 610 has dual boomsound speakers that the 510 lacks. While the 510 packs the new snapdragon 410 64 bit processor that can't be fully utilized unless it gets upgraded to android L. The 610 has a slightly higher qHD resolution as well I believe. Kinda of a wash, I'd say the 610 is slightly better although its only available on att right now. 510 is on more carriers and may see some performance gains if its ever upgraded to the next version of android.

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    2. Actually, the 610 that ATT sells has he same screen resolution as the 510 - FWVGA. The non-US version of the 610 has a qHD display.

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  3. Will the Republic Moto E work on another Sprint MVNO if one is un satisfied with Republic Wireless? I'm iffy on the hybrid service, but would consider trying it out a few months if the phone will work with another service provider or work standalone without service so my daughter can have a poor mans ipod?

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  4. The article refers to the 610 and the 510. Which is being released? The 610 is a little better phone, no doubt.

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    1. It's the Desire 510 that's coming to Boost and Virgin. The 610 reference was a typo which has been fixed.

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  5. Just bought the Moto G LTE (unlocked) from Amazon for $200 so I could use it on Cricket. However, when I put the IMEI code to order the SIM card on the Cricket website, it tells me I can only get up to 3G speeds. The phone is definitely the LTE version because it has an SD card slot (which the old 3G version doesn't have). In contrast, when I put in my Nexus 5 IMEI, it shows I can get up to 4G speeds. Any idea why this may be? I don't want to be limited to 3G when I have a LTE phone.

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    1. The Cricket site doesn't recognize a lot of non-Cricket phones and displays that 3G only message when it doesn't recognize the phone. You can order using any valid IMEI and you will get LTE with an LTE capable phone.

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    2. Very helpful. Thanks so much!

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  6. Besides the smaller form factor, which may be a must have for some people, it seems like a huge downgrade to save $50 -vs- the Moto G. What's the angle? This is a $49 phone tops.

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    1. The unlocked, unsubsidized GSM version of the Moto G is $129.99. Phone subsidies vary with operator. You can't expect a small low margin MVNO like Republic to match the the subsidies offered by big operators like TracFone, Boost, Cricket, Metro etc.

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  7. don't know what the original news source was but it's been several days and the moto g lte is still not showing up on the Cricket web site. must have been a change in plans.

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    1. The Sept 19 release date for the Moto G was announced by Cricket in a press release but it seems to have been delayed.

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  8. FYI... cricket website now has the moto g lte (2013) and the HTC 510 listed.... as in stock for online sales now...

    Now for those who're willing to wait awhile longer.. have to Wonder what deals
    (if any or of merit) that the prepaid's might do for Black Friday... only what six weeks or so away now...
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    (yet granted it seems sometimes in electronics it can be more clearance for last years surplus of less desired inventory or items with poor specs than that of the more desired items......but a really good deal can sweeten the lemonade for some!!!)

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  9. I may change from Straight Talk to Cricket near the end of the year. Been on Straight Talk for 4-5 years. Will see if the Cricket data plans stay the same. Looks like the Moto G is a better phone than the HCT Desire 510, No?

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    1. On Cricket I prefer the Moto G LTE over the 510
      On Boost I prefer the 510 because it has LTE, Boost's Moto G doesn't

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