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Cricket Galaxy S6 Launching April 24 For $649.99

AT&T's Cricket Wireless has revealed pricing and availability for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Android flagship will be available at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com beginning April 24 for $649.99. That's the same price that Boost Mobile is charging for its S6, which has been available since April 10.

To ease the sticker shock slightly Cricket is offering a couple of easy payment plans. Customers with good credit can get the Galaxy S6 with 24 month financing and a $19.99 initial payment. There's also a 90 days same-as-cash payment option with a $49.99 initial payment and no credit check. The payment plans are only available at Cricket stores, not online.

The S6 is decidedly high-end phone. It features a 5.1" Quad HD Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 px resolution, an eight core 2.1 Ghz 64 bit processor, 3 GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and 16 MP rear and 5 MP front facing cameras.

Unlike all previous Galaxy S models it doesn't have a removable battery or a SD card slot. If those features are important to you, S5 prices are dropping. Or wait for LG's soon to be released G4 which has both along with other specs equal or better than those of the S6.

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  1. Nonremovable battery and memory card are big no-go for me. Looks like I'll be getting the S5 if I do decide to upgrade. But for now I'm satisfied with my S3, even after using it for over a year!

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    1. I hope they sell well. I am looking forward to great price on used a S4 or S5 with removable battery and memory card .

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    2. SD: Yes, I've seen all kinds of reviews of the S6 compared to the S5. with so many comments that the S6 is better because it looks more iPhony, less plasticy. Any concerns about performance and actual features take a back seat to that.

      It just seems as if they decided to go for frivolous users who care how a case looks instead of what is on the screen. I'm not in this target demographic, but I know it is huge. Apple succeeds in large part on this general idea.... and looking at Apple's size, it is an excellent business model.

      The S5 should be out there for years, SD. I did the upgrade myself, from S3 to S5, and yes, it is like the S3 but a little better in all ways where it is different. and the same in other regards.

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    3. S5s and S3S both suck ass compared to S4s and S6s, less problems and more user friendly.

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  2. After what Samsung did with the S6 I think LG will take the flagship phone crown from Samsung with the LG G4.

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    1. I'm confident they'll be doing a 180 next year. But still, the battery and memory card restriction is a stupid step backwards towards inflexibility and anti-consumer... not unlike Apple, I really wonder WHO makes these kinds of decisions! And you're right. Sounds like they're just begging for LG and HTC to take the crown from them.

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    2. Anon: Yes. i was thinking the same thing. The downgrades involved in moving from S5 to S6 make me want to jump ship to LG, and ignore the bad volume key placement in that line. Because there are worse things to get wrong.

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    3. SDLock said: "I'm confident they'll be doing a 180 next year"

      You have too much confidence that consumers are savvy and will prefer phones for function over form. Apple's success says otherwise.

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  3. Cricket Wireless also just announced that the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, a new 4G LTE smartphone, has been added to their prepaid phone offerings. The Cricket Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime can be purchased online at a price of $179.99.

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    1. After look at the specs and not seeing and community support (eg xda-dev), the Samsung Grand Prime does not seem like much of a phone and should be priced at <$100.00. However, it will probably be big seller with naive buyers because of the " Samsung Galaxy" brand recognition (affiliation with the good Galaxy S series). Too bad.

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    2. Is there a 5" GSM Android phone available new from any of the larger MVNOs for $100? The only one I know of is the ZTE ZMAX from MetroPCS, which is in the process of being pulled from sale for some reason. The solid Android phones that MVNOs sell for $100 and down are all smaller than 5" (and the on screen controls on something like a Moto E make the screen feel smaller still, compared with the Samsung and its physical home button). The 5" phones that are cheaper than the Grand Prime generally have worse specs, especially worse cameras. It's long been a weak spot for MVNOs -- the better budget phones have generally been 4.7" or smaller devices, while 5" has generally been the slot for flagships or entirely forgettable devices.

      Anyway, the Grand Prime doesn't look like a world beater, but it fills a niche and doesn't look horribly overpriced.

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    3. A person working at a MetroPCS store said they had to take the ZMax off the shelves because people were prying the back off to take the battery out to restart their phone because it was frozen. While the battery is sealed inside the phone, the case is clipped onto the body but not glued on, making folks think that it’ll be easy to remove the rear cover. ZTE has told them that by holding the power button and volume button together for 20 seconds it will do a soft reset. That has worked 100% of the time for them but some people just don't listen and take things into their own hands and they've seen damaged handsets that cannot be replaced through warranty.

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  4. Let's not forget Samsung went cheap with a second rate Exynos processor instead of the powerful Qualcomm processor in the S5. Samsung is having financial problems. The S6 is about reducing costs not improving their phones. The S5 is actually a much better phone.

    The Galaxy Prime is an entry level phone. Cricket has much better phones free after rebate like the Microsoft 635

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    1. The Microsoft phone is good ifyou are sure you will only use a narrow set of limited, least common denominator app options. Compared to the greater flexibility of Android and iPhones.

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    2. Agree, I'd chose the FAR Nokia 735 before paying $180 Samnsung Galaxy Prime (glorified starter phone)

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  5. Now that S6s are in the field, I am looking forward to great deals on S5s showing up in Dennis' weekly Sunday feature on best values.

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    1. I'm waiting for S3 prices to drop on eBay.

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  6. I see the S6 as a major downgrade from an S5 or S4. Hell even the S3 is better in my book. It is just an overpriced Motorola LUGE in disguise with a slightly bigger screen and the famous home button found on the LG G2 and higher. I'd rather have the LG G2 than an S6. No SD card slot and no removable battery is making this phone an entry level phone at a flagship phone price just like the iPhone is way overpriced for what you get. I'm sue LG Gx's will now be the new flagship everyone wants and Samsung won't have a chance in the elite Android user's field. I'm sticking with my Note 2 I can still add more memory.

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  7. I wonder if Samsung is going to screw up the Note 5 in the same way.

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  8. With everything going iPhone look alike you can count on it.

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  9. might as well call it: samsung iphone s6

    sammy blatantly copies apple and therefore angers all android users who can no longer insert a micro sd card and can no longer remove the battery. and so, iphone users still won't buy samsung, and now the samsung users revolt by sticking with their S3 S4 S5 phones.

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  10. People are buying thin phones with long battery life that still feel sturdy. Then people bitch that they cannot change the battery. Fortunately there is a phone for everybody, if people look.

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