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Updated 2015 Cyber Week Deal Tracker

Cyber Monday CyberMan Graphic by Kevin Marks
With Black Friday behind us, it's time for Cyber Week, which starts Nov 29, and Cyber Monday, Nov 30.

Cyber Monday and Cyber Week are traditionally the biggest online day and biggest online shopping week of the year respectively. That should mean lots of deals on prepaid and unlocked phones as stores compete for your dollars.

The Cyber Monday and Cyber Week Deal Tracker will be updated frequently as deals sell out and new items go online, so check back here often or follow me on Twitter or Google+ or Facebook so you don't miss out on any of the deals.

Updated 12:48 PM PST 12/5: Prices and availability updated.


Amazon is running a continuous sale that started a week before Black Friday and will run through Cyber Week. Deals go live as often as every five minutes and some only last an hour or two. Check back here often for new deals.

Current Amazon deals:

AT&T Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone $39.99 (was $99.99)

Boost Mobile LG G Stylo LTE Android phone $129.99 (reg $179.99)

Cricket SIM card kit (nano SIM with mini and micro adapters) $4.99 (reg $9.99)

T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone $42.99 (reg $129.99)

Unlocked Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 16 GB LTE waterproof Android phone $199.99 (reg $299.99)

Verizon LG Optimus Exceed 2 Android phone $15.99 (was $129.99)

Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 626s LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $129.99)

Virgin Mobile HTC Desire 816 LTE Android phablet $149.99 (reg $149.99)

BestBuy Free shipping on all orders (valid 10/25/15–1/2/16) Cyber Monday deals start Sunday 11/29.

Current deals

$5 discount on any prepaid smartphone activated in-store. Ends 12/5

AT&T ZTE Maven LTE Android phone $19.99 (reg $59.99)

AT&T Motorola Moto E LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $59.99)

AT&T Asus ZenFone 2E LTE Android phone $99.99. Purchase and activate an Asus ZenFone 2E and a $45 GoPhone airtime card in store and receive a second $45 airtime card free. Ends 12/5

Boost Mobile Huawei Union LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

NET10 ZTE Paragon LTE Android phone $19.99 (reg $29.99)

Sprint Prepaid Motorola Moto E LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $69.99)

T-Mobile HTC Desire 626s LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $129.99) in stores only! Ends 12/5

TracFone Alcatel OneTouch Pixi Glitz (Verizon) Android phone $9.99 (reg $19.99)

Verizon LG Transpyre LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $79.99)

Virgin Mobile Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows phone $39.99 (reg $99.99)

Virgin Mobile Huawei Union LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

Boost Mobile Free shipping

Current deals

$50 account credit when you port your number from a non-Sprint network operator. Ends 1/3/16.

CPO Kyocera Hydro Edge Android phone $29.99 (reg $49.99)

CPO LG Venice Android phone $29.99 (reg $109.99)

CPO LG Volt LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $69.99)

ZTE Speed LTE Android Phone $39.99 (reg $49.99)

CPO Samsung Galaxy Prevail 2 Android phone $49.99 (reg $89.99)

Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone $49.99 (reg $99.99)

Motorola Moto E LTE Android phone $59.99 (reg $99.99)

LG G Stylo LTE Android phablet $179.99 (reg $199.99)

CowBoom (part of BestBuy) Used phones with warranty.

Current deals

10% off site wide with code CYBERSAVE ends 12/6  Excludes Deal of the Day, Auctions & Items Sold/Shipped by Best Buy.

Cricket  

Free and discounted phones for port-ins:
 Motorola Moto E, ZTE Overture 2, LG Risio, Nokia Lumia 635 Free after mail in rebate. ZTE Sonata 2 $9.99, LG G Stylo $49.99, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime $29.99, when you port your number to Cricket. AT&T customers excluded. Ends 1/7/16.

$100 mail in rebate for port-ins if you activate an additional line of service by porting a phone number to Cricket (AT&T numbers excluded). The ported number must be activated on a $40 or higher plan. The line must be active and in good standing and the customer must pay for their second month of service within  45 days of activation to get rebate. The rebate is in the form of a gift card that can only be used at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com. Limit 5 rebates per account. Ends 12/6.

The port-in offers are stackable.

Current deals New activation, or for current users, purchase of $40 or more airtime, required to get sale phone prices:

Nokia 520 Windows Phone 99¢

ZTE Prelude Android phone 99¢

Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone $19.99 (reg $99.99)

Motorola Moto E 4G LTE Android phone $49.99 (reg $129.99)

ZTE Grand X Android phone $29.99 (reg $149.99)

Samsung Galaxy Prime LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $179.99)

ZTE Grand X Max+ LTE Android phone $169.99 (reg $219.99)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 $149.99 ($249.99 unlocked elsewhere)

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE Android phone $199.99 (reg $429.99)

Apple iPhone 5 16 GB $179.99 (was $479.99)

Apple iPhone 5s 16 GB  $199.99 (was $449.99)

Apple iPhone 5s 32 GB $249.99 (was $649.99)

eBay

Current deals

Red Pocket 1 Year plan 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 1000 MB per month AT&T or Verizon $159.99 (reg $199.99)

Red Pocket 1 Year GOLD plan 1000 minutes, unlimited texts and 1000 MB per month AT&T or Verizon $189.99 (reg $229.99)

Unlocked AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB SGH-I337 LTE Android phone (new) $194.88 free shipping

Unlocked T-Mobile LG G3 D851 32 GB LTE Android phone (new) $219.99 (was $549.99) free shipping

Verizon (or PagePlus) Samsung Galaxy S4 I545 LTE Android phone (new) $197.95 Free shipping.

Verizon (or PagePlus) Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900V 32 GB LTE Android phone (manufacturer refurbished) $199.99 Free shipping.

FreedomPop Free shipping

LG Optimus F3 LTE pre-owned Android phone $29.99

Samsung Galaxy S3 pre-owned LTE Android phone $69.99

Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-owned LTE Android phone $99.99

Apple iPhone 5 16 GB (pre-owned) $179.99

Huawei Black Friday / Cyber Week sale ends 12/6

Current deal

Unlocked Huawei P8 lite LTE Android phone $199.99 (reg $249.99)

Kmart

Current deals

Boost Mobile ZTE Speed LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $99.99)

NET10 Samsung Galaxy Core Prime S820L (Verizon) LTE Android phone $79.99 (reg $129.99)

TracFone Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Glitz (Verizon) Android phone $9.99 (reg $19.99)
 
Motorola Cyber Week sale starts 11/30 11 AM CST and runs until Midnight 12/7 CST

Current deals

25% off Moto X (2nd gen 2014) 16 GB $224.99 (reg $299.99), 32 GB $262.49 (reg $349.99), 64 GB $299.99 (reg $399.99) ends 12/7

Sprint Prepaid free shipping

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE Android phone $99.99 (reg $249.99)

Straight Talk Free overnight shipping on phones $29.99 and up, ends 12/31.

Free reconditioned LG Optimus Dynamic (Verizon) Android phone with purchase of $45 airtime card

Reconditioned  LG Optimus Fuel  (Verizon) Android phone $9.99 (new $39.99)

Motorola Moto E (Verizon) Android phone $19.99 (reg $59.99)

Reconditioned LG Optimus Dynamic II (Verizon) Android phone $19.99 (new $79.99)

Reconditioned LG Ultimate 2 (Verizon) Android phone $39.99 (new $59.99)

Reconditioned Alcatel OneTouch Pop Nova LTE (Verizon) Android phone $39.99 (new $59.99)

T-Mobile (online only) Shipping is free on all phones and SIMs

Current deals

LG Leon LTE Android phone $69.99 including $40 airtime card (reg $179.99 w/o airtime)

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime LTE Android phone $189.99 including $40 airtime card (reg $229.99 w/o airtime)

US Mobile sale starts 5 PM EST Monday 11/30

Current deals

Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone $9.99

Virgin Mobile free shipping

Current deals

Kyocera Rise Android QWERTY slider $29.99 (reg $79.99)

Huawei Union LTE Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99)

LG Tribute 2 LTE Android phone $69.99 (reg $99.99)

Walmart Is expected to continue its Black Friday sale through Cyber Week, probably with some additional sale items that will be added at 5 PM PST Sunday and Monday. Free shipping on orders over $50.

Current Walmart deals

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime SM G530A (mislabeled as "Go Prime") LTE Android phone $99.00 (reg $199.99)

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE Android phone $179.00 (was $649.99)

Straight Talk LG Sunset (AT&T) LTE Android phone $24.00 (reg $99.92

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S4 S975L (Verizon) refurbished LTE Android phone with free $45 airtime card $224.99 (reg $259.00)

TracFone SIM Activation Kit (SIMs and Activation Codes for AT&T and Verizon networks) $2.69 (reg $6.99)

TracFone LG 237C flip phone $4.99 (reg $19.99)

TracFone LG 441G flip phone $4.99 (reg $19.99)

T-Mobile ZTE Concord II Android phone $24.99 (was $79.88)

Verizon LG Transpyre LTE Android phone $29.00 (reg $99.99)

Walmart Family Mobile ZTE Zmax LTE Android phablet $109.00 (reg $179.00)

Image: cc licensed (BY) flickr photo shared by Kevin Marks

109 comments:

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  1. Does anyone knows if I can activate a Verizon Prepaid Motorola Moto E on Selectel or Page Plus??

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    1. Yes, many people have done that. Some say you should not turn the phone on with the Verizon SIM in it before activating the MVNO SIM in it, but I'm not convinced that makes any difference.

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  2. "AT&T Asus ZenFone 2E LTE Android phone with free $45 airtime card $99.99"

    Is this an actual card or an account credit? The Target ZTE Maven version of this promo only gave you the $45 if you activated it on GoPhone.

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    1. You mean that only made the phone basically free, i wouldn't call that "only"

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    2. It appears that you do get the card separately.

      There are shades of grey with "free". If you get the card separately, you can sell it or use the card on a current line and the phone truly becomes free. If you have to activate the phone and you already have service, it isn't really free.

      The target maven deal was a credit that appeared in the account after activation. This appears to be a physical card.

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  3. MinistryOfSillyWalksNovember 28, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Has anyone heard when TracFone will begin offering sim cards compatible with T-Mobile phones? TracFone's website offers compatibility checks for T-Mobile phones, but when you click to order T-Mobile sim the website only says "new products coming soon." Been like this for couple months.....

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  4. ?Now that tracfone has separate "smartphone & BYOP plans/cards" can you still get triple minutes on the old cards they sell? Triple minutes on the old cards are a much better value as they give a lot more minutes and data for the money. These new BYOP cards only give extra texting and reduced amount of minutes & data for the money.

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    1. The old minutes cards still triple on triple minute phones and triple-triple of Android and BYOP.

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  5. Best Buy - AT&T ZTE Maven Android- Blue $19.99 (reg.$59.99)

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    1. Yep...very good deal. I think similar deals were at dollar stores but I don't have any in my area.

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    2. That same phone tmobile has for $60.

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    3. Yep, T-Mobile rarely has good deals like cricket and gophone.

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    4. Thanks- I got one at BB w/free shipping. Besides the time and expense , I don't going to BB B&M..

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    5. Zach...historically, you can you request an unlock code from AT&T before you open the GoPhone package. You can then use the phone on tmobile. Of course, even if it has several t-mobile bands, it probably won't have band 12.

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    6. T-Mobile has had sales for postpaid customers. For example, the L90 was $25 and $50 via different offers. They had a $99 iPhone 5 a month ago.

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  6. Tmobile gets nothing, at&t and straight talk get all the love, heck our local walmart had At&t Galaxy S6 for $355 .

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    1. TMobile hardware is always more expensive, and MetroPCS has poor handset offerings. Guess they don't have the margins built into the service subscription model to subsidize phones (ie: that unlimited service comes at a cost). I'd rather have high speed data caps with Cricket and get modern, subsidized handsets personally.

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  7. Best Buy- Boost Nokia Lumia 635 $39.99 (reg. $99.99) - Clearance.

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  8. Does anyone know if local Walmart stores will have the same prices as online ones? I just checked a local store today and they do not have sale price, not sure about tomorrow.

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    1. Walmart store prices tend to be higher than online. Use ship to store to get the online price and free shipping.

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    2. Walmart will price match Walmart.com at the point of sale, bring a phone or something to show the price (no idea why they can't look it up themselves).

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  9. Perhaps an outlier but I've had probably 4 ZTE smartphones and they all performed very well, ZTE is my favorite budget Android .

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  10. Dennis: Galaxy J2/J5 models available in Amazon for decent price ($139-$220).. Are these US models?..

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016LIP1JE?keywords=galaxy%20j2&qid=1448824413&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

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    1. I do not believe that they are US models. Amazon is vague about a warranty so there probably isn't any warranty support in the US

      The J2 you linked to doesn't support US LTE bands. This J5 does: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Unlocked-Quad-Core-Android-Smartphone/dp/B014LQWB96/

      Look for phones that support LTE bands 2, 4, 5 and 12 or 17 for US LTE support..

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  11. Dennis, or anybody really, do you know of any Apps that allow you to make calls and send texts over WiFi using your EXISTING number. All the ones I have found require getting a new number exclusive to the app. I was looking for something similar to how T-Mobile does WiFi calling.

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    1. I don't know any any app that lets you make WiFi calls using you number. But if you port your number to Google Voice you can use Hangouts to make WiFi calls using your number and the Google Voice app to make cellular calls with your number.

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    2. Hangouts outgoing calls now shows your carrier number if you DON'T have a google voice/hangouts number already.

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    3. I use Truphone app to make HD voice calls using my Truphone SIM number with my RingPlus phone. It's free to call other Truphone users, but I pay 1c/minute for other calls. When people call my TruPhone SIM number, my RingPlus phone rings via the Truphone app. I carry one phone for business and personal use. Voice quality on a good LTE signal is usually better than RingPlus.

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    4. Truphone app lets you set its Caller ID as any active cellphone number. You can send free texts worldwide to Truphone app and SIM users. You have various forwarding options for calls and messages.

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    5. Ooma Mobile HD and Ooma Office Mobile apps can make and receive calls using your Ooma phone number. It works over WiFi and cellular. If you have a home account, you need the Premier service ($9.995/month). Premier service includes a second phone number and many more features, similar to Vonage features.

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    6. Vonage Extensions app extends your home service to all your smartphones. Using the app, you make calls using your Vonage phone number over WiFi or cellular data connections. You can also receive calls made to your Vonage number on your smartphone via the app. (The separate Vonage Mobile app lets everyone—including people without a Vonage plan—make free voice and video calls, and send free texts, video messages and photos to anyone with the app, anywhere in the world, paying only for mobile data. You pay low rates on international calls to anyone who doesn’t have the app.)

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    7. TQ, is looking for something that lets him or her make and receive WiFi calls with their cellular number. Do Ooma or Vonage support that?

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    8. No, they don't send calls using a cellphone number.TQ just said "using your EXISTING number." If you have Ooma Premier or any Vonage service, people can call that number and the service can also ring any cellphone you designate, even when your broadband network is down. You see the caller's phone number on your cellphone if it's in your address book or caller ID is available. And when you call using their mobile apps on a smartphone, people will see your Ooma or Vonage number.

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    9. Unless TQ already has Vonage or Ooma, their existing number is not an Ooma or Vonage number. Can either of thoese services spoof outgoing caller ID? That's what's needed to fo what TQ wants.

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    10. The Truphone app can display the phone number of any active cellphone when making outgoing calls. I.E., people you call see that cellphone number vs the number of the smartphone you are using. Calls are free between Truphone app users. Calls cost 1c/minute to US numbers and to landlines in many other countries. Cellphones cost extra in most countries. The Truphone app displays the cost per minute once you enter the phone number. It also shows your cash balance. You can top up from the app.

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    11. You can also use MobileVOIP app with Freecall service. Freecall lets you set your outgoing caller ID number. http://www.freecall.com/helpdesk2#answer-772_

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  12. I thought hangouts was the new Google voice?

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    1. They are related but they co-exist:

      Google Voice forwards incoming calls to your phone(s) and to Hangouts and places outing calls using your cellular minutes a Google Voice number.

      Hangouts makes and receives calls using your Google Voice number if you have one

      Hangouts can send and receive texts and MMS using your cellular or Google Voice number and also does IM and Video Chat

      Google Voice can send and receive SMS using your Google Voice number if you disable messaging in Hangouts or don't have Hangouts installed

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    2. Google voice can send and receive SMS as well as make calls using your voice minutes.

      I'm not as familiar with hangouts but I believe it can do MMS , SMS as well as VoIP calls.

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  13. "Current prices are $199.99 for the S4 and $499.99 so hopefully that means sale prices of $99.99 for the S4 and $249.99 for the S5"

    The cricket site has the S4 and S6 at those prices. No S5 is shown.

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  14. No Samsung s5 is even listed on their website, if the s6 goes on sale for $250 I am switching to cricket from T-Mobile for that alone, T-Mobile never has good deals on equipment for prepaid.

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  15. Cricket Wireless.com Temp Down We’ll be back soon!

    We’re getting the site ready for our Cyber Sale. Check back for new offers around 3 am ET.

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    1. yes just tried to go to Cricket Wireless

      Of course I was using a phone on another network and it was down only on GSM so wasted a lot of time to find out that cricket's not got their site up for those who might want to give them some $ business!
      shame there's not enough real competition to get these guys to learn how to make their websites and their data services to work properly.
      GUESS too many of us want A Deal for them to really care ABOUT CUSTOMERS or their level of provider service.
      Maybe they could take a lesson from Dennis and how well he runs corrects and updates prepaidphonenews.com !!!

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  16. S6 will be at $250... its a cool deal..

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  17. Strait Talk has a Straight Talk Samsung Prepaid S820C Galaxy Core Prime LTE Smartphone on sale for 24.00.What does it run on?Version,ATT,???
    Thank you for your help.

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  18. $250 for a brand new s6 outright. Nobody else comes close, oh where's all the T-Mobile fan boys?

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    1. Also if you are switching from t-mobile, you will get $100 shopping card.. so effectively $149.99

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  19. Tmobile is giving away $5 headsets on the iPhone 6 that they haven't even had in stock for months!!! and you're complaining about cricket 's website.

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  20. Is the bootloader unlocked or unlockable on the Cricket Wireless Samsung phones ( S4, S5, S6 ) Which ones ?

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    1. They all come with locked bootloaders. I don't believe any bootloader unlock exploits exist either but a through search of xda-developers might come up with something, especially for the S4. AT&T demands bulletproof bootloader locks and Samsung is the best vendor at locking things down.

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  21. I'd get this Cricket S6 if it weren't a design step-down from the S5 I have now. I'll see if Cricket has the S7 next year, which is rumored to be a better design.

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  22. Just got me 2 Samsung Galaxy S6 at Cricket for 250 each. Plan to sell it on Ebay for 430 or more brand new and seal in the box.

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    1. how do you get this price w/o paying a new activation ($40 minimum)?

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    2. Log in to your Cricket account and purchase the phone as an upgade. You still have to pay for $40 airtime but it gets added to you existing account instead of creating a new one.

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  23. I did some research recently about apps for making calls that would show your current number. I was thinking of switching to the TMO $30/5gb plan. 100 min of voice is not enough for me though on most months. The only option I could find that would achieve this outside of GV/hangouts was Skype. But Skype has a pay per minute (2.3 c) or unlimited plan ($2.99/mo) required. I didn't do enough research to see if the Skype app could be set up to receive all your inbound calls like GV/hangouts can.

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  24. Hello. Please help me decide. Motorola Moto G (3nd Generation) 16GB, or Samsung Galaxy S4 or S5 from Cricket. I saw earlier the S4 or S5 or both comes with Android 4.4 KitKat. Can they be upgraded to Android 5.01? I want to have this phone in use for about 3 to 4 years.

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    1. The S4 and Moto G are roughly equivalent performance-wise. The S5 is miles ahead of either of them.

      Cricket isn't very good with updates
      Android 5.0 is available for the Cricket S5 but not the S4. I doubt there will be any more updates for either.

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    2. Thank you very much for your response Dennis. So, just to be clear, Android 5.0 and not 5.1 is available for the S5?

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    3. "Android 5.0 is available for the Cricket S5 but not the S4"

      When and how, Dennis? My Cricket S5 is stuck at 4.4.2, and there's nothing in software update to go beyond this.

      "Current software up to date". Even now.

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    4. https://www.cricketwireless.com/support/devices-and-accessories/cell-phone-software-updates/customer/gs5-lollipop-update.html

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    5. I see now. Thanks. The Lollipop upgrade is only available for two of the several previous 4.4.2 etc Android versions on the Cricket page. I have one of the several 4.4.2 versions not covered.

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    6. "The S4 and Moto G are roughly equivalent performance-wise. The S5 is miles ahead of either of them."

      I moved directly from an S3 to an S5. I saw some performance difference, but not a huge amount in my view. (Saying this assuming that performance-wise, the S4 is right in the middle).

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  25. can someone lease help me. i'm trying to order the S6 from cricket but when i'm about to purchase the phone i get an error "Error while calling Update Subscriber Service." what can i do?

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    1. Just keep trying. Many sites, including Cricket's, are overloaded with Cyber Monday traffic. With luck you will eventually get through the order process.

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  26. Need a ringplus phone. Can someone recommend something that is on sale today that I could use? Appreciate any help.

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    1. Sprint Moto e at Best Buy for $39 is supposed to work

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  27. The original Boost Moto G is my favorite RingPlus phone. Maybe because its only 3G...it has superior call qualitu, and less latency than any 4G phone that I've tried... and they just pushed lollipop too :)

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    1. will new and current boost phones work on ringplus out of the box and/or after they are activated on boost ?
      been thinking after denNissan has been so good about keeping us posted about the new plans maybe should try them out but don't have a sprint phone yet

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    2. follow up question would it be better just to get a sprint prepaid or a boost phone if it can be used just out of the box?

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    3. "After Dennis has been so good about keeping us informed about ringplus "

      sorry about the name typo Dennis 😦 but Google speech to text doesn't always get it right and I missed correcting that one!

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    4. I kind of like denNissan :) New, never activated Boost, Virgin and Sprint Prepaid phones can generally be activated out of the box on RingPlus. Once they have been activated on Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid then they won't work on RingPlus until they have been used on Boost, etc. for 12 months,

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  28. does anybody know if the tracfone CDMA sim can be activated in a new Verizon prepaid moto E?

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  29. The Karma Go LTE hotspot is still $50 off the regular price of $150 when you buy a Neverstop "unlimited" 5Mb/s plan ($50/month). Sale ends midnight Tuesday 12/1 ...

    https://yourkarma.com/

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  30. Why is the Samsung Galaxy S6 sold out that fast. I try to get me one and its said sold out. They should have a boat load of this phone sitting in the warehouse somewhere.

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    1. Who is they and if you're talking about cricket, a new s6 for $250 is /was one of the best deals out there imho, hook it up to the$35 plan on auto pay and you've got a flagship device on at&t for $35 a month!

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    2. It was a spectacular deal, and you'd expect HUGE demand. For all we know there was indeed a boatload and it sold out.

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    3. It's a loss leader -- of course it was limited quantities. An unlocked S6 goes for over $500. They dumped a few thousand of these way under market price to make sure their brand was published on every blog, news site, and deal tracker.

      http://camelcamelcamel.com/Samsung-Factory-Unlocked-Cellphone-Platinum/product/B00VIVU2N0?context=browse

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  31. I bet they only had a couple of hundreds of the S6 for sale. The was a publicity stunts to try to get people to sign up for Cricket Wireless. S6 is sold out but S4 and S5 they got plenty. Come on I'm not buying this scam.

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    1. "Come on I'm not buying this scam. "

      The lazy, angry, entitled generation came from. Must be one of those who rants with vicious hatred about RingPlus FREE deals.

      You can't say it's a scam unless it turns out that those who pay for them will never get them. Without that sort of evidence, what do we have? Cricket offered a great deal, said there was a limited amount, and sold said limited amount. Nothing "scam" about that. They did what they said they would. Sorry, "Anonymous November 30, 2015 at 7:26 PM" that Cricket wasn't willing to conjure up imaginary S6's and/or lose millions and millions just to make you happy.

      Or are you the guy who screams "SCAM!" if you go to the corner grocery at 2:00 PM on Sunday and find that the limited number of Sunday newspapers they get early in the morning has sold out?


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    2. By the way. about RingPlus. I had a billing question, I opened a ticket for it this morning. They answered it this evening.

      For a free (or otherwise lowball) service, that's fine with me. I've seen premium businesses take a lot longer time to respond.

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    3. Are you seriously going to blame the "entitled young people" for complaining about a decades old marketing trick? Do you know why people camp out in front of Best Buy for 28 days? It's because the "sale price" is only good for the 3 or 4 units they have in stock, and the deal is dead before the door has even stopped rattling from being BUSTED OFF ITS HINGES. It would be better if they gave a $50 discount to everyone who wanted one instead of a $250 discount to a handful of people (many of whom were just in line to flip them for profit anyway -- confessions on this blog no less!). I think you just have an axe to grind about young people, a if your generation were any different, instead of acknowledging there's a real problem with the crappy psychological tricks played by corporate America.

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    4. There's no tricks here, no justification for nutty "corporate America" conspiracy theories. No corporation can be blamed for the stupidity of anyone, young or old, who ignores advertised statements of "limited quantity" (often with exact quantities given).

      The only "real problem" is with these boneheads who expect pie falling from the sky, not from the retailers.

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    5. +1. The hypocrites who rant about "acknowledging there's a real problem with the crappy psychological tricks played by corporate America." are right in front grabbing for their 'fair share' of the bargains, and whining when they don't get enough of them. And if this imagined 'problem' was 'solved' by banning all Sales and free services, they would really howl.

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    6. You snooze you lose.

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    7. "The early bird gets the worm."

      If you sleep in instead of getting up early to get good deals, you have no one to blame but yourself. No matter how much you whine. And those who did read this "Cyber Monday" post before Monday can't even hide behind the flimsy excuse of ignorance.

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    8. Just got out of chat with Cricket. According to someone at CS, they had some mistakes in their web site which resulted in them selling far more 50%-off Samsung Galaxy phones than they had planned.

      So much for the whiner complaining about this being a trick with plans to sell almost no.. Cricket ending up running this deal from Monday through Thursday, also.

      I'd like to directly address the one who complained about "crappy psychological tricks played by corporate America."

      Well, did you end up getting this phone? It was available for DAYS. If you didn't and didn't even try, what is your complaint?

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  32. It also seems as if the "Why is the Samsung Galaxy S6 sold out that fast" guy is BLAMING Cricket...

    If he had actually wanted one, there's a good chance he'd have snagged one if he had tried to order when the deal started.

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  33. about ringplus is it still true that boost or sprint prepaid, and virgin mobile phones have to be used for 12 months on that branding and postpaid has to be unlocked before being allowed to be on ring plus?

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    1. Yes, except that brand new, never activated Boost, Virgin and Sprint Prepaid phones can usually be activated on RingPlus without waiting.

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  34. Big THANKS Dennis!
    sounds like the smart thing to do is to pick up a cheaper new prepaid phone to try out ring plus!
    someone in these comments seemed to thinl the moto E would activate and probably be a good choice to try. but really appreciate having you share your opinion as well the facts as you know them to be currently.

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    1. I put a moto e on ringplus easily. A fine phone with a poor camera.

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  35. Btw, Samsung S6 is back in stock for the Cricket offer.

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    1. And gone again.

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    2. Samsung Galaxy S6 back in stock at Cricket Wireless when I try to get me another one it say Address is only allow one.

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    3. I can verify that as of a minute ago, the Samsung Galaxy S6 IS currently in stock:

      https://www.cricketwireless.com/cyber-monday-deals.html

      It's tempting, but to gain a little performance I'd have to get rid of most of my storage.

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  36. Ebay now has Red Pocket Mobile 1 year "gold" (unlimited texting) plan on sale for $190.

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  37. Cricket Wireless will only let you buy one Samsung Galaxy S6 to one address. If you want to buy more then one. You must used a diffrent card and diffrent address for the card. For example. Use work address with your card billing match with work address. I go me another one doing this way.

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  38. Dennis: Why Samsung Galaxy A, J series phones not sold in US? Spec wise they are good for prepaid carriers (slightly higher price) and wondering why those carriers not selling them here in stores/online.

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  39. Newegg has the refurb iPhone 5S for Freedompop at $250.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16875858011&nm_mc=AFC-dealnews&cm_mmc=AFC-dealnews-_-NA-_-NA-_-N82E16875858011

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  40. looks like Freedompop "Free Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) Activation (reg $20)" deal is expired. bummer. I dont think there are any new phones from SprintPP, virgin, or boost which would pass the FEC anyway, unless that's changed in the past few months?

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  41. picked up the ATT ZTE Maven $19.99 deal and submitted unlock request to att.com/deviceunlock. Looked up specs on ZTE site and found: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900; UMTS: 850/1900/2100; LTE bands: 2/4/5/17. Is it missing important bands for Tmobile? More importantly, I want to throw a sim in on a trip to colombia on Movistar. any clues if it has the right bands there?

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    1. The Maven is missing T-Mobile's LTE band 12 and UTMS 1700. It will work on T-Mobile but won't get LTE or 3G in as many places as a fully T-Mobile compatible device. It looks like Movistar Columbia uses GSM 850 and 1900, UTMS 850 and 2100 and LTE band 4 so the Maven should be fully compatible with Movistar's network.

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    2. Please let us know how the unlock request goes.

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    3. got my unlock codes today! took a longer than the promised 2 days, but heck. haven't tried it yet...

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    4. AT&T is taking longer than expected with my Lumia 640 unlock code too.
      They sent me an email saying that it's taking more research to determine eligibility.

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    5. ... an excuse which brings to mind a bunch of interns going through dusty file cabinets in basements and platoons of private eyes combing the streets.

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  42. Thanks Dennis. Where do you find network frequencies and LTE bands? I found a few good list on Wikipedia (like "list of LTE Networks"). I want to check Claro in Colombia too. 3G is probably the best I can hope for where I'm going. Still no word from ATT on the unlock request, but they say it may take two days... still hopeful...

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