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Microsoft Lumia 650 to Make Its Way to Cricket Soon?

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The Microsoft Lumia 650 is said to be coming to Cricket Wireless soon. Although this hasn't been officially announced by the AT&T prepaid brand, Microsoft has revealed this news by including Cricket on the support page of the Windows 10 smartphone. Not long after it was picked up by news websites, the support page was taken down.

Before it was taken down from the page, Cricket's name can be seen along with a link re-directing users to visit a PDF User Guide manual for the device. Windows Central has also announced earlier that the device is expected to start shipping on February 18, 2016. Soon after, it will hit European markets sometime in April.   

The device comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display, a 1280x720 resolution, and a screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Behind the frame lies a 1.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor with 1GB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 16GB with a microSD card slot for up to 200GB memory expansion. On the back, there is an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720HD video recording. On the front, a 5MP wide-angle camera is available. The phone runs on Windows 10 and is compatible with Xbox and comes with Cortana support. There is a 2,000 mAh battery available for the Lumia 650. Two colors are available-- matte white and matte black.

The Lumia 650 follows the footsteps of the Lumia 640, which Cricket released in May 2015. But compared to its predecessor, the Lumia 650 comes with some improved specs. If you're in the market for an affordable device, the Lumia 650 is said to cost only $199 from Microsoft. There is no word on how much the device will be offered on Cricket but the announcement for the device could be happening anytime soon. When it does, everyone will be able to get their hands on the Lumia 650.


Source: Windows Central, Prepaid Mobile Phone Reviews

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  1. Come on Nokia,get into the Android market!

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  2. The big news here is that msft put money into premium construction, using metal for the band. Windows phone should be more popular if people are proud to show them off.

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  3. The L650 should have used a SD400 series processor. L640 owners have no reason to upgrade to this device. The L640 feels like a L635, one step forward two steps back when it comes to hardware.

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  4. 200 for this is asking too much. Price should be lower like 129.99

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    1. 1.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 212 processor with 1GB of RAM. I have to agreed after reading this specs. Overprice.

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  5. Can we install google voice on this and use without any issues?

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    1. There's no Google Voice app for Windows phone. You can have Google Voice forward calls and texts to the phone but you have to use the Google Voice website or IVR to make calls.

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  6. I have the Lumia 640 now and waiting to see when the Win10 upgrade arrives. It works fine and lasts a full day and more on a charge with use online and twitter and texting/calls/bluetooth use.

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  7. If ones concern is absence of regular security upgrades on android phones below $200 Windows 10 Nokia 650 or one touch fierce xl phone is a logical choice

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  8. MS need to re-organize their product. Too many series and unorganized brands.

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  9. Windows 10 brings a much-needed, attractive look to the UI, and it is easier to use. Windows phones are well made, but look boring. The L950 series don't look like premium phones, and the plastics on the Lumia models I have owned (521,635, 640) do not look or feel like premium material.
    The 650 is a good step to fixing this problem - big improvement in look and feel. These phones do not need more powerful processors to runs smoothly (like Android requires). They need to appear more desirable if MSFT wants to reverse the huge drop in sales that happened in 2015. And MSFT needs to release Win10 phone updates ASAP! People are tired of waiting, and many more will dump the platform if Win10 is delayed further.

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  10. For the price they should have used a Qualcomm 410 or 615 processor or Intel.

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  11. The L650 looks like a beautiful phone. More like an iPhone 6, vs Nokia plastic design.
    They're selling it as a business phone.
    http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia650/

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  12. And the history of MS mobile is littered with failures. They've pretty much pulled the plug on Windows Phone, and are gearing up for the next "maybe his will work".

    The lack of Google Voice as Dennis mentioned is just one aspect of the relative "app desert" (few apps, and what it has are pretty much outdated and stripped down) one has with such phones. Nice hardware, but a definitely inferior smart-phone experience... more like a really good dumbphone with the premium hardware that dumbphones lack.

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  13. Windows phones seem to do better with less Ram and processors than Android.

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  14. Google is not going to move beyond its "investigation" and write Chrome/Voice/Hangouts apps and/or extensions for Win10 Phone unless Microsoft's current strategy works, and they sell a lot more phones to businesses.
    Anyone looking forward, not back, knows that Microsoft's focus now is leveraging its strength in business desktops to market Win10 phone to businesses. Universal app development tools; cross-platform integration and sync; Continuum; and now with the L650, very attractive, reasonably priced phones that can be deployed and managed by a business with Microsoft server-based software.
    Meanwhile, if you want G-Voice to work on Windows phone now, there are at least 3 good third-party solutions available:
    http://www.wpxbox.com/google-voice-app-for-windows-phone/

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    1. You do not need an app to make Google Voice calls on a Windows phone:
      http://www.examiner.com/article/windows-phone-owners-rejoice-google-voice-mobile-ready-lieu-of-app

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    2. A desktop shortcut makes it almost as convenient as using an app.

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    3. Anonymous 9:03: The article you linked to is from 2013. Of the three apps mentioned, one is no longer in the Windows Marketplace and recent reviews of the other two indicate that they no longer work well or at all. That's because Google has retired the APIs that the apps use to get voicemail and text notifications and initiate calls.

      Anonymous 10:01: Your linked article basically says you can use the Google Voice web page to make Google Voice calls. That's always been true and is way less convenient than a dedicated app.

      While there's a lot to like about Windows Phone, using it with Google Voice is a pain. I believe that's largely Google's doing but blaming Google doesn't solve the problem. If a Google Voice number is your main number Windows Phone will be a frustrating experience.

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  15. Personally, I could care less what a phone looks like since it will instantly go in a case. Out in the real world phones are used in cases or they are cracked, period. I really like the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and will be very sad to see it go. Will hang onto using it as long as possible before trying Windows 10 mobile--always best to wait on any new software until the bugs get ironed out.

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  16. I've never understood how people continue to buy these phones (which are nice by the way) and they don't have the proper app support like iOS and Android. There phones are great build quality and features but I don't understand how and why they don't have the right app support. That's my only problem with them.

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    1. Easy answer: Not everyone uses the same apps as you do. I am a GV user, so no GV or Hangouts makes WP is a deal-breaker for me. However, my mom loves her Lumia 521.

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