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Cricket Wireless Now Selling Lumia 650 for Less Than $1

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If you're looking for an affordable device to buy, Cricket Wireless is currently selling pre-owned Microsoft Lumia 650 handsets for just $0.99 apiece. At this price, you get a device with a 5-inch 720p OLED display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.  The Lumia 650 was released last year.

It's interesting to see that the Lumia 650 is now much cheaper than the Lumia 635, a smartphone that was released almost three years ago. Compared with the Lumia 650, the latter has a 4.5-inch 480p LCD display, no front-facing camera, and no flash on the rear camera. Currently, it is available at Cricket Wireless for $19. Both devices are running Windows OS.

So at $0.99, the Lumia 650 already includes activation and a SIM card. But before you head over to a nearby Cricket store, you still have to consider the monthly service plans that come with the device. Also, you'll need to pay the first month of service so you can get the device at its discounted $0.99 price tag. Cricket's prepaid monthly service plans start at $30.

Once the phone has been activated, you have the option to cancel service anytime you like. The handset, however, will remain locked to Cricket. And though you may unlock the device (eventually), you do have to comply with the carrier's strict policy regarding this. If you are looking for an unlocked model, an option is to head over to the Microsoft Store where you can purchase the Lumia 650 for $199.

If the $0.99 price tag sounds interesting to you, make sure you head over to the carrier's website right away since the Lumia 650 has a record of disappearing from the website ever so often. We're not sure when the $0.99 offer will end too so your best bet is to visit the website.


Source: Neowin

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  1. "pre-owned"

    Oh come on. That is deceptive sales term, not anything journalistic. Utilize the proper term: "used".

    The only time I see "pre-owned" being said is by shady used car salesmen who are ashamed that they are selling used cars.

    Please show some journalistic integrity, instead of looking like (in this case) you are being paid by Cricket.

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    1. Certified Pre-Owned or CPO is what AT&T calls used devices that have gone through an inspection, testing and certification process and may have received repairs. It's an accepted industry term that used by most of the carriers and is part of the device's name in the sales channel. See Certified Pre-Owned Used Phones - AT&T.

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    2. @Dennis, so is CPO the same as "manufacturer refurb"?

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    3. Actually, AT&T has now changed its term from CPO to - "Certified Restored".

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    4. Everything is pre owned. Used is more accurate, and, like with cars, it is what people use.

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    5. AT&T uses both phrases.
      -Certified Pre-owned phones are used phones that tested to verify that they are fully functional. They have no warranty but can be returned within 14 days of purchase.

      -Certified Restored phones have also been refurbished to appear like new and have a 90 day warranty.

      I don't think AT&T uses the phase "Manufacturer Refurbished".

      eBay defines Manufacturer Refurbished as "An item that has been professionally restored to working order by a manufacturer or manufacturer-approved vendor. This means the product has been inspected, cleaned, and repaired to meet manufacturer specifications and is in excellent condition."

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    6. Quote from the "March 21, 2017 at 6:09 PM" comment above: "Please show some journalistic integrity, instead of looking like (in this case) you are being paid by Cricket."

      Actually, Prepaid Phone News is being paid by Cricket -- and by many other companies. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and will see the following announcement: "This site uses affiliate links and may earn commissions on your purchases." On one hand, I understand that practice -- bloggers need to make a living like everybody else. But on the other hand, the desire to earn commissions unfortunately often leads to the sort of article that can be seen at the top of this page -- an article that sounds a lot more like an advertisement than unbiased journalism.

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    7. Here are a couple revisions of my March 22 @ 8:52 PM comment above.

      Apparently the announcement at the bottom of the page that I mentioned can only be seen in the desktop version.

      Typo correction: ...and you will see...

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    8. @Dennis Bournique: No respectable newspaper or magazine would use the term "pre-owned" in an article about used merchandise. You said "it's an accepted industry term". Yes, it is accepted among industry marketing executives. But you and Christine are not marketing executives. You are journalists -- at least that's what you are pretending to be anyway.

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    9. For years I've been using CPO for "Certified Pre-owned" in my weekly "Prepaid Phones on Sale This Week" post if that's how a vendor describes an item. Nobody ever complained about that. So why is it a big journalistic faux pas when Christine uses it?

      CPO as used by AT&T has a specific meaning. There's a page on the AT&T site defining what they mean by CPO. CPO is a small step above used, the device has been inspected, factory reset, had the latest software installed and been verified to be fully functional, none of which is a given with a 'used" phone.

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    10. "Everything is pre owned."

      That's an excellent point. Even brand new merchandise was previously owned by the retailer. The term "pre-owned" is a BS gimmick for advertising used merchandise. Prepaid Phone News publishes advertisements that are ineptly disguised as news articles.

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    11. @Dennis Bournique: The solution to this issue is to use quotation marks when using advertising terminology.

      Example #1: This pre-owned phone is available from XYZ Store for $100.

      Example #2: This "pre-owned" phone is available from XYZ Store for $100.

      Example #1 seems to have been written by a marketing executive for use in an advertisement for a phone that is being sold at XYZ Store. Example #2 seems to have been written by a journalist for use in an article about a phone that is being sold at XYZ Store.

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  2. Microsoft store only carriers the unlocked, dual SIM international 650 model. LTE won't work in the USA.

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    1. Dang it, just paid my Cricket bill yesterday. 1GB RAM isn't enough for W10M, anyways. My 640 on 10 wouldn't even run a YouTube video and could barely use the FB app. Anyone use the TMO Fierce XL on AT&T? 2GB RAM and low resale values are tempting. Missing some LTE bands but how crucial are the missing bands?

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  3. Unlock codes $7-15 on eBay.

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  4. Lumia 650? Windows phone??? They still have windows phones? Good luck getting all the latest apps you want if you are coming from android or iphone.

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    1. Windowzer fans don't buy phones to use apps....because there are barely any available :) . I guess they buy them for the novelty factor - could never understand why anyone would want one with the lack of app availability?

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    2. Apps? Apps, schmapps. Windows Phone in today's environment is like a dumbphone, almost no apps.

      However, $1 is a fair price for a Windows Phone. Always has been.

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    3. The 650 has a very nice screen and a much better camera than any sub-$100 Android phone I know of. It's a perfectly fine device for someone who uses a cell phone for texting, calling, mobile web browsing, and casual photography. Power users will expect to pay somewhat more than a dollar for a new device.

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    4. Second the recommendation regarding the beautiful screen and excellent camera.

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  5. Why is the 635 more expensive? Easy. 635's say "Nokia" on the front. 650's say "Microsoft".

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  6. "It's an accepted industry term that used by most of the carriers and is part of the device's name in the sales channel."

    That may be so but to the consumer it still means "USED".

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    1. I think we all know this. That being said, you either do or don't. Sheesh

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  7. Decent camera but with the lack of apps and its abandoned paltform, it is useless to to me regardless of the price.

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    1. Wrong, except for the camera being decent. There are lots of good universal apps in the store now. Here are some good ones:
      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2477782,00.asp

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    2. Exactly. The camera is great, but the app base is pathetic: the "lots of good" being no where near the standards of current actual professional apps from IOS and Android.

      This Nokia should be treated as a dumbphone, and those looking at flip phones might consider this to be a bargain.

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  8. Great phone for ROM developers to put Android OS just like they did with the HTC HD2.

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  9. CPO is just a fancy word for USED let not kid our self. We know what new and used is.

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  10. Great fancy phone for replace my dumbphone.

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  11. I remember when MP3 players were at least $100.

    Now they're $1.

    Boy, have the times changed.

    But since this is a phone blog, I really don't think it should feature products like Lumias or iPods.

    After all, they just can't compete with REAL smartphones.

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  12. A lot of opinions from people who have never used Windows Phone. Windows Phone is far more intuitive than Android. I'm not sure it beats IOS head to head but it easily wins for people who use Windows PCs.

    My company switched everyone in my department to the Microsoft 640 and Surface Pro 4. Productivity in my department went up 17%.

    I'm not sure the 650 is much of an upgrade from the 640 but at that price who can argue.

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    1. Productivity went up because there were no apps for people to fool around with.

      That's actually a testament to how terrible Windows Phone is for personal use.

      Any OS worth its salt would've dropped your productivity into the negatives.

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    2. "A lot of opinions from people who have never used Windows Phone."

      I never used it because I looked at their app store, and the selections were simply terrible. Nothing. Pure nothing. And they got worse over time (no new apps, and the badly out of date versions of a few popular apps were never updated rather unlike on IOS and Android)

      "Windows Phone is far more intuitive than Android"

      It doesn't matter if it is easier to do nothing: you are still doing nothing. And if Windows Phone's interface was anything like Windows "Metro", it was a nightmare, not intuitive at all.

      Steve Wozniak famously said that Windows Phone was more intuitive than Android. Hello Steve??? The only person who thinks so.

      The wall to wall failure of Windows Phone is so resounding that it will hamper any introduction of the rumored "Surface Phone": the less it is like the dead failure, the more people might consider it. Unless they charge $1 for Surface Phone. That's more than the public thinks that "Windows Phone" is worth... look for this Cricket deal to have poor sales.

      "My company switched everyone in my department to the Microsoft 640 and Surface Pro 4. Productivity in my department went up 17%."

      I'm sure productivity would have gone up to 42% if you had given them all carved bars of soap instead.

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    3. I agree with the OP. With Windows 10 integration across PC, Surface Pro and Windows phone, you make it easier to get things done. My sister does this and loves they way she can easily work with all her latest Office, Outlook and workflow files on OneDrive using any device. It just works, because it was engineered and integrated to work. When I upgraded her phone she had no learning curve (like Android requires for a new skin). She found every app she wanted. And there are hundreds of thousands to choose from (most trolls never look). Windows phone is much more secure than Android, too.

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    4. "My sister does this and loves they way she can easily work with all her latest Office, Outlook and workflow files on OneDrive using any device. It just works"

      It just works on Android and IOS too.

      "When I upgraded her phone she had no learning curve (like Android requires for a new skin)"

      "She found every app she wanted. And there are hundreds of thousands to choose from (most trolls never look)"

      Almost all dead outdated apps and filler. When you look for real apps like people need, in any category, you will find one or two.. or no.. outdated choices in Windows Phone, while Android and IOS (living, not dead environments) will give you dozens of competitive apps to choose from.

      " Windows phone is much more secure than Android, too"

      No-one cares about Windows Phone, and hackers are a sub-set of "no-one"

      See the "bar of soap" example. Or a brick: a brick is a lot more secure than an Android phone. Just like Windows Phone. And Windows Phone is more like the brick when it comes to usefulness as a smart phone.

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