Cricket Wireless is about to start selling phones at Walmart stores. A Howard Forums member spotted a Cricket Moto E in their local Walmart for $50. That's news for a couple of reasons. For one, ever since AT&T acquired Cricket at the beginning of the year, "New Cricket" GSM phones have only been available from Cricket branded stores and the Cricket Website, never at Walmart or other "big box" stores. Secondly, Cricket has not publicly announced the Moto E and it's not available on their Website.
The Cricket press site does have some press images of the Moto E tagged "Walmart" suggesting that the E may be a Walmart exclusive. The images don't seem to be linked to from any other page on the Cricket site. I think that they are in place for an upcoming announcement.
Fifty dollars is a great price for the Moto E which lists for $129.99 on the Motorola site. Of course Cricket's version is SIM locked and the one direct from Moto is unlocked. I have no idea if the Cricket Moto E can be unlocked cheaply or at all.
Moto E specs from Motorola and Cricket:
- OS: Android™ 4.4, KitKat®
- Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 with 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU, Adreno 302 400MHz single-core GPU
- Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB Internal storage, MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory
- Display: 4.3 inches, 540 x 960 qHD, 256ppi Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with anti-smudge coating
- Camera: 5 MP, fixed focus, no flash, video capture 854x480px at 30fps
- Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- Wi-Fi:802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz
- Bluetooth: 4.0 LE
- Ports: MicroUSB, supports USB 2.0, 3.5 mm headset jack
- SIM size: micro
- Battery: non-removable, 1980 mAh capacity for up to 24 hours of mixed usage
- Location services: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
- Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight: 5.0 oz
Update 10/23: A HowardForums member spotted the Cricket Samsung Galaxy Express at a Buffalo, NY Walmart for $99.88, roughly half the current street price of the GoPhone version. $10 Cricket SIM cards have also been spotted in at least one Walmart.
A story on Twice.com quotes a Cricket spokesperson as saying that Cricket is now available in about 1000 (out of a total of about 3800) Walmart stores nationwide. It's believed that most of the Walmarts carrying Cricket phones are in former Cricket CDMA markets.