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Cricket Wireless Exclusive Freetel Smartphone Spotted at Best Buy

cricket-wireless-cricket-wave-freetelLately, the smartphone industry has been busy monitoring any new developments with the ZTE ban that the U.S. government has imposed.

This ban affects smartphone enthusiasts, particularly the ones who like buying affordable devices such as the ones offered by Huawei and ZTE. If the ban pushes through, there looks like a good alternative in the inexpensive smartphone sector.

AT&T's prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless, has spearheaded this initiative by carrying a new smartphone model offered by Freetel, a budget smartphone provider in Japan. And because AT&T inked its distribution deal with Freetel before the Commerce Department issued a ban on U.S. businesses engaging with ZTE, Freetel serves as a great option for those looking for an affordable device.

Just recently, Wave7 Research spotted a Freetel smartphone being sold at a Best Buy store based in Kansas. The device, known as the Cricket Wave, sells for $59.99 and comes with unlimited talk, text and data access from Cricket.

The Cricket Wave is said to be equipped with the following specs:

  • 5.1-inch 720p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of onboard storage
  • Memory card support
  • 2,500mAh battery 
  • Rear camera with flash
  • Front camera
  • Touch screen
  • FM radio
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • microUSB port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

The first time the Cricket Wave was talked about was in January, when a Freetel phone was approved by the FCC for Cricket. And although the Cricket Wave is not a particularly exceptional device, the fact that it is now in circulation shows that there is hope for the budget smartphone market. It also proves there is plenty of other options to choose from other than the smartphones offered from Chinese manufacturers, Huawei and ZTE.

Source: FierceWireless

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  1. I know that is a budget phone but surely they could have done better than this one (battery capacity and processor are pitiful)

    1. I am using this phone right now and it's a lot faster then I expected

  2. for $10 more, the huawei elate has far better chip, ram, camera, build quality, and performance.
    the people who worry about spying should focus on the usa government ( cia, nsa, fbi, local cops using stingers) instead of the chinese. you are not that important to any foreign government.

    1. I'm more worried about Amazon Alexa picking up my living room conversation than Chinese military picking up my whereabouts.

    2. The point is a compromised by design phone can also be accessed by the cia, nsa, fbi, and local cops using stingers.

  3. Selling a phone with a SD210 should be illegal, its barely powerful enough for a watch.

    1. Demanding unnecessary laws to intrude in the free market should be illegal.

      I'm underwhelmed by this phone as well, but my decision is to simply not buy it. There aren't any laws necessary at all.

  4. They went too cheap selecting this one. This phone appears to be piece of junk.

  5. "Snapdragon 210"

    These shouldn't be a thing in 2018.

  6. I throw this in the trash.

  7. Freetel was bought by Rakuten last year. The manufacturer Freetel smartphones filed for bankruptcy protection after its mobile service business was sold off last Nov., putting the future of the company's handsets in question.

    Plus One Marketing asked the Tokyo District Court to supervise talks with creditors owed roughly 2.6 billion yen ($23 million), citing a severe cash crunch that would keep the Tokyo-based company from making payments on time. On the same day, Freetel handsets and signage vanished from Japanese electronics stores.

    S: Nikkei Asia Review

  8. The cricket wave sucks. At least 3 or4 times a day I have to turn the phone back on because it sits itself off also when I talk to someone in the middle of a conversation it shuts off. Very disappointed that they can't make a smartphone inexpensive that works great. Never ever getting a Free tell Cricket Wave again not worth it

  9. Well unfortunately I had never heard of the Cricket Wave before I got mine last month. Mine has serious issues with the battery. I can be on the phone for no longer than 5 min and it will be fire hot. The highest temperature so far is 125.9 degrees. I am afraid its going to explode in my hand or worse, up against my ear. I took it to a Cricket store and they said there was nothing they could do because I ordered it online from Cricket. Extreme waste of money not to mention dangerous to use.

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