As of April 21, Cricket Wireless has announced the availability of two new Samsung smartphones for its customers. The handsets fall into opposite ends of the Android pricing spectrum, so there's something new to suit almost everybody's needs. The first of the two devices, the Galaxy S8, needs almost no introduction and obviously occupies the "high-end" of that spectrum. Customers activating a connection plan can snag the smaller of Samsung's newest flagships for a discounted price of $699. That's compared to buying through a competitor such as AT&T in monthly installments that total out to around $750.
The second and more affordable device announced by Cricket is Samsung's Galaxy Amp Prime 2. The device is a follow-up to the Galaxy Amp Prime and will likely be available exclusively through Cricket Wireless, just as its predecessor was. As with the earlier model, the Amp Prime 2 is relatively inexpensive, costing just $149 with activation. As listed by Cricket, users can explore Google's smoothest Android experience yet, with Android 7.0 Nougat using the device's multitouch 5-inch HD screen. Performance is provided by a 1.35 GHz quad-core processor, backed by up to 16 GB internal storage with microSD card support that goes all the way up to 256 GB. The front of the phone features a somewhat paltry 2-megapixel camera, while the main camera is 5-megapixels and features flash and HD video capabilities. However, the device is also 4G LTE compatible, which is a definite plus for users on the company's unlimited plan, and features Bluetooth 4.2. It comes with a 2600 mAh battery, which charges through a standard micro USB jack. The handset is also rated for hearing aids M3 and T3, in addition to supporting HD Voice capabilities.
Cricket says that both phones are available from the time of the announcement and will be sold both online and at retail stores. They can be bought either outright or through one of the company's installments plans and early buyout options are also available. Alongside the device announcement, the AT&T subsidiary took the opportunity to remind potential customers that many of its smartphones are available for free or discounted when migrating a phone number from another mobile service provider. That's thanks to an ongoing Spring Into Summer promotion, though no indication is given as to whether the promo is applicable to either of the two newest arrivals at the carrier.