Cricket Wireless best prepaid plans in the US

Cricket Wireless already offers pretty inexpensive cellular and data plans in the US. Well now, it’s sweetening the pot by offering 8GB instead of 5GB for the $50 monthly plan, including unlimited talk and text. That’s 60 percent more LTE data each month. But hurry if you want in on the deal because it’s for a limited time only!

Cricket Wireless may not be one of the big four carriers in the US, but it undoubtedly gives you more bang for your buck. Everything is prepaid, meaning there are no binding contracts. Plus, after AT&T acquired it back in 2014, all Cricket Wireless devices use AT&T’s cellular and data network, so coverage shouldn’t be an issue for most people.

Customers can also enroll in Auto Pay, which gives you $5 back each month. So technically, you can pay just $45 a month to get 8GB of data and unlimited talk and text.

However, there is a catch: download speeds on LTE max out at 8 Mbps and for 4G, it’s 4 Mbps. If that doesn’t bother you, you can sign up for the special offer through their website or in store even if you are already on the $50 monthly plan with 5GB.

However, there is a catch: download speeds on LTE max out at 8 Mbps and for 4G, it’s 4 Mbps.

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The Most Popular Wireless Plan at Cricket Just Got Better
$50 Rate Plan Now Includes 8 GB of High Speed Data Access

ATLANTA, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Starting Friday, the popular $50/mo rate plan at Cricket Wireless now includes 8GB of high speed data access.* That’s 60 percent more high-speed data access each month!  Like all Cricket smartphone plans, it includes all the talk and text you can use on one smartphone line for $50/mo – monthly taxes and fees included.

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Customers can also sign up for Auto Pay credit to receive a $5credit each month, or Group Save to save up to $100 per month.** Saving money is definitely something to smile about.

“Today’s mobile lifestyle requires more data access than ever before, and Cricket continues to focus on finding ways to delight our customers by giving them more for less,” said Tiffany Baehman, chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless.

Cricket Wireless is dedicated to delivering a simple, smarter wireless experience – easy to understand monthly plans on our nationwide network that covers more than 99% of Americans. We provide transparency with our pricing that includes:

  • No annual contracts, monthly taxes and fees included
  • Text, talk and data access plans starting at $30/mo
  • Unlimited text, talk and high-speed data plan for $65/mo after $5 Auto Pay credit
  • Unlimited calls, texts and messaging to and from, and in and between the U.S., Mexico and Canadaincluded in $50/month and higher plans.

Existing customers currently on the $50/mo plan can upgrade to the 8GB version of the plan by visiting their nearest Cricket Wireless branded store or, through their MyCricket app, or by calling Cricket Customer Care.

For more information on this new and improved plan, and why Cricket is the choice for the smart and savvy customer, check out

About the new Cricket Wireless

Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 318 million people***; easy and affordable plans with prices that include monthly taxes and fees; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit And connect with us on Facebook at and Twitter at

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2016 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

*Limited Time Offer. Download speeds max 8 Mpbs (LTE)/4Mbps (4G). 8GB of high-speed data, then max of 128 Kbps.  Activ. & other fees and restrictions apply. Coverage not available everywhere. After offer ends will lose 8GB promotional data allowance w/ account change/cancellation. Terms, features & restrictions subject to change.

**Auto Pay: Pay $50 in 1st mo. $5 auto pay credit applied after enrollment in auto pay.  Auto Pay credit is not available with Group Save discount; Group Save: Eligible lines of service req’d.  Discount applies to lines 2-5. Price & discount per line varies. 

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R.I.P. Vine. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s sad about Twitter’s decision to axe Vine, a video entertainment network where you could find thousands of hilarious six-second videos as well as your daily dose of kittens and corgis. Well, it seems like Pornhub also thinks it’s a shame that Twitter is abandoning the video sharing service. In a letter shared with CNET, the VP of Pornhub Corey Price promises to “restore Vine to its NSFW glory.”

Although Price’s way of going about this potential deal is questionable to say the least, he nevertheless explains his rationale behind the offer: Twitter and its stakeholders could “benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine,” and people’s all-time favorite Vine stars would live on. Okay, but this is where it gets a little bizarre. According to Pornhub, clips of porn “in six seconds is more than enough time for most people to enjoy themselves.”

So how will Pornhub’s altruistic vision of saving our favorite Vine gems pan out? Would it add six-second porn clips on top of the existing Vine videos? Would it run two different versions: one safe and one risqué? We will have to wait and see how Twitter will respond to this cheeky offer, but one thing is for sure. If the social network giant decides to sell Vine to Pornhub – which I seriously doubt it will – Vine’s founder won’t be too happy:

Don’t sell your company!

— Rus (@rus) October 27, 2016

Twitter bought Vine back in 2012 when the video sharing platform was in its infancy, and since then, Vine has really been the foundation for all current video-centric apps like Snapchat. Twitter’s decision to close Vine is a shame as it is, but letting it become an adult website filled with six-second clips of naked men and women might be even more of a shame.

What are your thoughts on Pornhub’s offer? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


The troubled launch, and recall, of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to its exploding battery may cause many owners of the smartphone to not only switch phones but also companies. A new survey published today by the research firm IDC says that half of the Galaxy Note 7 owners they talked to “have or will choose an Apple iPhone” instead.

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This new survey would seem to be very contradictory compared to recent statements made by Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure,  who claimed most of the carrier’s Note 7 customers are turning them in for a Galaxy S7. Another recent research note from BayStreet predicted that 70% of Note 7 owners will trade it in for a Galaxy S7.

IDC says that its survey was conducted online on October 17th and 18th, four days after Samsung announced it would be ending production of the Note 7.  It added:

The survey focused on three groups of consumers: current Samsung smartphone owners (507), past Samsung smartphone owners (347), and smartphone owners who have never owned the Samsung brand (228). Due to the limited installed base, just 24 Note 7 users were captured in the survey;  as such, data in those questions should be viewed as directional only.

IDC added that 17% of Note 7 owners said they would choose another Samsung smartphone. The majority of those owners will be going to a physical brick-and-mortal store to turn in the Note 7.

The good news for Samsung is that the survey indicated that the company brand itself would survive the Note 7 recall. A majority of the survey respondents said they would still consider buying non-smartphone products from the company, like TV and appliances. IDC also said that the majority of respondents had a “largely neutral to positive” response to how Samsung handled the Note 7 recall, and 13% of them had not even heard about it.

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Anthony Scarsella, IDC’s research manager for Mobile Phones, believes that the Note 7 recall and its effect on Samsung can be swept away by a solid launch of the Galaxy S8 in 2017:

Although the recall may have an adverse impact on the brand in the short term, the truth is that Samsung remains the clear market leader in the worldwide smartphone market. Moving forward, Samsung will need to put the Note 7 to rest as quickly as possible and focus all efforts on producing a stellar Galaxy S8 come next spring. If successful, consumers will quickly forget the Note 7 fiasco if the upcoming S8 can deliver on all fronts.

That certainly puts a ton of pressure on Samsung to have a successful launch of the Galaxy S8.  Do you think Samsung can pull it off and make people forget about that pesky Note 7 blowing stuff up?

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If you ordered one of Google’s new Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones from the Google Store, but have not had it shipped to you yet, or if you are just now having them delivered, you may be getting an email from the company soon. Some Google Pixel pre-order customers are reporting they will soon receive $50 in credit for the Google Play Store.

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The reports have been posted by Reddit members, who claimed they have received emails of apology from Google about the tardiness of their Pixel phone shipments. The emails stated, “We know this can be frustrating, but the good news is that we’ve shipped your order and it’s on its way.”

The email continued that those customers should received another note, soon after the Pixel phone arrives, that will contain a credit for $50 to use in the Google Play Store. The email concluded by saying, “Again, we’re so sorry — and thank you again for your order.”

While no one likes to hear that the smartphone they have ordered won’t get to them as quickly as first announced, it’s nice that Google is offering some compensation for these Pixel delays with a rather generous Google Play credit. If you have order the Pixel or Pixel XL, have you received one of these emails? Also, what would you use your $50 in Google Play Store credit to purchase?

Twitter announced today that it will be shutting down all of the Vine apps. The company has not shared a timeline for when this will happen, but the Vine website will continue on. Read more…


After launching for Android smartphones and tablets earlier this year, Sony’s PlayStation Vue internet TV service has made its way onto televisions that use Google’s Android TV platform.

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Unfortunately, you can’t sign up to try out PlayStation Vue from within the Android TV app; you have to go to the service’s website to set up an account. Once that’s done, you can log into the app with your account and try out the service free for seven days. After than you can sign up for one of four monthly plans, which offer up to 100 TV channels, including live local TV stations (depending on where you live). Prices for these plans range from $29.99 to $74.99 a month, again depending on the number of channels and if your local stations are supported.

If you don’t own an Android TV, there will be another way to watch the channels on PlayStation Vue soon. Sony announced that it will be available in the near future on PC and Mac computers via web browsers. It adds that one of the features of the browser version will be a “mini-player” that will let users shrink the video stream down to a corner of the browser window. This should allow user to continue browsing on other sites while PlayStation Vue plays in the corner.

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If you’re a fashionista with an expensive taste, looking for a fitness tracker, Emporio Armani’s new hybrid connected watch may interest you: the watch may not have a touchscreen but it does pretty much everything that a FitBit does. Or conversely, a $99 FitBit does everything this hybrid watch does, so personally, I’m going to stick with the option that’s kinder on my wallet.

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As you probably know, Armani is a fashion giant that offers extravagantly-priced clothes and shoes all the way to luxury watches. And now, it’s joined forces with Fossil to bring the Emporio Armani Connected, a hybrid watch that looks like a classic timepiece but is actually a bit smarter. As I’ve mentioned, the watch face is an analog one – no rotating bezels or multitouch support. However, once paired with a smartphone app, not only can this hybrid watch track your sleep patterns and activities, but it will give you notifications and let you control music and take photos among others.

There are a lot of hybrid smartwatches out there, and according to Armani, the Emporio Armani Connected is different because it has a second time zone – of course, for those who travel frequently, this feature might be useful, but I’m not sure if it qualifies as a differentiating factor or if it justifies the jaw-dropping price tag of up to $400.

Like most other hybrid watches, the battery life on the Emporio Armani Connected is perhaps its biggest advantage over smart smartwatches like Android Wear devices or the Apple Watch. Because having a touchscreen and a slew of other features limit the watch’s battery life to two or three days max, Armani’s approach allows for its watch to last up to six months with its quartz batteries.

Armani’s watch is available in rose gold (of course), black, gunmetal, and stainless steel, and you also have a choice between a three-piece link and a leather strap. The price starts at $245 and goes all the way up to around $400. If you’re keen on ordering one, you can head on over to the official website.

It’s probably safe to say that everyone has played pinball at some point in their lives – whether it’s the analog version that dates all the way back to the 18th century or the digital version that came preinstalled with Windows. Well, Mediocre is putting a futuristic twist on this classic game that we all know and love, and I have to say, not only am I nostalgic, but I’m completely hooked.

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You may know some of the other games that Mediocre has created – Smash Hit, Does not Commute, Granny Smith to name a few. They’re all vastly different from one another, but they’re far from mediocre, that’s for sure. All of them are strikingly original – sometimes outright bizarre – and immensely enjoyable. And I’m happy to report that PinOut is no exception.

The game cannot be any simpler. Once you hit the start button, the ball is ejected, and you have two controls: left and right. You flick up the left side of your screen to bounce the ball off from the left flapper, and the right side of your screen for the right flapper. But the real thrill comes from the time limit. Initially you’re given 60 seconds, but as you go through different levels, there are ways to gain more time. The end goal is to see how far you can go within the given time.

Apart from the insanely simple controls, what I absolutely love about the game is the graphics. The Tron-like lights are neatly integrated into the experience and add to the futuristic vibe. Pinball, as a game, has undergone various changes: from rolling stones on grass during the premodern era to a digitized game on a desktop. If pinball were to see yet another evolution, I’d say PinOut is it.

You can download the game from the Play Store by clicking the button below! Give it a go and let us know what your thoughts are!

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Update (10/27): Facebook’s new Snapchat-esque app for teens is now available for Android users. Click the button below to download it!

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Original post (8/21): Mark Zuckerberg really wants you to know that Facebook is not sooo 2004. First it was Instagram’s Stories that mimicked Snapchat. Now the social networking giant has launched a completely separate app called Lifestage that does what Snapchat does, except Lifestage basically lets teens creep other teens that they don’t even know.

Facebook introduced Instagram Stories earlier this month and faced some criticism for copying Snapchat. Just like Snapchat, it allows users to post a slideshow of your favorite moments, which disappears after 24 hours. And it even lets you add drawings or stickers, just like Snapchat.

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Facebook’s brand new app, Lifestage, is the latest attempt at proving that yes, Facebook can capture the new generation that uses Snapchat for chat, Venmo for money, and Tinder for dates. I mean, it even has an age restriction. That’s right – if you’re over 22, then you can’t even see other people’s profiles.

Lifestage is basically an app that lets you create your profile using photos and videos: things you like, things you dislike, your facial expressions, your best friends etc. If 20 or more people from one school sign up, then that school is “unlocked,” meaning you can discover video profiles created by others in your school.

All of this is clearly a part of Facebook’s attempt to become more video-centric. Mark Zuckerberg has emphasized over and over again how important video consumption will become in the near future, and it seems like Facebook’s attempt at all-things-video domination is far from being over. But I’m not sure if Lifestage will successfully deliver the message.

Under the app description, Facebook warns:

Everything you post in Lifestage is always public and viewable by everyone, inside and outside your school. There is no way to limit the audience of your videos. We can’t confirm that people who claim to go to a certain school actually go to that school. All videos you upload to your profile are fully public content.

Sound a bit worrisome? When you are putting your face, your personal information, and your life on display, it’s not very reassuring to read that people that you don’t even know can view your profile. In other words, whether it’s a high school or a university, this app essentially allows 20-something-year-olds to creep one another. Plus, not to sound too unkind on humanity, but anyone could easily fake their profile to prey upon adolescents.

Video platforms mean huge potential, I know, and Instagram may be heading the right direction, but I’m not so sure about Lifestage. From a 22-year-old guy’s perspective, Facebook trying so hard to prove that it is hip makes it look… not hip.

Lifestage is currently only available for iOS devices, but we will be sure to let you know when it lands on Android!

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Update, Oct 27th:

Huawei has just pretty much confirmed that its new Kirin 960 processor will be powering the Mate 9. The company sent out a tweet, accompanied by a short video boasting about its new processor, using the same #aStepAhead hashtag that Huawei has been using to tweet about the upcoming November 3rd launch event, where we will learn all about the Mate 9. 

Introducing the Kirin960… A new level of innovation coming to a pocket near you. #aStepAhead

— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) October 26, 2016

Huawei’s HiSilicon launched the octa-core Kirin 960 just over a week ago, which comes equipped with the latest Cortex-A73 CPU cores and a Mali-G71 MP8 GPU from ARM, so we’re looking at some notable performance upgrade with this new chip. Specifically, the vidoe mentions an 18 percent boost to CPU performance, a leap of 180 percent for GPU performance compared with the Kirin 950, and twice the data transfer speeds thanks to the chip’s upgrade to UFS 2.1 flash storage over eMMC 5.1.

For more details about what the Kirin 960 has to offer, check out our coverage of the SoC’s launch here.

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Huawei is almost ready to release not one but two new high-end smartphones on November 3rd, and today we have a few more confirmed and rumors details about the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro.

According to a leaked manual for the Huawei Mate 9, we can indeed see that the phone is set to arrive with a dual rear camera configuration. This is tipped to be the same dual-lens Leica Summarit H 1:2.2/27 ASPH camera array found on the Huawei P9. This setup uses one color and one monochrome sensor two improve the dynamic range of pictures. Specifications for the rear camera setup are said to be set at one 20 megapixel sensor and one 12 megapixel sensor.

huawei-mate-9-manual-dual-cameraThe manual (right) also confirms that the Mate 9 will come with a dual tone LED flash, a USB Type-C port, and a microSD card slot for those who require additional internal storage.

While we’re on the topic of cameras, Evan Blass has returned with another titbit to digest. Apparently, both models of the Huawei Mate 9 will feature a 4 times optical zoom, which goes above the 2x zoom included in the new iPhone 7 Plus. Again, it’s the dual cameras that are responsible for enabling this optical zoom-like technology to function in an ultra-compact form factor.

Snap (no pun intended): Mate 9/Pro feature 4x optical zoom. But pricing on a spec’ed out Pro is enough to give you a heart attack: $1300.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 23, 2016

The tweet also alleges that the top of the line Huawei Mate 9 Pro model is going to set customers back a gargantuan $1300, or equivalent. Customers will rightfully expect an awful lot of bang for all those bucks, and there’s a fair bit of top-notch technology anticipated to be packed into the Pro model.

For starters, the phone looks set to feature a 5.9-inch curved edge display, like the Samsung Galaxy edge range, which will boast an improved QHD resolution over the flat 1080p panel of the regular Mate 9. There’s also the company’s new powerful Kirin 960 processor on board, an upgrade to 6GB of RAM (probably fast LPDDR4) rather than 4GB, and 256GB of flash storage at the top end.

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Of course there will be cheaper models in the series, and these still look set to come with the dual rear camera configuration, an 8 megapixel front camera, a fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, ‘SuperCharge‘ fast battery charging, Android 7.0 Nougat on board coated with Emotion UI 5 on top, and support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

With the Galaxy Note 7 now out of the running and the Huawei Mate 9 Pro packing in plenty of cutting edge technology, there’s likely to be plenty of demand for Huawei’s phablet range this year. Although we hope that the pricing for the smaller memory Mate 9 Pro models is a little more reasonable.

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