Cricket Wireless, a recent purchase by AT&T Corp, is looking to expand their smartphone arsenal for budget-minded consumers.
Today, Cricket announced the availability of the ZTE Grand 3 smartphone, a device debuted at CES 2016 which touts a surprising amount of power for the cost; and we mean that quite literally. The handset features a 5.5″ 720p display with 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 8MP camera, USB-C charging, and a 3080 mAh battery. Though the majority of the specs are mid-tier at best, the 3080 mAh battery powering the device should allow it to last a long, long time. The handset also features 4g LTE bands, so the device should be able to power through multiple days of use at great speeds.
The release of such a device sets a standard for off-contract smartphones in the US. Previously, no-contract services only offered basic devices with no online functionality, but the Grand X3 brings users the best of both worlds, offing a decent experience and massive battery for a reasonable price.
While there are definitely other competitive options on other networks, Cricket is now owned by AT&T, meaning you can take advantage of the service coverage AT&T has built up over the last number of years. If you’re in need of a budget device with arguably some of the best coverage in the US, this device might be worth a look.