Cricket goes nationwide, adds ZTE Score

Click for larger. Big news today from Cricket, as they’re taking the next step in nationwide coverage. Last year they announced a 3G roaming partnership with Sprint, which helped fill out their network and provide customers with more coverage. When I spoke to Leap Wireless executives, though, they said that they had no immediate plans to activate accounts nationwide. That is, only people within Cricket’s primary coverage area could activate accounts, though they could use the phones in more parts of the country than previously. Now Cricket has truly expanded. They’ve partnered with Best Buy to offer handsets across the country. That should give it a leg up on smaller rivals, such as MetroPCS. Even more excitingly, Cricket plans to roll out with other retailers as well, including Walmart and Dollar General.   They’ve added a new handset as well.   The ZTE score is nothing special in itself. It’s a low-powered Android handset, though it does run version 2.3 of the Android OS. That means it has advanced features, just like the higher end handsets you see. It just won’t run them as smoothly as the others. It will, however, include Muve Music, though that does mean paying extra for the plan.The handset itself will cost $130.   Both the nationwide roll-out and the ZTE Score will become available this Sunday, September 25th. Check them out at your local Best Buy dealer, at Best Buy’s mobile phones site, or at Cricket’s website.]]>

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  1. Paul-henry on September 25, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I like that Cricket is introducing budget concerned options, and introducing a ZTE phone. I think it’s a step in the right direction. For one, they might even start competing with Tracfone’s Straight talk brand, as well as Sprint’s Boost mobile. If they can make a deal with AT&T as well, then Tracfone won’t have the outright MVNO monopoly on the most comprehensive coverage in the country.

  2. D. Isgruntled on January 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This phone is a piece of shit. I purchased it three weeks ago and it has become extremely slow, talking up to thirty seconds to load a single webpage. If that weren’t annoying enough it takes ten minutes to stream a three minute video….Criket blows…but i guess you get what you pay for.

  3. mel martin on January 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Buddy i bet u lyin im usin a zte score as i type now max web time= 7seconds max bat = 8 9 hours wit juicedefender app the only shitty part is the 130mb of internal memory other than that its the shit and bty it takes me 20 seconds to watch a movie your phone is just fucked up not cricket period best company and i was with boost for 8 years and verizon for 3 months

  4. lisa on June 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    i have this phone i love it other then its saying my phone space is low and i have nothing on it and dont noone know how to fix it so i can use the muve music but other then that i love my phone