"Android with fantastic price / plan / reception!"5.0 starson by timtheis-2009
Pros: Most reasonable plan anywhere and I am so sick of making those big, fat executives at AT&T richer. Excellent phone and 3G reception. Android platform flexibility! Great looking phone, great screen at an excellent value that exceeded my expectations.
Cons: The only negative thing about this phone is having to teach people how to say Huawei. , "Wah-way...(insert friend's dog-like sideways head tilt here---and repeat)...WAH-WAY!" You kinda sound like Gilda Radner's impersonation of Barbra Walters.
Summary: Android everything with a super excellent value phone and plan. Much more than I expected. And I am getting great reception in Kansas City. My roomies T-Mobile phones have issues in my house so I was anticipating issues and was very curious to see what sort of reception this Cricket Ascend would have - but no problems here.HELLO? HELLO? People! If you haven't figured it out yet, this no contract $130 phone is not a $500 phone with every conceivable feature. It does not have an 8mp camera for instance, and you can not do the whole "face-time" see and talk stuff like on the iphone - which unless you are in LOVE and *****, why on earth would you want to be seen and see everyone you are phoning? I don't want people I'm talking to know that I'm surfing the net, doing the dishes, eating the morning oatmeal or enjoying the regularity all that fiber provides while I'm on the phone with them. It is a great value for the money, speedy enough for me and serves my purposes as a smart phone with a flexible phone platform such as Android.
There is also a little known advance payment benefit that Cricket offers...if you pay three months in advance you get one month free. Not sure why this is not advertised widely, but about a year ago I got a text on my old Cricket-flashed Palm Pre about getting one month free if I paid for three months in advance. IT'S AWESOME!!!! I ask each time I go to pay my bill if the offer is still good and it is. SO---that means my $55 monthly unlimited talk / text / internet plan goes down to $41.25 (plus taxes) per month. Isn't this unbelievable?
And, btw, who needs insurance?! I got mine online for $129.99. At $5 a month for insurance ($60 a year) why not just buy a new one IF you need to. And as far as that goes, a year from now I might want a different phone...and since there is no contract I can upgrade myself WHENEVER I WANT and sell my old phone on craigslist or something.
Updated on Oct 29, 2010