Ed. Note: The 2015 Moto E, released in early March, will remain on Android 5.1 Lollipop and not be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which was made available some seven months later. As such it is not a smartphone we can recommend purchasing.

Cricket Wireless today announced that the carrier will be adding the 2015 edition Moto E to its line-up. The LTE smartphone will be available for $129.99 from March 13.

Moto E

The affordable, yet capable Moto E will be hitting Cricket Wireless later this week, offering a unique experience at the price point. Those who pick up the Moto E will also bag some extras from the carrier, like unlimited calling and messaging to Mexico from the US on its Smart, Pro and Advance plans.

Those who require a friendly reminder, the Moto E sports a 4.5-inch IPS screen (960x540), 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 5MP camera at the back, VGA front shooter, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS and a 2390mAh battery. The 2015 Moto E runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box too. Our hands-on with the device is well worth checking for more photos and our impressions.

The network will preload its Cricket Wi-Fi app, which will enable customers to better manage their data by taking advantage of open hotspots across the US. Subscribers moving across from T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint, Boost and other networks who select the $50 or $60 plans will be eligible for a free month of service (after two months on the Smart, Pro or Advance plans). See the release below for more details.

Cricket Wireless Offers Next-Gen Moto E 4G LTE Smartphone: Faster, More Powerful And Just As Affordable

ATLANTA, March 10, 2015 -- Cricket Wireless announces the latest valuable addition to its device lineup – the second generation Moto E by Motorola, a 4G LTE phone priced at $129.99, and available at Cricket Wireless in stores and online starting March 13.

The new Moto E is the first Cricket device running the latest Android OS, Lollipop, and continues Cricket's tradition of offering powerful smartphones, with comprehensive data, voice and text plans, at a smart price. Cricket customers once again have something to smile about.

"We said Cricket would continue to roll out more affordable 4G LTE smartphones in 2015, and the new Moto E is one of the best in its price point," said Andy Smoak, head of devices for Cricket Wireless. "It's an entry-level 4G LTE smartphone tailored for those looking for a great mobile experience at a price that won't break the bank. With unlimited calling and texting plans starting at $35 per month, after $5 Auto Pay Credit*, on a nationwide 4G LTE network, we are making good on promises to offer our customers a first-class wireless experience, no matter their budget."

A faster processor and larger battery isn't all that differentiates the second generation from its predecessor. With its crisp, scratch-resistant 4.5" qHD display, all-day battery life**, incredible 4G LTE speeds, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor for great performance, and the best of Google with the latest Androidâ„¢ OS 5.0 Lollipop, the Moto E brings great quality and premium experiences at a value price. Altogether it means better mobile Internet access for feature phone upgraders and others who don't want to spend lots to get a great phone. Other features include:

  • Liquid- repellent technology to protect against splashes and spills
  • Dual cameras for photos, selfies and HD video recording
  • Moto Experiences -- Moto Display, Moto Assist and Moto Migrate

Additionally, customers can use the preloaded Cricket Wi-Fi app (free) which helps to manage their data by enabling them to quickly connect to over 14 million curated Wi-Fi free and open hotspots across the U.S., thereby maximizing their high speed data usage.

For a limited time, customers switching from T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint and Boost, and others and who select the $50 or $60 rate plan are eligible for 1 free month of service on us after completing two months on the Smart, Pro or Advanced plan. New and existing customers receive generous high-speed data access allotments, making Cricket's wireless plans more affordable so customers can spend their hard-earned money on things that matter to them. Cricket's Basic ($40/ 2.5GB), Smart ($50/ 5GB), Pro ($60/ 10 GB), and for a limited time Advanced ($60/ 20GB) Plans are $35, $45 and $55 after a $5 monthly Auto Pay credit. Plus, unlimited calling and messaging to Mexico from the U.S. is included on the Smart, Pro, and Advanced plans.

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