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Best Cricket Wireless Phones as of March 2018

The Galaxy S9 has just been announced and it will be released on March 16! We are still evaluating the phone and will add it to this list once it is available.

Why the Galaxy S8 is the best

What is there to say about the Galaxy S8 that hasn't already been said? This remains as one of Samsung's most powerful and best-looking phones ever made, and that holds true even with the S9 right around the corner.

The S9 will be on Cricket soon, but even when it arrives, the S8 will still offer an incredible user experience, beautiful display, and a heap of features for considerably less cash.

Best for less

Alcatel Idol 5

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There's no denying that the S8 is a fantastic purchase, but if you'd like to spend a couple of hundred dollars less while still getting a great user experience, Alcatel's Idol 5 is a great alternative.

For just $129.99 with a number transfer and activation, the Idol 5 comes equipped with a sturdy metal body, loud front-facing speakers, a surprisingly great 1080p LCD display, and even NFC for Google Pay. The camera isn't the fastest and there's a fair bit of pre-installed bloatware, but for a phone this cheap, the Idol 5 punches way above its asking price.

Bottom line: If you want a well-built smartphone that nails the basics, the Idol 5 is a top contender.

One more thing: Alcatel found itself in some hot water earlier this year, but the issue doesn't appear to be totally widespread.

Updated March 2018: Added all of the best phones you can currently get on Cricket.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.