Cricket to begin carrying HTC Desire 520 on Sept 11 for $99

Starting September 11, Cricket will begin offering its customers the HTC Desire 520 for just $99. Cricket will be the only US carrier to offer the phone, which features a 4.5-inch display and runs Android 5.1 with HTC's Sense UI on top. Additioanlly, the phone has a Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card.

On the back, HTC has packed an 8MP camera that can shoot 720P video, and around front there is a 2MP camera. Powering it to get you through the day is a 2,000mAh battery, which is said to last more than a week on a full charge or overnight on just 10 percent with the use of HTC's Extreme Power Saving Mode.

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In addition to the new phone, Cricket is also offering phones for as low as $19 when porting your number, and a second chance to add Cricket Protect. Full details on that below.

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Press release:

Cricket Wireless Leaps Into Fall with Exclusive on HTC Desire® 520, and Smartphones as low as $19.99 when you bring your number to Cricket!

Plus, special limited time only "open enrollment" for Cricket Protect

ATLANTA – September 10, 2015 – Summer may be coming to an end, but Cricket is still heating things up by offering the latest premium devices at affordable prices, and a smart way to protect them.

Exclusive HTC Desire® 520 Starting tomorrow, Cricket will be the only U.S. carrier offering the new HTC Desire® 520 smartphone for $99.99 with activation on a smartphone plan. This fully-loaded 4G LTE device is a great choice for customers who want the best of both worlds – fun features and fast performance.

Entertainment Value: The HTC Desire® 520 includes two cameras and a cool "Double Exposure" function letting you combine photos for artistic effects. It also comes with 720p video and "Zoe® Highlights" which allows you to share photos and videos in Hollywood-type mini movies. And you can use HTC BlinkFeed®, a live home screen, to automatically get content from news feeds and social media content tailored to you.

Performance & Savings: Powered by the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and a quad-core processor, the HTC Desire® 520 lets you work hard and play hard. You can download files and browse online, all at lightning fast 4G LTE speeds. And the phone's Extreme Power Saving Mode is a life saver – the HTC Desire® 520 can last more than a week on a full charge or overnight on just 10 percent juice.

Smartphones start as low as $19.99 when you bring your number to Cricket! Starting tomorrow, those who bring their number to Cricket can get great phones for $19.99 including the LG Risio with activation on a smartphone plan.

It's a great time to switch – Cricket offers generous high-speed data access allotments, making Cricket's wireless plans even more attractive. Cricket's Basic, Smart, and Pro plans are $35, $45 and $55 each, after a $5 monthly Auto Pay credit, for those who enroll in AutoPay. And Cricket has a network with more 4G LTE network coverage than T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, or Boost.

In addition, Cricket is offering great prices on a wide range of Android, Windows, and iOS devices – something to fit everyone's needs and budget.

Cricket's Price Reductions and Deals

Device Now
LG Risio (LTE) $19.99 for customers porting their numbers to Cricket
LG G Stylo (LTE) $99.99 for customers porting their numbers to Cricket
ZTE Grand™ X Max+ (LTE) $129.99
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime (LTE) $149.99
Samsung Galaxy® S 4 (LTE) $199.99
Samsung Galaxy® S 5 (LTE) $399.99
Samsung Galaxy® S 6 (LTE) $499.99

Extending Cricket Protect For a limited time only, Cricket is offering existing customers a unique opportunity to sign up for insurance for their previously purchased Cricket devices. Cricket Protect gives customers with qualifying devices an affordable replacement if their phone is lost, stolen, damaged or if it malfunctions after the manufacturer's warranty expires.

Normally only available within seven days of device purchase, Cricket is creating a special "open enrollment period" in store from September 11 – October 30, 2015 to give customers a second chance at protecting their device investment. Cricket Protect costs $7-10 per month, depending on your phone model, and is conveniently billed to your account each month as an add-on feature.

Customers can sign up for open enrollment by visiting their local Cricket store.