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Cricket Wireless ZTE Score Is The Least Expensive No Contract Android Phone At $69

Updated on November 3, 2011

Its True - An Android For Only $69

I could hardly believe it myself when I heard the news that Cricket Wireless was going nationwide (they were formerly only a regional provider) and that they would be offering a $129 Android phone featuring their new Muve Music service.

Best Buy was Cricket's exclusive launch partner, and on launch day, Best Buy priced the ZTE Score at $89. Walmart was the next partner to start carrying the ZTE Score, and they priced the ZTE Score at a shocking $69.

Until recently, an Android phone at $129 would have been the least expensive no contract Android phone in the marketplace on its own. Since Cricket Wireless' launch of their ZTE Score phone, the prices of some Virgin Mobile Android phones have dropped to meet the competition of this lower price and to make way for the two new phones Virgin Mobile just released (the HTC Wildfire S and the LG Optimus Slider).

No one in the prepaid phone market can match Walmart's $69 price tag for an Android phone, especially one running Gingerbread Android 2.3 and has a 3.5 inch screen.

Needless to say, I was extremely skeptical about the ZTE Score initially because the wise saying " You get what you pay for" really holds true most of the time. In the ZTE Score's case, I must say that it is really pretty decent.

What I like most:

  • It is super fast
  • Great battery life (compared to similar phones)
  • Latest Android OS 2.3 for phones
  • Runs games like Angry Birds and Need for Speed VERY well
  • The screen size is slightly larger than most prepaid Android phones, and the fingers can tell.
  • The form factor is VERY Iphone 4 - just slightly larger - slightly.

What I like least:

  • It has a very plastic feel to it and the insides are more plastic based than say the LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile.
  • The internal space for the user to install apps is right around 100MB after all the on board applications update themselves the first time. This is REALLY low.
  • If you buy the phone with no intention of activating it on Cricket Wireless and just want to use it as a wireless only mini-tablet or Ipod touch alternative, you have to keep the mobile data box checked to "On" or the phone will randomly shut off.

Advanced Topics - Rooting

At first, rooting the ZTE Score was a bit of a challenge because the regular one click wonders were not working.

This has been cracked, and I'll leave it to you to get the info on how to Root the ZTE Score and on how to Unroot the ZTE Score from:

How To Root The Cricket ZTE Score X500

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Walmart's Feature List

  • Bluetooth
  • Built-in Wifi
  • Android OS
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Video capable
  • Downloadable games
  • Music player
  • Access to Android Market
  • Technical Profile:
  • Batery: Li-Ion
  • Display:
  • 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen
  • Messaging:
  • SMS and MMS
  • Email
  • Instant messaging
  • Included:GB SanDisk memory card


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      whitemuse 4 years ago

      I hate the idea of spending a lot on the phones so this was interesting to me. I also worked at customer service for a cellphone co. I like Cricket and naturally I am curious about the new phones. Someone else had started explaining the idea of the phones to me. This was helpful in the details.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      glad to see the android coming down in price. its simply like everything else i guess. wonderful information and useful content.