Lately, the smartphone industry has been busy monitoring any new developments with the ZTE ban that the U.S. government has imposed.
This ban affects smartphone enthusiasts, particularly the ones who like buying affordable devices such as the ones offered by Huawei and ZTE. If the ban pushes through, there looks like a good alternative in the inexpensive smartphone sector.
AT&T’s prepaid brand, Cricket Wireless, has spearheaded this initiative by carrying a new smartphone model offered by Freetel, a budget smartphone provider in Japan. And because AT&T inked its distribution deal with Freetel before the Commerce Department issued a ban on U.S. businesses engaging with ZTE, Freetel serves as a great option for those looking for an affordable device.
Just recently, Wave7 Research spotted a Freetel smartphone being sold at a Best Buy store based in Kansas. The device, known as the Cricket Wave, sells for $ 59.99 and comes with unlimited talk, text and data access from Cricket.
The Cricket Wave is said to be equipped with the following specs:
- 5.1-inch 720p display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of onboard storage
- Memory card support
- 2,500mAh battery
- Rear camera with flash
- Front camera
- Touch screen
- FM radio
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- microUSB port
- 3.5mm headphone jack
The first time the Cricket Wave was talked about was in January, when a Freetel phone was approved by the FCC for Cricket. And although the Cricket Wave is not a particularly exceptional device, the fact that it is now in circulation shows that there is hope for the budget smartphone market. It also proves there is plenty of other options to choose from other than the smartphones offered from Chinese manufacturers, Huawei and ZTE.