Off-contract iPhone 5S, 5C come to Cricket

Customers of the prepaid network can begin ordering Apple's new iPhones online, for $500 and $600, respectively.

Cricket customers waiting for the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C can stop twiddling their fingers and start reaching for their wallets.

The prepaid carrier announced on Friday that the 16GB versions of Apple's latest crop of smartphones is on sale. Following the trendy new sales structure, Cricket offers two ways to pay. You can buy the iPhone 5S for $599.99 up front or for $25 down, making up the difference with long-term monthly installments.

Similarly, you can defer the entire $499.99 5C bill by paying $21 down and spacing out the rest month by month. Talk, text, and data plans start at $50 per month.

Read the full CNET Review

Apple iPhone 5S

The Bottom Line: With an identical design to its predecessor, and the same software you can now get on most iPhones, the iPhone 5S doesn't really offer enough to justify upgrading from the iPhone 5. If you're on older iPhones though -- or you're looking to take your first steps into Apple's world -- its astonishing power, excellent camera and fingerprint scanner make it a great option to consider. / Read full review

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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