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Virgin Mobile offers fully customizable prepaid plans

Virgin Mobile Custom, exclusively available at Walmart, lets users tweak on the fly how much data and how many voice minutes and text messages they want to use.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship comes to Cricket for about $100 less

The newly reborn no-contract carrier is the latest to offer Samsung's flagship Android smartphone.

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AT&T's Cricket snags Lumia 1320 as first phablet

The no-contract carrier gets its first plus-size smartphone in the form of a six-inch Windows Phone 8 device.

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<p>The middle child in LG's new lineup of 3G-only L-series devices, the 4.5-inch <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/lg-l70/4505-6454_7-35835117.html">LG L70</a> is meant to bring an affordable Android option to emerging markets where it'll be sold.</p>

Cricket Wireless to launch LG Optimus L70 for $50

For a limited time, Cricket will sell the 4.5-inch LG Optimus L70 for $49.99 prepaid, starting June 6.

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AT&T dishes details on DirecTV deal

Giant tech companies are going shopping: AT&T plans to buy DirecTV, Google acquires Word Lens app, and YouTube may purchase Twitch.

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AT&T dishes details on DirecTV deal

Giant tech companies are going shopping: AT&T plans to buy DirecTV, Google acquires Word Lens app, and YouTube may purchase Twitch.

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AT&T rolls out the ‘new’ contract-free Cricket

The wireless giant folds Aio Wireless into Leap’s Cricket to create a “new” prepaid Cricket on 4G LTE.

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Boost Mobile overhauls prepaid plans to stay in competitive mix

Sprint’s prepaid arm faces increasing pressure from a resurgent MetroPCS and an AT&T-backed Leap Wireless.

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Splash-proof Kyocera Hydro Plus swims in Cricket's budget waters

Another waterproof Kyocera phone gives you basic Android functionality and a little extra peace of mind.

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<p>With its 3.5-inch screen, Android 4.0 OS, and 3.2-megapixel camera, the water-resistant <a href="
http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/kyocera-hydro-plus-cricket/4505-6452_7-35834908.html">Kyocera Hydro Plus</a> for Cricket Wireless is a prepaid handset that's competitively priced at $139.99.</p>

Dive into the Kyocera Hydro Plus (pictures)

The fully dunkable Kyocera Hydro Plus is a competitively priced Android 4.0 handset for Cricket Wireless.

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Kyocera Hydro Plus is a waterproof budget phone

Featuring Android 4.0, a 1GHz processor, and a 3.2-megapixel camera, the Hydro Plus is an entry-level water resistant handset from Cricket Wireless.

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<p>Given the handset's glacial processor, lack of 4G, and low-resolution screen, the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/alcatel-one-touch-evolve/4505-6452_7-35828164.html">One Touch Evolve</a> from Alcatel should be renamed the One Touch <i>Devolve</i>, as it is quite the step backward for smartphone technology.</p>

The eight not-so-great: 2013's handset duds (pictures)

Not everything in the past is seen through rose-colored glasses. Case in point: these eight phones that stood out in 2013 for their disappointing failures.

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