Cricket TXTM8 3G (Cricket Wireless)

The Good The Cricket TXTM8 3G has a slim and lightweight design with a usable QWERTY keyboard, a 2.0-megapixel camera, mobile e-mail, a music player, and EV-DO where available.

The Bad The Cricket TXTM8 3G has a cheap feel in the hand and widget navigation is rather sluggish. Mobile e-mail app doesn't come built in and has to be downloaded.

The Bottom Line The Cricket TXTM8 3G is a decidedly average messaging phone with a few good features, and you do get what you pay for.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
6.7 Overall

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Cricket TXTM8 3G (Cricket Wireless)

As popular as smartphones may be, there are still customers who want a phone primarily for making calls and sending out text messages. For Cricket customers who want just that, they could opt for the Cricket TXTM8 3G. It has a slate design similar to the MSGM8, but has relatively advanced features like mobile e-mail, a music player, stereo Bluetooth, and, of course, 3G speeds where available. We do think it's hampered by a less than stellar design, but for just $59.99, it's not a bad deal. The Cricket TXTM8 3G is manufactured by ZTE.

Design
Unlike the original TXTM8, the TXTM8 3G has a candy bar design instead of a square slider. This gives it a slim and simple appeal, with straight lines on both sides and slight curves at the top and bottom. It's clad in silver and black, with hints of copper on the front plate. Measuring 4.5 inches long by 2.36 inches wide by 0.55 inch thick, the TXTM8 3G has a rather cheap feel in the hand, as if it were a children's toy instead of a genuine working phone. At the same time, it's lightweight at 3.58 ounces and won't weigh you down.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $80
  • Brand Personal Communications Devices
  • Service Provider Cricket Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 99.99 nm
  • Weight 3.58 oz
  • Technology CDMA
  • Additional Features TTY compatible, microSD card slot, USB, Speakerphone, Voice dialing
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