Cricket Wireless is now offering the Microsoft Lumia 640 for $29.99 with a new activation. That number changes to a nominal $9.99 if you bring your number from another carrier.
To refresh your memory, the Lumia 640 has a 5-inch Clearblack HD screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It also touts Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which guards the budget handset against scratches. The pixel density of the handset is 294 ppi.
If you go for the more recent Lumia 650, you’ll need to pay $119.99 and there’s no number transfer benefits.
Under the hood, the Lumia 640 houses Adreno 305 GPU and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, clocked at 1.2GHz and 1 GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 8 GB of on-board storage, which is expandable to 128 GB via a microSD card.
The smartphone packs in an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with HD video recording capabilities. The front-facing camera is pretty basic and is just 0.9 megapixel. The Lumia 640 boasts a 2,500 mAh battery and comes pre-loaded with the Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
If you are a Windows 10 Mobile fan, then take comfort in the fact that the OS is upgradable. So why hold out on the Lumia 640 at this price? You also get free OneDrive storage, Skype and full MS Office to lure you in further.
You can now purchase the Lumia 640 from Cricket in Cyan as part of the Cricket deal.
Those eyeing a newer smartphone can opt for the Lumia 650 as Cricket has shaved $10 off the handset’s original price and is now selling for $119.99 instead.
The Lumia 640 LTE is a Windows phone, so it uses Windows apps, such as Microsoft Office. Windows apps are designed for business: phone calls, texting, emails, calendars, navigation, and reviewing documents. A business user will find all of the apps that a business requires. The Microsoft App Store lacks many of the popular games and social apps that are available for Android phones and Windows phones. Most Google apps are NOT available for Lumia phones. However, the 640 provides excellent Gmail service and works well with my Google calendar.
The large five inch screen is bright, sharp, and has accurate colors which you can “fine tune”. Netflix movies look very good. Voices are loud and clear through both the front and rear speakers and music sounds great through good headphones and bluetooth speakers. The rear camera takes good photos and videos outdoors. The front “selfie” and Skype camera is barely adequate even in very bright light.
Battery life is excellent for business use. If you use your phone mostly for phone calls, texting, and checking email, you can get up to 24 hours per charge. However, GPS navigation and streaming Netflix movies over wifi are battery eaters and can drain your battery in just three or four hours.
The 640 LTE has a tiny 3gb of open storage for apps storage, but you can add a 32gb or 64gb microSD card and designate the card as the “default” storage for apps, games, videos, photos, and music. So, you can have a 64gb phone for just $70 total cost.
I have several 640 LTE phones, and they have worked well on AT&T (with GoPhone and Cricket Wireless) and with T-Mobile (with MetroPcs). I have used both the “stock” Windows 8.1 and the new Windows 10. As of late March, Windows 10 is still buggy and some key apps (such as TuneIn Radio and Here Maps) have problems with Windows 10. I would suggest that you do NOT update to Windows 10 for the next six months or so. Windows 8.1 works great, so give Microsoft time to get Windows 10 working smoothly.
The offer is valid with any of the carrier’s available plans, except the basic Talk and Text plan. The plans range from $40 to $70 a month with $5 off of that each month if you enable the Auto Pay option.