Nokia 3.1 Plus and Alcatel Onyx now available on Cricket Wireless

The Nokia 3.1 Plus can now be bought in the US through Cricket Wireless.
The Nokia 3.1 Plus can now be bought in the US through Cricket Wireless.
Cricket Wireless can now offer the Nokia 3.1 Plus as a result of a new deal made with HMD Global. The budget smartphone will be sold at US$159.99 in its stores. However, it will have competition from the Alcatel Onyx, an equally budget device available at $119.99 through the same carrier.
Deirdre O Donnell,

HMD Global has completed talks with some carriers in the North American market so that these networks will carry some of its Nokia phones. This may have been done to improve the brand's recognition in this region, and to increase its appeal among customers interested in its mid- and low-range devices. To this end, Cricket Wireless now stocks the Nokia 3.1 Plus in its stores.

The Nokia 3.1 Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 439 processor and 2GB of RAM. It has a polycarbonate build and only 32GB of internal storage. However, it counters these low-tier specs with Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box and a dual rear 13+5MP camera capable of shooting with bokeh (or so HMD claims).

However, it may be challenged by the Alcatel Onyx, which is also available through this carrier and has the same rear camera arrangement. The Onyx also has 32GB in storage, and has a 5.5-inch HD display, whereas the 3.1 Plus has a 6-inch 720p panel. However, the 3.1 Plus' SoC is a 2.0GHz octa-core chipset, whereas the Onyx' processor only goes at 1.5GHz.

The 3.1 Plus will only be available in blue on the Cricket Wireless network, whereas the Onyx only comes in black. Both are available for purchase at present, the Nokia and Alcatel models cost US$159.99 and $119.99 respectively when bought through the carrier. The Cricket-locked Nokia 3.1 Plus should be joined by others such as the 2.1, which may be released through Verizon and a Canadian service soon


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01-27 (Update: 2019-01-27)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.