Cricket Launches First Android Phone

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San Diego - Prepaid cellular carrier Cricket launched its first Android smartphone, the

Sanyo Zio



, and bundled it with a $55 unlimited voice and data plan.

The Zio is available at

, Cricket-branded retail stores, and third-party dealers nationwide at $249.99.

The device, which is the first Sanyo-branded Android phone in the U.S., is a full-touchscreen phone with virtual QWERTY keyboard. It features the Android 1.6 OS, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, front-panel trackball navigation, 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder with autofocus, 512MB of embedded memory, MicroSD slot supporting 32GB cards, stereo Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR, and 113 0mAh battery offering 6.2 hours of talktime.

Other features include video record/playback, media player, full HTML web browser, Google Navigation, and such widgets and applications as Facebook, Twitter and Open Table. The device also comes with ambient light sensor and accelerometer.

The phone will operate in 3G CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A mode in Leap's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) 1.7/2.1GHz bands as well as in 3G mode in the 800/1900MHz bands.

The new all-inclusive $55 Android voice/data plan is one of a number of new, all-inclusive plans that the company has recently begun to offer to consumers. The $55 plan offers unlimited talk, text, picture mail, web browsing, email, and international text without telecom taxes and fees. It's said to be almost half the price of smartphone service at other major carriers.

Cricket, owned by Leap Wireless, serves more than 5.3 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia.


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