Prepaid carrier Cricket has just introduced another entry level Android handset for the budget conscious. The ZTE Score will be launching this Sunday, September 25th for only $129.99 with no contract to sign. The handset features a 600 MHz processor, 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touch display, 3.2MP camera/camcorder and WiFi. It will be running Android 2.3 with a custom interface and come preloaded with XT9 Trace and Cricket’s Muve Music service. Although the specs are nothing to get excited about, the price makes it probably one of the cheapest Android phones ever without a carrier subsidy. Look for it this Sunday in Cricket stores or on their website, as well as Best Buy stores.
Full Press Release:
Cricket Introduces ZTE Score Android™ Smartphone
~ First ZTE Smartphone Launched by Cricket ~
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP) and ZTE, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced the launch of the ZTE Score™, the seventh smartphone to be included in Cricket’s dynamic line of phone offerings and the first ZTE smartphone to be launched by Cricket. Cricket is the first carrier to launch the ZTE Score, which will be available beginning Sunday, September 25 in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations across the United States and will soon be available through Cricket stores and dealers.
The ZTE Score is a full-featured Android smartphone providing speed and ease of use, making it particularly appealing for those customers looking to upgrade to a device with today’s newest technologies. The phone is based on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) comes with 600 MHz of processing speed and features a 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touch display, accelerometer and virtual qwerty keypad, 3.2MP camera/camcorder, WiFi capable, 3G real web browsing and XT9 Trace for easy text entry. The ZTE Score also includes the new and innovative Muve Music service, and it also offers access to more than 200,000 apps on the Android market, Google Maps and Navigator, Email, MyAccount, Cricket411, and much more. The smartphone will be available for $129.99 (MSRP).
With the Muve Music smartphone plan, Cricket Wireless customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, 3G mobile data, mobile video, data back-up, and 411 assistance.
Muve Music is the first unlimited music service to be included as part of a wireless rate plan and now has more than 200,000 customers. By applying its philosophy of unlimited services and value innovation, Cricket and Muve Music have given their customers a new music experience that ranks high in customer satisfaction.
“ZTE is pleased to work with Cricket to provide its customers with new devices that provide the best of today’s technology at an accessible price point,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO, ZTE USA and President, North America Region, ZTE. “The ZTE Score, powered by Android and an ideal platform for Muve Music, is a prime example of a feature-rich, affordable smartphone that will help consumers enhance their mobile lifestyle.”