Oct 06 AT 12:19 PM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

Cricket Wireless launches cheapest Android phone, Huawei Ascend

Cricket Wireless’s first Android phone, the Kyocera Zio, was one of the cheapest models around when it launched earlier this year (at $249) and the low-cost carrier just announced a new phone that lowers the entry point.

The Huawei Ascend (which I belive is the U8230) is an entry-level Android 2.1 phone that Cricket will sell for $149 without a contract starting this October. The Ascend features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor, and 3 megapixel camera.

The specs match those of the first-generation HTC G1, but it’s hard to complain about a new smartphone that only costs $149 and does not require a contract. Cricket also offers one of the cheapest smartphone plans, which runs $55 for unlimited talk, text, and web.

It is nice to see Cricket offer Android phones this cheap off contract, but I still wish more carriers would roll out tiered data plans to bring down the total cost of ownership.

Does the Ascend look like something you could recommend to a friend? What other features would you like to see in a low-cost Android phone?

Source: PCMag

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