Jul 12 AT 11:46 AM Alberto Vildosola 23 Comments

Huawei Ascend II finds its way to Cricket Wireless, $129.99 off-contract

Today seems to be Extremely Affordable Android Phone Day. Right after LG’s duo of cheap but good Android phones got caught on video, we now find out Huawei and Cricket Wireless have announced a follow-up phone to the carrier’s popular Huawei Ascend. Meet the Huawei Ascend II, as cheap as its predecessor, but with a handful of very important improvements.

One such improvement is the Android version. The Huawei Ascend will launch with Android’s latest and greatest: ¬†Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This alone, will make the Huawei Ascend II a much speedier and more stable device compared to its big brother. However, Huawei also upgraded the chip powering the Ascend II. It will be running at 600MHz, compared to the original Ascend’s 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor.

To top it all off, Huawei took the 3 MP camera found in the Ascend and replaced it with a much better 5 MP one. More megapixels doesn’t necessarily mean better pictures, but it’s always nice to see low-end phones get features that were considered high-end only months ago. By this time next year, we’ll probably have free Android phones with 1080p video recording and dual-core processors.

The Huawei Ascend II is available for purchase right now from Cricket’s website for $129.99. If you want to buy it from one of Cricket’s retail stores, the price goes up to $179.99. Of course, this price is without a contract, but you do have to sign up for a $55/month unlimited plan with Cricket to use it. That’s a pretty good deal, I have to say. One I bet many people on Cricket will be taking advantage of. Especially those who are still using feature phones or Blackberries and want to upgrade to a smartphone device for as little money as possible. Do we have any Cricket customers around here considering buying this phone? Let us know in the comments.
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SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –

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), today announced the launch of the Huawei Ascend II, the successor to Cricket’s highly-successful deployment of its first low-cost Android device, the Ascend, that was launched in October last year.

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“We are excited about the sleek, new Huawei Ascend II,” said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket Communications. “The original Ascend has been our best-selling smartphone and the Ascend II is sure to impress our customers with its faster processor, 5 megapixel camera and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.”

This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5″ HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket’s fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor. This smartphone also gives customers access to more than 200,000 cool apps on the Android Market(TM) as well as great Google applications such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search and more.

Reinforcing Cricket’s innovation value proposition and dedication to respecting value-seeking customers, the Huawei Ascend II is offered for a suggested MSRP of $179.99 in Cricket branded retail stores, select dealers and on www.mycricket.com. Prices may vary by market and by promotional programs.

The feature-packed Ascend II will be offered on Cricket’s all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages, unlimited data services on the company’s reliable all 3G network, and more. Additionally, customers utilizing the $55 rate plan have free access to MyBackup, a system that enables subscribers to automatically protect, store and edit their mobile contacts online and without the need for data cables.

For more information about Cricket’s dynamic device lineup, please visit www.mycricket.com.

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5.8 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket’s nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.

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SOURCE Cricket Communications Inc.

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