Cricket Communications, a leading provider of wireless services, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International (NASDAQ: LEAP), announced Wednesday its newest Muve Music enabled smartphone, the Ascend Q from Huawei.
The Ascend Q is the first Android smartphone introduced by Cricket offering both a bar configured QWERTY keypad and a 3.2” HVGA capacitive touch display.
It works with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), an 800 MHz processor, 1500mAh battery and includes features such as a 3.2MP camera/camcorder, Wi-Fi and hotspot capable, 3G real web browsing, and comes equipped with a 4GB microSD card (3GB for Muve Music).
“The Huawei Ascend Q smartphone is an exciting addition to our growing value-driven smartphone device lineup,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket.
At a suggested retail price of $139.99, the Huawei Ascend Q is available in Cricket stores now. It is available with a $55 a month Cricket rate plan with unlimited talk, text and data and no monthly contract or Cricket’s Muve Music rate plan for $65 a month with unlimited talk, text, data plus music.
Cricket offers wireless voice and mobile data services over all-digital 4G (LTE) and 3G CDMA wireless networks.
In 2011, the company launched Muve Music, claimed to be the first music service designed for a wireless phone.