Cricket Communications, Inc. and ZTE have brought out a new Android smartphone called the ZTE Engage to expand its phone lineup. The handset will be available for $249.99 off-contract and may be purchased in Cricket stores, retailers, dealers, or from their website starting on October 2nd.
The no-contract plan, which has a price starting $50, offers unlimited calls, text messages, and 3G connectivity. For every month, subscribers are also entitled to a gigabyte’s worth of data. For 2.5GB of data, the price increases to $10 on top of the original price. Meanwhile, $70 covers 5GB of data and permits tethering to allow other device to enjoy high-speed Internet.
The ZTE Engage features a 4-inch WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its processor is the Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion CPU running at 1.4GHz while its operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The latter enables users to customize their homescreen and enjoy a Swype keyboard with predictive text, among others. It comes with two cameras: a main camera which has an 8-megapixel sensor and LED flash plus a secondary VGA camera for video calling. A microSD card slot lets users expand its memory up to 32GB. There is also Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR for connectivity and a Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery onboard.
The device allows subscribers to access Muve Music service, which is touted as “the first music service designed for a wireless phone.” Muve Music provides users with unlimited downloads of music with the help of a 4GB Muve Music SD Card which is readily available on the smartphone. This service also includes artist commentary and access to music and videos through Muve First and Muve Headliner.
Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket, has this to say about the company’s new offering: “Impressive at any price, the ZTE Engage will be a WOW device for Cricket customers and is a great new addition to the higher-end smartphone line-up that Cricket is turning on this year.”