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Cricket’s Muve Music now available on the Huawei Mercury

Huawei Mercury

Cricket is bringing some new life into the Huawei Mercury by now offering up its Muve Music service as an OTA download to the device. Cricket customers looking to get in on the action can bump up to the $65-a-month plan that offers unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones from a catalog of more than five million songs. In addition, there's nationwide calling; unlimited text, picture, video messaging and 3G mobile data; mobile video; data back-up, and 411 assistance.

If you've been avoiding the Huawei Mercury due to its lack of Muve Music you can grab one now, outright for $230, and for that you'll be getting a Android 2.3 powered device with a 1.4Ghz processor along with and 8MP shooter on the back.

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Huawei Mercury for Cricket gains unlimited Muve Music service, challenges aural appetites

Reintroducing Huawei's Mercury for Cricket, now with Muve Music

Consider it a bit of a rebirth. Cricket’s premiere smartphone, the Huawei Mercury — known elsewhere as the Honor — has just taken on a new life as a member of the carrier’s Muve Music lineup. Beginning today, current owners may add the unlimited music subscription service to their phone via an over-the-air download. The requisite Muve Music plan is available for $65/month, which is a $10 premium over the carrier’s traditional no-contract Android offering. The service comes with unlimited music downloads, ringtones and ringback tones, along with unlimited calling, messaging and 1GB of mobile data. For a quick refresh on the Mercury itself, the phone retails for $230 without contract, and highlights include a 1.4GHz processor, a 4-inch, 854 x 480 TFT-LCD display, an 8MP rear camera — and now, an endless supply of tunes. Ready to rock out? You’ll find the full PR after the break.

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Huawei Mercury for Cricket gains unlimited Muve Music service, challenges aural appetites originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Huawei Honor spotted at the FCC with AT&T bands

One of Huawei’s most popular mid-range phones, the Honor (also known as the Glory, or the Mercury on Cricket) may soon be headed to AT&T. The phone was spotted going through the storied halls of the Federal Communications Commission, seeking certification for a US release. The phone had radios compatible with AT&T’s 3G and HSPA+ bands. As always with FCC filings, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s coming to any particular carrier – phones are often certified for the benefit of showing them off to potential partners.

The Huawei Honor is a respectable little phone that’s gotten rave reviews for its combination of solid hardware, design and price. The phone is already available in several world markets. As far as hardware goes, you get a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 854×480. Inside is a single-core 1.4Ghz Qualcomm processor, 514MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. An 8MP camera takes 720P video, and toy get an open MicroSD card slot to play with.

Why might a budget-minded Android fan be interested? Mostly because the Chinese manufacturer has shown a surprising commitment to Android updates. The Huawei Honor was the very first Android device to get an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich – an impressive feat for a company that was hitherto though of mainly as a discount manufacturer. Huawei is reaching higher this year, with new Ascend models releasing with ICS and a super-secret high-end Diamond line set to be unveiled later this month at Mobile World Congress.

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Huawei set to introduce “Diamond” line of phones at MWC

As crazy as CES gets every year, it doesn’t hold a candle to Mobile World Congress, at least as far as the cell pone/tablet side of the tech industry is concerned. Huawei is an upwardly mobile OEM, and intends to prove it at MWC in Barcelona. Twice.com reports that the manufacturer plans to unveil a new series of two phones under the “Diamond” heading. The new phones will reach Europe by the spring and North America by the summer, confirmed by Huawei chairman Richard Yu.

The Chinese manufacturer has been reaching towards the high end for a while now, and the Diamond line could well be their first salve aimed at the likes of Samsung and HTc. They’ve certainly earned it: the company has been steadily climbing up the ranks of OEMs with some very respectable mid-range hardware like the Honor (above). The onlt real question about the mystery phone/phones is, will Huawei try for a monster-spec phone or a stylish status symbol, a la the LG Prada 3.0? With a name like Diamond, both would be equally valid, though of course we’re partial to benchmark-busters ourselves.

The phone will be unveiled sometime between February 27th and March 1st, and might be ready for distribution in Europe as early as the end of March. If that’s the case, it’ll probably be one of the first companies to go from a MWC unveil to a retail product. and since Huawei has been one of the first companies to get its hardware an official Ice Cream Sandwich update (not to mention showing off early Ascend models at CES) expect any new hardware to be running the latest version of Android. Huzzah!

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Huawei Honor review

Phone makers love to take pride in the extravagant names they give their products, but it’s likely that the Huawei Honor is more to its creator than just a decently-specced handset. After all, the introduction of the Honor — followed by last week’s announcement of the super-slim Ascend P1 S — appears to represent a shift in the OEM’s overall product placement strategy. Huawei has done a great job finding customers in emerging and prepaid markets, but now it has its sights set on cranking out noteworthy phones that will gain the attention of anyone looking for a high-end device.

Based on its laundry list of specs, the Honor isn’t a high-end handset compared to some of its LTE and dual-core competitors. And yet, it’s still the best device Huawei’s offered to date, and it’s clear the company’s upcoming phones are only going to get better. So we’re really eyeing the Honor as a step closer to the OEM finally realizing its ultimate goal. Does it live up to its name? Can the Honor play with the big boys, or is it nothing more than just an outward indication of the company’s future? Read on to find out.

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Huawei Honor review originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 21 Jan 2012 09:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Huawei promises showstopping smartphone for Mobile World Congress

As previously stated, Huawei is making a big push towards high-end smartphones worldwide, and in the United States in particular. In a bit of non-specific PR relayed to GSM Arena, the company promised to unveil “our smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphone yet” in an event just before the start of Mobile World Congress in February. Consider our interest thoroughly peaked.

Huawei has been making leaps and bounds as an OEM. It’s become one of the top ten phone manufactures, shipping 10.6 million phones worldwide in the third quarter – for comparison, Motorola shipped 11.2 million. That’s total phone,s not smarpthones or Android phones in particular, but it’s hard to deny that they’re gaining momentum quickly. With a growing footprint and capital, they could rise above the crows of Chinese manufacturers and take on the likes of ZTE and LG in 2012.

Huawei’s hardware is pretty respectable too. We lamented the T-Mobile Springboard, AKA the Huawei Mediapad, but only because of a spotty implementation of Honeycomb; the tablet itself is a solid piece of hardware. Early reviews of the Honor/Glory/Mercury are positive, and in some markets it’s the very first device to receive an over-the-air Android 4.0 update. Huawei’s Vision even earned a design award last month.

Android Community will be on hand in Barcelona, covering all the latest smartphones. We’ll be sure to bring you Huawei’s Spanish surprise, whatever it turns out to be.

 

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Huawei Honor coming to the US but with a new Name

The Huawei Mercury

Huawei Honor will be available in the US on Cricket Wireless and will be renamed the Huawei Mercury. When most people think of Huawei it is usually referred to as a  Low end sub par Android device. The Honor or Mercury as most will come to know it, is going to change that way of thinking or at least Huawei is banking on that. Now the downside is its coming to Cricket Wireless so that immediately limits the number of people who may be interested in this device as Cricket only has about seven million customers. The Mercury has a 4 inch touchscreen, 1.4 Ghz processor, 2GB internal Memory and expandable to 64GB, 8MP rear and VGA front cameras and the Honor (in China) has already received official Ice Cream Sandwich. Add the fact that the Mercury will be sold for $249.99 or $229.99 with a web discount right now; It’s a pretty tempting device for anyone on Cricket looking for a higher performance, Android 4.0 capable device.

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Cricket Officially Unveils Huawei Mercury

Leap Wireless International/Cricket Wireless has officially announced that the Huawei Mercury is coming to their network.

Although this phone wasn’t much of a secret (we discussed it at CTIA in San Diego). It’s the most anticipated phone to ever hit the national prepaid carrier.  The Huawei Mercury brings a solid “superphone” running Gingerbread to Cricket at an affordable price.

The Huawei Mercury features a 1.4ghz processor, 4″ FWVGA screen and rear and front facing cameras.

More after the break
 “We are extremely pleased to be the first carrier in the United States to bring this high quality smartphone to customers and we’re excited that we are able to offer this compelling device at a very affordable price,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket.  “In addition to its big screen and powerful processor, the Huawei Mercury is packed with many great features including a VGA front facing camera and 8MP rear camera and camcorder with LED flash.  Users can also enrich their wireless experience by tethering the powerful Mercury to their tablet and other devices through Cricket’s new tethering service plan over Cricket’s high-speed 3G network.”

Huawei Mercury Features:

  • 1.4Ghz Processor
  • 4” FWVGA Touchscreen
  • Email application for both consumer and business email
  • 8.0 MP AF HD rear camera/camcorder
  • VGA Front Camera
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • Real Web Browsing at 3G speeds
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Mobile Hotspot (i.e. Tethering); supports up to 5 devices
The Huawei Mercury was first leaked by PC Magazine’s resident phone guru Sascha Segan in June. Although the Huawei Mercury is available now with Gingerbread, it was reported back in June that it would quickly be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In fact the Huawei Honor, a phone released overseas, has already started an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade path.
Cricket has also added their “Cricket Storefront Client” to the Huawei Mercury which allows users who have “flex bucket” funds available, to purchase wallpapers, ringtones, apps and games.  The Huawei Mercury is available at Cricket retailers for $249.99 and it’s yours to keep.  It’s also available online at http://mycricket.com

 

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Huawei Mercury is now available on Cricket for $249.99

Huawei and Cricket just released the Mercury just in time for the Holidays. This one has some pretty decent specs for $249.99.

Full specs include:

  • 1.4Ghz Processor
  • 4″ (854 x 480) Touchscreen
  • Email application for both consumer and business email
  • 8.0 MP AF HD rear camera/camcorder
  • VGA Front Camera
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • Real Web Browsing at 3G speeds
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Mobile Hotspot (i.e. Tethering); supports up to 5 devices
  • Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent from Android Market

This isn’t half bad considering you can get unlimited talk and long distance, caller ID, voicemail, call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, 3G mobile data and email for $55 per month.

Full press release after the break:

Cricket First in U.S. to Unleash the Power, Speed and Elegance of the Huawei Mercury

~ Long Anticipated Android™ Smartphone Features 4-inch Screen and 1.4GHz Processor

~~ Feature Packed Huawei Mercury Comes with Cricket Value Price of $249.99 Just in Time for the Holidays

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 19, 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) today announced the exclusive United States availability of the Huawei Mercury, Cricket’s fastest and most powerful smartphone, yet. This highly anticipated device is available now for $249.99 (MSRP) at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com.

“We are extremely pleased to be the first carrier in the United States to bring this high quality smartphone to customers and we’re excited that we are able to offer this compelling device at a very affordable price,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket. “In addition to its big screen and powerful processor, the Huawei Mercury is packed with many great features including a VGA front facing camera and 8MP rear camera and camcorder with LED flash. Users can also enrich their wireless experience by tethering the powerful Mercury to their tablet and other devices through Cricket’s new tethering service plan over Cricket’s high-speed 3G network.”

“Huawei’s device strategy has always been to ensure that carriers can continue to grow the population of smartphone connected consumers. We’ve been able to establish ourselves as a player in this market by providing affordable smartphones, and we’re building on that foundation with devices for the high-tier market now,” said Jiangao Cui, President of Huawei Device USA. “This particular device, the Huawei Mercury, is an opportunity for us to offer a quality high-end device to the U.S. market that can deliver rich multi-media content including music, video and gaming applications seamlessly.”

Huawei Mercury Features

1.4Ghz Processor
4″ FWVGA Touchscreen
Email application for both consumer and business email
8.0 MP AF HD rear camera/camcorder
VGA Front Camera
2GB Internal Memory
Real Web Browsing at 3G speeds
Wi-Fi Capable
Stereo Bluetooth
Mobile Hotspot (i.e. Tethering); supports up to 5 devices
Support for Google Mobile™ Services – Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D maps and free turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube, access to more than 300,000 apps, millions of eBooks, thousands of movies to rent from Android Market

The Huawei Mercury joins Cricket’s growing smartphone lineup and is available on Cricket’s $55 per month smartphone service plan that includes unlimited talk and long distance, caller ID, voicemail, call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, 3G mobile data and email.

Additional Cricket Services Supported

Cricket Storefront Client — The Cricket Storefront is Cricket’s own application storefront which is preloaded from which users can purchase ringtones, graphics, ringback tones, games and applications. A user must have Flex Bucket funds available in order to make purchases from Cricket’s Storefront.

Cricket Mobile Web — Access the Internet from the phone, anywhere Cricket data coverage is available.

My Account — My Account provides Cricket customers with online access to billing and account information. Once customers are registered and logged into My Account they have the ability to add a line of service, upgrade their phone, change their plan, add new plan features, change billing and communication preferences, view text message purchases and check the status of an online order.

My Backup — The My Backup application will back up the users contact list, perform regular updates and download contacts.


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Huawei Mercury arrives on Cricket in full Glory, available now for $250

What comes after Honor and Glory? Mercury, apparently. That’s the American moniker of choice for Huawei’s latest smartphone, which has just been launched on Cricket’s network. Powered by a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, this Android-juiced handset boasts a four-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display, packs 2GB of internal memory and sports an eight megapixel shooter, along with a VGA front-facing camera. The provider didn’t offer many specifics on the software side, though the Mercury will support Google’s full suite of mobile apps, while offering tethering support for up to five other devices. It’s available now for $250 at select retailers, on Cricket’s $55-per-month plan. Find more specs and information in the full PR, after the break.

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Huawei Mercury arrives on Cricket in full Glory, available now for $250 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 19 Dec 2011 07:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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