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The Sanyno Zio from Kyocera is the first Android phone available to Cricket Wireless customers. The Zio features a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, 3G web browsing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder, MP3 capabilities with a MicroSD slot, and 512MB internal memory. The Zio will launch with Android 1.6 with 2.1 not too far down the road. The phone retails for $249.99 and gets its own $55 Android service plan which includes nationwide talk, text, email, web, mms, Android Market access and international capabilities that come with a fee. You can see the Zio in our hands-on from CTIA here.


Reader comments

Kyocera Zio now available on Cricket


Cricket is all over USA, they have service in all 50 states, mostly near larger cities...Cricket is all over here in Kansas City....its more like a prepay phone company that has no contracts...its all pay as you go

Cricket is almost no where on the east coast.... especially the northeast like New York and Boston. Metro Pcs yes.... Cricket.... No

Good to finally see cricket getting on board....wouldnt have their service even if it was free, but good to see Android in more and more places

Wow, no Cricket love here. Cricket is a small prepay no contract provider. They are mostly in urban and surrounding areas. They are a 3G CDMA provider. They have had problems in the past, but where they provide native service, they seem to be rock solid. There 3G speeds for data are a bit on the slow side, but they are better than dial up and like basic DSL. They use AWS frequencies just like Metro PCS so you can actually have service in Metro markets a one point. Cricket signed an agreement with Sprint for voice and text, so now you can roam in all 50 states. If you basically text and talk and stay in your metro area Cricket is hard to beat, especially now with roaming on Sprint. They even offer texting and calling from the US to many countries for a flat fee. They market to urban youth and value customers. They usually have low end to mid-grade phones, mostly Kyocera, Samsung and a few others.