Huawei Ascend II

Following up on their successful launch of the Original Huawei Ascend, Cricket has announced the availability of the Huawei Ascend II, which also is slated to hit US Cellular in the fall. This time around there is no trackball to be found on the device and it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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.

That value-price equates to $179.99 at Cricket retailers but you'll also nee to sign on for Cricket's all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages with unlimited data included.

Source: Leap Wireless

Cricket Launches the Huawei Ascend II

Wireless Innovator Brings Exciting New Android® Smartphone to Customers at Smart Value Pricing

SAN DIEGO, July 12, 2011  --

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.


"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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Cricket launches the Huawei Ascend II

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It's what I would expect in a pre-paid, $180 smartphone. What are you expecting, EVO or Galaxy S specs? Not at THAT MSRP.

About Cricket:

- Yes, their plan is unlimited-EVERYTHING for $55. Unlimited voice, text, data, whatever.
- They are month-to-month (no contract) so if you dont like them, you only have to pay for one month.
- They are very forgiving on shitty credit.
- Their coverage is centered around major cities. Outside of those cities coverage is limited or non-existent. I dont just mean data....voice too.
- Their phone service on 3G is actually very decent. Call quality is also decent.
- Their customer service is NOT...getting a phone replacement is literally like going to the DMV. Lots of taking numbers and waiting and paperwork. Brace yourself. This is what finally drove me into the arms of Verizon.

They are a budget carrier. If you can live with their limitations, their unlimited package is actually very good.

I personally would suggest Virgin Mobile if you're looking for budget unlimited. 60 bucks for unlimited (only 5 dollars extra) but you get Sprint's towers too and they have the Motorola Triumph. I presume it has a locked bootloader, but it does ship with vanilla 2.3 and it's got a 1GHz processor. Not bad if you ask me.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the have a 2gb data cap? I also heard that their Internet connection is slow.

Pre-paid carriers like Cricket tend to have regional/spotty coverage. Outside major metro areas good luck. I don't know if they have gone to using data caps. My brother used to use them before switching to T-Mobile. As for speed, from what I observed on his phone... rather slow. But his phone was underpowered too.

So, it's exactly like the old ascend, except capacitive buttons, no track ball and it has gingerbread...I was expecting that to be the Huawei glory and I got excited.

Whatever, here's to hoping they open the bootloader on this one so I can flash roms on my friends' friends' phones

Or wait, better camera.

I have this phone and I am loving it. I live in the Charlotte metro area. Only time I loose service is in serious boondocks- like waaaayyy out in the country. Net is a little slow, but to be expected...but not outrageously slow like some people are suggesting here. I personally like it...and I have the option of leaving them at any time, which I absolutely love.