The ZTE Engage, a mid-range Ice Cream Sandwich device, is coming exclusively to Cricket for $249.99 without a contract on Tuesday, October 2nd. The Engage takes advantage of Cricket's new Muve Music service, which lets users choose a plan that has the service built-in to the cost and offers unlimited downloads to the device. For the service, a 4GB MicroSD card is built into the device specifically for the downloads. Overall, the device has specs that you would expect for the price:
- 4.0" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion processor at 1.4GHz
- Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
- MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
- Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery
There are three plans available for the device -- all without contract. Starting at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data (1GB of full-speed data) per month. A $10 bump to $60 gives you 2.5GB of full-speed data per month, and $70 offers 5GB. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.
ZTE Engage Smartphone to be Exclusively Available at Cricket
~ Second Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich Handset in Cricket's Smartphone Lineup ~
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2012 -- Cricket Communications, Inc. and ZTE, today announced the upcoming availability of the ZTE Engage. The Engage will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and www.mycricket.com beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56761-zte-engage-smartphone-exclusively-available-at-cricket
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120927/MM81272 )
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120202/LA46949LOGO )
The ZTE Engage is a full-featured, multimedia powerhouse based on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), equipped with a 4.0" capacitive touchscreen, a 1.4GHz CPU and an 8.0 megapixel camera with LED flash. With Android 4.0, Cricket customers will benefit from a range of improved features that offer an exceptional, interactive experience – from multitasking, customizable home screens to Swype predictive text. The ZTE Engage also features Cricket's innovative Muve Music service. Muve Music subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of their favorite music and access to exclusive artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music's Muve First and Muve Headliner featured artist programs. With millions of songs at their fingertips, customers will never pay per song and no contracts are required.
"The ZTE Engage is an exciting smartphone with enhanced functionality from Android 4.0 OS and will be available with Cricket's new value-rich no-contract smartphone service plans," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "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."
The ZTE Engage features:
4.0" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz
Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery
Pricing and Availability:
The ZTE Engage will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for $249.99 (MSRP). Customers can choose from three Cricket no-contract smartphone plans for the ZTE Engage. The rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data plus 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers 5GB of full-speed data per month. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.
For more information about Cricket's dynamic service and newest device lineup, visit www.mycricket.com. To follow Cricket's recent news and updates online, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation.
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts serving approximately 6 million customers. Cricket offers nationwide wireless voice and mobile data services over high-quality, all-digital wireless networks. Cricket's innovative products and services, including the award-winning Muve Music® - the first music service designed for a wireless phone, are available nationwide at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.
About ZTE USA
ZTE USA is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. ZTE USA is dedicated to making quality communications technology accessible to all. The company draws on more than 25 years of experience and research investment to deliver smart, affordable, quality choices for infrastructure and mobile data device customers nationwide. For more information, visit www.zteusa.com and follow @ZTE_USA.
ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while growing revenue. In 2011, ZTE's revenue increased by 29 per cent to USD13.7 billion. Its overseas operating revenue grew 30 per cent to USD 7.4 billion during the period, accounting for 54.2 per cent of overall operating revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in several international bodies devoted to developing telecommunications industry standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is China's only listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.