Who said that every Android phone needs to be high end? There is a sizable market of people who just need a phone and need a qwerty keyboard. Say hello to the Huawei Ascend Q, the latest Android phone to be on Cricket Wireless. Like I said this isn’t a high-end phone but it will appeal to certain people.
The Ascend Q has a 3.2 in HVGA touchscreen display, portrait QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 MP camera, 800 Mhz processor and 1500 Mah battery. This phone does have Muve Music enabled meaning you can pay a fee every month and have access to unlimited music. It also comes with a 4GB MicroSD card installed. This phone is running Android 2.3 (gingerbread) and will likely remain that way. You can get the Huawei Ascend Q for $139.99 outright and you pair that with Cricket’s $55 unlimited plan. Read the press release below.
Cricket Introduces the Huawei Ascend Q
~ Ascend Q’s QWERTY Keyboard and DTS Audio Technology Adds Diversity to Cricket’s Muve Music® Android Smartphone Line Up ~
SAN DIEGO – August 1, 2012 – Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced its newest Muve Music enabled smartphone, the Ascend Q from Huawei. The Ascend Q is the first Android smartphone introduced by Cricket offering both a bar configured QWERTY keypad and a 3.2” HVGA capacitive touch display. The new Ascend Q is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), an 800 MHz processor, 1500mAh battery and includes features such as a 3.2MP camera/camcorder, Wi-Fi and hotspot capable, 3G real web browsing, and comes equipped with a 4GB microSD card (3GB for Muve Music).
“Cricket customers enjoy variety and features that empower them to stay socially connected. The Huawei Ascend Q smartphone is an exciting addition to our growing value-driven smartphone device lineup,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket. “Our customers will love how this device truly enhances the data input and Muve Music listening experience with both a Qwerty and touchscreen keyboard and DTS audio technology.”
At a suggested retail price of $139.99, the Huawei Ascend Q is available in Cricket stores now. The Huawei Ascend Q is available with a $55 a month Cricket rate plan with unlimited talk, text and data and no monthly contract or Cricket’s Muve Music rate plan for $65 a month with unlimited talk, text, data plus music. Cricket’s rate plans feature all-inclusive pricing with no service fees and no overage charges. For customers, that means a predictable monthly bill regardless of increasing usage offered at a price point that fits into a value conscious budget. The Ascend Q also provides added security with the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a network designed to disseminate emergency alerts to mobile devices via SMS messaging to their phone.
With Muve Music’s unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data plus music plan, customers will never pay per song, and no contracts are required. Muve Music subscribers have unlimited downloads of their favorite music and exclusive access to artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music’s monthly artist programs. To amplify the Muve Music experience, the Ascend Q includes DTS enhanced high definition audio sound that delivers a fuller, more balanced audio experience, Stereo Bluetooth to connect to your Bluetooth speaker system or 3.5mm headset jack.
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