Cricket has launched the Huawei Ascend II, a very affordable Android-powered smartphone running the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system and undoubtedly meant to be the successor to the original Ascend. Aside from coming with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Ascend II has a 3.5-inch 480×320 capacitive touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 600 MHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, microSD card support, Bluetooth, a 3.5 mm headset jack, and a 1400 mAh battery.
The Huawei Ascend II has a ‘normal’ price of $179.99, however at the moment you can take advantage of a promotional introductory rate of just $129.99, but only if you order one from Cricket online.
That’s $129.99 for a decent midrange Android-powered smartphone running the absolute latest version of the OS – something many higher-end (and thus more expensive) devices can’t claim. Oh, and that’s $129.99 sans long-term service agreement.
Cricket offers the Ascend II with a $55 per month unlimited everything plan. So you can have a cheap monthly bill to go with that cheap Android-powered smartphone if you so wish.
This is exactly what we’re hoping that Huawei and ZTE do more of – pack a decent amount of features into a very, very cheap handset without ignoring the software side. Let’s hope they’re only just getting started.
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