Cricket announces the ZTE Groove, out tomorrow for $129.99

Cricket lets us know that it’s adding yet another low-end Android smartphone to its roster. The own-brand Cricket Groove is manufactured by ZTE and will become available tomorrow, November 21 in stores and online. It will cost $129.99, sans long-term contract of course. However, if you’re lucky, you may find it on Cricket’s website going for just $79.99.

The Groove comes with support for Cricket’s Muve unlimited music service, which, as its name implies, offers unlimited music downloads for free.

The Groove has a 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen, an 800 MHz processor, a 3.2 MP rear camera with flash and video recording support, a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The phone tragically runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread – not the latest version of Android, not the one before that, not even the one before that. So, in a word: ancient.

Still, if your wallet is the only thing driving your purchases, the Groove may be a good choice. It is a smartphone after all, most Android apps run flawlessly on Gingerbread, and you can get unlimited everything for as little as $50 per month with Cricket’s plans. In the end, you decide what’s best for your particular needs.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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