Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile to sell the Sharp Aquos Crystal
Sprint has announced today that it and its prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will sell the Sharp Aquos Crystal. The Crystal, nearly a bezel-less styled smartphone, is a first AQUOS wireless handset in the US. Boost Mobile will offer white and Virgin Mobile black version of the phone later this year for $149.99 plus tax.
Besides a 5-inch (1280×720) display and almost no bezel, the Sharp Aquos Crystal features Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB with microSD card slot. The phone has dual cameras; 8-megapixel main one and 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with a support for Sprint Spark LTE, HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling and has a 2040mAh battery (embedded) to power it all.
In addition, the Aquos Crystal features enhanced sound with Harman’s LiveStage that improves headphone listening experience and adds “dimension to the sound” and Clari-Fi technology that makes digital sound quality better “by restoring all types of compressed digital music”. Clip Now takes screenshots with a swipe that are saved with a link for easier sharing.
Boost Mobile customers will be able to pair the Sharp Aquos Crystal with Monthly Unlimited Select plans. All plans include unlimited talk, text and data, but $40 plan offers first 500 MB at 3G/4G speeds, the $50 plan 2.5 GB and $60 plan raises high speed data allotment to 5 GB per month. After high speed data allotment, Boost Mobile throttles data speeds to 128 Kbps for the remainder of monthly cycle.
Virgin Mobile customers will be pairing the Sharp Aquos Crystal with one of the Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans. Besides unlimited data and messaging, the $35 plan offers 300 voice minutes, the $45 plan has 1200 voice minutes while $55 plan has everything unlimited. Virgin Mobile reduces data speeds to 128 Kbps after first 2.5 GB of high speed data.
Sprint Spark LTE that provides average speeds of 6-15Mbps and peak of 50-60Mbps on Spark-capable devices is currently available in 27 markets all over the country. Sprint plans to cover 100 million people with Spark LTE service by the end of the year.