Cricket expands LTE coverage, adds new LTE smartphones and plans
Besides launching its first 4G LTE smartphone today, the LG Optimus Regard and announcing the second one, the Samsung Galaxy S III for November 23rd, Cricket expands LTE coverage in many new markets and adds 4G LTE plans to its prepaid offer.
Cricket has announced today making its LTE service live in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Texas in addition to already available markets in Tucson and Las Vegas. These markets now cover around 21 million POPs.
Also, the LG Optimus Regard, Cricket’s first 4G LTE smartphone, is available starting today for $249.99. It comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, LTE connectivity, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of storage, a 3.5-inch display (480 x 320) with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video recording, VGA front-facing camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Access to Muve Music service will not be granted at the launch but will be provided over-the-air download in December for both LTE smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a large 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and video capture, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, S-Voice technology and more. Samsung Galaxy S III will be available for $549.99 starting November 23rd at Cricket’s website, its stores and dealers.
In addition, Cricket’s new LTE plans have been introduced with double data allowances that will be good for a limited time only. The new LTE plans start at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and 2GB of full-speed data. The $60 plan comes with 5GB of 4G LTE data per month while the $70 monthly plan includes 10GB of 4G LTE data.