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First Cricket’s Android phone Kyocera Zio

Cricket has set an ambitious path for itself in recent months, first by inking a roaming deal with national carrier Sprint to expand its service footprint, and now by introducing its first Android handset.
The Zio, which is made by Kyocera, would be a low-end Android handset on any other carrier, but it is one of the only smartphones available from the pre-paid, no-contract carrier (Cricket also offers the BlackBerry Curve 8530).

The Zio has a 3.5-inch touch display, EVDO Rev. A 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It has the typical Android 1.6 set of tools, including Google Maps, and pre-loaded Facebook and Twitter software.
The Zio is an important device for Kyocera, which has struggled to land distribution deals with major U.S. carriers. It offers a few handsets through Sprint and other pre-paid carriers, but the Zio is a landmark in that it is the company’s first smartphone since the Palm OS-based 7135 from years ago.

“This is an important milestone for Kyocera, as we launch the highly anticipated Zio and bring the power of Android to Cricket consumers,” said Eric Anderson, vice president of sales at Kyocera Communications Inc in a prepared statement. “Zio is the first in a series of Android devices Kyocera will bring to market and we’re excited to partner with Cricket to set the standard by offering a Smartphone device that encourages individuality for the customer who desires unlimited expression.”
Perhaps what’s more interesting than the device itself is the special Android rate plan that Cricket has cooked up to go with the device. For the low monthly price of just $55, Zio customers will get unlimited talk, text, picture mail, web browsing, email, and international texting. Oh, and that $55 includes all taxes and surcharges. That means the bill will always be $55.
That price is significantly less than what competitors charge for the same bundle of services. The trade off, of course, is Cricket’s significantly smaller coverage footprint.
Still, all things considered, $250 isn’t a bad price for a phone you’ll own outright, with a no-contract cost of $55 per month. That’s about as budget-friendly as a smartphone can get.


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Cox Entering the Android Market with Kyocera phone

The folks over at Android and Me are reporting that Cox Wireless is coming soon and that Cox is testing an Android phone from Kyocera. Currently Cox Wireless utilizes Sprint’s 3G CDMA/EVDO network, which they are still planning on using for roaming service. However with Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G trials just being completed on the network (reported to reach peak speeds of 25Mbps down to 10Mbps), it is being rumored that their service will be launched in three test markets in possibly March.

This really hits home for me. I have been wondering for some time why Cox hasn’t entered into the wireless cellphone market. Reason being is that I am currently a Cox customer and would love to have all of my services lumped into one bill. Depending on what kind of impact Cox has on the cell market, I, like most people, would much rather have one internet service (instead of having to pay for it at home and on my cell network), but that makes too much sense right?

I had also heard the rumor over two years ago about Cox entering the cell phone service. I was also told that you would be able to watch recorded shows directly from your DVR, as well as set them up to record. So, depending on your coverage, you could be driving to your vacation destination and watching your recorded shows right on your phone. Or, with the right phone, maybe it could be hooked up via an HDMI cable and you could watch a movie on a TV in a hotel.


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