Marking its foray into the already-crowded wireless Relevant Products/Services arena, electronics retailer RadioShack has worked out a partnership with Leap Wireless and its Cricket Communications subsidiary to sell two no-contract phones manufactured by China-based company Huawei.
The no-contract phones, which RadioShack and Cricket started selling countrywide on Wednesday, include two low-priced handsets which will use the network Relevant Products/Services being offered by Cricket.
The two Huawei-manufactured no-contract phones are the Pillar and Mercury Ice. While the Pillar is essentially a feature phone priced at $40; the Mercury Ice is an Android 2.3-powered handset which costs $150.
The service plans for the Pillar – which features a QWERTY keyboard, a built-in camera, and mobile Web access – begin at $25 per month; while that for the Mercury Ice, which boasts a 4-inch screen and a 1.4-gigahertz processor and 8-megapixel camera, commence at $50 per month.
In addition to RadioShack’s no-contract wireless plan for the two handsets, Cricket is offering its Muve Music service, to facilitate unlimited downloads without any extra charge. According to Cricket, an 8-GB SanDisk expansion card will be packaged with the no-contract smartphones to enable users to store up to 6,000 songs as well as photos and video.
Noting that wireless customers look for “top-quality devices, service plans that fit their needs and entertainment, all at a great value," Robert Young - Executive VP of field operations at Cricket – said: “We're pleased to help bring these products to RadioShack customers.”
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