Cricket has unveiled a couple of new Android phones, the ZTE Score and Samsung Vitality, in the past month or so, and today the prepaid carrier is adding another handset powered by Google's green robot to its roster. What makes this one different, you ask? Well, this one's got a physical keyboard! The device you're looking at above is dubbed the Samsung Transfix and is available now from Cricket's retail stores and its online outlet for $179.99. Specs for the Transfix include a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 800MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, microSD card slot, and what looks to be a vanilla build of Android 2.3.
Although the Transfix may not boast as large a display as its Samsung-made Cricket brother, the Vitality, this new handset's hardware QWERTY keyboard is sure to sway many potential buyers into the Transfix camp. The full press release for the Transfix is available below.
Cricket and Samsung Introduce New Android Messaging Smartphone
Running Android™ Gingerbread the Samsung Transfix features full slide out QWERTY keyboard
SAN DIEGO and DALLAS, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States(1) today announced the launch of the Samsung Transfix™ (SCH-R730). The Transfix is the latest in Cricket's line up of Android smartphones and is packed with many great features in a sleek design.
With a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, the Samsung Transfix is an easy-to-navigate messaging device for Cricket customers who are texting and surfing the web on the go. The Transfix is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features an 800MHz processor with a 3.2-inch touchscreen. The smartphone also features a 3.2-megapixel camera with camcorder and microSD slot with up to 32-gigabyte expandable memory. The Transfix includes all of the popular Android apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Search, plus the Android market that now features more than 250,000 applications and games.
"We are very pleased to bring the Samsung Transfix to Cricket customers," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager, devices for Cricket. "The Transfix features an easy-to-use slide out keyboard that makes messaging a breeze. Combined with its affordable price we believe the Transfix will be attractive to our customers looking for an Android device."
"We are excited to offer another Android Gingerbread smartphone, the Samsung Transfix, to Cricket's network," said Todd Pendleton, chief marketing officer of Samsung Mobile. "We continue to work with Cricket to provide customers devices to fit their needs, and the Transfix is an outstanding messaging device."
The Samsung Transfix is available now for $179.99 (MSRP) in Cricket branded retail stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com.
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Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving approximately 5.7 million customers. Cricket products are available nationwide. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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(1) No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q2 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.
SOURCE Cricket Communications, Inc.