Following several rumors, RadioShack announced on Tuesday that it has officially teamed up with Cricket to offer its own wireless services. The retailer will sell phones, accessories and plans in its U.S. stores beginning on Sept. 5. Two phones will be available at launch, including the Huawei Mercury Ice and the Huawei Pillar.
The Mercury Ice will cost $149.99 without a contract and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, a 4-inch display and an 8-megapixel camera. It also comes with a Muve Music streaming service. The Huawei Pillar feature phone costs just $39.99 and is available with RadioShack’s cheapest $25 monthly plans. It offers a full QWERTY keyboard and a camera.
RadioShack’s smartphone plans start out at $50 per month with unlimited data, but only 1GB is available at full speed before your download throughput it scaled back. A $60 per-month smartphone plan offers “unlimited data” also, but only 2.5GB of data is at full speed. The plans include unlimited text messaging, unlimited minutes and unlimited music through Muve Music. Two feature phone plans are also available, which also include unlimited text and web/data. They are available with 300 minutes and 1,000 minutes for $25 and $35 per month, respectively.
RadioShack and Cricket Communications, Inc. Team Up to Launch RadioShack No-Contract Wireless Service
|FORT WORTH, Texas and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — RadioShack Corp. (NYSE: RSH), a leading mobile authority and national retailer of innovative technology products, services and accessories, and 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), announced today the launch of RadioShack No-Contract Wireless powered by Cricket. The line of no-contract phones will be available to mobile customers at RadioShack stores nationwide beginning tomorrow.This strategic collaboration represents a new choice in mobility and illustrates how both RadioShackand Cricket are dedicated to providing the right phones, the right features and the right plans to meet their consumers’ needs. It brings together the convenience and mobility expertise that RadioShack is known for, with the great value and best-in-class wireless services that Cricket delivers. With a choice of plans that feature nationwide coverage with no contracts, the new RadioShack No-Contract Wireless powered by Cricket gives consumers yet another option for staying connected wherever they go.
RadioShack No-Contract Wireless Phones
The RadioShack No-Contract Wireless line-up will include some of the hottest smartphones on the market as well as a well-equipped feature phone, offering all the connectivity, productivity and entertainment consumers are looking for in a mobile device.
Two phones – the Huawei Mercury Ice and the Huawei Pillar – are available in-store starting this week, with two additional phones expected to be available by the end of September.
“Mobility is about choices at RadioShack, and we are pleased to announce our newest choices withRadioShack No-Contract Wireless powered by Cricket,” said Allen McClard, vice president of mobility for RadioShack Corp. “As a leader in the mobility category, RadioShack knows that each consumer is looking for something different when it comes to their mobile phone, and RadioShack No-Contract Wireless is part of our promise to continue to evolve in the wireless space to meet those needs.”
Get Your Muve Music on With RadioShack No-Contract Wireless
Available on all RadioShack No-Contract Wireless smartphones is Cricket’s Muve Music, the only music service designed specifically for mobile phones. Muve Music offers unlimited full song downloads from a catalog of millions of songs – all included in the wireless plan at no additional cost. The unique music service features fast downloads and high-quality audio for listening to your favorite music on your no-contract smartphone.
RadioShack No-Contract Wireless smartphones are the only Muve Music phones that come bundled with an 8GB SanDisk memory card, allowing consumers to store up to 6,000 songs, as well as pictures and videos, on their device.
“We’re pleased to join with RadioShack to deliver high-quality, no-contract wireless services including our award-winning Muve Music service,” said Robert Young, executive vice president, field operations for Cricket. “Now RadioShack customers can experience Muve Music and the unlimited music platform it provides on their phone. Wireless customers are looking for top-quality devices, service plans that fit their needs and entertainment, all at a great value, and we’re pleased to help bring these products to RadioShack customers.”
Service Plans Powered by Cricket
RadioShack No-Contract Wireless will offer a selection of service plans for its feature phone and smartphones, giving consumers options and choices on the phone and service plan that best meet their needs. Feature phone plans start at $25 a month for 300 minutes plus unlimited messaging and Web access. For customers looking to increase their voice minutes, the $35 a month service plan offers 1,000 minutes plus unlimited messaging and Web access.
Smartphone plans start at $50 a month and include unlimited data (1GB at full-speed), unlimited minutes and domestic text messaging plus unlimited music with Muve Music. For users needing even more data flexibility, a second service plan offers unlimited data (2.5GB at full-speed), with unlimited minutes and international text messaging plus unlimited music with Muve Music, for $60 a month.
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