Contract-free wireless provider Cricket on Tuesday announced its first Android OS smartphone from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Indulge.
With the addition of the Indulge, Cricket now offers a choice of four Android phones under a $55-per-month “Android plan” which includes unlimited U.S. long distance, text and picture messaging, Mobile Web, and 411 directory assistance. No credit checks are required. In order to sign up for the plan, though, customers must buy the phone for $329.99 at Cricket stores, through dealers, or from mycricket.com.
Cousin of Galaxy S
As a member of Samsung’s Galaxy family, the Indulge is a close cousin of the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, supplying a similar user interface (UI) and many of the same features. Yet the Indulge lacks the brilliant SuperAMOLED screen, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and social and media hubs of the Galaxy S.
Specs for the Indulge include Android OS 2.2; 4G wireless support; a 1GHz Hummingbird processor; a slide-out QWERTY hard keyboard; and a Swype-enabled virtual keyboard. In online forums, though, some users have complained about the battery life of the phone.
Another contract-free provider, MetroPCS, rolled out the same Samsung smartphone earlier this year. At launch time in February, MetroPCS charged a heftier $399 for the Indulge, offering two plans for the phone: an unlmited rate plan (talk, text, and Web) with 1GB of data, for $50 per month; and an unlimited talk, text, Web and data plan, for $60 per month.
MetroPCS, however, provides 4G services, whereas Cricket describes its network speeds as 3G. Cricket, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., sells its wireless services to customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia.