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Cricket Announces Huawei Ascend II

Prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless is no stranger to Android. At a 1:1 meeting with Thedroidguy this past March Cricket’s VP Matt Stoiber and Marketing Guru Greg Lund told us that Android has been a great success to them and they are happy that they can offer Android powered smartphones to their cost conscious subscribers.

Cricket began their Android line up with the Kyocera Zio, even before it was released on Sprint and Sprint ID was added.  The next Android device on the Cricket network was the original Huawei Ascend.  It offered the best value proposition for an Android 2.x smartphone at the time, and they are following it up with the Huawei Ascend II.

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The Ascend II takes away the trackball and adds Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also packs a 3.5″ HVGA touchscreen, 600mhz processor, 5 megapixel camera and access to over 230,000 Android apps in the Android Market.

“We are excited about the sleek, new Huawei Ascend II,” said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket Communications. “The original Ascend has been our best-selling smartphone and the Ascend II is sure to impress our customers with its faster processor, 5 megapixel camera and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.”

The Huawei Ascend II is only $179.99 and it’s yours to keep on Cricket Wireless.  Unlimited everything, including data, will cost you just $55 a month (the same as Virgin Mobile’s new rates). Android Central is reporting that the Huawei Ascend II will also end up on US Cellular this fall.

Cricket will also be receiving the power house Huawei Glory with a 1.4ghz dual core processor sometime before the end of the year.

Source: Cricket