We’ve just finished our ritual meeting with the great folks at Cricket Wireless here at CTIA. Cricket recently announced that with the addition of Best Buy as a nationwide retailer, they are available in 47 states excluding Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. That’s a pretty big feat for a carrier that just last year was designated “Wireless”.
During our meeting I spent nearly an hour talking with Sergio Garcia, Cricket’s Sr. Director of Business and Product Management along with Greg Lund and Kevin Foth. Together we talked about the innovation that’s going on with Cricket Wireless. Cricket tends to bring their own devices to market rather than the hand me downs from tier 1 carriers. A perfect example of that is the Samsung Transfix, Samsung Vitality and the forthcoming Huawei Mercury.
Garcia has been with Cricket for 11 years, coming from LG at that time so he’s seen both sides of the Wireless industry. While he acknowledges the fact that there is a need for buying OEM presented phones, he also likes being able to collaborate with OEM’s to address the needs of Cricket’s customers as well as taking ideas from scratch and telling OEM’s to build it.
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In the Huawei Mercury they saw a need to cater to a Cricket customer that’s craving all the tech talk and bells and whistles that other tier 1 carriers are touting. With a 1.4ghz processor and extremely thin form factor the Huawei Mercury will deliver.
First brought to light by PC Magazines Sascha Segan as the Huawei Glory, then reported as the Huawei Honor, we were told today it’s in fact called the Mercury. Although no one would pinpoint the release date Garcia confirmed we should expect the Mercury before the holidays.