There we were at a CTIA press event, when we saw a familiar phone winking up at us. That's right, folks. Samsung's Galaxy Indulge is coming to Cricket Wireless.
Although the Indulge is the same handset we first saw when it debuted with MetroPCS earlier this year, there will be some differences in pricing, performance, and some of the bundled apps that come with the phone. Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS both add account management apps and digital storefronts, in addition to preloading a handful of other applications.
While we don't have specific pricing or release information, Cricket did tell us to expect the phone's release in May or June, in the $300-$350 range. That price seems steep, but quality handsets usually are on a prepaid carrier, since the carrier isn't heavily subsidizing the cost of your phone. That's the trade-off you make to go off-contract.
The Samsung Galaxy Indulge features a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It all runs on top of Android 2.2 Froyo and on Samsung's TouchWiz interface.