The Cricket MSGM8 (pronounced Message Mate) is the latest messaging phone from Cricket Wireless. It has a full QWERTY keyboard, of course, and has a bar-style design similar to the Pantech Slate. Features include a 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth, so it's quite basic. It was first introduced in late November for around $100, but now it is available for only $79.99 after a "Web-only" discount. This might be a limited-time offer, so get one now if you're interested.
With all eyes in the auto world this week focused on the LA Auto Show, I thought I would take a look at what else was going on. Here's a car shaped like a cricket bat. It was built by the man who brought the world the soccer ball car and the toilet car.
Cricket and LG announced the LG Helix Wednesday, making it LG's first AWS-capable handset. It's a pretty basic phone with a 2-inch color display plus a small external display. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, and voice commands.
The Helix will be available in silver or pink at a suggested retail price of around $139.99 without a contract.
Cricket recently announced a new basic camera phone dubbed the Captr (pronounced like "capture"). The flip phone only has a VGA camera, so it won't take great pictures, but it's OK if all you want is an entry-level camera phone.
The Captr has Bluetooth, voice dialing, and text and multimedia messaging. It'll also have Cricket's customizable home screen where you can add or remove widgets. The Cricket Captr is available for $129.99, but there is no contract required.
When we first saw the TXT8026 at the PCD (Personal Communications Devices) booth at this year's CTIA, we thought for sure it would be a successor to the Verizon Wireless Blitz--they're both square and slightly chubby, with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Now it appears regional carrier Cricket has first dibs at the little messaging phone, and they've dubbed it the TXTM8, pronounced "textmate"--get it? Features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, voice recognition, a music player, and a microSD card slot. You can get it now for $159.99 without a contract.… Read more
Last month we complained that Alltel was being stingy with review models of the new Motorola Evoke QA4. Unfortunately, our griping did no good as we still haven't been able to take a good look at the touch-screen slider phone that debuted at CTIA.
Luckily, we got a nice note from Cricket Wednesday telling us a review model is on its way. Cricket will launch the phone Thursday for $299 ($279 if you buy online). Yes, that is a a little expensive, but keep in mind that you're getting the phone contract-free.
Cricket Wireless follows in the footsteps of Alltel and MetroPCS by picking up the Motorola Hint QA30, a sliding messaging phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. The Hint has a 2.5-inch color display, a 2-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, a microSD card slot, stereo Bluetooth, and 3G speeds. It's available right now from Cricket for $249.99.
Cricket Communications launched the Samsung SCH-R211 today. The candy bar phone has a simple design in basic black. It offers a 1.5-inch, 65,000-color display and measures a compact 4.07 inches by 1.77 inches by 0.59 inch.
Its features include messaging, a voice memo recorder, a personal organizer, a 500-contact phone book, a WAP Internet browser, USB support, 2MB of internal memory, polyphonic ringtones, a speakerphone, and a voice memo recorder. The dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) SCH-R211 also supports AWS, and you can use the phone in all Cricket markets. It goes on sale Wednesday for $… Read more
With memories of the last All Star game at Yankee Stadium already fading, I consider it my patriotic duty to remind everybody to eat their hot dogs. While I may not have an expressed written consent from MLB to disseminate the accounts and descriptions of the game, I can tell you it is over, and it was long. Now that we have passed the Midsummer Classic, the hot days will start to slowly drift away. Don't forget to carry hot dogs along with you into the turning of the seasons.