Sanyo Zio now on sale

Cricket's first Android smartphone, the Sanyo Zio is $249 with Cricket's no-contract service. The carrier also is offering a $55 unlimited plan.

The Zio has a standard candy bar design. Kent German/CNET

After a short period for preorders, Cricket's first Android smartphone is now officially on sale. You can get the Sanyo Zio, aka the Kyocera Zio, for $249 with Cricket's no-contract service. To go with the phone, Cricket also is offering a $55 per-month service plan that includes unlimited talk, text, picture mail, Web browsing, e-mail, and international text.

As we've said since the handset's introduction earlier this year, the Zio's feature set includes a 3.2-megapixel camera, a video player with 30 frames per second, Wi-Fi, voice dialing, a music player, a digital compass, a full HTML browser, stereo Bluetooth, assisted GPS, support for 3G EV-DO networks, and the usual Google applications. It runs Android 1.6, which isn't great, but it's a good buy for the budget-conscious.

We'll have a full review next week, so stay tuned.

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