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Cricket to offer Kyocera Hydro, Alcatel Authority

Though neither device is new, Cricket will offer the Hydro for the first time, and the Authority in its official retail outlets.

Kyocera Hydro (Boost Mobile)
Cricket will offer the Kyocera Hydro, which was initially launched on Boost Mobile (pictured above). Josh Miller/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Small prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless announced today that it will carry the Kyocera Hydro, a waterproof midrange device, starting January 25.

Originally launched on Boost Mobile this past summer, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset has a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen with a 480x320-pixel resolution, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a microSD card slot.

Powering the phone is a 1GHz processor, and its 1,500mAh battery roughly translates to 8.4 hours of talk time.

The Hydro will come with Cricket's music subscription service, Muve Music, which enables users to stream thousands of popular artists and albums.

Of course, the Hydro's most notable feature is its water resistance. It can be dunked in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Alcatel Authority (Cricket)
The Alcatel Authority Cricket Wireless

Cricket will offer the device for $139.99. When it initially launched on Boost, it sold for $129.99, and is currently priced at $99.99 on that carrier.

In addition, Cricket announced that it will begin selling its Alcatel Authority (which has already been available at national retailers including Best Buy and RadioShack) both online and in its official stores on January 20 for $249.99.

The Authority is equipped with a 4.3-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.4GHz processor.

It also supports mobile hot-spotting for up to five devices, DLNA sharing, and Muve Music. Unfortunately, the handset will ship with the dated Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.

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