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Cricket Wireless dials up Engage LT as next Android phone

The no-contract carrier unveils a new Android smartphone that is surprisingly similar to current model.

The ZTE Engage LT is the latest Android smartphone from Cricket Wireless. Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless this week announced a new Android smartphone with the Engage LT. Manufactured by ZTE, the handset is now on sale for $179.99 at the no-contract carrier.

You'd be forgiven if you thought this new model sounded similar to a current offering; it's nearly identical to the ZTE Engage announced in late 2012. In fact, it's hard to imagine how Cricket plans to position the two devices considering just how closely they resemble each other.

The Engage LT runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 4-inch display, a single-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 4GB internal storage. Yet, with a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, the ZTE-manufactured smartphone would be considered a minor step down from its predecessor. Also sold for $179.99, the original Engage didn't earn high marks in CNET's review.

As a 3G smartphone, you can pair the Engage LT can with a number of Cricket service plans, including the $50/month unlimited talk and text with 1GB of full-speed data per month.