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The prepaid Alcatel Authority

Jam with Muve Music

Chugging along

Light in the hand

Dated with Gingerbread

Cheesing it up

LAS VEGAS--At CES 2013, Cricket displayed its Alcatel Authority, a previously released handset that will hit the carrier's official and online stores on January 20.
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The Authority has a 4.3-inch display and comes loaded with Muve Music, the carrier's music subscription service.
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Powering the handset is a 1.4GHz processor and 1,500mAh battery.
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The Authority measures 5 inches tall, 2.67 inches wide, and 0.4 inch thin. In addition, it has a lightweight construction.
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Unfortunately, the smartphones ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with no plans for an update.
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On the back of the device is a 5-megapixel camera and on the front sits a VGA camera.
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