Cricket has announced that it will be carrying the Huawei Ascend II, the followup to the budget smartphone launched last October on the no-commitment network. The Android 2.3 Ascend II features a 3.5-inch display, 600HMz CPU, and 5MP camera all for the off-contract price of $179.99. If you act now, a web-only offer is available with an instant $50 discount bringing the total price down to $129.99. Cricket’s all-inclusive Android smartphone plan is priced at $55.
Huawei brings an interesting dynamic to the Android world with their low-cost, yet relevant Android handsets. Gone are the days where cheap phones meant outdated versions of Android OS. In some cases, these Huawei units are shipping with newer versions of Android than some of the most high-end devices on the market. Can’t beat that for the price, can you?