Cricket Debuts ZTE Chorus as New Muve Music Android


Cricket is continuing their lineup of Muve Music-enable Android smartphones with the ZTE Chorus. Most notable for it;s low cost of $40 after rebates and inexpensive month-to-month service options, the Chorus won’t turn any heads with what it packs within its plastic shell. A meager 600MHz CPU, 3.2-inch resistive touch display, and 2MP camera all amount to something decidedly entry-level, but for those unwilling to sign away the next two years to a carrier to maintain subsidized pricing on more powerful hardware, it could be an option.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 23, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), and ZTE, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced availability of the ZTE Chorus™ featuring Cricket’s Muve Music service.

The ZTE Chorus is ideal for value-conscious consumers looking for a single device to simultaneously manage their mobile and music needs. The bar-style feature phone delivers high functionality with 3G web browsing capabilities and 600 megahertz of processing power while serving as an ideal platform for Cricket’s innovative and unlimited Muve Music service. The ZTE Chorus incorporates SRS WOW HD technology for advanced audio playback quality and a dynamic 3D entertainment experience with a deep, rich bass and high-frequency clarity. Users can customize their sound preferences with SRS sound settings that complement popular music styles including acoustic, blues, hip hop, pop and rock.

The ZTE Chorus provides a robust multimedia experience with its vibrant 3.2-inch WQVGA TFT display with resistive touch screen, 2.0MP camera/camcorder, music and video players, stereo Bluetooth™, and speech recognition capabilities. XT9 Trace technology and a virtual keypad provide a convenient messaging experience with fast and easy text entry. In addition to Muve Music, the ZTE Chorus comes preloaded with Mobile Web, MyBackup, MyAccount, Cricket Storefront and three customizable idlescreens.

“We are excited to bring the ZTE Chorus to our line-up of Muve Music enabled phones,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket. “With the enhanced audio features, it’s like having your music library with you wherever you go. The quality music experience of Muve Music and the great value the ZTE Chorus offers offer an unbeatable combination for our customers.”

“ZTE is again pleased to work with Cricket to bring consumers an affordable device with unique features that enhance the mobile experience,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO, ZTE USA and President, North America Region, ZTE. “The ZTE Chorus was designed to enrich users’ interaction with their music without sacrificing the functionality of a well-built phone.”

The ZTE Chorus, with an MSRP of $119.99, is available for as low as $39.99 for a limited time at www.mycricket.com, Cricket branded retail stores and dealers.

With the $55 per month Muve Music plan for the ZTE Chorus, Cricket Wireless customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, 3G mobile data, mobile video, data back-up, and 411 assistance.

Muve Music is the first unlimited music service to be included as part of a wireless rate plan and now has more than 270,000 customers. By applying its philosophy of unlimited services and value innovation, Cricket and Muve Music have given their customers a new music experience that ranks high in customer satisfaction.

For more information about Muve Music, visit www.muvemusic.com, and for Cricket’s dynamic device lineup, visit www.mycricket.com. For the latest Cricket news and updates online, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. I want one!

  2. “I want one!”
    RESISTIVE touch screen! Are you sure about that, lol?

    1. I hate resistive touchscreens. I have two phones and I can’t stand my resistive dumbphone. Sometimes I have to hit a button up to five times for it to register.

  3. Its cheap bro…this $80 bill with sprint is killing me

  4. Why is this on a website about android?

  5. I can’t seem to find anything about the phone running Android (except a spec sheet on Phone Arena).

    The press release and the phone’s listing on Cricket’s website don’t mention Android. Also a search for Android doesn’t produce a result for the Chorus.

    But the menu, home, and back buttons are all there. 

    Not that I’m completely sure I’m right, just wanted to point that out (although to be fair I’m not sure I want that thing running Android). 

    1. It runs 2.3

      I literally just got my Chorus, yesterday, after my old, unbelievably simplistic phone finally died.  And, so far, I’m relatively pleased with it. Battery life is crappy, but I can live with that. 

      Snagged it through Best Buy Mobile for $30, with the $45 Muve Music plan (everything unlimited, save for talk… which is 1000 mins.  Like I’m /ever/ going to use 1000 mins in a month -lol-) and they slapped the insurance on for me for $9 a year, with no deductible.

      So, I am certainly not inclined to complain.  Decent phone (thus far — only time will tell), more than affordable.  Beats Net10 (which I had before) hands down. It’s my first (albeit low-end) smartphone.  We’ll see how it pans out.

  6. I’m not sure this is an ANDROID device.Nowhere in the press release is ANDROID mentioned, nor on CRICKET’S website. ZTE gives the O/S as LINUX based, but, does not call it an ANDROID.

    If it’s an ANDROID,CRICKET & ZTE have both omitted this small detail.
    Another entry-level phone,how many more are you going to add to your line-up,CRICKET?
    Get a decent mid-to-high end Smartphone w/decent specs & battery life, or, you’ll continue to lose customers like myself, as I switched to SPRINT w/the MOTOROLA PHOTON 4G.
    Expect more of the same as you,CRICKET,continue to feature disposable phones in your line-up.

    1. Unless I’m mistaken Cricket’s market niche is that of offering low priced plans. Although I’m sure they wish they still had your business I don’t think you’re really their target consumer. 

      Also, calm down with the caps. 

  7. Take a chill pill yourself,SAM,it’s not an uncommon practice to capitalize product brand names.

    1. But…I’m not a product brand.

  8. God. Its a budget carrier so dude chill out.

  9. You’re absolutely right a.studd,CRICKET is a budget carrier,w/overpriced & underperforming products.

    Other budget carriers have stepped up already to offer better service & products,CRICKET is a little late to the game,& still continues to offer uninteresting phones that no one wants.

    This latest offering,the ZTE CHORUS,is yet another example of this.
    I could understand the mid-range specs,but,a 1000 mAh battery is horrible.Better drag around the orange extension cord if you want to use this phone away from home.

  10. It can’t believe people are still making phones with resistive touch screens….

  11. Tengo un montón de teléfonos baratos

  12. pointless making an android music player, there are no headphones with line control that work with android phones.

  13. Is this a Android?

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