Cricket today announced the upcoming launch of the Alcatel Authority, the newest Muve Music ready android smartphone at Cricket. The Authority will be available beginning January 20 at Cricket stores, dealers, and online at for $249.99 (MSRP).

“Cricket’s customers will be excited about Alcatel Authority’s spacious 4.3-inch screen and 5.0 megapixel auto-focus camera that comes in an ultra-thin and light weight design,” said Matt Stoiber , senior vice president, devices for Cricket. “We will continue to offer high quality smartphones to our customers who enjoy the simplicity of sharing life experiences anywhere, anytime.”

The Alcatel Authority delivers an Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS smartphone experience with a fast 1.4GHz processor that enables simple and powerful HD video and photo sharing with its 5.0 megapixel rear facing auto focus camera and VGA front facing camera. The 4.3 -inch WVGA color capacitive touch display is built with highly durable Dragontrail™ glass and with the spacious screen, customers will enjoy an ease of navigation, more enjoyment when viewing photos, videos or reading news on their favorite social media platforms.

The Authority can be used as a mobile hotspot and with one of Cricket’s value-rich data plans, allows for tethering of up to 5 devices and comes out of the box with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) support for wireless multimedia streaming. DLNA media streaming allows compatible devices, such as mobile phones and PCs, to seamlessly share videos, pictures, music, and more via a local network connection, such as a home Wi-Fi network.

With Muve Music from Cricket, customers have millions of songs at their fingertips, will never pay per song and the music service is built in to Cricket’s no contract rate plans- so the music is free.  Muve Music customers have the added benefit of discovering new music through its monthly artist programs such as Muve First and Muve Headliner, where featured artists offer exclusive commentary, music and videos every month only available to Muve Music.