Cricket Communications, Inc. and ZTE, today announced the upcoming availability of the ZTE Engage. The Engage will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

The ZTE Engage is a full-featured, multimedia powerhouse based on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), equipped with a 4.0” capacitive touchscreen, a 1.4GHz CPU and an 8.0 megapixel camera with LED flash. With Android 4.0, Cricket customers will benefit from a range of improved features that offer an exceptional, interactive experience – from multitasking, customizable home screens to Swype predictive text. The ZTE Engage also features Cricket’s innovative Muve Music service. Muve Music subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of their favorite music and access to exclusive artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music’s Muve First and Muve Headliner featured artist programs. With millions of songs at their fingertips, customers will never pay per song and no contracts are required.

“The ZTE Engage is an exciting smartphone with enhanced functionality from Android 4.0 OS and will be available with Cricket’s new value-rich no-contract smartphone service plans,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. “Impressive at any price, the ZTE Engage will be a WOW device for Cricket customers and is a great new addition to the higher-end smartphone line-up that Cricket is turning on this year.”

The ZTE Engage features:
• 4.0” WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
• Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz
• Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
• MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
• Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery

Pricing and Availability:

The ZTE Engage will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and at beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for $249.99 (MSRP). Customers can choose from three Cricket no-contract smartphone plans for the ZTE Engage. The rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data plus 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers 5GB of full-speed data per month. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.

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