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Cricket Adds the Groove Smartphone to its Holiday Shopping List

~ Offers Top-Tier Features at Value Pricing

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket today announced the availability of the 'Groove from Cricket,' the carrier's newest Muve Music Android smartphone. The phone's stylish design, popular Android operating system, and Cricket's value pricing will excite customers and entice those looking to switch to a pre-paid option or buy a second handset. With the Groove, holiday shoppers can take advantage of Cricket's unlimited music, data, talk and text Android service plans starting at $50 per month. The Groove will be available on November 21st at Cricket stores, dealers and online at www.mycricket.com for $129.99 (MSRP).

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"Cricket's customers will be excited to experience the Groove with Muve Music, WiFi, tethering, and two cameras," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "The Groove is the perfect stocking stuffer smartphone or gift companion phone with the features holiday shoppers need to delight their family and friends."

The 'Groove from Cricket' is powered by a fast 800MHz processor, 2.3 Android OS and a long lasting 1500mAh battery.  The 3.5 -inch HVGA TFT color capacitive touch display offers bright and easy to find icons that make navigation easy and enjoyable. With the Android OS, holiday photo and video sharing is simple and easily powers lifelike video conferencing with its 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera/camcorder with flash and 0.3 megapixel front facing VGA camera/camcorder.  

The 'Groove from Cricket' offers impressive design and is loaded with features not commonly found in a smartphone at this price and can be activated on one of Cricket's three monthly smartphone service plan options starting at $50 per month. All Cricket plans, including smartphone service plans, feature all-inclusive pricing with no service fees and no overage charges. For customers, that means a predictable monthly bill, regardless of increasing usage, offered at a price point that fits into a value conscious budget.

With Muve Music from Cricket, 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 monthly artist programs. With millions of songs at their fingertips, customers will never pay per song and no contracts are required.    

About Cricket
Cricket is the pioneer and leader in delivering innovative value-rich prepaid wireless services with no long-term contracts. Cricket offers nationwide wireless voice and mobile data services over high-quality, all-digital 4G LTE and 3G CDMA wireless networks. Cricket's innovative products and services, including the award-winning Muve Music® - the first music service designed for a wireless phone, are available nationwide at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers, national retailers and at www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket, please visit www.mycricket.com.

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