Earlier this month, we reported
that Cricket had announced it would soon launch the Android flavored Sanyo ZIO by Kyocera. We are happy to tell you that this has occurred and that the carrier is now offering the phone for the expected $249.99. Cricket, of course, doesn't offer contracts which means that there are no subsidized prices for handsets. What you can do to save a few bucks is to order the device online, and by Jiminy, Cricket will take 20% off the price of the ZIO. Buyers will have to sign up for the carrier's Android plan that runs $55 per month for data.
The phone features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 3.2MP camera with video capture, a microSD slot and it is expected to be running Android 1.6 at launch. The model is the Japanese manufacturer's first stab at producing a phone using Google's open source OS. Cricket's web site says that shipping of the device will start August 26th.Kyocera Zio M6000 Specifications