What could be better than receiving a free Android handset? Thanks to Sprint's $249 subsidy on Android phones, the Sanyo Zio will cost $0 for those willing to sign a 2 year contract with the carrier. And while the version of the phone launched by Cricket this Summer
had Android 1.6 running the show, there is speculation that Sprint has upgraded the phone so that Android 2.1 is on board.
The Zio is equipped with a 3.5 inch screen and features a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor under the hood. That is the same chip found on HTC's Aria and Legend, so it would seem that you might be getting more than what you are paying for. Which, of course, is zero.
We know the price, but what is still unknown is the launch date. But that isn't a big deal. It's not like you need to look under the couch for loose change.