Sanyo Zio free on Sprint with 2 year contract

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Sanyo Zio free on Sprint with 2 year contract
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.

source: AndroidandMe


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6 Comments

1. somewhatodd unregistered

If this holds out true, this will be the first android phone to be sold free at launch directly through the carrier. Makes you wonder if theres a catch... or if the phone will even last long.

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Seems like a really good deal. Too good...

3. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

ya know, this is Sanyo's first venture into the smart phone world and if it's anything like their mid or upper level devices, this will be a solid unit and and amazing deal. obviously it's not going to hold a candle to any of the upper tier devices on any carrier but for $0, this is a steal. Sanyo has always put out quality. I have even had the chance to handle one of these at an industry expo for about 30 sec.... not bad at all Sprint. not bad.

4. jbarajasp unregistered

This is NOT true...... sprint gives 150 off phones including Android... the EVO, epic and intercept are all great examples.... I predict that the phone will retail for 350 (which is great!) And will sell for 99 after rebate... which is a great pinpoint for an entry level smartphone.... I'm sure they will sell a ton of them at that price..... PhoneArena.... com'on..... really..... this is worse then that "t-mobile will get the Samsung Transform" crap u posted

5. Bradley unregistered

So, actually. Sprint gives $150 as a minimum. And if you pay attention you would notice that ALL android devices to date have had a $100 MIR so that is the $250 minimum discount w/ fully eligible customers on ALL android phones. jbarajasp... com'on... really.... don't post this crap.

6. noname unregistered

the zio will be priced at 99$ after rebats ... and sprint is getting the transform and they both have the new sprint ID progarm and both run android 2.2 this is for a fact

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