Cricket Introduces Huawei Mercury Smartphone

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP) today announced the exclusive United States availability of the Huawei Mercury, Cricket’s fastest and most powerful smartphone, yet.  This highly anticipated device is available now for $249.99 (MSRP) at Cricket branded retail stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com.

“We are extremely pleased to be the first carrier in the United States to bring this high quality smartphone to customers and we’re excited that we are able to offer this compelling device at a very affordable price,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket.  “In addition to its big screen and powerful processor, the Huawei Mercury is packed with many great features including a VGA front facing camera and 8MP rear camera and camcorder with LED flash.  Users can also enrich their wireless experience by tethering the powerful Mercury to their tablet and other devices through Cricket’s new tethering service plan over Cricket’s high-speed 3G network.”

“Huawei’s device strategy has always been to ensure that carriers can continue to grow the population of smartphone connected consumers. We’ve been able to establish ourselves as a player in this market by providing affordable smartphones, and we’re building on that foundation with devices for the high-tier market now,” said Jiangao Cui, President of Huawei Device USA. “This particular device, the Huawei Mercury, is an opportunity for us to offer a quality high-end device to the U.S. market that can deliver rich multi-media content including music, video and gaming applications seamlessly.”

For more information about Cricket’s dynamic device lineup,  visit www.mycricket.com.

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