As you may know, Cricket also has its own 4G LTE network, and the company launches its first 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Optimus Regard (LG W770). The 4G-capable handset supports Cricket’s CDMA EVDO 3G and LTE 4G networks for high-speed data connection. It is powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with LG’s custom user interface.
The Optimus Regard has a 3.5-inch HVGA 480×320 touchscreen display protected with Gorilla Glass. Its 5 Megapixel main camera is capable of Full HD video recording and has a LED flash, and the VGA front-facing camera also does video recording. For connectivity, you can expect WiFi with WiFi Mobile Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth and DLNA for wireless media streaming. It also includes Dolby Mobile to enhanced audio output. The phone’s 8GB onboard storage is probably not enough for most users to store apps and music, so there is a microSD/SDHC card slot supporting up to 32GB.
The LG Optimus Regard is priced at $249.99 without contract and users can use it with Cricket’s non-contract smartphone plan starting at $50/month. Cricket will also release on 23 November the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE smartphone for $549.99.