RadioShack's No Contract Wireless launch tomorrow, phones detailed

By on September 4, 2012, 1:00 PM

Chalk up another win for the rumor mill as RadioShack has officially announced that their No Contract Wireless service will launch tomorrow. There aren’t a ton of surprises here as early information was mostly spot-on but we now know that The Shack will offer two phones in collaboration with Cricket Wireless initially before adding more to the lineup later this month.

As you might expect, both phones are on the lower end of the spectrum. The $149.99 Huawei Mercury Ice includes a 1.4GHz processor, a 4-inch FWGA display, an 8-megapixel camera and an extremely dated Android 2.3 operating system. RadioShack’s feature phone is the Huawei Pillar, a handset resembling a BlackBerry with a full QWERTY keyboard that will sell for $39.99.

Monthly service rates start at just $25 for the feature phone and $50 for the smartphone. Both handsets will include unlimited text, unlimited multimedia text, web access, voicemail and caller ID.

Smartphone users will also have access to Cricket’s Muve Music, a service designed specifically for mobile phones. 3G data on the $50 plan will be throttled after 1GB while those opting for the $60 plan will see full speeds up to 2.5GB. Tethering is also bundled with the more expensive plan. Furthermore, RadioShack will be giving smartphone buyers a free 8GB SanDisk memory card to store photos, videos and music on their device.

Phones and plans will go on sale tomorrow at RadioShack retail locations across the US.




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MilwaukeeMike said:

Is it possible to take a phone from a major carrier and use it with Cricket? When my contract is up could I take my phone from Sprint (or Verizon etc) and walk into a radio shack and sign up? Their monthly prices look awesome, but I don't really want to have to buy a phone worse than the one I have.

Tygerstrike said:

@Mike

Normally no. However, the carriers do allow it sometimes. The best bet is to call Cricket and see if they will allow it.

The thing I like about the RadioShack phones is the Muve Music. Unlimited music downloads AND IT DOESNT COUNT AGAINST YOUR DATA!!!! I got to play with the Ice phone and its pretty fast. The only draw back which isnt a drawback for me is the Memory card for the Muve Music. You can only store that music on the SD card they give you. You cant use any other SD card. But you can store some 6k songs on the card they give you so I dont really mind.

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

Please be sure to see the Cricket Coverage Map before you transfer from your existing plan.

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