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Kyocera Rio hits Cricket today for $130

Chris Ziegler

Alright, we know what you're thinking, so let's just clear this up at the outset: it ain't Android. That being said, Kyocera's new Rio for regional carrier Cricket features a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD expansion up to 16GB, a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo Bluetooth, and an optical trackpad -- a rather unusual touch for this market segment. Of course, Cricket likes to play the no-contract game, and sure enough, the $129.99 that the carrier is asking nets you the Rio without a commitment. It's available today; follow the break for the full press release.

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Cricket Adds Kyocera RIO Touchscreen Handset to Dynamic Lineup

~ Innovative Wireless Carrier Launches Compact, Full-featured, Value-conscious Device ~

SAN DIEGO – November 16, 2010 – 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), and Kyocera Communications Inc., provider of Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices, today announced the addition of the Kyocera RIO into Cricket's versatile device lineup.

Demonstrating the wireless carrier's commitment to providing cost-conscious yet high-function mobile phones, RIO will be available starting today for a suggested MSRP of $129.99 in Cricket-branded retail stores, select dealers and on Weighing in at just over 3 ounces, the compact device packs a stellar 2.8" QVGA full touchscreen display and the new MyHomeScreen with 3 customizable homescreens, quick one-touch access icons for messaging, dialer, and scrollable menu and contacts. RIO also comes with an optical trackpad/navigation key, 1.3MP camera, music player, microSD card slot, stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack and links to Cricket Navigator, Mobile Email, and MyBackup. Additionally, the paperless installed user guide makes navigating the features easy for all.

"The Kyocera RIO is a great complement to our constantly growing device lineup," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket Communications. "It provides users with a sleek and sexy full touch multimedia experience. Available right in time for holiday shopping, this mobile phone will make a perfect gift for our customers who are looking for a phone with the latest in device technology at a very affordable price."

RIO provides users with up to 330 minutes of talk and text time before the battery needs recharging, supports up to 16GB microSD memory cards for all the users' favorite music and videos, and complements the unlimited talk, text and picture messaging capabilities offered to all Cricket customers.

The pocket-friendly RIO will be offered on Cricket's all-inclusive unlimited plans, including the basic $35 unlimited talk and text, and the robust $45 plan which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, navigation, international text, unlimited and video picture messages, unlimited web browsing and more. In addition, customers utilizing the $45 rate plan have free and fast access to Cricket Navigator, mobile email and MyBackup, a system that protects customer contact lists.

"RIO makes touch more affordable but doesn't sacrifice looks and function," said Eric Anderson, vice president of sales at Kyocera Communications Inc. "We're excited to be a big part of Cricket's lineup of full-purpose devices with a phone that packs a lot of features in at a low price just in time for the holidays."

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