Music streaming service Deezer, which acquired Stitcher in October, is continuing to devour competitors. It has purchased Muve Music, the in-house music streaming service for Cricket Wireless. Muve Music became popular largely due to its bundling with Cricket Wireless plans. The carrier was able to add value for customers and this made Muve Music, believe it or not, one of the top music streaming services in the United States. With Deezer now in control, Muve Music will fade. Deezer is offering Muve Music subscribers a free 15-day trial of its service and then they can upgrade to a $6 per month subscription.
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Cricket has announced today that they will be offering a new family unlimited plan, complete with unlimited text messaging, unlimited calling, and unlimited data, and it’ll only run you $40 per line. What’s the catch, you’re probably asking yourself? The unlimited data is throttled after 1 GB of usage, and you have to opt in to the automatic bill pay. Oh, and it’s strictly for family plans, not individual plans. Still, it’s $10 cheaper than the single-line plan, and Cricket is throwing in a free subscription to Muve Music, so it’s an excellent deal, even with the relatively minor caveats.
You can also go with a $60 plan that offers 2.5 GB of non-throttled data, and a $70 with 5 GB of non-throttled data. Both of these plans also include the mobile hot spot capabilities. If nothing else, it’s good to see some other carriers try to take on the big guys with better value bundles. Hit the break below for the full press release.
Cricket announced the availability of The Groove, a new Android smartphone that incorporates Muve Music features. The Groove device comes with an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3, a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, all supported with a 1500mAh battery. Added to the device is Muve Music from Cricket, a service that lets subscribers access unlimited downloads of music, artist commentary, and video.
The new Groove from Cricket will be available starting on November 21st for $129.99 and data plans start at $50 per month. For more information, hit the break to read the full press release.
This morning Cricket officially announced the Samsung Vitality we caught wind of last month. The Vitality is a mid-range Android with specs including:
- Android 2.3.4
- 3.5-inch display at HVGA (320×480)
- 800MHz processor
- 3.2MP rear camera
- 4GB microSD card (3GB for music storage, 1GB for user downloads)
- 3G/Wifi data
- Stereo Bluetooth
- 1600mAh battery
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Dimensions: 4.6×2.4x.06 inches
- Weight: 4.16 ounces
- Muve Music
In our earlier post the price was still yet to be seen, but we know now that the Vitality can be yours for $200. Unlimited data, voice and Muve Music will cost $65.
Press release after the break
If you remember the Samsung Admire, then the Vitality will no doubt look familiar. It’s a clone, rebranded for use on Cricket’s network. Like the Admire, the Vitality has an 800MHz CPU, 3.5” HGVA touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera and last but certainly not least, stock Gingerbread. Unlike its cousin however, the Vitality will also get Muve Music. The pricing and release date of the phone have yet to be announced but the requisite plan looks to be $65 per month. In case your unfamiliar with Muve, the service grants you access to unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones.