Earlier reports of RadioShack launching a no contract wireless service had been active throughout the web during this summer. However, no longer are these reports a rumor, as Radioshack has just officially announced its new Cricket-powered No Contract Wireless service, set to launch on Wednesday, September 5th.
According to the press release, RadioShack is launching the new service with 2 phones – the Huawei Mercury Ice Android 2.3 smartphone for $149.99, and the Huawei Pillar QWERTY feature phone for $39.99. The Mercury Ice is a low-end smartphone with a 1.4GHz processor, 4-inch FWVGA display, and Android 2.3. RadioShack has mentioned that 2 additional phones will be available by the end of September.
To match with its budget minded devices, RadioShack’s No Contract Wireless plans are also aimed at being priced competitively. As rumored, plans start at $25 for feature phones, and $50 for smartphones. All of the plans include unlimited text messaging, caller ID, visual voicemail, and data, though RadioShack has indicated that throttling will be in effect.
The $50 smartphone plan includes unlimited voice calling, and 1GB of “full-speed” 3G data, while the $60 smartphone plan adds tethering and provides 2.5GB of unthrottled data. Both smartphone plans also include Muve Music subscriptions.
Customers can sign up for RadioShack’s new No Contract plans starting tomorrow at RadioShack stores in the US.