US-based carrier Cricket has just announced the availability of the LG Optimus Regard Android smartphone. Furthermore, the operator confirmed it had expanded its 4G LTE service to additional markets.Starting today, Cricket customers living in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, Texas, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen will be able to take advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE service.
LG Optimus Regard is Cricket's first premium 4G LTE smartphone. Codenamed LG LW 770, the device ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box.
Customers who wish to purchase the Optimus Regard can do so starting today for $250/€195 outright. The smartphone is currently available at Cricket brick and mortar stores, dealers and online. Check it out here.
Aside LTE support, the LG Optimus Regard is equipped with a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and packs a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper with LED flash and autofocus.
The smartphone sports a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, as well as secondary VGA front-facing camera for video calls. The phone is powered by a high-capacity 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer.
Other highlights of the phone include: Dolby Mobile, DLNA, Wi-Fi capability, Stereo Bluetooth, Mobile Hotspot, as well as tethering support for up to 5 devices.
“At Cricket, we're thrilled to launch our first 4G LTE smartphone as we roll out our 4G LTE service to additional Cricket markets. The Optimus Regard from LG is an exciting new device that performs exceptionally well on our high-quality, 4G and 3G networks and is a great option customers looking for a fast, easy to use smartphone as a gift for the holidays or as a replacement phone for themselves,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket.