updated 09:10 am EDT, Thu March 19, 2009
Nokia 3606 at Cricket
Cricket today claimed a US first by adding the Nokia 3606 to its stable. The phone has the same "seamless" clamshell design as some more recent flip phones and is distinctly music focused with external, touch-sensitive music controls, the requisite media player, and a microSDHC slot that supports cards up to 8GB. It also has a 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth with stereo audio support.
In keeping with Cricket's policy of offering relatively few discounts in return for unlimited phone plans, the 3606 is available today for $180 without a subsidy; an online discount and a mail-in rebate bring the price down to $140.