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Sprint Introduces The New Sharp AQUOS Crystal And Family Data Pricing

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Sprint had some big news today with the release of information on a new handset and Family plan pricing. Both are quite compelling, rather easy on the budget and for the number three carrier could mean an influx of subscribers. Or so they hope. Either way, the news is good for consumers. Let's get into it.

First up, with the kids going back to school there have been deals galore announced by various carriers with T-Mobile having the best value up to this point. Sprint is aggressively seeking to give T-Mobile a run for its money with their new share data plan, the Sprint Family Share Pack. According to Sprint, a family of four can get unlimited talk and text and share 20GB of data, on network, for $160 per month. They've upped the game though by offering a limited-time promotion that gets you 20GB of data to share with up to 10 lines for $100 per month with each line getting an additional 2GB per month. T-Mobile's current offering for a family of four gives you 10GB of data until 2016 for $100 per month. Sprint's deal waives $15 per line, per month through 2015 so in 2016 be prepared to add $60 per month back to that bill for your family of four.

If you want in, the new deal with be available to customers beginning August 22nd. As usual, caveat emptor, make sure you get good signal at home and at work, or your kids' school(s) before switching if this is the right deal for you and your family. Doesn't do you a whole ‘lotta good to get a great rate if you can't get the service. And that goes with any carrier you're thinking about getting service from.

The other news, Sharp's new 5” AQUOS Crystal Android smartphone. While it isn't available on the market yet, the Crystal has been officially announced on Sprint's website. No mention of release date or pricing yet, but what we do know is that it has a 5” 720P “HD” edge-to-edge display and is powered by the 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. In terms of tech specs, the phone is a mid-range affair with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 8GB of memory and only 1.5GB of RAM. The 8GB of memory isn't so bad though because it does have a microSD slot which will work with up to 128GB of expandable storage. The AQUOS Crystal will support the new Sprint Spark network and VoLTE. I've already put in a request with the folks at Sprint to get my hands on a review unit, so I'll give you my thoughts once I get the phone in my hands. 

The best news about this device may be the pricing. I say “may” because I haven't received the info from my source yet, but there are news outlets reporting that this phone will be under $250 off contract which would be a great price if that display is as incredible as I hear it is. I've also heard that Sharp has added very minimal additions to Android so that should keep things running pretty snappy. All told, this phone could be a sleeper hit in the same way that the Moto G was. A great device at a very accessible price. I'll update this story once I have more! For now, you can check out the promotional video that Sharp and Sprint have posted up with the announcement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S40INfI3Uxk
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