As someone who doesn’t have an iPod, I am always looking for new ways to listen to music on-the-go. If you have a smart phone, you might suggest that I download music onto my phone – but that shiz can get expensive. Forget about streaming. It’s like watching a choppy YouTube video on a computer, and when I’m trying to get into the groove on my way to and from work or while I walk to the corner store, I don’t want any interruptions in my jams. Streaming music is like using a Discman or CD player in your car – it skips every time you hit a bump. Not for me. This is why I was pleasantly surprised when we received the new Muve Music phone from Cricket. OH I know what ya’wl are going to say before you even say it. “Isn’t that a pay as you go service?” “Don’t they have bad reception?” ETC ETC ETC.
So I’ll admit right off the bat that I have a contract with Sprint – so I am in no way partial to Cricket. I’ve had Verizon, I’ve had T-mobile, I’ve been around the cell phone block. If I didn’t have a contract, I would be switching my service over to Cricket. They’re basically offering the same exact plan I have, for $30 a month less with NO contract and unlimited music downloads. YUP, you heard me correctly. This new phone has unlimited music downloads. And as someone who listens to some obscure shit, I can say that I was delighted to see they have my favorite band in the entire world, The Walkmen. So yeah, they’re offering you unlimited data, voice, text, and music downloads – on the same network that Sprint utilizes – without an annual contract, all for the delightful price of $55 a month. Some found it hard to believe at first, but there’s really no fine print to sort through. I can get down with that.
We attended Cricket’s Muve Music launch party at the lovely Stage AE yesterday to demo the phone, though I’ve been using it for weeks now. They mentioned they placed in the top 30 of over 2,000 new cell gadgets at some fancy schmancy conference, which is a pretty awesome feat. Unless you’re into some highly experimental music and that’s what you listen to exclusively, I think you can find something that caters to your tastes on this phone. And come on – a majority of people listen to top 40 anyway, that’s why it’s considered “mainstream”. Don’t get me started on indie. That word is about as mainstream as it gets these days. That shit’s on there too, don’t worry.
They did a drawing in which one person won a phone and three months worth of service. My roommate, who is approaching 30 and has to limit her text messages because she’s still on her family’s plan, won that shiz! I was standing next to her during the drawing and mentioned how she could really use something like this, and BAM. Girlfriend won. So, if you need a good luck charm any time soon, call me up. I’ll go to the casino with you, or to bingo with your Grandma, whatev.
In the meantime, I will be rocking out to my phone, waiting for your call.