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Samsung Transfix: Prepaid Android Messaging Phone

The affordable Transfix is available now from Cricket without a contract.

Even though Samsung canceled its Unpacked event with Google this week, it has still announced quite a few phones here at the CTIA 2011 show in San Diego. The Transfix might not be as exciting as the Nexus Galaxy, the first Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone, but it is positive news for prepaid customers.

In the last year, other prepaid carriers, like Boost Mobile and MetroPCS, have stepped up their game in terms of offering more smartphones without a contract--particularly of the Android variety.

The Transfix has a full-QWERTY slide-out keyboard, which seems to be a trend for Samsung at this show. The company already announced the Captivate Glide on AT&T and the Stratosphere on Verizon. Like those phones, the Transfix runs Android 2.3, also known as Gingerbread.

The rest of the new phone's specs are pretty basic: It has a 3.2-inch touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera and an 800 MHz processor. It has a microSD slot that's expandable to up to 32GB of memory.

The Transfix is available now for $180 from Cricket. Stay tuned for more news and first looks at all the hottest phones coming from show floor at CTIA 2011 in San Diego.

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