SAN DIEGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced expanded availability of 4G LTE service and the introduction of its first premium 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Optimus Regard (LW 770). The LG Optimus Regard offers the right combination of premium features and value to make it the perfect holiday gift. Features such as 4G LTE, Android 4.0 OS, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a 5.0 megapixel camera all with Cricket's no contract, all-inclusive data, talk and text smartphone plans starting at $50 per month. Beginning November 14, LG Optimus Regard will be available at Cricket stores, dealers and online at www.mycricket.com for $249.99 (MSRP). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120202/LA46949LOGO) "At Cricket, we're thrilled to launch our first 4G LTE smartphone as we roll out our 4G LTE service to additional Cricket markets," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "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." The LG Optimus Regard will enhance any holiday gift list this season. Built on a premium feature set, the Regard delivers a responsive 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen, Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a powerful 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder with LED Flash and VGA front facing camera/camcorder. Adding to the depth of quality, the Optimus Regard for Cricket has complementary features that will enhance the user experience when sharing files, listening to music or tethering additional devices such as an email application for both consumer and business email. The Regard is capable of real web browsing up to 4G speeds, Dolby Mobile, DLNA, Wi-Fi Capable, Stereo Bluetooth, Mobile Hotspot. Tethering supports up to 5 devices.