Nokia's "Comes With Music" obviously saw its fair share of problems at
launch, but there's clearly a market for subscription-based music.
and even Apple have managed to get it right, and now Cricket
is taking the next step by expanding their own music service to
13 new markets. The company's Muve Music, an unlimited mobile music
service, will be rolling out to 13 new markets on the Samsung Suede.
Music is the first wireless rate plan to include unlimited music downloads,
and now it's coming to more markets in the U.S. including Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL.; Memphis, Nashville and
Knoxville, TN.; Milwaukee and Madison, WI.; Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.; San Diego,
CA; Washington, DC and Wichita, KS. Beginning today, customers in these
markets can purchase the Muve Music unlimited wireless rate plan along with the
new Samsung Suede (SCH-r710) mobile phone.
Muve launched in Las Vegas first, and obviously things are going well
enough to offer it elsewhere. Muve comes as part of a $55 monthly plan,
and records are available from Universal
Music Group, Warner Music
Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music and now includes music
independent label IODA.That $55 plan includes unlimited nationwide
calling, texting, messaging and email, not to mention data backup,
video, ringtones and ringback tones. The Suede itself will cost you
$199, but that's with no contract attached, and if you act soon, it'll
be $100 less after mail-in rebate. Not bad!
Cricket Expands Availability of Muve Music to 13 New Markets Nationwide
~ Customers Download Unlimited Music over Cricket’s 3G Network to Samsung Suede™
Mobile Phone and Listen as They Go ~
SAN DIEGO – Feb. 14, 2011 – Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announced the availability of Muve Music in 13 additional markets across the country including Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL.; Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville, TN.; Milwaukee and Madison, WI.; Phoenix and Tucson, AZ.; San Diego, CA; Washington, DC and Wichita, KS. Beginning today, customers in these markets can purchase the Muve Music unlimited wireless rate plan along with the new Samsung Suede (SCH-r710) mobile phone.
Muve Music, the first music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone, was recently named a finalist in the CNET International Consumer Electronics Show Best of Show awards. With Muve Music, there are no download fees and no monthly music subscriptions. Customers’ data plans will not be impacted by streaming music over the wireless network and customers won’t be required to use a credit card to purchase music. Unlimited Muve Music is included in the flat rate monthly wireless service plan.
“Since Muve Music launched in Las Vegas last month, we’ve seen excitement from customers who want a simple, cost-effective way to listen to music on the go. Bringing Muve Music to additional markets is another step in making a unique mobile music experience available to customers,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Cricket Communications. “Our robust music catalogue continues to grow, providing an even more exciting experience since customers can download all the music they want as part of their $55 monthly plan.”
Muve Music has a comprehensive catalog of music content which includes the entire catalogs from the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music and now includes music from independent label IODA.
The Muve Music Rate Plan
For just $55 per month, Muve Music customers will get the following features on Cricket’s nationwide 3G network:
· Unlimited nationwide calling
· Unlimited nationwide text, picture & video messaging
· Unlimited global text messaging
· Unlimited 3G mobile Web
· Unlimited email
· Unlimited data back up
· Unlimited video
And for the first time anywhere in the U.S.
· Unlimited full track downloads
· Unlimited ringtones
· Unlimited ringback tones