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The FCC has approved an AT&T acquisition of Leap Wireless, which includes Cricket and all of its 4.6 million customers--but the agency did not greenlight the deal without caveats. AT&T does get all of Leap Wireless’ spectrum, networking equipment, and “other assets”, but the company will have to divest spectrum in some markets to avoid anti-competition problems. More notably, AT&T has agreed to launch LTE service using Leap Wireless’ unused spectrum within 90 days so that the latter’s (former) customers get access to AT&T’s 4G network, and LTE... Read more...
Apple neglected to mention that its new iPhone 5 device will be available to pre-paid customers, but rest assured, if you're not looking to tie yourself down to a two-year service agreement with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, you don't have to. Contract-free wireless carrier Cricket has announced that it too will offer the iPhone 5 later this month. "Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc, today announced it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers... Read more...
Now things are really getting interesting in the smartphone arena. Just a few years ago, those who wanted an iPhone in the United States had one choice: AT&T. Today, it's available on three major postpaid carriers, and more importantly, it's joining the prepaid ranks as well. That's a huge move for Apple, and it promises to place the iPhone into many more hands than it's already in. Many consumers simply aren't interested in a contract, and with Cricket announcing that it would soon be carrying the iOS superphone, we knew it was just a matter of time. Though the next-gen iPhone should only... Read more...
Cricket today announced plans to sell pre-paid iPhone 4/S devices next month, which would make it the first (and only) U.S. carrier to do so. Customers will have two base models to choose from, an 8GB iPhone 4 in black or white for $400, or a 16GB iPhone 4S for $500, also available in black or white. To go along with Cricket's no-contract iPhone 4/4S models, the carrier is rolling out a $55 per month all-inclusive unlimited talk, text, and data plan, the latter of which is becoming increasingly rare as wireless carriers dispense with all-you-can download data buffets in favor of tiered price plans.... Read more...
Cricket may not strike you as being a major wireless player, but they're actually bringing on their fair share of customers; mostly folks who are tired of playing the contract game. And with that, comes expectations. With the major carriers jumping hastily to LTE, Cricket has announced a new deal with Clearwire (a five-year agreement) that will make Cricket the econd operator to have signed on to leverage Clearwire's forthcoming LTE Advanced-ready network, which will provide capacity off-load services to supplement Cricket's own LTE network. Cricket currently plans to deploy LTE across approximately... Read more...
Cricket recently made Muve Music service available to new Cricket markets across the nation. With the new additions, Muve Music is now available to 85 percent of the company's customers. For $55 per month, Muve Music provides unlimited voice, text, Web, video, unlimited music downloads to the mobile phone, and more. The new Muve Music markets include: Lexington and Louisville, KY Cincinnati and Dayton, OH Kansas City and St. Louis, MO Pittsburgh, PA San Antonio, Del Rio-Eagle Pass, El Paso, McAllen, Laredo, Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Harlingen, TX Portland, Eugene and Salem, OR Salt Lake City,... Read more...
Nokia's "Comes With Music" obviously saw its fair share of problems at launch, but there's clearly a market for subscription-based music. Rhapsody, Napster 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. Muve 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.;... Read more...
Cricket's new mobile plan that was introduced today made a lot of waves. It's the first plan in America to include a music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone, and it definitely is making consumers consider Cricket as a carrier. The company has maintained a fairly low profile up until now, but having unlimited access to voice, Web, text, video (as well as music) definitely has people talking in a world where the major carriers are shifting to tiered data plans. The new Samsung Suede is the first handset to be introduced alongside the plan. It has a 3" touch screen, a virtual QWERTY... Read more...
Cricket apparently has a fetish for firsts. The wireless carrier claims it was the first one to introduce an unlimited wireless rate plan, and now the company is announcing the first wireless rate plan with unlimited music included. It's part of an "innovative new digital music service called Muve Music," and was designed specifically with mobile phone users in mind. "With Muve Music, Cricket is bringing together the best of wireless and music in a way no one has ever done before," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Cricket Communications. "Our recent experience with... Read more...