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AT&T Not Bringing Text-to-911 to Cricket’s CDMA Network

April 2, 2014 12:35 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is coming along with its voluntary commitment to deploy text-to-911 service on its networks. But the carrier won’t be bringing that technology to Cricket Wireless, at least while AT&T’s newly acquired prepaid carrier still runs on CDMA.

SmartWatch, Episode 2: AT&T's Leap Buy Comes with Conditions

March 20, 2014 10:17 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by...

Update: AT&T Completes Acquisition of Leap Wireless

March 13, 2014 5:18 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC has signed off on AT&T’s $1.2 billion bid to buy Leap Wireless, the parent...

AT&T Promises $40 Cricket Unlimited Prepaid Plan Following Leap Merger

March 7, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a filing with the FCC that's intended to keep the commission up to date...

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AT&T CEO Won’t Rule Out Postpaid Cricket Offering

March 6, 2014 12:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T plans to use its recently acquired Cricket prepaid brand to disrupt the lower end of the industry. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company expects to close its acquisition of Leap Wireless later this month. "All of the sudden overnight, Cricket is going to have nationwide coverage," Stephenson said. 

Aio: T-Mobile Magenta Ruling Has No Effect on Advertising Plans

February 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“While we disagree with the court's decision, it addresses advertising and store designs that we are no longer implementing. Accordingly, this decision has no effect on our advertising plans,” said Alejandra Arango, director of media relations at Aio Wireless.

FirstNews Briefs: GSMA, Cricket, Kyocera, AT&T, LG, ORBCOMM

January 21, 2014 11:01 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The GSMA today announced its membership in the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a global coalition of over 50 members committed to driving down the cost of Internet access in developing countries via regulatory and policy reform.

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Leap Wireless Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve AT&T Acquisition

October 31, 2013 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After delaying a vote on AT&T’s proposed $1.2 billion takeover of Leap Wireless, Leap shareholders met yesterday and resoundingly approved the deal. Leap—which operates as Cricket Wireless—issued a release stating that more than 99 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the proposed merger agreement and 78 percent of the votes were in favor of the advisory proposal regarding executive compensation.

Cricket Partners with Devicescape for Curated Wi-Fi Offering

September 17, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Cricket is looking to offer its subscribers a Wi-Fi solution through a partnership with Devicescape. According a press release, Cricket has deployed Devicescape’s Curator Service to provide "offload services and capacity-reach." Cricket customers now have access to the Devicescape Curated Virtual...

MVNOs, M2M Driving Wholesale Connections at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

August 19, 2013 11:24 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the past three years, wholesale connections stemming from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M have climbed by 30 million to hit 70 million across six top carriers. According to new numbers from GSMA Intelligence, the group including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Clearwire and Verizon Wireless has seen combined total connection gains of 20 percent over the last two years.

Cricket Gets the S4, Goes After AT&T and Verizon

May 23, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Cricket Communications has announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as a new advertising campaign that challenges wireless giants Verizon and AT&T. The Galaxy S4 will be available through Cricket on June 7 for $599.99. In a move that seems a lot like T-Mobile's recent change to financing phones...

Barclays Opens Coverage of Leap Wireless on a Sour Note

May 17, 2013 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Barclays began its coverage of Leap Wireless, parent company of Cricket Wireless, by slapping an underweight tag on the prepaid carrier and putting the price target (PT) at $4. Leap’s stock today is down more than two percent. Barclays follows a number of downgrades for Leap, including JP Morgan Chase downgrading from neutral to underweight.

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Cricket Rolls Out New Family, iPhone Plans

April 22, 2013 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Prepaid carrier Cricket today annoucned a new family plan discount, as well as a revamp of plans for the iPhone. As part of the family plan discount, consumers will essentially get $10 off the $50 smartphone plan when they activate 2 lines. The $50 smarpthone plan includes 1GB of data...

Galaxy S 4 Available for Pre-order April 16 from AT&T, U.S. Cellular

March 29, 2013 1:02 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Both AT&T and U.S. Cellular have confirmed April 16 as the date when they’ll start accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. AT&T has set the price at $249 with a two-year contract while U.S. Cellular has yet to reveal pricing details. Neither carrier has set a release date.

Leap Wireless Stuck With iPhone Stockpile

February 28, 2013 10:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Leap Wireless said it may only sell half as many iPhones as promised in its contract with Apple. The Cricket Wireless company told the Wall Street Journal that the slow sales could leave it with as much as $100 million worth of unsold iPhones by the middle of this year when the first year of its contract ends.

Leap’s 4Q 2012 Misses Revenue, Reports Big Subscriber Loss

February 20, 2013 1:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Leap today reported a 2012 fourth-quarter revenue of $756 million, which fell short of the street by $23.62 million. But fourth quarter EPS beat estimates by $0.61, coming in at a loss of 96 cents per share. Net subscriber losses for the fourth quarter hit 337,000, a marked increase over the 269,000 subscribers Leap lost in the previous quarter.

Cricket's Muve Music Hits 1 Million Customers

January 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cricket Communications' on-demand Muve Music service has logged over 1.1 million customers. The service, which launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2010, has been a successful value-add for the prepaid carrier... 

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Leap Customer Losses Continue in 3Q

November 7, 2012 6:47 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Cricket Communications' parent Leap Wireless International continued to lose customers during the third quarter despite the introduction of the iPhone 5 and new price plans.

Cricket to Launch Prepaid iPhone on June 22

May 31, 2012 7:21 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Cricket Communications is about to become the first operator in the country to offer a prepaid iPhone.

AT & T, T-Mobile Among New Spectrum Swaps

May 16, 2012 7:29 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Five wireless operators and one cable provider filed yesterday to swap various swaths of spectrum, reflecting larger moves within the industry to secure additional licenses for overburdened legacy networks and new LTE service.

Clearwire 31-City LTE Launch to Include N.Y., L.A.

April 27, 2012 7:05 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Clearwire says New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle will be among the 31 cities it plans to light up during the first half of next year.

Clearwire CFO Lays Out Trump Card: Capacity

March 23, 2012 7:22 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Clearwire finance chief Hope Cochran laid out the company's trump card at an investor conference yesterday: Operators need capacity, and Clearwire has it in spades.

One Week After T-Mobile, Cricket Joins RCA Ranks

March 20, 2012 7:19 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Cricket Communications today became the latest carrier to sign on to the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), which frequently takes policy stances diametrically opposed to AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Cricket, Clearwire Sign Five-Year LTE Deal

March 14, 2012 6:47 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Cricket Communications has signed a five-year agreement with Clearwire for wholesale access to its unbuilt TD-LTE network.

Cricket's Muve Music Surpasses 500,000 Customers

January 9, 2012 7:39 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International/Cricket Communications today announced it has surpassed the 500,000 customer mark for its Muve Music service in less than a year.

Leap's First LTE Takes Off in Tucscon

December 21, 2011 6:16 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Cricket Communications parent Leap Wireless International switched on its first LTE service in Tucson, Ariz. today, marking the start of what the company described as a "multi year transition" to the next generation mobile broadband technology. The service will eventually

VZW, Cricket Agree on Spectrum Swap

December 1, 2011 7:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Cricket yesterday announced that they had agreed to an exchange of 700 MHz spectrum in the Chicago area.

Cricket Introduces Local Global Plans

November 8, 2011 7:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Cricket Communications today announced the introduction of local global calling numbers that allow for unlimited international calling.

Leap Lowers Loss

November 1, 2011 8:15 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Shares in Leap Wireless International were up more than 15 percent in early trading today...

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