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FirstNews Briefs: Verizon, Cricket, GENBAND, PCTEL

November 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Enterprise Solutions is launching the Verizon Retail Index. Designed to identify online traffic patterns in the United States that Verizon attributes to...                                  

FirstNews Briefs: Mavenir Systems, Stoke, Cricket, BURG, Radisys

November 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Mavenir Systems, a provider of software-based...

Rural Carriers, MVNOs Gearing Up for iPhone 6 Launches

September 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A second wave of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches is coming...

Cricket Doubles Data Buckets

September 10, 2014 11:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS - Cricket Wireless today announced a limited-...

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MetroPCS Expands Into 10 New Markets, Ups Data for Existing Subs

September 4, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St.Paul; Milwaukee, WI; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA; Richmond-Petersburg, VA; Salt Lake City; St. Louis, MO; and Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA.

FirstNews Briefs: Honeywell, Cricket, Nokia, Linktel, Fluke Networks

June 10, 2014 10:48 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Honeywell, managing home comfort and security for 125 years, is today launching the Lyric thermostat. The Lyric thermostat knows when you are coming and going, based on smartphone location, to deliver comfort when you’re home and savings when you’re away.

AT&T Intros GoPhone Prepaid LTE Tablet Plans

June 6, 2014 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today introduced a GoPhone prepaid offer for tablets. Customers can bring their own compatible slate, buy an AT&T SIM for $10 and then choose from three data plans. The plans start at $15/month for 250 MB and jump substantially from there to $30/month for 3 GB and $50/month for 5 GB.

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FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, SFX Entertainment, T-Mobile, Lutron, Cricket

June 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T plans to pilot a new service that arms companies with the ability to confirm the location of participating customers who opt-in to advanced protection against fraud when they travel internationally. AT&T plans to make the new Location Information Services capability available in more than 150 countries. The company will begin a pilot this summer, and expects to deploy the service to enterprise customers later this year.

AT&T’s New Cricket Reveals Pricing, Promotions

May 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cricket, which is absorbing AT&T’s existing Aio prepaid brand, is launching with three unlimited talk and text plans at varying high-speed data allowances. The $40 Basic plan includes 500 MB, the $50 Smart plan includes 2.5 GB, and the $60 Pro plan includes 5 GB. In addition, Cricket will sell a $25 talk and text-only plan.

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 SanDisk. In this week's SmartWatch we run down just exactly what the FCC requiires of AT&T to keep square its purchase of Leap Wireless. We also catch up with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson about his plans for the prepaid market. 

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 company of Cricket Wireless. Through the transaction, AT&T will inherit 4.6 million prepaid customers as well Leap assets including spectrum and network equipment. AT&T will gain access to Leap’s spectrum licenses in 1900 PCS and 1700 MHZ and 2100 MHZ AWS.

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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 on the progress AT&T's merger with Cricket parent company Leap Wireless, the plan will be available at a rate that will not exceed $40 per month for 18 months following the close of the merger. 

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.

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.

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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.

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... 

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.

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