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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. 

AT&T Could Muve Subscriber Base for Beats

January 16, 2014 5:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

While Beats appears to have done a good job with its new streaming music service (see below for hands-on impressions), it’s the company's tie-up with AT&T that could make it a contender out of the gate. That's saying something considering wireless operators' poor track record when it comes to content.   

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 4 (10-6)

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! In case you missed them, check out the previous installments.

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Leap Loses Nearly 1M Customers in Past Year

November 8, 2013 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Leap Wireless’ third-quarter numbers show the prepaid carrier has nearly one million less customers than it did at this time last year. The prepaid carrier’s end-of-period customers for the third quarter totaled 4,643,430, down nearly 18 percent from the 5,633,819 it had at the end of the third quarter in 2012.

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.

Leap Wireless Postpones Shareholder Vote on AT&T Merger

October 24, 2013 11:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Leap Wireless yesterday disclosed it is postponing a shareholder vote on the company’s proposed merger with AT&T. The vote, originally scheduled for Oct. 24, has been rescheduled for Oct. 30. In a filing with the SEC, Leap indicated the postponement is intended to give the company time to file amendments to its 10-K for 2012 and a pair of 10-Qs for 2013.

Leap Wireless Admits Errors in Financial Reporting

October 23, 2013 10:25 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Leap’s management has concluded that a “material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting existed during each of the affected periods and that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting for such periods were therefore not effective.”

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.

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T-Mo Goes After Leap with 15 New MetroPCS Markets

July 25, 2013 3:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile is expanding its newly acquired MetroPCS prepaid to 15 new markets in a play that will allow it to more directly compete with prepaid rival Leap Wireless. The new territories, which lie in metropolitan areas from Texas to Maryland, will double MetroPCS' available markets. MetroPCS will offer its existing prepaid plans in the markets...

Analyst: Verizon Could Counter AT&T’s Bid for Leap Wireless

July 15, 2013 11:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After AT&T’s late Friday announcement of its plans to buy Leap Wireless for approximately $1.2 billion, talk of a possible counter-bid from Verizon has already surfaced. The Street cited Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins as saying Verizon might submit a higher offer for Leap. Rollins pointed out that AT&T buying Leap would put Verizon further behind its chief rival in terms of wireless spectrum per million subscribers.

AT&T to Buy Leap Wireless for About $1.2 Billion

July 12, 2013 7:02 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AT&T Inc. said Friday that it has agreed to acquire Leap Wireless International Inc., the pre-paid cellphone carrier that operates under the Cricket brand, for about $1.19 billion in cash or $15 a share. The purchase gives the nation's No. 2 cellphone carrier a leg-up in serving customers who prefer not to have lengthy contracts.

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.

Leap, RadioShack Out Prepaid Service

September 4, 2012 7:26 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

RadioShack confirmed rumors of a house-branded wireless service today with the launch of no-contract phones running on Leap Wireless International's network.

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A Look at Unlimited Data Plans at Top 5 Carriers

August 23, 2012 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two smaller wireless companies, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, announced unlimited-data offerings this week as they try to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Here’s how data plans offered by the five largest U.S. carriers compare.

VZW Ups Prepaid Game with Smartphone Plan, Hotspot

May 1, 2012 7:22 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless outed two new prepaid devices yesterday amid signs of increasing interest in the no-contract space from top-tier providers typically focused on more lucrative postpaid customers.

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.

Leap Plans Back-to-School Refresh

April 26, 2012 7:16 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Leap said yesterday it would overhaul its service plans during the third quarter as part of a back-to-school season refresh but provided few details about what the shakeup would entail.

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.

Leap Mulls Muve Licensing

February 17, 2012 7:23 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International may license its Muve Music service to prepaid providers overseas...

Walter Berger Out as Leap CFO

January 27, 2012 7:12 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International finance chief Walter Berger is leaving the company to take an unspecified tech job.

Leap Mulls LTE Tie-Up with Sprint

January 6, 2012 7:56 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International is "very willing" to consider extending its current wholesale deal with Sprint for 3G service to LTE...

MetroPCS, Leap 4Q Customer Adds Slump Year-Over-Year

January 5, 2012 7:15 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Prepaid providers MetroPCS Communications and Leap Wireless International both have posted year-over-year decreases in the number of new customers...

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 Spectrum Swap Worth $100 Million to Leap

December 6, 2011 7:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International yesterday announced more specifics of its previously reported spectrum swap with Verizon Wireless.

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