Cricket Signs LTE Wholesale Agreement with Clearwire
Leap Wireless today announced that it has signed a wholesale agreement with Clearwire so it can access Clearwire's forthcoming LTE 4G network. The deal, which will initially last five years, will provide Leap's Cricket prepaid wireless service with the ability to offload extra capacity to help supplement its own LTE network. Cricket plans to deploy LTE to about two-thirds of its total footprint in the coming two or three years, and will cover 25 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2012. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Cricket Selling the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for $180
Cricket Wireless announced the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is available to customers today for $179.99. The phone has a 5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and a 2,600mAh battery.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.
Cricket Debuts Unlimited Plan for $70
Cricket Wireless today announced a new service plan that includes unlimited talk, text, and LTE data for $70 per month. That price includes all taxes and fees.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
T-Mobile to Buy Chicago-Area Spectrum to Boost Coverage
T-Mobile today said it has agreed to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Leap in order to bring its "extended-range LTE" coverage to the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, T-Mobile is snagging A-Block 700 MHz spectrum covering Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Evanston, Naperville, Aurora, Gary, Rockford, De Kalb, Janesville, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, Kenosha, and others.
Precursor to a Merger / Buyout