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 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.
Cricket Wireless Debuts HD Voice for Select Phones
Cricket Wireless recently added HD Voice to its service offering. HD Voice, which requires both the caller and receiver to have compatible devices connected to Cricket's LTE network, delivers significantly improved voice clarity.
Cricket Customers Won't Benefit from AT&T's LTE Advancements for Now
Cricket Wireless customers shouldn't expect to see an improvement in data speeds any time soon, despite the incredible gains in LTE performance made by Cricket parent AT&T. Cricket caps all customers' data speeds at 8 Mbps, even though its phones and the network support speeds up to 10 times faster.
Precursor to a Merger / Buyout