Cricket to Launch LTE in Tucson First
Cricket has informed PCMag that it will start testing its Long Term Evolution network in Tucson, Ariz., starting in the second half of the year. Cricket's first LTE device is likely to be a laptop modem. The company won't launch LTE handsets until they are thin and cheap enough, and have decent battery life, according to PCMag. Cricket has yet to decide on pricing for LTE plans and devices. Cricket underscored that it has signed a roaming agreement with LightSquared, though the future of LightSquared's business model is somewhat in doubt right now. Cricket has forged roaming agreements with other carriers, as well, which should help increase the availability of its services. Cricket didn't provide information on when its LTE network will launch in other markets.
AT&T and Cricket Launch the Alcatel Ideal
AT&T and Cricket Wireless today announced a low-cost Android handset from Alcatel. The device is the same hardware as the Alcatel Dawn sold by Boost and Virgin, but has been rebadged as the Ideal by AT&T and Streak by Cricket.
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 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.
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.