Cricket's LTE Network Launches in Tucson
Leap Wireless today announced that Tucson, Ariz., will be its first Long Term Evolution 4G market and serve as the starting point for the company's planned transition from CDMA 3G to LTE 4G services. Cricket said that 90% of its CDMA service footprint in the Tucson area has access to LTE, and its LTE market will spread to Nogales, Ariz., in early 2012. The first device able to access the LTE network is the Huawei Boltz, a laptop USB modem that costs $149.99 and includes support for microSD cards up to 32GB. LTE data plans will cost $50 per month for 5GB of data at up to 3Mbps or $60 for 5GB of data up to 6Mbps. The device is backwards-compatible with Cricket's CDMA network. Leap expects that it will take several years to fully transition from CDMA to LTE.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Cricket Follows AT&T's Lead with Unlimited Calls to Mexico
Cricket Wireless today announced that all customers on its $50 and $60 plans can now make unlimited calls to Mexico. Cricket's subscribers can call landlines and mobile phones at no extra charge, though Cricket said calls to special or premium services may be blocked.
Cricket Adds More Data to Low-Cost Plans
Cricket Wireless today added more data to its bottom two prepaid service plans in a bid to keep up with similar offers from Boost Mobile and MetroPCS. With Cricket's auto-pay discount, the Basic plan costs $35 per month and now includes unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of high-speed data per month (up from 1GB).
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.
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