Cricket Wireless

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Cricket Communications, Inc.
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryWireless Telecommunications
Founded1999 (1999)
Headquarters5887 Copley Drive San Diego, CA 92111 (Kearny Mesa), United States
Area servedUnited States
ParentAT&T Inc.
Websitewww.mycricket.com
 
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Cricket Communications, Inc.
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryWireless Telecommunications
Founded1999 (1999)
Headquarters5887 Copley Drive San Diego, CA 92111 (Kearny Mesa), United States
Area servedUnited States
ParentAT&T Inc.
Websitewww.mycricket.com

Cricket Communications, Inc. also known as Cricket Wireless and Cricket, founded in 1999, is a subsidiary of Leap Wireless International that provides prepaid wireless services to approximately 4.6 million subscribers in the United States.[1] On July 12, 2013, AT&T Inc. agreed to acquire Cricket's parent company Leap Wireless for $1.2 billion. The merger was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on March 13, 2014, [2] and later that same day, Leap Wireless announced the completion of its acquisition by AT&T.[3]

History[edit]

Typical Cricket retail store in Hillsboro, Oregon

Muve Music[edit]

Muve Music is a music application service from Cricket Wireless. It is only available on Android devices on the Cricket network. The Muve Music application lets users browse and download millions of songs. Cricket currently has contracts with Sony, Universal Music, Warner Music, and EMI.

Coverage areas[edit]

Cricket subscribers are covered about 98% of the United States using its home network and roaming agreements with Sprint and among other CDMA carriers. Following the acquisition by AT&T, Cricket will begin releasing devices capable of accessing AT&T's 3G, HSPA+, and 4G LTE network. Once on the AT&T network, Cricket customers will have coverage in 99% of the United States.

Data throttling[edit]

Cricket offers a variety of plans that include data allowance. Cricket provides 3 smartphone plans that depend of how much data you want a month. The plans start off at $50 for 2.5 GB of full-speed data, or $60 for 5 GB of full-speed data or $70 for 10 GB of full-speed data. Exceeding the cap results in reduced data speed (throttling), possibly as low as dialup speeds. Cricket measures the data allowance per day on a 30-day billing cycle.

Partnership with RadioShack[edit]

On September 5, 2012, RadioShack, in a partnership with Cricket Wireless, began offering its own branded wireless service using Cricket's nationwide network. RadioShack No Contract Wireless offers exactly the same rate plans and services as Cricket. Although RadioShack offers and markets product packaging and other aspects under its own brand, little changes are actually made on the smartphones themselves as most services on them are still branded Cricket.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Company Information | Cricket Wireless". Mycricket.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  2. ^ a b Welch, Chris (March 13, 2014). "FCC approves AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless, says it's 'in the public interest'". The Verge. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "AT&T/Leap Merger - March 13, 2014". leapwireless.mediaroom.com. 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  4. ^ "About". Leap Wireless. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  5. ^ Humer, Caroline (2007-09-04). "MetroPCS bids $5.3 billion for Leap Wireless". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  6. ^ "Leap Rejects MetroPCS Merger Offer". TheStreet.com. 2007-09-16. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  7. ^ Dano, Mike (2007-11-01). "Metro ditches bid for Leap". RCR Wireless News. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  8. ^ "Leap Wireless - Media Relations - Press Release" (Press release). Phx.corporate-ir.net. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Leap Wireless - Media Relations - Press Release" (Press release). Phx.corporate-ir.net. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Leap Wireless - Media Relations - Press Release" (Press release). Phx.corporate-ir.net. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  11. ^ "Leap Wireless - Media Relations - Press Release" (Press release). Phx.corporate-ir.net. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Leap Wireless - Media Relations - Press Release" (Press release). Phx.corporate-ir.net. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  13. ^ a b c "Cricket Wireless News and Coverage". Prepaid Reviews. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  14. ^ "Cricket Launches New Navigation Solution". Business Wire. 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  15. ^ Kyocera Rio E3100 Coming Soon!, PhoneWebZ
  16. ^ Moren, Dan (May 31, 2012). "Prepaid carrier Cricket leaps onto iPhone scene". Macworld. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 

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