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. 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,  and later that same day, Leap Wireless announced the completion of its acquisition by AT&T.
September 4, 2007: Competing carrier MetroPCS announced a $5.3 billion bid to merge with Leap Wireless . Leap informally rejected the bid less than two weeks later. MetroPCS officially withdrew the bid less than two months later, on November 1, 2007.
September 17, 2007: Cricket launched Wireless Broadband Service using EV-DO.
December 12, 2007: Cricket agreed to acquire Hargray Communications Group's wireless telecommunications business.
April 8, 2008: Cricket launched in Oklahoma City.
September 29, 2008: Cricket announced that they had entered into a 10 year roaming agreement with MetroPCS covering both companies' existing and future markets. The companies also entered into a spectrum exchange agreement covering licenses in certain markets.
November 13, 2008: Cricket launched "Premium Extended Coverage", a roaming partnership with 14 wireless companies.
February 2009: Cricket launched in Chicago.
March 10, 2009: Cricket launched in the Philadelphia market, including suburbs such as Atlantic City, NJ and Wilmington, DE.
On September 5, 2012, electronic retailer RadioShack in partnership with Cricket Wireless, launched RadioShack No Contract Wireless service powered by Cricket.
On July 12, 2013, AT&T agreed to buy Cricket Wireless for $1.2 billion.
On March 13, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission approved the merger between AT&T and Leap Wireless.
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.
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.
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.
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.