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Cricket fined $2.1M for overcharging on wiretaps

AT&T’s Cricket Communications division has agreed to pay $2.1 million over allegations that it overcharged federal law enforcement agencies to carry out wiretaps and pen registers of its customers. The fine was announced by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and U.S. Department of Justice Office...

Leap’s swan song a mess, AT&T acquisition can’t come soon enough

With its pending acquisition by AT&T set to close this month, Leap Wireless released what is likely its last report as an independent carrier on its operational performance. And from looking at the results, operations have been running thin for the one-time no-contract leader. According...

ARPU be damned! Leap set to slash per-line price on family plans, triple device trade-in values

Leap Wireless may be in the midst of some organizational changes, but the carrier is looking to keep its Cricket brand moving forward announcing a pair of new limited-time initiatives. Leap said that beginning Jan. 26, customers would be able to sign up five lines...

Carrier Wrap: SK Telecom expand LTE roaming to Japan; ATN throws off more cash

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --SK Telecom unveiled recipricol LTE data...

Leap signs LTE deal with Clearwire; is MetroPCS next?

Having seen its previous LTE roaming partner stumble over spectrum concerns, Leap Wireless today announced a five-year wholesale deal with Clearwire. The agreement will provide Leap and its Cricket brand with LTE coverage for customers when they are outside of the company’s native markets. Financial...

Leap's debt offer could speed up LTE deployment plans

In an attempt to help fund its LTE network deployment plans, Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) said its Cricket Communications Inc. subsidiary plans to offer $400 million in 7.75% senior notes dues in 2020 to qualified institutional buyers “subject to market and other conditions.”...

Leap’s debt offer could speed up LTE deployment plans

In an attempt to help fund its LTE network deployment plans, Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) said its Cricket Communications Inc. subsidiary plans to offer $400 million in 7.75% senior notes dues in 2020 to qualified institutional buyers “subject to market and other conditions.”...

Reality Check: Is 2011 the year of prepaid?

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.“This time, it’s for real.” If I have heard that phrase once, I’ve heard it a thousand...

Leap continues to show stress from operational change

Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP), which operates its wireless business under the Cricket Communications Inc. brand, posted lumpy first quarter results as the carrier continues to manage changes in its operations. The carrier said it added 331,000 customers during the first quarter of the...

Global Tower Partners buys Cricket’s towers

Global Tower Partners said it acquired 130 towers from Cricket Communications Inc. (LEAP) in a deal that closed earlier today. As is standard between independent tower owners and wireless operators, Cricket will remain a tenant on the towers."We have had a long standing...

Global Tower Partners buys Cricket's towers

Global Tower Partners said it acquired 130 towers from Cricket Communications Inc. (LEAP) in a deal that closed earlier today. As is standard between independent tower owners and wireless operators, Cricket will remain a tenant on the towers."We have had a long standing...

Cricket launches Muve Music in Las Vegas

Cricket Communications Inc. isn't necessarily blazing any new trails with Muve Music, but it hopes to generate some early interest in the all-you-can-listen service in the city that never sleeps. The Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) subsidiary launched Muve Music in its Las Vegas...

Leap completes Denali acquisition

Leap Wireless International Inc.’s subsidiary Cricket Communications Inc. completed its acquisition of Denali Spectrum L.L.C., providing the carrier with “ownership and control” of Denali’s Chicago and southern Wisconsin markets. Leap (LEAP) had previously announced plans to acquire the 17.5% controlling interest in Denali it...

Capital Markets: Livewire buys FoneStarz; Millicom sells towers; and more

Livewire Mobile Inc. said it acquired FoneStarz Media Group, which is a mobile content supplier and digital storefront that works with a variety of telecom and media brands. The combined company will provide application distribution, ringback, full-track music, video, advertising, ringtones, images and games....

Capital Markets: Fibertech goes private; Cricket acquires LCW Wireless interest; and more

Fibertech Networks entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by Court Square Capital Partners. Terms of the agreement call for Court Square to acquire the company from its original investors –Nautic Partners and Ridgemont Equity Partners. The transaction is expected to close before the...

Bits and Bytes: WiMAX Forum news; CDG awards; and more

At the WiMAX Forum Global Congress this week in Amsterdam, a group of technical experts from several WiMAX vendors created a proposal on enhancements to the IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX standard for submission into the next WiMAX Forum certification release. Experts from Alvarion, Beceem,...

Big box stores ring up carrier deals: Retail outlets increase focus on mobile

Big box retailers have made comparing cellphone plans and pricing much quicker by putting most of the options under one roof. So the real question is who has what?Best Buy Co. Inc. sells more than 90 different handsets across nine prepaid/postpaid carriers through its...

Leap lowers outlook due to stiff competition, economy

Leap Wireless International Inc. lowered the number of new subscribers it expects to add this year as the carrier faces increased competition in the prepaid segment. Leap added 202,767 net subscribers in the second quarter, up 18% from the year-ago quarter, but also reported...

Leap’s expansion pays off in new subscribers, but buildout costs drag on profits: Wireless provider scores 385,000 new customers in Q4

Leap Wireless International Inc.'s growth is going according to plan, but the carrier is paying for it, literally. In its fourth-quarter results, Leap reported operating income of $3.8 million, a fraction of the $17.9 million the carrier posted for fourth quarter of 2007. Leap...

Cricket hits the Windy City

Cricket Communications Inc. continues its nationwide rollout with its Chicago launch today, bringing its total covered pops to 77.5 million. The carrier, parented by Leap Wireless International Inc., is scheduled to double its covered pops this year. Cricket recently launched service in pockets of...

Leap adds 385,000 subscribers in Q4: Unlimited wireless provider reports 79,000 new subs for its mobile broadband service

Leap Wireless International Inc. said it recorded a solid final quarter for 2008, adding 385,000 new customers that contributed to an overall increase of 34% for the year.The regional, flat-rate carrier announced that it ended the year with 3.84 million customers and saw growth...

Leap launches video-viewing features

Cricket Communications Inc. said it is giving customers all the video their eyes can take, for $5 a month. The subsidiary of Leap Wireless International Inc., Cricket is offering unlimited mobile video service, allowing customers to view a selection of video clips, one-to-four minutes...

Cricket launches AWS-equipped Razr V3s

Leap Communications International Inc. subsidiary Cricket Communications Inc. added another version of Motorola Inc.'s venerable Razr handset to its lineup with the V3s that is compatible with the carrier's advanced wireless services spectrum it acquired during the Federal Communication Commission's Auction 66. The...

Financial ratings wrap-up: Inmarsat, RIM, Leap and more

The following list includes ratings changes and financial information for wireless companies announced this week by investment-banking and financial-services firms.CarrierStandard & Poor's Ratings Services revised its outlook on U.K.-based mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat Ventures Ltd. to positive from stable. It also affirmed all...

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