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December 23, 2011

Leap Introduces Cricket 4G LTE in Tucson

Leap Wireless International has introduced Cricket 4G LTE in Tucson marking the beginning of the company’s planned, multi-year transition of its existing 3G network to 4G LTE.

Tucson customers have the option to choose from two 4G LTE monthly service plans each providing up to 5GB of data per month. The first plan is priced at $50 and offers download speeds of up to 3Mbps. Plan two is available for $60 and offers download speeds up to 6Mbps.

Cricket Communications is a provider of innovative and value-driven wireless communications services.

Noting 4G LTE as the fastest most advanced network technology in America, the company says that Cricket’s 4G speeds ranged from 5 to 10 times faster than current 3G data speeds in pre-launch speed tests conducted in the Tucson market.

Leap Wireless has planned to cover more than 90 percent of Cricket’s Tucson market footprint by the new 4G LTE network and has planned further expansion for nearby Nogales, Ariz. next year.

Users in Tucson can access 4G LTE service at launch via mobile broadband services. Customers can buy Cricket’s first 4G LTE device, the Huawei Boltz (E 397) modem, for $149.99 (MSRP) at Cricket’s company-owned stores.

Over the coming months, Leap Wireless expects Cricket’s LTE device roadmap to grow from modems to smartphones and other devices such as tablets.

“The introduction of Cricket 4G LTE in Tucson as our first commercial market is an early milestone in our transition to LTE that will allow us to continue to offer our customers high-quality products and services with the latest technology at the value price they’ve come to expect,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Leap. “Cricket is the leader in providing the best value in the wireless industry. That leadership comes from introducing new products and services, like LTE, in a thoughtful manner and on a timeline that is appropriate for our value conscious customers.”

Read a related article at MobilityTechzone, “Cricket Enhances its Device Portfolio with the Launch of its First Tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 10.1.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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