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Cricket $1 SIM Deal

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Normally, T-Mobile is the one who is always having $1 SIM sales, but it looks like Cricket has taken a page out of the Uncarrier’s book and has been offering $1 SIMs to customers who are interested in porting to Cricket. You might recall that this deal originally launched in April and was set to expire at the end of the month. Well, it looks like it’s been pretty popular as Cricket has extended it through July 9, 2015.

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Cricket to Offer ZTE Fanfare

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Cricket Wireless has added a new phone to its prepaid lineup with, ironically, zero fanfare. The ZTE Fanfare is available through Walmart stores nationwide for about $70 and while the technical specifications of this phone aren’t the greatest, it would be an excellent basic phone for light users or anyone looking to venture into the smartphone market.

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Cricket Adds Lumia 640 to Lineup

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Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid company, announced yesterday that it will be adding yet another Windows phone to its prepaid phone line up. The Lumia 640 is a 4G LTE-ready phone that is aimed at mid-range users and boasts a pretty decent camera for the price as well as several other free add-ons when you purchase it new.

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Get a Free Nokia Phone with Cricket

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Cricket Wireless, an AT&T-owned prepaid brand, absolutely loves its mail-in rebates. So, of course, this month the company has a new promotion aimed at customers porting into Cricket Wireless. And, of course, it involves a mail-in rebate. The good news? It’s actually pretty cheap and after the rebate, almost completely free.

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Cricket Adds Canadian Calling

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The trend of including unlimited or low-price international calling with higher-priced plans continues this week with Cricket Wireless. This AT&T prepaid brand quietly made a change to its $50 and $60 monthly plans to include unlimited calls, texts and MMS messages to most of Canada.

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Cricket to Offer Galaxy S6 April 24

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Cricket Wireless, AT&T’s prepaid brand, has finally announced an official date for offering Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S6. Starting on April 24, customers will be able purchase the smartphone in Cricket stores and online. The phone itself has already been available at Boost Mobile stores since last week, but I suppose late is better than never.

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Cricket Adds Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime to Lineup

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Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid brand, doesn’t really have all that many options in its phone lineup, especially when compared to other MVNOs. But, it looks like Cricket is adding another Samsung device to that lineup: the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. This budget-friendly smartphone boasts a higher resolution front camera designed with selfie enthusiasts in mind.

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Cricket Debuts Phone Financing

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On Wednesday, Cricket Wireless announced that it has partnered with a credit financing company to offer its customers the option of financing their expensive phones through a third party. There are three different options for financing, two of which involve a credit check. The financing must be done at a brick and mortar Cricket Wireless store and is not available online.

While personally I think that leasing and especially renting phones is a bad idea, I’ll still go ahead and list out the options:

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Cricket Offering 99 Cent SIMs

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AT&T has launched a new sale for its prepaid brand Cricket Wireless. No doubt to help encourage CDMA customers to migrate before the network shutdown as well as compete with T-Mobile’s $1 SIM sale, Cricket has slashed the prices of its SIM cards from $10 to $1. This sale is expected to continue through the month of April.

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Cricket CDMA Shutdown Has Begun

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Cricket Wireless has officially taken the first few steps towards shuttering its CDMA network for good in favor of parent company AT&T’s GSM service. Customers who have not switched to the CDMA networks are going to start losing service between now and September, based on the area. The following markets will be the first to go dark:

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Cricket Advanced Plan Ending Soon

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Cricket Wireless, an AT&T owned MVNO launched a really great promotional plan a few months ago for customers who are looking for a lot of high speed data for not a lot of dough. But, this promotional plan is scheduled to end on April 9, 2015, so customers who are wanting to be grandfathered need to get in on it this week.

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Cricket SIMs Available on Amazon

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Since AT&T formally took over Cricket Wireless, there have been several changes that have slowly brought this company to the forefront. Originally marketed only for old people, Cricket has expanded to be sold at Walmart and GameStop locations nationwide. Starting immediately, customers can now purchase Cricket services via Amazon as well.

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Cricket Offers Tax Season Promotions

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If your income tax return is burning a hole in your pocket, then Cricket would like to offer you a way to spend that hard-earned cash. Now through April 9, 2015, Cricket Wireless is offering customers significant phone rebates on LTE phones as well as the third month free. Of course, there are some catches, but it’s still a pretty good deal. Here are the details:

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Cricket Announces Moto E

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AT&T’s prepaid brand Cricket Wireless announced today that it will be carrying the new 4G LTE version of the Moto E starting this Friday, March 13. This phone will be the first Lollipop device that Cricket will carry and it should be available both online and in stores. While the Moto E is still an entry-level device, this phone is still a pretty good deal for the expected price point.

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Cricket to Carry the Galaxy S6

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Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S6 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earlier this week, and AT&T’s Cricket Wireless has already jumped on board and announced that it will be carrying the newest S6 from Samsung as soon as its released. Plans to carry the S6 Edge have not been announced.

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Cricket Adds Unlimited Calls/Texts to Mexico

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As you might recall, AT&T purchased the Mexican company lusacell earlier this year and it appears that the first benefits of this merger are trickling down to the prepaid market even sooner than anticipated. Starting today, some Cricket Wireless customers will see unlimited services to Mexico added to their plans at no additional cost. 

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Cricket Promo Increases Data, Reduces Phones

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Cricket Wireless has hosted a few promotions that competed directly with T-Mobile and other prepaid carriers, but most of their promotions haven’t seemed all that aggressive. Last Friday, Cricket launched several aggressive promotions that added even more data, reduced phone prices through mail-in rebates and even launched an entirely new plan that has a ridiculous amount of data for the price.

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Cricket Teams Up with Deezer

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Adding music streaming to prepaid brands seems to be quite a trend, and Cricket is no exception. Last week, the AT&T owned prepaid brand announced that they will be shutting down Muve Music in favor of the more popular Deezer brand. Known worldwide, this premium music provider is used in more than 180 countries and has the world’s largest music catalog with more than 35 million songs and 30,000 internet radio stations to stream.

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Cricket Wireless CDMA Shut Down Schedule

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Cricket Wireless has announced a schedule to shut down their legacy CDMA network in three different phases. The shutdowns are expected to happen on a rolling basis and the market shutdown will begin a month before the first ‘sunset date’ and be closed by the bill cycle at the end of the ‘sunset date.’

For example, the first sunset date is March/April. Customers will have their CDMA service terminated by the bill cycle beginning March 15, and the CDMA network will be completely shut down in those markets by April 15.

Here is the schedule for the shutdown:

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Cricket Wireless to get ZTE Grand X Max+

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Cricket Wireless and Chinese phone maker ZTE partnered together at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday to debut ZTE’s new flagship phone, the ZTE Grand X Max Plus. This phone will be exclusive to Cricket Wireless and is designed to be an affordable flagship for the prepaid market.

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Cricket Wireless Extends $100 Promotion

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For the second time, Cricket Wireless has extended their $100 porting credit promotion until the end of January. Originally set to expire on Dec. 31 (and before that, at the beginning of November) this deal is clearly pretty popular, and I can certainly see why.

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Cricket Renews $100 Credit Promo

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In a push to gain more customers and boost sales in the tail end of 2014, AT&T’s Cricket Wireless has renewed their $100 switcher credit promotion. Now through December 31, 2014, customers who switch to Cricket Wireless from Boost Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile or Virgin Mobile can get $100 bill credit to go towards their monthly bills. An earlier version of this promotion recently ended on November 2.

To qualify for the credit, customers must:

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Cricket SIMs Available at Walmart

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Cricket Wireless, the AT&T owned MVNO, is now available for purchase from Walmart stores and from walmart.com. You can purchase a SIM card kit for around $10 and I believe the kits will contain several different sizes of SIMs (mini, micro and nano) which will be compatible with different phones.

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Cricket Announces Holiday Deals

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While Thanksgiving might not be here yet, stores nationwide have already begun kicking off the holiday shopping season with Christmas decorations and, of course, holiday shopping deals. Every year, tons of people will flock to the various technology isles for gifts for loved ones.

Getting ahead of the game this year, Cricket Wireless has already announced their holiday deals for this Christmas season, including several rebates on new phones, cheap international calling plans to contact loved ones overseas and more! We’ll go over them briefly, but if you’re interested, check out their website for additional sales and promotions.

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Cricket Changes Unlocking Policies

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AT&T owned prepaid brand Cricket Wireless has announced a change in their policy on unlocking Cricket Wireless phones. Under the old policy, Cricket Wireless phones could be unlocked after four months of service but the new policy, which will take effect on December 7, 2014, has increased that by two months.

Here are the unlocking requirements taken straight from Cricket Wireless:

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Cricket to Carry Lumia 635

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AT&T owned MVNO Cricket Wireless will be expanding their smartphone lineup starting this Friday, Nov. 7 with the Nokia Lumia 635. This mid-range smartphone is an excellent value if you live in a area with 4G coverage and would be an excellent introduction to the Windows phone platform. Previously only available for prepaid through MetroPCS, this LTE-ready phone will cost for $99 and comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 which includes the snarky personal assistant, Cortana. 

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Cricket Expands to Walmart

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Since Cricket Wireless was purchased by AT&T last spring, there have been some major changes including the closing of Cricket’s CDMA network by the end of 2015. However, the most recent change is the expansion of Cricket Wireless prepaid services and phones in nearly 1,000 Walmart stores nationwide. Prior to AT&T’s acquisition, Cricket services were available in Walmart stores, but now customers can take advantage of the new lower priced plans and a couple of exclusive phone deals.

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Cricket Promotion Extended to Nov. 2

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AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless has announced an extension on their promotional offer to grant $100 to new customers porting numbers from MetroPCS or T-Mobile. Originally announced in August and set to expire Oct. 19, this promotion has now been extended to Nov. 2. The promotion will also now be available to Cincinnati Bell consumers porting to Cricket.

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ZTE Grand X Max Phablet Debuts with Cricket

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Cricket Wireless has announced the upcoming availability of their second phablet, the ZTE Grand X Max. This phablet will be available in stores and online on October 10, 2014 and is expected to retail for $199.99 with a new plan activation. This massive phone features a six inch high definition screen and comes preloaded with Peel Smart Remote, which turns the smartphone into part of your entertainment scene with personalized TV recommendations.

Hardware specs for the phablet include:

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Cricket Gets New Budget Lumia Phone

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UPDATE: Shortly after Cricket’s announcement, T-Mobile also announced that they will be carrying the Lumia 530 later this month.

Cricket has announced that they will be carrying the new Nokia Lumia 530 starting today. This budget-friendly Windows phone will come with Windows 8.1 and the popular Cortana assistant program and is expected to market through Cricket for $49.99. Keep in mind, of course, that this is really an entry-level device so the specs are really only mediocre.

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AT&T MVNO Coverage Maps Compared

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Last week, I posted an article comparing all of the Verizon MVNO coverage maps. Several of them were a little surprising, so I thought that I would go through all of the other Tier 1 carriers and compare maps of their MVNOs to see how they stacked up. While most MVNOs share the prepaid network of their primary carrier, some of them skimp on coverage to cut costs, and very few of them offer roaming in areas with no Tier 1 carrier network coverage.

Today, we have a compilation of the AT&T MVNO maps. Most of them shared coverage with GoPhone, but did not offer roaming (represented by the lighter yellow areas). However, the maps were far more similar than the Verizon MVNO maps we saw last week.

So, without any more ado, here are the AT&T MVNO maps:

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Cricket Offers HTC Desire 510

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Cricket Wireless has announced that they will be among the first to launch the HTC Desire 510, a new 4G LTE smartphone that combines style with social networking technologies. The HTC Desire 510 is a mid-grade smartphone priced at $149.99. 

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Best iPhone 6 Prepaid Plans

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Yesterday, Apple finally pulled back the curtain to reveal the next generation of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. These flashy new devices have caught the attention of both Apple lovers and phone enthusiasts across the internet, especially with their affordable on-contract price. For the prepaid market, the unlocked no-contract cost can be a little harder to swallow, but never fear–our trusty companies are sure to be offering deals in the coming months so you can get your hands on one of those fancy phones soon.

So, in preparation for the celebration of this exciting new phone, we’ve rounded up some of the best money-saving iPhone 6 prepaid plans for each main carrier network. You’ll want as much data as you can get for the lowest price, and of course, unlimited talk and text is a must so you can tell everyone all about your snazzy new phone.

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Cricket Adds Data to Unlimited Plans

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Cricket, the AT&T owned MVNO, announced this morning that they are increasing the data for customers on their prepaid unlimited monthly plans. Customers on the GSM network don’t have to do a single thing–the upgrade will happen automatically during their next billing cycle. The additional data will start on Sept. 13 and is only going to be available for a limited time. However, an end date for this promotion has not been set.

Here is a breakdown of the additional data per plan:

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Gamestop to Sell Cricket Phones

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GameStop, the popular console game reseller, will be selling Cricket phones and wireless accessories in October. With this new partnership, customers will not only be able to buy, sell and trade games and consoles–but they will be able to also sell, trade and purchase old phones and put it towards a new phone or a game.

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Cricket Recruiting T-Mobile, Metro PCS Customers

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A day after T-Mobile started it’s referral program, trying to lure Sprint, AT&T and Verizon customers to their Simple Choice plan, AT&T’s Cricket has a counter offer. On Friday, Cricket announced that T-Mobile and Metro PCS customers who switched to Cricket could qualify for a $100 bill credit for each line transferred–or about two month’s service, depending on what plan you choose. The offer is valid until Oct. 19.

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Cricket Rebate on Nokia, ZTE, More

If you like Cricket and you’re looking for a good phone deal, then today is your day. As part of a huge back-to-school promotion, Cricket Wireless is offering mail-in rebates on several popular models including the ZTE Grand X starting Friday. This Cricket rebate is going until Sept. 11 and includes phones from Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and ZTE. Of course, for some of the more expensive phones you’ll still have to pay, but the mail-in rebates and activation discounts are as much as $100 when paired together, so you could potentially get a pretty cool deal. They are even offering the 4G Nokia Lumia 630 for free with the rebate!

The promotions are as follows:

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Preorder the Galaxy S4 at Cricket: $529.99 plus rebate

Cricket customers who want to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 can do so starting now. As noted when Cricket announced the S4, it will cost $599.99, but Cricket has added a few discounts. With instant and web discounts the price falls to $529.99. Customers who order or purchase the S4 between now and June 22nd are also eligible for a $55 mail-in rebate, which comes in the form of a Visa prepaid gift card. To be eligible customers must send in the rebate form within 30 days of purchase, and must maintain service with Cricket for a minimum of 45 days. The phone will ship on June 7th. You can order yours at Cricket’s website.

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Cricket announces Samsung Admire 2, Galaxy Discover, Galaxy S4 launch, and LTE roaming

It was a big day at CTIA 2014 for Cricket wireless as they announced a few new handsets plus an LTE roaming agreement that could certainly help their stock. For starters they’ll launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 on June 7th for $599.99. Thankfully, for those who don’t have $600 to burn, they’ll have a financing option that will let you walk out of store with the S4 for $59.99. That will increase your monthly payment, of course, but it will cut down on the wallet shock of shelling out that much for a phone. For those who don’t want to pay that much, period, for a smartphone, Cricket announced two more affordable Samsung models.

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Cricket reduces iPhone plan price, intros $40 family plan

Tracfone might be making it look easy, but consistently adding subscribers is a constant challenge for prepaid carriers. Cricket has felt that in recent quarters, losing more than 500,000 subscribers in the second half of 2012. Yesterday they took direct action to help turn around that trend, reducing the price of their iPhone plan and offering a new smartphone family plan. Both offerings could increase the appeal of Cricket, which has faced stiffer competition in the past few months.

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Cricket will launch Kyocera Kona on April 21

What you see there is the Kyocera Kona, the latest flip phone to hit Cricket. While the company has, rightly, focused on its Muve Music service on Android smartphones, the Kona serves a portion of the prepaid market that is increasingly neglected. While prepaid carriers are trying to increase ARPU and other performance metrics with smartphones, many prepaid customers use those services because of simple, low-cost offerings. We recently saw Boost Mobile announce a similar — and perhaps identical — offering with the Kyocera Coast. For Cricket, the Kona will come out this Sunday, April 21, and will cost $60. That might sound like a lot for a basic flip phone, but sometimes that’s the price you pay for no-contract service. Boost’s Coast is half the price, though.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Cricket now offering the ZTE Engage LT Android smartphone

It appears Cricket is back with another Android smartphone priced under $200. The ZTE Engage LT is something you might have seen on a major carrier in 2011, with a 1GHz processor and a 4-inch screen. In 2011, though, it would have run 2.3 Gingerbread. The Engage LT runs 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is pretty much all anyone can hope for in a mid-range handset. Surprisingly, the OG Engage, a 2012 model, is also available for the same exact price. It features a faster processor, better camera, and the same screen resolution. Battery might be better on the LT, but that’s about it. You can get either Engage model for $180 at Cricket’s website.

Via Android Police.

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Cricket lagging in iPhone sales, on pace to fulfill half of inventory

When Cricket announced last year that it would offer the iPhone, it sounded like great news for prepaid providers. Long stuck with an array of low- and mid-range devices, Cricket finally brought the goods. Sure, people had to shell out $550 for a new iPhone, but Cricket charges just $55 per month for service. which works out to $1,870 over a two-year span. The same service on Verizon, despite a $350 difference in price of the phone, amounts to $2,360. Customers could really save big.

Unfortunately, they have not chosen to take this path.

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Cricket spinning off Muve Music in hopes of licensing deals

Cricket wireless certainly has a hot property on its hands with Muve Music. Over 1.1 million Cricket customers currently use the service, or about a seventh of Cricket’s overall subscribers. In a move announced this morning, Cricket will spin off Muve as a new company so that it can license the product to other carriers. As they tell it, other carriers aren’t so keen to license the service from a competitor. Creating a new company for Muve could help allay some of those concerns. It will also offer carriers favorable terms, allowing them to brand and price it as they wish. Cricket reportedly has one international carrier on board. It remains to be seen if U.S. carriers will pick up on this, given the number of similar services available.

Via GigaOm.

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Cricket gets LTE roaming deal

Cricket might not have a nationwide network of its own, but in the past few years it has supplemented its primary network with roaming agreements from competitors such as MetroPCS and Sprint. They reportedly had troubles with Sprint in the recent past, but according to FierceWireless’s Phil Goldstein, they have restored the relationship. In the same piece he mentions that Leap has entered into an LTE roaming deal to supplement its own fledgling network. There was no network named, though it’s certainly curious that the report includes the information about Sprint (which I’d only previously heard about through informal channels). Agreements like this are crucial for Leap if it wants to sell LTE phones in its primary markets.

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Cricket adds LTE powered HTC One SV

Cricket recently added a new Android smartphone, the HTC One SV with LTE. It’s an Android 4.0 handset featuring a 4.3-inch screen and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. This puts it up there among Cricket’s highest-end Android devices. It also contains Beats Audio and Muve Music, for the music loving crowd. At $350, it might even be a better overall deal than the Samsung Galaxy S III. THe One SV will be avaialble starting January 16th.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Cricket now allows customers to finance handsets

One of the biggest drawbacks to prepaid wireless services is the high cost of the phone itself. Cricket customers, for instance, pay $550 for a new iPhone 5, while Verizon customers pay only $200. Yet in the long run Cricket customers will save more: $1,870 over a two-year span, compared to a minimum of $2,360 with Verizon (with a comparable plan costing more than $2,500). Still, that hefty up-front payment can be a hassle, or impossible for some customers. That’s why many current and prospective Cricket customers will be happy to hear that they are now offering financing for new handsets. Best of all, it will not require a credit check.

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Cricket launches ZTE Groove with Muve Music

Holiday shoppers looking for a good deal on a Cricket Muve Music phone might have themselves a deal. They recently announced the ZTE Groove, a basic Android 2.3 handset with a below-standard 800MHz processor and a 3.5-inch screen. Hey, I said a deal, not a great phone. The Groove sells for just $80 on Cricket’s website. It’s hard to find a better deal on an Android phone and service — which starts at $50 per month.

Via Phone Scoop.

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Cricket announces 8 new LTE markets, 2 LTE smartphones, and 3 LTE rate plans

It was a big day for Cricket and its LTE rollout. The company made many new announcements that will affect customers starting immediately. The new markets include Philadelpha, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen (Texas). Those markets are available now, in addition to the existing Las Vegas and Tuscon networks. Cricket also announced two LTE smartphones, one we knew of and one big surprise.

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Cricket loses customers in Q3, but gains elsewhere

It’s never good to see a carrier, especially a smaller carrier like Cricket, lose customers in any quarter. Yet the news was mostly good for Cricket, which lost 269,000 subscribers in the third quarter. For starters, the loss was less than the 289,000 customers it lost in the second quarter — though it didn’t compared favorably to the 10,000 customers it added in Q3 2011. However, Cricket did see its ARPU rise to $41.94, up 69 cents from Q3 2011 and 30 cents from Q2 2012. Cricket also posted a profit thanks to spectrum swaps that occurred during the quarter. And don’t look now, but one analyst is stirring the pot with Sprint acquisition rumors.

Via FierceWireless.

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