AT&T to merge Aio into Leap Wireless if Leap acquisition is successful

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AT&T’s Aio prepaid service may not have a very long lifespan if the acquisition of Leap Wireless is successful. According to AT&T, if the acquisition goes through, they plan on merging Aio into Leap’s business under the Cricket brand. While it would be good news for AT&T in building up brand recognition for their prepaid service nationwide, it would likely mean Aio customers would have to switch over to a new plan and carrier.

Leap shareholders will vote on the acquisition on October 24th, and we’ll keep you updated on what happens. Any Aio customers disappointed to hear this news?

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone headed to Cricket on June 7th

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 smartphone is in the midst of a global assault on its consumers, so it should come as no surprise that wireless carrier Cricket is the latest brand to carry the sweet device. The popular prepaid carrier confirmed it will offer the device from June 7th to customers for a smooth $599.99 outright or $55 down (plus monthly payments) for qualifying customers. Additionally, for customers that take advantage of the Galaxy S 4′s release, Cricket will offer for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data speed allowance for its 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data service plans, compared to its standard 3G rate plans. Or of course, customers will be able to take advantage of its other traditional plans that start at $45/month, which is a pretty sweet deal.

So now that it’s all said and done, you know the drill gang— hit the break to check out the full press release from Cricket.

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Cricket shows off unlimited family plan, only $40 per line

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Cricket has announced today that they will be offering a new family unlimited plan, complete with unlimited text messaging, unlimited calling, and unlimited data, and it’ll only run you $40 per line. What’s the catch, you’re probably asking yourself? The unlimited data is throttled after 1 GB of usage, and you have to opt in to the automatic bill pay. Oh, and it’s strictly for family plans, not individual plans. Still, it’s $10 cheaper than the single-line plan, and Cricket is throwing in a free subscription to Muve Music, so it’s an excellent deal, even with the relatively minor caveats.

You can also go with a $60 plan that offers 2.5 GB of non-throttled data, and a $70 with 5 GB of non-throttled data. Both of these plans also include the mobile hot spot capabilities. If nothing else, it’s good to see some other carriers try to take on the big guys with better value bundles. Hit the break below for the full press release. » Read the rest

Groove smartphone added to Cricket portfolio just in time for holiday shopping

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Cricket announced the availability of The Groove, a new Android smartphone that incorporates Muve Music features. The Groove device comes with an 800MHz processor, Android 2.3, a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, all supported with a 1500mAh battery. Added to the device is Muve Music from Cricket, a service that lets subscribers access unlimited downloads of music, artist commentary, and video.

The new Groove from Cricket will be available starting on November 21st for $129.99 and data plans start at $50 per month. For more information, hit the break to read the full press release. » Read the rest

RadioShack to offer Desire C for $119.99 on prepaid wireless service

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Not too long ago, RadioShack teamed up with Cricket to offer prepaid wireless service for their customers. The pricing is competitive, starting at $25 per month, but the device selection so far has been fairly lacking. Well, the ‘Shack at least looks like they’re making an effort to change that by offering the HTC Desire C, and low-end/mid-range phone at an attractive price point. $119.99 gets you a 3.5 inch HVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera, and Android 4.0 with Sense on top. It’s not going to make your Galaxy S III jealous, but for the pricing on the handset and the wireless plans, it makes an excellent entry level phone for consumers.

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Samsung Galaxy S III joining Cricket lineup

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Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy S III handset is not only popular with consumers, it is increasingly popular with carriers who want to offer a high end device for use on 4G LTE networks. The latest carrier to offer the Galaxy S III is Cricket, which announced it will be available starting on Black Friday, November 23rd, for $549.99 with no contract. Buyers can opt for a data plan for as little as $50 per month for 2GB of data.

In conjunction with the announcement of the Galaxy S III joining their device portfolio, Cricket also released a list of additional locations with 4G LTE service. The new markets include Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas. These join the existing 4G LTE service areas of Las Vegas and Tucson.

If you are interested in getting a Galaxy S III on Cricket, visit one of their retail stores or www.mycricket.com for updates on availability.

source: Cricket Communications, Inc.

Cricket Announces New ZTE Engage Smartphone

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Chinese manufacturer ZTE is looking to continue its big splash out here in the States, so it’s only natural we see more and more devices on networks willing to take a chance and bring some unique devices. That’s why Cricket has announced its new ZTE Engage smartphone. This Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device will arrive on the wireless carrier on October 2nd and will cost a mere $250. What this gives customers is a zippy Snapdragon S2 1.4GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA display and 8MP camera. Not a bad way for customers to enjoy Muve Music, right?

 

More details of the device once you hit the break and check out the full presser.

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Radio Shack and Cricket pair up to offer new contract-free plans and two devices to go along with it

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Radio Shack and Cricket have come together to offer a couple of new contract-free mobile plans along with two devices for budget friendly customers. Here’s what you can expect:

$25 per month

  • 300 voice minutes
  • Unlimited data access
  • Unlimited texting
  • Call waiting
  • Three-way calling.

$35 per month

  • 1000 voice minutes
  • Unlimited data access
  • Unlimited texting
  • Call waiting
  • Three-way calling.

$50 per month

  • Unlimited voice minutes
  • First gigabyte of data will run at full 3G speeds
  • Unlimited access to music through Cricket’s Muve Music service

$60 per month

  • Unlimited voice minutes
  • First 2.5GB of data at 3G
  • Tethering
  • Unlimited access to music through Cricket’s Muve Music service

To go along with these new plans, Radio Shack is offering two separate devices. First we have the Huawei Pillar, a feature phone equipped with a QWERTY keyboard, a built-in camera, and access to the mobile Web for $39.99. The Pillar is available through either the $25 or $35 feature phone plan.

Then we have the Huawei Mercury Ice Android smartphone. Powered by a 1.4GHz processor and Android 2.3, the Mercury Ice offers a 4-inch WVGA screen and an 8-megapixel camera. The phone will cost $149.99 and can be paired with either the $50 or $60 smartphone plan.

Any Cricket users out there willing to give these plans/phones a shot?

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HTC One V arriving at Cricket on September 2nd

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Cricket customers can start expecting the HTC One V next Sunday, September 2nd. The One V is HTC’s entry level phone and is the lowest tier of their 3 One series of phones. The One V packs a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera at the back and powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich all skinned by HTC’s Sense 4.0.

Sadly, Cricket has yet to announce the price of the device. Any Cricket fans out there interested in this device? You can read the full press release after the break.

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Huawei Ascend Q now available from Cricket

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Readers who prefer a pre-paid contract for their phone devices now have a new option available through Cricket. For $119.99 Cricket is making available the Huawei Ascend Q. The Ascend Q is an entry level smartphone running Android 2.3 on an 800 MHz processor. Sporting a 3.2 inch display, the phone includes a 3.2 megapixel camera for photos and video and can carry up to 32GB of microSD storage. In addition to the touchscreen, the Ascend Q has a full QWERTY keyboard. Head over to the Cricket store for more info or to place an order.

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