Leap Wireless lost customers and reported lower revenue for the third quarter, though its customer defections were fewer than it had in the year-ago period. The flat-rate carrier, which operates the Cricket brand, is in the process of being acquired by AT&T, making its third-quarter report likely one of its last as an independent company.
T-Mobile US prepaid unit MetroPCS expects to see benefits from AT&T Mobility's purchase of Leap Wireless and Leap's Cricket prepaid brand, according to a senior MetroPCS executive. If that notion seems paradoxical--a major competitor moving more aggressively into the prepaid market actually being a positive development--Tom Keys, executive vice president and COO of T-Mobile's MetroPCS unit, does not seem to think so.
AT&T Mobility's prepaid brand Aio Wireless is seeking to assuage customer concerns that their service will be disrupted once AT&T finalizes its purchase of Leap Wireless and Leap's Cricket prepaid brand.
Leap Wireless shareholders voted to approve AT&T's $1.2 billion acquisition of the company on Wednesday, leaving only regulatory approvals in the way of the deal's closing.
U.S. Cellular and Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile confirmed they will begin selling Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c models on Nov. 8, becoming the last major U.S. carriers to do so.
Now that Apple is trumpeting that it sold a record 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and lower-priced iPhone 5c during the new models' debut weekend, smaller carriers seem to have been given the green light to announce their own plans to sell the new gadgets.
AT&T Mobility's Aio Wireless prepaid brand is starting off small, but has big ambitions; the company wants to be a major nationwide prepaid brand on the same level as T-Mobile US' MetroPCS brand.
Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape struck partnerships with the Competitive Carriers Association as well as with Leap Wireless' Cricket unit.
Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape said it struck a deal with the Competitive Carriers Association for CCA's members, which are mainly smaller and rural carriers, to use its Curated Wi-Fi offload solution.
MetroPCS, which is now owned by T-Mobile US, has expanded its service to 15 additional markets. In addition, the company is able to offer customers access to T-Mobile's LTE network. Plus, MetroPCS' service is now being sold by an additional 325 resellers. Contrast this deal with AT&T's July 12 announcement of its plans to acquire Leap Wireless for $1.2 billion.