Cricket provider Leap Wireless lost 269,000 subscribers and saw its churn rise to 4.8 percent in the third quarter. However, the flat-rate carrier said it is taking concrete steps to improve the customer experience.
Cricket provider Leap Wireless is in the midst of its LTE deployment. The carrier is working to catch up to its larger rivals by providing subscribers with the latest LTE phones and high-speed data services. Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Leap Wireless, spoke with FierceWireless Executive Editor Mike Dano about Leap's buildout, its spectrum position and its network access payments to Sprint Nextel.
Leap Wireless CEO Doug Hutcheson told FierceWireless that the prepaid carrier has been selling most of the iPhone 5 units it gets, and that it's unclear exactly how many of the gadgets the company will ultimately be able to sell.
Cricket provider Leap Wireless confirmed to FierceWireless that the carrier earlier this week discontinued sales of its PAYGo prepaid daily plans. The plans offered wireless service for between $1.50 and $2 per day.
Cricket provider Leap Wireless launched LTE service in Las Vegas, its second LTE market. The operator previously launched LTE in Tucson, Ariz., in December 2011 as a test market.
Softbank's proposed $20.1 billion deal to acquire 70 percent of Sprint Nextel will allow Sprint to better compete against Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility and will benefit the wider U.S. wireless market, analysts said.
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Cricket provider Leap Wireless will look to strike LTE roaming deals with other carriers to fill in the gaps in its coverage as it focuses on building out LTE to the parts of its network where it will generate a strong return, according to a Leap executive.
Cricket provider Leap Wireless plans to begin turning on its LTE network starting next week. The carrier said it will flip the switch on one LTE market next week and will then announce additional markets in November.
The proposed merger of Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS has obvious ramifications for the two carriers, but the deal will also have major implications for the carriers left on the outside of the M&A bubble: Sprint Nextel and Cricket provider Leap Wireless.