Cricket provider Leap Wireless introduced new pricing plans and added its Muve Music service to all of its Android smartphone plans. The flat-rate carrier said it expects the new plans to help it reduce churn and increase gross subscriber additions.
As had been expected, the FCC approved Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of 20 MHz of nationwide AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies, as well as related spectrum deals with T-Mobile USA and Cricket provider Leap Wireless. The FCC put several restrictions and conditions on the deals related to buildout requirements and data roaming.
There appears to be more evidence that RadioShack will indeed launch a prepaid MVNO powered by Leap Wireless' Cricket Communications. The MVNO, which was first rumored last week, is supposed to launch Sept. 5 and will be called No Contract Wireless.
The recent rise in Sprint Nextel's share price has stoked market speculation that the company could become a takeover target, or perhaps make an acquisition of its own.
RadioShack may be partnering with Cricket provider Leap Wireless to form a new MVNO dubbed RadioShack Mobile, according to the blog Engadget.
After a disastrous second quarter, Cricket provider Leap Wireless said it will not make its $75 million minimum wholesale purchase commitment of network access from Sprint Nextel. "Due to certain provisions in the wholesale agreement, we do not believe the company is obligated to meet this commitment in 2012, although we expect to satisfy a significant majority of it in any event," said Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson. "Sprint has not agreed to our decision and we are in discussions with them."
SpectrumCo and Cox Communications say Sprint Nextel's allegations that their $3.9 billion deal to sell AWS spectrum to Verizon Wireless will negatively impact the backhaul and Wi-Fi offload markets are not only wrong but also irrelevant to the proposed license transfer.
Verizon and AT&T often (though not always) lead the pack in terms of pricing decisions because of their size and stable positions as leaders in the marketplace. Other carriers do not have to follow them, and in the case of shared data plans, likely will not.
Cricket provider Leap Wireless refreshed its mobile broadband pricing by giving high-end customers more data and introducing a cheaper mobile broadband plan starting at $30 per month.
Sprint Nextel MVNO Ting said it hopes to one day join the growing list of U.S. carriers offering Apple's iPhone. But the MVNO said the cost of carrying the device means it will not happen anytime soon.