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As promised back in June
, Leap Wireless today announced that they are launching their new LTE network first in the Tuscon, Arizona market. According to a company press statement
, users in that market can access the network using the the Huawei Boltz (E 397) modem, which Leap and Cricket are selling for $150. Service plans come in either 3 Mbps for $50, or 6 Mbps for $60 flavors -- both with a 5GB monthly usage limit. The company claims that pre-launch speed tests conducted in the Tucson market were roughly 5 to 10 times faster than their current 3G (EVDO) offerings. Leap hopes to offer the faster LTE service to a footprint of 25 million people by the end of 2012.
Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson says that while the wireless company and owner of Cricket Wireless will launch an LTE network in the second half of this year, the company has no plans to offer LTE devices to consumers until next year due to the high cost of such devices. "We think 3G, as blasé as that might seem, with the pricing that you'll see on devices, is actually going to be a focus for a few more quarters," Hutcheson says in an interview with Mobile Business Briefing
(via Fierce Wireless
). Leap/Cricket competitor MetroPCS was the first U.S. wireless operator to launch LTE service
, though the discount service offers sub-3G speeds and a fairly paltry device lineup -- with no USB modem or tethering allowed. Last month Leap announced that they'd struck a roaming agreement with Lightsquared
for LTE services.
For years, both landline and wireless carriers have been marketing their broadband services as unlimited, then burying some very real limits deep in their usage agreement fine print. Some companies stopped this only after users spent years complaining, like when Comcast used to pretend
their service didn't have any limits.
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