Comments on news posted 2011-04-13 16:14:20: 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 .. ..
It may be worth noting that Metro doesn't really have any 3G. They went virtually from 1x to LTE. They never had to worry about back-haul or any of that stuff that comes with a full 3G deployment. It also is why they have 4G before Cricket since no one wanted the smartphone experience with metro on 1x and it was late in the game to pay the costs to deploy 3G when everyone else was in process of looking at 4G.
Cricket is slow and deliberate. They want to wait till the cost to build out the network is lower, and the costs of the handsets are lower. Generally with prepaid carriers handset pricing is quite sensitive since you dont offset with contracts. One positive unadvertised option however, is that you can take most vzw and sprint low to high end phones (even the iphone) and put them on cricket service.
by 2012 an android lte handset with 8gb of onboard memory will be $99 or less. provided a prepaid unlimited w/ voice, text & data are under $40 they migh thave something. if not, they won't break the noise barrier of what others offer.