Leap/Cricket LTE to Arrive in Tucson First
With Huawei's E397 dual-modem USB modem
Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson had previously stated 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 (read: feature phones, smartphones or tablets) to consumers until next year due to the high cost of such devices. Leap tells PC World
that Tucson, Arizona will be the first city to get the LTE service, with users offered Huawei's E397 dual-mode USB modem. The website notes that a LinkedIn posting
from engineer Dale Winn suggests Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia will be launch markets after Tuscon. Back in March, Leap struck a roaming agreement with LightSquared
, giving them additional options if/when the LightSquared network launches.