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.
VZW has LTE in Tuscon, with no speed caps. Pricing is identical to CricKet's 3Mbps plan for 5GB, and you can get LTE in other places than just Tucson with VZW. Yes, there's a contract, but you can avoid that by buying a MiFi off of eBay.
2011-Dec-21 12:47 pm: ·
Duramax08 To The Moon Premium join:2008-08-03 San Antonio, TX
Most of the folks wont even bother going to ebay to look for a device. They rather go to the mall, pay a low price for the device but get suckered into a 2 year contract.
Isn't Cricket 3G unlimited capped to 1gig then throttle so what the point of getting 4G LTE with 5gig cap but then again that only for broadband modems they still haven't said about Smartphones.
Im on Tmobile now with 4G with 5gig cap I never even come close to that i see on average 4megs-8megs but then I have Cable Internet at Home that well over 40megs. To cap LTE that can do what 20megs and you get capped to 6megs should be more like 1-10megs at 60 dollars. Wimax is a joke if u can even get a signal is ok but not consistent.
I've been burned by Cricket once already so I doubt that it even works. Here in the Phoenix area Cricket broadband is so slow it's completely useless. Also their $150 modem is WAAAAAAYYYY over priced and I'm already stuck with one of their worthless modems that I can't use, I wouldn't buy another one at an even higher price.