Leap: No LTE Devices Until 2012
Though Network Itself Will Go Live This Year
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.