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Lightsquared Strikes Roaming Deal With Leap/Cricket
As Analysts Ponder Possible Sprint Takeover of Both
by Karl Bode 10:33AM Wednesday Mar 23 2011
Lightsquared is slowly pulling the pieces together necessary to become a major LTE player in the United States, last week signing a new deal with Open Range Communications, allowing Open Range to lease LightSquared’s L-band spectrum while also striking a roaming agreement. This week the company signed another roaming agreement with Leap Wireless, who offers Cricket wireless service. In response to concerns about Lightsquared's interference impact on GPS, Lightsquared has also started their plans for GPS impact testing in partnership with the government. As we recently exclusively reported, a source says Sprint and Lightsquared will also be partnering on LTE -- a plan that's still being hashed out as Sprint negotiates with Clearwire. The AT&T & T-Mobile deal has added a layer of Wall Street speculation that Sprint could be interested in taking over Leap or Lightsquared completely.

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criggs

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New York, NY

Cricket???!!! Yowks!

Why Leap Wireless? I get the impression that their Cricket service is totally horrendous and needs to die a quick horrible death.

juilinsandar
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Re: Cricket???!!! Yowks!

The only thing that sucks about cricket is their selection of phones. In my area, cricket service is pretty robust. I switched over from AT&T about 6 months ago, and I've had no issues with them, so far.
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iansltx

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Re: Cricket???!!! Yowks!

With the LG Optimus C, released yesterday, their phone selection isn't even too crappy anymore.

del ftl

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So says someone from NYC that never used cricket.

Logically if cricket was totally horrendous then they wouldn't have any more customers let alone be gaining hundreds of thousands of new customers year over year right? Especially since they are contract free so they have zero customer lock-in.
criggs

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Re: Cricket???!!! Yowks!

What someone says from NYC is that their IMPRESSION is that Cricket is totally horrendous. That is indubitably true and incontrovertible, namely that my IMPRESSION is that Cricket is totally horrendous. I make no claim, one way or the other, as to whether Cricket truly IS horrendous. I merely ask the question. Obviously a personal IMPRESSION is subject to change; that's the way life works, you know.

heyman

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Re: Cricket???!!! Yowks!

That was deep.

dvd536
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said by criggs:

Why Leap Wireless? I get the impression that their Cricket service is totally horrendous and needs to die a quick horrible death.

you're right cricket sucks!
i have a 3g modem and pay for 3g service yet only get evdo!
and their tech support is useless.
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criggs

join:2000-07-14
New York, NY

Re: Cricket???!!! Yowks!

Okay, now you've confused me. Evdo IS 3G. Like I say, you've confused me.
sonicmerlin

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Sigh

And this is exactly why AT&T so desperately overpaid for T-Mobile. They were deathly afraid of a true 5th competitor that would cause price wars, as their analytical tools undoubtedly indicated.

Instead of getting a 5th competitor, that spineless Genachowski will use Lightsquared as a "reason" why AT&T and T-Mobile joining together is A-Ok.

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Re: Sigh

said by sonicmerlin:

Instead of getting a 5th competitor, that spineless Genachowski will use Lightsquared as a "reason" why AT&T and T-Mobile joining together is A-Ok.

I believe your right there. No doubt T will be using Lightsquared in powerpoints or testimony as one of its competitors. However, if Lightsquared isn't up and running by the time these merger hearings take place, that could lead to a horrible precedent of the FTC looking at competition that is not yet competing.
One the other hand, Lightsquared just announced a deal with BestBuy where Bestbuy sell the phone to be used on the Lightsquared network, creating yet another supposed competitor to T. »www.cnbc.com/id/42231396

*edit; the CEO was speaking with an interviewer when he mentioned the possibility of phone or tablets being sold with lightsquared technology imbedded in them. This report was on CNBC, but there is no video for it
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