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  • Last 24 Hours of Cricket/Leap Press Releases (Please Read)



    Cricket/Leap has been pretty active in the last 24 hours. Here are the last 24 hours or so of press releases.

    Included:


    • Changes of leadership
    • Expansion of 4G LTE coverage
    • Introduction of the LG Regard (4G LTE capable)
    • Introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (4G LTE capable)


    It also looks like someone at Cricket listened to me when I told them to stop making their Youtube channel so Muve-centric. They released around 10 videos in one swoop.

    In other news, I think people should write to Douglas Hutcheson ( dhutcheson@leapwireless.com) or Greg Lund, Media Relations, +1-858-882-9238, glund@cricketcommunications.comand tell them that they should meet one on one with me. Not that this would work, but if a response was received it would make my day. I have spoken briefly with Greg Lund at CTIA, but he didn't acknowledge the work we've done here or our community.

    Leap Announces Changes to Leadership Group

    ~ Management Changes Underscore Commitment to Improved Business Execution

    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced management changes that underscore the Company's commitment to improved business execution. The changes are intended to accelerate operational improvements and better enable management to direct the Company's long-term strategy in a time of industry transition.

    Jerry Elliott, who joined the Company earlier this year, will bring considerable operational experience to his new role as president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Mr. Elliott will assume day-to-day operational management for the Company's field operations, customer operations and supply chain functions. In his new role, Mr. Elliott will continue to report to S. Douglas Hutcheson, the Company's chief executive officer.


    In addition, Perley McBride has been appointed as executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Mr. Elliott in that role, and is expected to start with the Company on December 10, 2012. Anne Liu, the Company's former vice president and controller, has been appointed senior vice president and chief accounting officer, effective immediately.


    "In elevating Jerry to the president and COO role, and appointing Perley and Anne to their new roles, we are underscoring our strong focus on and commitment to business improvement and significantly better execution across all parts of our business at a time of transition in our industry," said Hutcheson. "Jerry has significant operational experience, having proven himself as a strong leader with a fresh perspective for the work we have to do to improve our performance. Perley brings a strong operational and financial background to support the steps we are taking to build improved execution, better results and stronger cash flows. Anne has demonstrated her considerable skills and experience during the past six years with us as we have strengthened our finance and accounting functions. I'm delighted to welcome them to our senior team."


    Mr. Elliott joined Leap in May 2012 and has nearly 25 years of financial and operational experience with both public and private companies. Prior to joining Leap, Elliott served as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at The Weather Channel Companies. He also has significant background in wireless and telecommunications, having served as chief financial officer and later as president of Frontier Communications, chief executive officer at Global Signal and chief financial officer at Virgin Media.


    Mr. McBride has served in financial leadership roles for the past 18 years, most recently at The Weather Company where he served as executive vice president of finance. In this capacity, McBride provided strategic direction and leadership for accounting, tax, treasury, procurement, real estate, facilities, financial planning and analysis, operational and strategic planning, risk and insurance, and corporate development functions. Prior to that, McBride was the corporate vice president of financial planning and analysis at Frontier Communications, where he was responsible for all operating and strategic planning, financial systems and reporting, decision support, pricing, and capital management functions. Prior to Frontier, he held accounting and finance positions at Sprint PCS and Citizens Communications. McBride earned his B.S. from Mount Allison University in Canada and his M.B.A. from the University of Houston.


    Ms. Liu has nearly 30 years of accounting and finance experience. She joined Leap in 2006 and has served as vice president, controller since December 2008, having previously served as assistant controller. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Liu served in a number of accounting and finance roles with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) between March 1990 and November 2006, including as vice president of finance. From 1983 to 1990, Ms. Liu held various audit positions at Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross). Ms. Liu holds a B.A. in government from Pomona College.


    Leap Continues Rollout of 'Cricket No Contract 4G LTE Service' with Launches in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston & South Texas

    ~ Company also Introduces its First Two 4G LTE Smartphones and Limited Time Double Data LTE Smartphone Service Plan Offers

    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ: LEAP), today announced the launch of 4G LTE service in Philadelphia and Phoenix, and in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen, Texas. The Company also announced the introduction of its first two 4G LTE smartphones, the LG Optimus Regard and the Samsung Galaxy S III, along with LTE smartphone plans featuring a limited-time offer of double data allowances.


    Today's announcement completes the first phase of the Company's introduction of 4G LTE technology. The Company initially launched its LTE service in Tucson, Ariz. in 2011 and began LTE service in Las Vegas in October 2012. The company's LTE service now covers approximately 21 million potential customers across 11 markets.
    "The market launches we are announcing today successfully complete the first-phase of our 4G LTE strategy as we continue to offer our customers high-quality products and services with the latest technology and the value they've come to expect," said Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Leap. "We're always looking for new opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and our investment in 4G technology is another way we're accomplishing that. Our customers depend on their mobile devices more than ever and the two 4G LTE phones we're announcing today are high-quality devices that deliver the features and experience our customers want."


    The Company's 4G LTE rollout is a product of thoughtful spectrum management. The Company has kept spectrum available in order to give it flexibility in steering a clear path to 4G LTE. LTE is the fastest, most advanced network technology in America delivering data at incredibly fast speeds. In pre-launch speed tests conducted in the markets launching today, Cricket's 4G LTE speeds ranged up to 15 times faster than current Cricket 3G data speeds, depending on market conditions.
    Cricket's first 4G LTE smartphone is the LG Optimus Regard. This fully-featured Android smartphone comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch screen, LG's Quick Memo technology and 4G real web browsing and is available now for $249.99 (MSRP) at Cricket stores and dealers in all Cricket markets as well as at www.mycricket.com.
    Cricket is also introducing the Samsung Galaxy S III, a compelling Android smartphone that comes with a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED touch-screen, S-Voice technology and 4G Real Web Browsing. The GALAXY S III features the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, an 8MP w/LED Flash Camera/Camcorder with a 1.9MP front camera that offers users a variety of intelligent camera features and face recognition related options that ensure all moments are captured easily and instantly. The Samsung Galaxy S III is expected to be available in Cricket stores and dealers in Cricket markets on www.mycricket.com by Friday, November 23.
    Both phones will also be available on Cricket's 4G LTE Android Double Data service plans that offer, for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data allowance offered in 3G rate plans. The $50 4G LTE Android Double Data Rate Plan allows 2GB of full-speed data; the $60 plan allows 5GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers 10GB of full-speed data.


    Muve Music will not be available at launch on the LG Optimus Regard or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Muve Music is expected be available on the LG Optimus Regard and Samsung Galaxy S III in December via over-the-air download.


    Cricket Introduces its First 4G LTE Smartphone the LG Optimus Regard

    ~ Fast 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor and Tethering for up to 5 Devices

    ~~ Newest Smartphone Available with Android 4.0 OS

    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced expanded availability of 4G LTE service and the introduction of its first premium 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Optimus Regard (LW 770). The LG Optimus Regard offers the right combination of premium features and value to make it the perfect holiday gift. Features such as 4G LTE, Android 4.0 OS, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a 5.0 megapixel camera all with Cricket's no contract, all-inclusive data, talk and text smartphone plans starting at $50 per month. Beginning November 14, LG Optimus Regard will be available at Cricket stores, dealers and online at www.mycricket.com for $249.99 (MSRP).

    "At Cricket, we're thrilled to launch our first 4G LTE smartphone as we roll out our 4G LTE service to additional Cricket markets," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "The Optimus Regard from LG is an exciting new device that performs exceptionally well on our high-quality, 4G and 3G networks and is a great option customers looking for a fast, easy to use smartphone as a gift for the holidays or as a replacement phone for themselves."


    The LG Optimus Regard will enhance any holiday gift list this season. Built on a premium feature set, the Regard delivers a responsive 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen, Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and a powerful 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder with LED Flash and VGA front facing camera/camcorder.


    Adding to the depth of quality, the Optimus Regard for Cricket has complementary features that will enhance the user experience when sharing files, listening to music or tethering additional devices such as an email application for both consumer and business email. The Regard is capable of real web browsing up to 4G speeds, Dolby Mobile, DLNA, Wi-Fi Capable, Stereo Bluetooth, Mobile Hotspot. Tethering supports up to 5 devices.


    The LG Optimus is available on Cricket's new 4G LTE Android Double Data service plans that offer, for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data allowance offered in 3G rate plans. The $50 4G LTE Android Double Data Rate Plan allows 2GB of full-speed data; the $60 plan allows 5GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers 10GB of full-speed data.


    The 4G LTE device launch coincides with the company's announcement today that 4G LTE service is now available in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas in addition to existing 4G LTE service in Las Vegas and Tucson. The company's LTE service now covers approximately 21 million potential customers.

    Cricket Brings the Popular 4G Samsung Galaxy S III to its Growing Line-Up of High-Quality & Affordable Smartphones

    ~ Samsung's Best-Selling and Ultra-Advanced Smartphone Arrives in Time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Gift Shopping

    ~~ Designed for Video and Intelligent Multitasking with 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor and 16GB Memory


    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced the availability of its second 4G LTE smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S® III (R530). Cricket's Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone with its brilliant 4.8 inch display, and no contract, unlimited data, talk and text plans from $50 per month would make a stunning gift for the holidays. Find yours at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com by November 23, 2012 for $549.99 (MSRP).



    "The Samsung Galaxy S III is a revolutionary 4G LTE smartphone and will be available at Cricket in time for the holidays," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "As we continue to expand our 4G LTE network, the Galaxy S III excels in both our 4G and 3G LTE markets. We are very proud to offer our customers the highest level of wireless technology on one of the coolest devices in the market today."


    The Galaxy S III comes with a brilliant 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED™ touch-screen, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, and runs on Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. With a 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery and picture-in-picture technology, it has enough power to watch video and check email at the same time. Added functionality like S Voice™ technology makes using the device easier, simply raise the phone to your ear and dictate your request. Capture every moment without shutter lag and enjoy 8 megapixel photo clarity with added LED flash camera/camcorder and a 1.9 megapixel HD front facing camera.
    The Samsung Galaxy S III is available on Cricket's new 4G LTE Android Double Data service plans that offer, for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data allowance offered in Cricket's 3G rate plans. The $50 4G LTE Android Double Data Rate Plan allows 2GB of full-speed data; the $60 plan allows 5GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers 10GB of full-speed data.


    The introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S III follows the company's announcement today that 4G LTE service is now available in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas in addition to existing 4G LTE service in Las Vegas and Tucson. The company's LTE service now covers approximately 21 million potential customers.


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Last 24 Hours of Cricket/Leap Press Releases (Please Read) started by chrisngrod View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      *double data not available in non-4G markets. 4G only in these markets: Tuscon, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston & South Texas. the Regard is now available on Cell Phone Plans | Cell Phones | Cell Phone Service Companies | Cricket Wireless

      This is a good step in the right direction for Cricket, however they are far behind the competition.

      competition press release ---> Investments in Wireless and Wireline Broadband Networks and IP Services | AT&T
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