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Cricket Footprint Grows with Premium Extended Coverage, Forming Largest Roaming Coverage Area for a Low-Cost, Unlimited Carrier

~ Roaming Agreements with 14 Wireless Companies Expands Coverage from Coast to Coast ~

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2008--Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), the parent company of Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of unlimited wireless services, today announced it has significantly expanded the size of its Cricket footprint with the availability of Premium Extended Coverage (PEC). Strategic roaming partnerships with 14 wireless companies provide Cricket customers unlimited usage in an area stretching from New York to California and from Wisconsin to Texas. The service is available now and is included at no extra charge in Cricket's $50 and $60 monthly rate plans, and is available with all other rate plans for an additional $5 per month. Customers can also continue to purchase Nationwide Roaming Minutes through Cricket's Flex Bucket program.

"Premium Extended Coverage gives Cricket customers the advantage of the largest unlimited roaming coverage area of any low cost, unlimited carrier," said Doug Hutcheson, Leap's president and CEO. "This is a great added value for our customers since they now have unlimited calling in major metropolitan areas where they might visit for work or pleasure. The launch of PEC is another example of how Cricket consistently looks for opportunities to increase the value of our offerings and better meet customer needs."

PEC provides Cricket customers with unlimited talk across partner coverage areas without incurring roaming charges. Key new markets covered in the PEC include: Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Detroit, Mich.; Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; and Green Bay, Wis. PEC is not available for Cricket's broadband or PAYGo products.

About Leap

Leap provides innovative, high-value wireless services to a fast-growing, young and ethnically diverse customer base. With the value of unlimited wireless services as the foundation of its business, Leap pioneered its Cricket service. The Company and its joint ventures now operate in 29 states and hold licenses in 35 of the top 50 U.S. markets. Through its affordable, flat-rate service plans, Cricket offers customers a choice of unlimited voice, text, data and mobile Web services. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Leap is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "LEAP." For more information, please visit www.leapwireless.com.

Leap is a U.S. registered trademark and the Leap logo is a trademark of Leap. Cricket, Jump, the Cricket "K" and Flex Bucket are U.S. registered trademarks of Cricket. In addition, the following are trademarks or service marks of Cricket: Cricket By Week, Cricket Choice, Cricket Connect, Cricket Nation and Cricket PAYGo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Leap Contacts:
Greg Lund, Media Relations
858-882-9105
glund@leapwireless.com
or
Amy Wakeham, Investor Relations
858-882-6084
awakeham@leapwireless.com

SOURCE: Leap Wireless International, Inc.