~ 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
"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.
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
Amy Wakeham, Investor Relations
SOURCE: Leap Wireless International, Inc.