~ Cricket Delivers Value-Priced 3G BlackBerry Plan ~
SAN DIEGO, Aug 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Cricket Communications Inc.,a leading provider of unlimited
wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless
International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announced the immediate
availability of the BlackBerry(R) Curve 8530 Smartphone
from Research In Motion (RIM). This popular BlackBerry model, featuring
RIM's signature email and keyboard combination, as well as full HTML Web
browsing and access to BlackBerry App World, is the first Smartphone to
join the diverse handset line-up at Cricket and will come with a
low-priced 3G BlackBerry plan.
Starting today, Cricket branded retail stores, dealers nationwide and www.mycricket.com
will offer the BlackBerry Curve 8530 for $299.99. The device will be
accompanied by Cricket's true rate $60 BlackBerry Plan, offering
unlimited nationwide talk, text, email, web browsing, picture mail, and
international text capabilities on Cricket's all-3G network, and the
convenience and ease of a flat-rate monthly service plan that includes
all taxes and fees, except applicable sales tax.
"By offering industry-leading Smartphones, like the BlackBerry Curve
8530, Cricket is delivering the products people want at the prices they
can afford," stated Al Moschner, Cricket's chief operating officer. "Add
that to our new all-inclusive, true rate BlackBerry Plan that offers 3G
service at nearly half the cost of other 3G Smartphone plans in the
market, and Cricket is solidifying its position as the cost-conscious
provider, respecting the budgets and real-life needs of our customers
every step of the way."
The sleek BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone comes equipped with numerous
advanced features including the industry's leading email and messaging
solution, a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard, high-resolution 320 x 240
pixel color display, BlackBerry Messenger, and access to thousands of
applications via BlackBerry App World. It also features a powerful media
player with dedicated media keys integrated into the top of the handset,
a 2 MP camera with video recording*, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
as well as Bluetooth support, plus, of course, unlimited talk, text,
video and picture messaging capabilities offered on Cricket's BlackBerry
For more information about Cricket's dynamic handset lineup, please
The BlackBerry and RIM Families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
*Video recording requires a microSD card, which may be sold separately.
Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless
services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving
more than 5.3 million customers in 35 states and the District of
Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services
over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and
1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket's nationwide wireless voice service
plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance,
unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico,
unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a
variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as
popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. Cricket Broadband provides
unlimited Internet access anywhere within Cricket's coverage areas at
speeds comparable to DSL. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com.
Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered
in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.
SOURCE: Cricket Communications, Inc.
Cricket Communications, Inc.
Greg Lund, Media Relations
Amy Wakeham, Investor Relations