Huawei Pulls Back on Network Side, but Still Hopes to Build U.S. Brand for Phones

Huawei EVP Colin Giles says the company doesn’t have an Apple- or Samsung-level marketing budget, but needs to somehow build its brand in order to compete beyond the entry-level phone market.

AT&T’s Aio Wireless Prepaid Unit Suffers Service Outage

The relatively new prepaid division was dealing with a service outage as of late Monday night. No timetable was given for when service would be restored.

Taking Aim at Cricket, T-Mobile Moves MetroPCS Into 15 New Markets

The company is also adding Nokia’s Lumia 521 and LG’s Optimus F3 to its device lineup as it looks to enter new territory.


AT&T to Acquire Leap Wireless for $1.19 Billion in Cash

AT&T Inc. agreed to acquire prepaid-wireless company Leap Wireless International Inc., the company behind the Cricket brand, for about $1.19 billion in cash.

U.S. Cellular Gives In to iPhone Pressure, Says It Will Start Selling Apple Devices

After long maintaining that selling the iPhone didn’t make financial sense, the Chicago-based carrier says it will start selling Apple products later this year.

Leap iPhone Sales More of a Worrisome Hop

Unsold iPhones could become a problem for Leap Wireless.


Leap Wireless to Spin Off Muve Music Unit

Leap, which offers service under the Cricket brand, launched the on-demand music service in January 2011. By creating a new company, Leap hopes to license the service to other carriers and has an agreement in principle with an unnamed international wireless carrier, spokesman Greg Lund said.


Leap Wireless Left Out of the Telecom Consolidation, For Now

With potential acquirers preoccupied with other deals, any move involving Leap isn’t expected soon.

Global iPhone 5 Rollout Continues, Tight Supplies Be Damned

The iPhone 5’s aggressive rollout continues — 22 new markets and nearly a dozen new rural carriers.

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Leap Wireless Finalizes $120 Million Spectrum Sale to Verizon

Prepaid carrier Leap Wireless, which sells under the Cricket brand, said on Tuesday it had completed a deal to sell $120 million worth of airwave rights to Verizon Wireless. The deal covers spectrum in various U.S. cities and also involves Leap gaining some new frequencies in Chicago.