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FCC approval of AT&T’s acquisition of Cricket comes with few caveats

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Leap Wireless and its assets, including Cricket Wireless. The deal includes 4.6 million customers, spectrum, network equipment and other assets, all of which will be transferred from Leap to AT&T. But, there’s always some “but” in deals like these. If it wants to proceed with the acquisition of Cricket, AT&T will have to agree to the following: AT&T has to divest some spectrum in select markets in southern Texas. AT&T has to deploy LTE on Leap’s unused spectrum within 3 Read more

Kyocera Hydro Plus lands at Cricket, here’s what you should know about it

Cricket has added a new rugged Android smartphone to its portfolio, Kyocera Hydro Plus. This a low-end device and as such, it won’t impress many with its specs sheet. Speaking of which, the Hydro Plus comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of expandable storage (with microSD cards). The IP57-certified handset can be immersed in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes, after which it will keep working like it’s nobody’s Read more