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    What network does Cricket piggy back on?

    Verizon, T Mobile, etc etc. Or is cricket its own network?
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    Cricket runs and maintains their own network. They also have Unlimited roaming agreements with MetroPCS and around 16 other regional partners to provide service for their customers in additional markets.

    In areas where they do not provide service, Cricket customers can roam on Verizon (with Unlimited text messaging and a variable amount of minutes) as long as they are on the appropriate rate plan. Cricket's $50 rate plan for instance gives you 30 minutes of roaming on Verizon per month. Their $60 plan offers 200 minutes of Nationwide roaming.

    Most of the largest markets in the US though are well covered by the Cricket/MetroPCS combination.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawawa
    Cricket runs and maintains their own network. They also have Unlimited roaming agreements with MetroPCS and around 16 other regional partners to provide service for their customers in additional markets.

    In areas where they do not provide service, Cricket customers can roam on Verizon (with Unlimited text messaging and a variable amount of minutes) as long as they are on the appropriate rate plan. Cricket's $50 rate plan for instance gives you 30 minutes of roaming on Verizon per month. Their $60 plan offers 200 minutes of Nationwide roaming.

    Most of the largest markets in the US though are well covered by the Cricket/MetroPCS combination.

    So it is verizon,, sweetttttttt. No wonder it works everywhere.

    Oh how nice it would be if verizon was reasonably priced.

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    um no. Cricket has several roaming partners... not just Verizon. Alltel, USC and Sprint are Crickets other major roaming partners

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    Cricket can roam on Verizon because it's CDMA and so is Cricket. Sprint is also CDMA, AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM. Cricket can roam on MetroPCS because Leap Wireless, the company that owns Cricket, also owns MetroPCS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpopgrrl
    Cricket can roam on Verizon because it's CDMA and so is Cricket. Sprint is also CDMA, AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM. Cricket can roam on MetroPCS because Leap Wireless, the company that owns Cricket, also owns MetroPCS.
    I thought a couple years ago MetroPCS offered $5.9 billion for Cricket. And that Cricket turned away that MetroPCS offer. When was the buyout? And if so why don't they link networks?

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    Leap Wireless owns Cricket, they do not own MetroPCS. The ability to roam was brought about by a ten year agreement.

    There has been no buyout, only a partnership. They remain two wholly separate companies.

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    kpop is pretty new, leap does not own metropcs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawawa
    Leap Wireless owns Cricket, they do not own MetroPCS. The ability to roam was brought about by a ten year agreement.

    There has been no buyout, only a partnership. They remain two wholly separate companies.
    Thats what I thought. For a second I thought I'd been doing a Rip Van Winkle.

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    Well, this was another case of an ill informed sales rep. at a Cricket corporate store. Seriously, I wish they would keep their mouth shut sometimes. The guy said they get to roam on MetroPCS because they own them. *facepalm* Geez, can't these guys stop talking out of their butts?

    Anyway, I found an article about the agreement: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...id=OTC-RSS-FW0

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpopgrrl
    Well, this was another case of an ill informed sales rep. at a Cricket corporate store. Seriously, I wish they would keep their mouth shut sometimes. The guy said they get to roam on MetroPCS because they own them. *facepalm* Geez, can't these guys stop talking out of their butts?

    Anyway, I found an article about the agreement: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...id=OTC-RSS-FW0
    I think he meant that they Pwn MetroPCS not that they own them .

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    No, he meant they bought them and they own them.

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    you can message me kpop i'll help you

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    No one is gonna own anyone at this time. They are both growing relatively well with Metro growing the fastest in the unlimited realm and Leap not far behind. Until they really feel the pressure from the other carriers, if the others start lowering the price of unlimited to get anywhere near Metro and Leap, that is when the two companies will need to look into merger possibilities again, and hopefully keep it behind closed doors (I'm looking at you, Metro!). But until then the partnership will do just fine.

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    needs more data roaming.

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