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Clearwire, sitting pretty as the only real wholesale game in town, signs up its second wholesale contract after Sprint.

Cricket has signed on to use Clearwire's forthcoming 4G LTE network to augment its own next-generation deployment.

Cricket, owned by parent Leap Wireless, and Clearwire said today that they have signed a five-year wholesale deal. While Cricket is building a 4G LTE network across two-thirds of its own territory over the next three years, it will need Clearwire's wider reach and ability to relieve its own traffic load.

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I'll bet it's going to be ultra expensive, considering the trash they serve now that is way overpriced...
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Not sure if serious?

Cricket has the best prices around 50$ unlimited everything and then it goes down in price as you use the service. I think a buddy of mine is paying something to the effect of 25-30$ a month for unlimited phone, web, txt. I'd switch to cricket if I could, however I'm not to sure of the coverage in my area, even though I'd imagine it would be good considering I live in the Baltimore/DC metro area.
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Not sure if serious?

Cricket has the best prices around 50$ unlimited everything and then it goes down in price as you use the service. I think a buddy of mine is paying something to the effect of 25-30$ a month for unlimited phone, web, txt. I'd switch to cricket if I could, however I'm not to sure of the coverage in my area, even though I'd imagine it would be good considering I live in the Baltimore/DC metro area.

Well 4G w/ Clearwire cost me $35 a month for the lesser plan, and it cost $50 a month for the true 4G plan, both are unlimited, but the lesser plan has limited download/upload speeds, where true 4 G is like 2 MB a second down...

Cricket is set to "rent" their 4G service form Clear, which means it's NOT going to be cheap, sorry, you need to think about what I'm saying here...

Cricket's current internet is HORRIBLE!
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Well 4G w/ Clearwire cost me $35 a month for the lesser plan, and it cost $50 a month for the true 4G plan, both are unlimited, but the lesser plan has limited download/upload speeds, where true 4 G is like 2 MB a second down...
Cricket is set to "rent" their 4G service form Clear, which means it's NOT going to be cheap, sorry, you need to think about what I'm saying here...
Cricket's current internet is HORRIBLE!

That's pretty illogical. All of the smaller providers that lease/buy tower usage from larger companies offer lower-priced plans (and are a lot more liberal with contract terms too).

Think about it in terms of economics--how could a company stay competitive if they bought expensive tower usage and had to charge more to their customers than the actual company that they're getting the towers from?
    
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I can't wait, i have used cricket for the last 3 years and have unlimited talk,text and net. It costs me $58 after tax. I couldn't think of using another service provider, true there net sucks but i don't use my phone for the internet too much i just text and talk. 4G will be a nice change tho.
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Well I cannot comment on the actual speeds as I haven't actually used their service. But I do know that on my iphone 3gs w/ AT&T my internet speeds suck, so I can't imagine that it could be that much slower.
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My net on my Cricket phone isnt really that slow, its im just used to 50Mbs at home, but its 3g all 3g are slow no matter what compared to you normal home service, but 4g rocks its almost as fast as my home service. I can't wait for Cricket to get 4g, it will open alot more possibilities for my phone at least.
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