Another one bites the dust: AT&T mothballs Cricket CDMA network

16 Sep 2015

The legacy CDMA network belonging to AT&T Mobility’s Cricket Wireless sub-brand had ‘few’ remaining customers using it, ahead of its official shut down yesterday (15 September), a company representative told Fierce Wireless. The remaining customers were said to be in California ‘and a few additional locations’, although the cellco declined to provide numbers. AT&T acquired Cricket parent Leap Wireless International for USD1.2 billion in July 2013, and preserved the well-known Cricket branding for its pre-paid operations.

TeleGeography notes that the decommissioning of Cricket’s CDMA network represents the second major CDMA shutdown in the US this year. In June T-Mobile US decommissioned the legacy MetroPCS CDMA network inherited via the May 2013 merger between the two companies.



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