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After the Acquisition of Leap Wireless, AT&T Will Combine Aio and Cricket Under the Cricket Brand

Documents filed with the FCC by AT&T shed new light on the carrier's plans for the customers of Leap Wireless' Cricket Communications, which AT&T is in the process of acquiring. The filings also reveal the future of AT&T's new Aio prepaid brand. The acquisition is expected to close in late 2013

In regard to Aio, AT&T says, "...after the transaction’s close, AT&T intends to combine the nascent operations of Aio with Leap’s existing operations under the Cricket brand name."

As far what will happen to Leap (Cricket) customers, AT&T  says that it "...currently expects to complete the migration of Leap customers to AT&T’s network within 18 months of the transaction’s closing." and that "AT&T will honor the existing plan of each Leap customer as of merger close, provided that the customer does not suspend or terminate his or her service for that plan, or choose to upgrade to a device or plan that is not comparable to his or her current device or plan."

Although Aio launched before the Cricket deal was announced, it seems to have served as practice for AT&T in the logistics of managing a Cricket style network of independent prepaid dealers.

The filings don't say anything about what happens to current Aio customers but I expect that their plans will be grandfathered under the same sort of terms as Cricket's customers.

Source: FierceWireless

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  1. This merger would give Metro some tough competition. As Metro was a nothing MVNO taken over by T-Mobile. Similar how Cricket operated as a small MVNO using Leap's tiny network. It will strengthen the Cricket brand which is a lot more of a brand than Aio ever was.

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    1. Metro was not a MVNO; they owned their network in 19 metro areas and were expanding, adding more customers when Tmobile bought them. They were the fifth largest mobile network operator with 8.9M customers before they sold to Tmobile.
      Cricket was the 7th largest mobile network operator with 7M customers at the end of last year, and I read they have now shrunk to 5M. They are not a MVNO either; they are a subsidiary of Leap.
      Dennis wrote excellent profiles of both of these companies so you can easily confirm this.

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  2. I am using Aio wireless services, Do you think they will closed my account and I will loose my phone number after they close their business services? How long it will take for Aio to shut down their services?

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    1. I doubt AT&T would close your account without giving you the option of switching to a Cricket plan using your existing number, or maybe they will just automatically migrate you over to Cricket. They don't want to lose existing customers--it costs more to obtain a new customer than it does to retain an existing one.

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    2. Sometime after the deal closes I expect Aio customers will automatically become Cricket customers. Only the name of the service will change, Aio customers won't lose their phone numbers or service.

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  3. If I understand it correctly, Cricket customers will have their plan honored as long as they don't upgrade their phone. So in other words, they'll be knocked off into whatever new plans At&t offers, Cricket is CDMA, so everyone on Cricket will need to get GSM capable devices, hence kicking them off their current plan.

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    1. Not necessarily. AT&T is saying Cricket customers can keep their plans unless they upgrade to a device that's not comparable to there current plan. It all depends on how AT&T interprets "comparable".

      I don't think AT&T wants to lose Cricket customers and Cricket smartphone plan prices are actually pretty high As long as you aren't trying to put a GSM smartphone on one of Cricket's old pay as you go feature phone plans I don't think AT&T will force you to a new plan.

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  4. These mergers are all about spectrum grab. The future is LTE and broadcast LTE. Those of us on AIO don't have to worry. We'll have a few months to decide to stay with the new Cricket or just port out to another prepay. Your number is safe and sound. AIO won't just stop operating leaving your number stranded. I was going to leave AIO anyway after my 3rd month free. You see I read sites like this and Howard Forums to find the best deal in prepay and I port out for the best deal.

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    1. Where are you going next? I left VZW to AirWireless. I do not need smart phone because WIFI is everywhere in Long Island NY. I dusted off an old iphone 3g and for $10/month I have up to 250 minutes OR 500 texts. This is my first month no complaints, but I also only have used $0.24 so far.

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  5. Aio obviously was not working out.

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    1. Yes you are absolutely right Mike. Screw Aio Wireless. Aio Wireless seemed all around annoying and stupid to me to have to deal with in many ways my friend. I dislike Aio Wireless with a passion. I was always more into Cricket Wireless, verses having to deal with Aio for that matter. Aio Blows smell bad penis balls.

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  6. I wonder how Tmobile's prepaid brand Gosmart is doing?

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    1. Gosmart is doing good, and is a cheaper prepaid for those that don't have 4G devices or only want talk and text.

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