- AT&T must divest some spectrum in 12 markets.
- AT&T must let Cricket users keep their current plans until they either upgrade their phone, switch plans or AT&T shuts down the Cricket CDMA network.
- AT&T is required to offer a $40/month unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data feature phone plan to current Cricket subscribers for 18 months.
But changes are coming. Soon Aio stores will be rebranded as Cricket stores and legacy Cricket stores will begin offering GSM phones that use the AT&T network.
Other than the name change, Aio customers aren't supposed to be affected.
AT&T plans to shut down the Cricket CDMA network in 12-18 months. When that happens Cricket customers will be able to keep their phone numbers but will need a new phone. Well before the CDMA network is shut down, I expect AT&T to begin offering Cricket customers discounts and other incentives to switch to a GSM phone. Those who hold out long enough will probably get free basic phones.
AT&T has said that acquiring Cricket will make it a more aggressive competitor in the prepaid market. I hope so, however today Aio ended a long running online phone sale effectively raising the prices of most models. For example; the Samsung Galaxy Amp which went from to $49.99 to $129.99, the Lumia 520 from $69.99 to $99.99 and the Moto G from $99.99 to $149.99. Coincidence or not?
Sources: FCC, FierceWireless
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