- AT&T will relaunch Cricket in the second quarter of 2014. which ends June 30.
- Stephens said the relaunch will include "combining with AT&T's existing prepaid operations" to create the new Cricket. AT&T has previously announced that only its Aio prepaid brand will be combined into Cricket. It's interesting that Stephens referred to "existing prepaid operations" rather than specifically mentioning Aio. That could be a hint that AT&T intends to merge both Aio and GoPhone, its other prepaid brand, into Cricket.
- The new Cricket will have a national presence that includes 3,000 distribution points (presumably stores) across the country.
- Transitioning Cricket's customers to the AT&T network will begin early in 2015 and is expected to take about 18 months at a cost of around 1.2 Billion.
- Except for iPhone users, Cricket customers will need new GSM phones when the CDMA network is shut down. In response to a question, Stephens suggested that AT&T may give Cricket customers used GSM smartphones traded in by postpaid subscribers upgrading their phones under the "Next" program.
In other AT&T earnings news, AT&T surprised analysts by adding 625 thousand postpaid subscribers in the last quarter, nearly three times as many as expected. However prepaid subscribers declined by 50,000 and AT&T also lost 206.000 mainly prepaid (reseller) MVNO customers in the quarter. I'm sure that AT&T is hoping that the new Cricket will reverse its prepaid decline.
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