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RadioShack Wireless Shutting Down, Customers Shifted to Cricket

RadioShack has quietly shut down its RadioShack No-Contract Wireless brand. RadioShack Wireless phones have been removed from the company's Website and stores. No-Contract Wireless was a joint venture between the 'Shack and Leap Wireless' Cricket brand that began in 2012 when Leap was still an independent regional CDMA operator. Leap/Cricket was acquired by AT&T in March of this year. AT&T has announced that it plans to shut down Cricket's CDMA network by the end of 2015 and move customers to GSM.

In separate statements to FierceWireless, RadioShack and Cricket spokespersons said that current RadioShack No-Contract Wireless customers will continue to receive service through Cricket Wireless. Customers who purchased RadioShack No-Contract Wireless phones in the last 30 days may return them for a full refund.

There should be no immediate change to former RadioShack Wireless customer's service, plans or pricing. However, as far as I know, RadioShack No-Contract Wireless never offered GSM phones, only CDMA ones, so customers will eventually have to get new phones and switch to current Cricket plans. Cricket will likely provide free or deeply discounted phones to CDMA customers sometime before the network is shut down.

Source: FierceWireless

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  1. The beginning of the end for RadioShack.

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    1. I remember the good old days when Radio Shack was for electronics hobbyists and enthusiasts. Those days are long gone.

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    2. Realistic was their in-house store brand early on. I had several Realistic products over the years.

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  2. Yeah, where else will people be able to go to get interrogated with personal questions by the clerk if you want to spend 89 cents to buy a battery?

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    1. Radio Shack .... We've got questions, you've got answers.

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  3. So i should keep my CDMA Cricket phone and activate it on Cricket CDMA right before they shut down to score a good deal on a Cricket GSM phone?

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    1. You could try but I don't think Cricket is activating CDMA phones anymore.

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    2. I don't think they'll activate a CDMA phone right before they shut down the network.

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  4. Another (mvno) bites the dust !

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    1. Only I don't consider this an actual MNVO. Just a sort of paper bag that Cricket was found inside.

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  5. When is the new cricket gonna be in stores?

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    1. As far as I know RadioShack has no plans to sell Cricket phones, they are available from Cricket stores.

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