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Leap Wireless International Inc
Type Public (NASDAQLEAP)
Founded 1998
Headquarters San Diego, CA (Operational Headquarters)
Industry Communications Services
Revenue $2.26B billion USD (2006)
Employees 1,400

Leap Wireless International Inc. (NASDAQLEAP) is a public telecommunications company that provides wireless services through its subsidiaries, Cricket Communications and Jump Mobile. Leap was founded in 1998 and was built on the premise of unlimited services with no contracts and no credit checks, providing access to wireless services to customers who couldn’t otherwise afford it, or who didn't want the long term commitment of a one or two year contract.

Leap has all-digital CDMA 1X and 1xEV-DO networks that have expanded significantly in the past few years. Leap has approximately 4.5 million wireless subscribers.[1] Leap currently offers service across parts of 34 states, and has recently purchased spectrum at the AWS auction giving Leap coverage of an estimated 110 million potential customers. Leap Wireless is headquartered in San Diego, California and is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol LEAP. It is the eighth largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States.


Cricket Communications

Cricket Communications, Inc. founded in 1999, is a subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. It offers prepaid wireless service in the USA. As of quarter 1 of 2009, Cricket provides service to more than 4 million customers in parts of 25 states on Leap’s CDMA 1X and 1xEV-DO networks.

Cricket uses a flat rate billing method, offering rate plans from $30 to $60 per month before taxes. Cricket offers nationwide extended calling area on most service plans which extends coverage to all Cricket coverage areas. Cricket also offers Nationwide Roaming, which provides customers the ability to use their Cricket phone throughout the US and Canada while outside of Cricket coverage areas.

Jump Mobile

Jump Mobile is a subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. The pre-paid wireless service is not an MVNO, as it uses its parent company’s CDMA 1xEV-DO network to provide pre-paid wireless services to its customers.

Jump Mobile offers customers unlimited incoming calls from anywhere in the world, outgoing calls at 10 cents per minute, and unlimited incoming and outgoing text messages within the U.S.. The pre-paid service includes voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling, and offers features such as directory assistance, ringtones, games, and wall papers. Customers can send international text messages from $.10 to $.15 per message and can call internationally from $.05 a minute.

Jump Mobile launched in its first market in 2005, and its service is currently available in parts of 27 states.


  • Leap Wireless was founded in 1998, spun off as an independently traded company from San Diego-based Qualcomm. Leap was started with the idea to provide affordable wireless services to a wide range of customers, without credit checks or long-term commitments. Under that principle, it founded Cricket Communications in 1999 and launched in Chattanooga, Tennessee that year. During this time, Leap also operated all-digital wireless service in Mexico and Chile under partnership with other companies. In May 2000 Leap Wireless sold its Chilean wireless operator Smartcom PCS to Endesa.
  • In March 2002, Leap sold its 20 percent stake in Mexican Wireless carrier Pegaso PCS to Telefonica Moviles.
  • Leap reorganized in 2002 and (trading under the symbol LWIN) was delisted from the Nasdaq stock exchange on December 11, 2002.
  • Leap created Jump Mobile in 2005, a pre-paid mobile wireless service company that shared the unlimited motto of Cricket. Jump Mobile opened in its first market in 2005; its service is currently available in parts of 27 states.
  • On September 4, 2007, MetroPCS announced a proposal that MetroPCS and Leap Wireless could merge into a single wireless company.[2] The proposal was withdrawn less than two months later on November 1, 2007. However, due to LEAP's current financial situation, some analysts still believe that a merger will take place.[3][4]
  • On September 10, 2007, Leap's Chief Financial Officer Amin Khalifa, resigned.[5] On November 9, 2007 Leap announced that it would restate its financial statements for fiscal years 2004, 2005 and 2006 and for the first and second quarters of 2007.[6]
  • On December 28, 2007, filed restatements of its earnings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Leap reported that it had overstated its income by $22.5 million and service revenue by $7.5 million between 2004 and 2007. During the period, Leap had reported an operating profit of $102.2 million and $3.09 billion in service revenue.[7]
  • On February 1, 2010, Leap announced that it was exploring a sale of the company to a larger rival. Talks have been held with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.[8]

Executive Team

  • S. Douglas (Doug) Hutcheson President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
  • Walter Z. Berger Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Albin "Al" Moschner Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Glenn Umetsu Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
  • Robert Irving, Jr. Senior Vice President and General Counsel
  • Leonard Stephens Senior Vice President, Human Resources

About the Network

Leap owns CDMA 1X and 1x EV-DO networks


Coverage Areas

Leap covers about half of the continental United States, and has broadband coverage in many major metropolitan areas.[9]


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