1998 - Leap Wireless International, Inc. Is Founded

Leap Wireless International, Inc. is founded as a spin-off of QUALCOMM on September 23rd, with 30 employees and a vision to provide affordable wireless services to a wide range of customers.

Harvey White named Chief Executive Officer
 

 

1999 - Cricket Wireless Service Launches

Leap begins as primarily an international company with interest in wireless opportunities abroad. While the majority of employees are focused on the international marketplace, a small group is working on a new business concept for the U.S. marketplace called Cricket

Cricket Wireless service launches on March 17th in its first market, Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a flat rate, all-you-can-talk unlimited voice service for just $30 a month

Cricket introduces its Comfortable Wireless campaign

Leap is first listed on NASDAQ on September 11, 1999 under the ticker symbol LWIN


 

2000 - Cricket Wireless Service Expands

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into nine additional markets: Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Greensboro, Tulsa, Tucson, Charlotte, Little Rock and Salt Lake City

 

 

2001 - Cricket Celebrates 1 Million Customers

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into twenty-three additional markets: Albuquerque, Wichita, Pueblo, Spokane, Fort Smith, Macon, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Fayetteville, Phoenix, Denver, Boise, Dayton, Omaha, Salem, Reno, Fort Collins, Jonesboro, Modesto/Merced, Visalia, Eugene, Lincoln and Syracuse

Cricket celebrates its 1,000,000th customer

Data network upgrade to CDMA 1X technology competed

 

 

2002 - Cricket Completes Initial Expansion

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into Buffalo, successfully completing its initial expansion into 34 markets

Cricket launches Cricket Talk

 


2003 - Leap Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Leap files voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in federal bankruptcy court

 


2004 - A New Company Emerges

The newly-restructured company emerges from bankruptcy

Cricket launches Cricket Clicks

Cricket introduces first unlimited long distance plan

 

 

2005 - Leap Hits NASDAQ, Again

Leap Wireless is re-listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “LEAP”

Doug Hutcheson named President and Chief Executive Officer

Jump by Cricket introduced

Introduction of unlimited picture messaging

Premier dealer structure introduced

Cricket “K” unveiled

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service introduced in Fresno

Cricket’s market cluster strategy begins in Central California

 

 

2006 - Cricket Celebrates 2 Million Customers

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into thirteen new markets: El Paso, Colorado Springs, San Antonio, Bryan/College Station, Houston, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Austin, Temple-Killeen, Kansas City, San Diego and Portland

Cricket celebrates its 2,000,000th customer

Company surpasses $250 million in adjusted OIBDA for the year-end 2006

Company launches mobile web

Transitioned long distance to VOIP (voice over IP protocol)

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into Portland, Oregon

 

 

2007 - Cricket Upgrades Network to CDMA 1XEVDO Technology

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into four new markets: Charleston, Rochester, Raleigh/Durham and Eagle Pass/ Del Rio

Data network upgrade to CDMA 1XEVDO 3G technology completed

Cricket-by-the-Week and BridgePay introduced

Unlimited messaging added to all service plans

Roaming minutes bundled into higher-value service plans

Unlimited text messaging to Mexico offered

RingBack tones offered

 


2008 - Leap Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

Leap celebrates its tenth anniversary and begins its third wave of major footprint expansion

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into eight new markets: Oklahoma, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen/Brownsville, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Savannah and Milwaukee/Madison

Cricket celebrates its 3,000,000th customer

Leap purchases Hargray's wireless business in South Carolina

First Cricket-developed handset launches, the Cricket EZ

Cricket launches world’s first CDMA AWS handset, the UTStarcom CDM7126

Premium Extended Coverage rolled out nationwide

Cricket launches its Broadband and PAYGo™ services
 


2009 - Cricket Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary

Cricket celebrates its tenth anniversary

Leap’s Cricket Wireless service launches into five new markets: Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Beaumont/Lake Charles. 
Cricket completes its facilities-based network expansion covering 95 million potential customers in 35 states

Cricket becomes the 7th largest wireless carrier in the U.S., and is distinguished as a Fortune® 1000 company

Cricket celebrates its 4,000,000th customer

 


2010 - Cricket Launches Nationwide Coverage and Smartphones

Cricket rolls out all-inclusive, nationwide talk and text “True Rate” service plans and nationwide 3G coverage 

Cricket celebrates its 5,000,000th customer

Cricket enters into strategic wholesale agreement with Sprint

Cricket launches its first-ever Android® smartphone Sanyo ZIO by Kyocera

Cricket and Pocket Communications form a Cricket-controlled and managed joint venture in San Antonio, Texas

 


2011 - Cricket Begins Nationwide Distribution

Muve Music® from Cricket launches as the first unlimited music service designed for the mobile phone that does not require a computer

Muve Music on the Android™ Platform introduced

Cricket begins to offer its products and services nationwide

“Your Call” marketing campaign is introduced

Cricket begins network transition to 4G LTE with first commercial market launch in Tucson, Arizona

 


2012 - Cricket Becomes First Prepaid Carrier in U.S. to offer iPhone

Cricket celebrates its 6,000,000th customer

Cricket’s Muve Music exceeds 500,000 customers in less than one year

Huawei Mercury from Cricket is the named best prepaid smartphone in America by PC Magazine

Cricket and Clearwire enter into long-term wholesale 4G LTE agreement

Cricket becomes the first prepaid carrier in the U.S. to offer its customers iPhone

Muve Music available in every Android smartphone plan at no extra charge

Cricket succesfully completes the first-phase of its 4G LTE strategy

 

2013 - AT&T and Leap announce they have entered into an agreement for AT&T to acquire Leap

Muve Music exceeds 1 million customers

Muve Music adds first international customer, TIM Brazil

AT&T and Leap announce they have entered into an agreement for AT&T to acquire Leap

Muve Music exceeds 2 million customers