Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announced that Muve Music, its new wireless rate plan with unlimited music, has been selected as a finalist for CNET’s Best of CES awards.

As CNET’s official awards program of CES, the Best of CES awards recognize the best products at the show. Muve Music has been nominated in the software, services and apps category and winners will be announced Saturday, January 8 at 11 A.M., PT.

“We've seen great enthusiasm from customers throughout the week in Las Vegas as we've taken Muve Music to the streets,” said Jeff Toig, vice president of voice and data products for Cricket. “This nomination reinforces our belief that Muve Music delivers a breakthrough experience for people who want a great music service on their phone.”

First announced on December 20, 2010, Muve Music from Cricket is a new wireless rate plan with unlimited music which has been designed exclusively for the mobile phone and does not require the use of a computer. Muve Music, available on the Samsung Suede, made its first public debut at CES, where people throughout Las Vegas have been able to see and experience the revolutionary service.

The Muve Music Experience

For just $55 per month, Muve Music customers will get the following features on Cricket’s nationwide 3G network:
  • Unlimited nationwide calling
  • Unlimited nationwide text, picture & video messaging
  • Unlimited global text messaging
  • Unlimited 3G mobile Web
  • Unlimited email
  • Unlimited data back up
  • Unlimited video

And for the first time anywhere in the U.S.
  • Unlimited full track downloads
  • Unlimited ringtones
  • Unlimited ringback tones

With Cricket’s Muve Music rate plan, there are no download fees and no monthly music subscriptions. Customers’ data plans will not be impacted by streaming music over the wireless network and customers won’t be required to use a credit card to purchase music. Unlimited Muve Music is included in the flat rate monthly wireless service plan.

Muve Music has a robust catalog of music content which includes the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music.

For more information about Muve Music visit www.muvemusic.com and for more information about all of Cricket’s products and services, including its dynamic device lineup, please visit www.mycricket.com.

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket’s nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. Cricket Broadband provides unlimited Internet access anywhere within Cricket’s coverage areas at speeds comparable to DSL. For more information on Cricket, visit www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.

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