AT&T’s planned purchase of Leap Wireless and its Cricket prepaid brand came as a bit of a surprise, if only because they could have done it long before this if the drivers were compelling enough to pay a 90% premium to the current stock price. The 3G network is incompatible, the spectrum is valuable but not a perfect fit, and it’s not so big as to shift any major needles for AT&T. So it’s time for a poll: why is AT&T doing this?
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