There are plenty of ways to call up your personal diaspora on the cheap, but why should it always be you who initiates? So-called "global local" numbers have been around for a while, but now Cricket has decided to offer them as a straightforward $10 per month option to its customers. You get a local number in any one of 40 countries, which your peeps can ring at their local rate and which gets forwarded to your US cell. Mexican numbers are half-price and you'll find full details in the PR after the break. It's local, it's global, it's glocal -- say it often enough and together we'll make it a word. Meanwhile, we're still waiting on Google Voice to take over the planet.


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Cricket Introduces New Suite of International Calling Products

~ New Products Feature Mexico and Global Local Number, Unlimited Global Messaging and New International Rate Plans ~

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 the introduction of a new suite of unique international calling products including Mexico and Global Local Number, two new unlimited international calling plans and unlimited global messaging global text and picture messaging.

The Global Local Number product allows Cricket customers to set up a local number in more than 40 different countries including the U.S. and Mexico. When friends and family in an international location call this in-country local number, they are charged for a local call, and the call rings through to the Cricket customer's phone.. This unique product is available for $5 per month for a local number in Mexico and $10 per month for local numbers in one of more than 40 additional countries.

Cricket also announced two new international rate plans, a Mexico rate plan and a global rate plan. Both plans include unlimited local talk and US long distance, domestic and global messaging and mobile web. The Mexico rate plan, available for $55 per month, also includes a Mexico local number, 500 minutes of use per month for calls to a Mexican landline phone and 30 minutes of use per month for calls to a Mexico mobile phone. The global rate plan, available for $65 per month, also features a global local number, 500 minutes of use per month to call an international landline number and 30 minutes of use per month to an international mobile phone.

In addition, with the new unlimited global messaging feature, Cricket customers can send unlimited text, picture and video messages to friends and family across the U.S. and the world.

To see a full list of participating international carriers, visit www.mycricket.com/globalmessaging. Customers can stay in touch with family and friends around the world for $5 per month as a stand-alone feature. Unlimited global messaging is included in all monthly rate plans priced at $45 and higher and in the $2 PAYGo plan.

"These new calling products give our customers multiple ways to stay connected with their family members, friends and business associates outside the U.S.," said Tyler Wallis, vice-president, product management for Cricket. "We believe these new international products are unique to the wireless industry and bring great value to our customers."

Cricket's new international calling products are available now in Cricket branded retail stores and dealers and on www.mycricket.com. For more information about Cricket's dynamic device and service plan lineup, visit www.mycricket.com. To follow Cricket's latest news and updates online, go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation.

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