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I am currently a cricket customer. Will I have to change my phone plan in any way? I currently have ZTE Groove will I have to upgrade my phone to a newer model? When is AT&T taking over?

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When all things are officially approved and AT&T takes over, you likely won't have to change your phone or plan in the near future. Eventually, you will have to change to an AT&T phone and plan, but it's likely that AT&T will incent Cricket customers to get new phones and sign a new agreement, so I wouldn't worry if I were you. The Cricket network is different than AT&T's current network so you never know how they will handle it. But I think that things will be good for Cricket customers. I hope this helps.  

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I can answer questions on cellular phones, the physical device, the network, contracts, billing, ordering, porting and what to look for when purchasing cell phones. I am located in the United States. I am an expert on BlackBerrys, Treos, HTC devices and iPhones as well as cellphones and aircards. I have over 15 years of experience in both the wireless and wireline world with the carriers. I have a lot of knowledge regarding the wireless providers - their services, prices and policies, both GSM AT&T and T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon, Sprint/Nextel). I am very familiar with the individual devices and their specifications. I can also answer questions regarding BlackBerrys, iPhones and other PDAs, both Palm-based and Windows-based. I can troubleshoot most any problem someone is having with their cellular device or with the provider.

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Over 20 years in the Telecom industry working for the carriers with individuals, small business, medium business and large corporations(Fortune 500). Also worked as a professor in Maryland for 10 years teaching telecommunications.

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Master's in Telecommunications

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Received several awards for papers that I have published over the years

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