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What: Shares of prepaid wireless service provider Leap Wireless International (Nasdaq: LEAP ) made good on its name today, leaping as much as 19.1% on absolutely crushing trade volume.
So what: Last night's third-quarter report put pep in the Cricket network owner's step. Churn is lower, subscriber additions are trending up, and revenue is on the rise.
Now what: Direct rival MetroPCS Communications (NYSE: PCS ) fell through the floor due to a report as disappointing as Leap's was inspiring. The secret spice in Leap's recipe comes from smartphone sales and Muve Music devices, both of which are driving customers to choose feature-rich products tethered to more profitable service plans.
This, of course, is hardly a unique strategy: Verizon (NYSE: VZ ) and AT&T (NYSE: T ) have been milking the smartphone cow for years, and Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S ) hopes to tap into that rich vein with brand-new iPhone sales. Smartphone sales accounted for 50% of total sales this quarter, so Leap is clearly executing on the high-value vision.
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