Leap Wireless Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Two days after a downgrade from analysts at Jefferies & Co., shares of Leap Wireless (Nasdaq: LEAP  ) fell more than 10% in early trading on more than triple the average volume.

So what: There's irony in the sell-off. Earlier today, Leap announced what should have been good news. The company's Cricket subsidiary has inked a deal to make its Muve Music service available via select Android smartphones sold on Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) .

Now what: Investors have good reason to be skeptical, of course. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) has its own Android-compatible music service while Pandora (NYSE: P  ) and Sirius XM (Nasdaq: SIRI  ) are still struggling to win over some smart handset owners.

To be fair, Leap will also offer Muve to some feature phone customers and pay-as-you-go clients, but that may not make a difference when bigger brands have already established themselves. Do you agree? Would you buy shares of Leap Wireless at current prices? Please weigh in using the comments box below.

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