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Leap recalls failed handsets

May 21, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Leap Wireless International Inc., a pay-as-you-go mobile phone service provider, recalled about 285,000 phones after they failed during 911 calls.

The San Diego-based company will provide software updates to customers who bought the $90 Cricket EZ phone from February to March, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Leap Wireless reported two instances of audio problems that prevented emergency operators and callers from communicating, the commission said. About 15% of phones tested had the glitch, Leap spokesman Greg Lund said.

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