Most of the world is well aware of Spotify as they are probably considered the main online music streaming service. That said, if you are in the UK (or quite a few other countries) there will be an equal chance that you are using the music streaming service Deezer instead of Spotify. As Deezer’s base of operations is based in Europe (Paris actually) they have built up much more of a user-base outside of the US. However, that may be just about to change as an interesting partnership between Cricket Wireless and Deezer has just been announced.
Only this morning, Cricket Wireless announced an exclusive agreement with Deezer to offer their music streaming services in the US. As such and starting from the end of the month (January 31st) all Cricket Wireless customers will have instant access to over 35 million songs and more than 30,000 internet radio stations. It is worth noting that this will be a paid add-on service to Cricket customers which means if they would like the full access to entire Deezer catalogue then they will have to fork out $6 a month. However, in fairness $6 will be much cheaper than the alternatives on offer from the likes of Google and Spotify who both charge near the $10 marker. As a welcome to the joint venture, Cricket will be offering their customers an extended trial period for Deezer meaning that all users will be able to test-run the service for 45 days for free before having to pay the monthly $6.
This is a good move by Cricket as they will be offering their customers a first real chance of trying Deezer which is likely to become more popular in the US in the future. In fact, according to the press release Cricket see the combination of music services into their carrier service as an integral service for the future. According to Jennifer Van Buskirk, President of Cricket Wireless “Customers are demanding more compelling services from both their music and wireless providers“. Further adding “This agreement illustrates our ongoing commitment to deliver the best value in prepaid wireless and satisfy our customers’ growing need for an unparalleled premium music experience.” So what do you think? Are you a Cricket LTE customer? Looking forward to the integration of Deezer’s music streaming service? Happy to pay $6 for an alternative to Spotify or Play All Access? Let us know.