Cricket Wireless has partnered with streaming music service Deezer to bring customers more than 35 million songs and 30,000 global radio stations.
Starting Jan. 31, Paris-based Deezer will be available to U.S. mobile subscribers for the first time.
There is a catch, however: Deezer will acquire Cricket's Muve Music service and discontinue it on Feb. 7.
Affected users will get an extended free trial of Deezer when they switch to Cricket's new GSM network. The length of the free trial depends on the date you sign up for Deezer and/or migrate to Cricket's new GSM network, and the date of your billing cycle. Once the comp period ends, users will automatically be billed $6 per month.
Don't worry about losing access to your favorite Kanye tracks or Broadway albums. Muve customers making the switch will be able to transfer existing music libraries and playlists into the Deezer app—as long as the tracks are available.
But beware: According to the small print, folks who sign up for Deezer while on Cricket's CDMA network will have access through March 31, after which they'll be switched to the free streaming radio service.
Downloads and playlists will be available only to active paid subscribers of Deezer from Cricket.
AT&T acquired Leap Wireless and its Cricket brand in 2013, and as part of that deal, AT&T will shut down Cricket's CDMA network since AT&T runs a GSM network. That could happen as early as March.
"Cricket has done an incredible job building Muve into one of the largest music services in the U.S.," Tyler Goldman, Deezer's North American CEO, said in a statement. "Deezer's 16 million listeners around the world share the same passion for music. We're thrilled to serve the music needs of Cricket's vibrant audience."
Muve Music arrived in 2010 as a bundle with unlimited calling, texting, e-mail, and Web access for $55 per month. But in recent years, more sophisticated music streaming services - from Spotify and Rdio to Pandora and Deezer - have gained in popularity at the expense of smaller services like Muve.
Deezer landed in the U.S. in September, but only on Sonos home-audio systems. Subscribers can instantly stream jams or create customer stations, all while discovering new songs and artists using personalized recommendations.
The company recently acquired San Francisco-based radio app Stitcher, which offers access to news, entertainment, comedy, and sports podcasts.
"Customers are demanding more compelling services from both their music and wireless providers," said Jennifer Van Buskirk, Cricket Wireless president. "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."