Leap Wireless has announced new plan pricing for its Cricket Wireless prepaid brand. The changes, which are effective Sept 2nd. include:
- Cricket's Muve Music which provides unlimited music downloads from a library of almost six million songs, is now included with all smartphone plans at no extra cost. This represents a $5/month price reduction for Muve Music plans. A Muve Music compatible phone is required to take advantage of this feature.
- More full speed data. The $50 plan now gets 1 GB of data before throttling kicks in compared with the old $55 plan where all data was throttled. The $60 plan gets 2.5 GB of full speed data compared with 2 GB for the old $65 plan.
- A new $70 plan is available that includes 5 GB of high speed data
- Customers who reach their plan's data limit can now purchase additional data at the rate of $1 for 50 MB.
- The $50 and $60 "Cricket PayGo" plans offered in markets where the carrier doesn't have its own network and operates as a Sprint MVNO now include unlimited voice minutes. These plans used to be limited to 1000 minutes.
- A new $15/month Global Plus international calling bundle is now available. It provides a local telephone number in the country of your choice and 500 outgoing international landline minutes and 30 outgoing international mobile minutes.
The table below list the details of all of Cricket's current plans.
|Plan Details1||$35/mo. Feature Phone||$45/mo. Feature Phone||$50/mo. Smartphone||$60/mo. Smartphone||$70/mo. Smartphone|
|Unlimited U.S. LD||*||*||*||*||*|
|Enhanced Calling Features2||*||*||*||*|
|Unlimited Multimedia Text||*||*||*||*|
|Unlimited International Text||*||*||*||*|
|Unlimited Music Muve Music3||*||*||*|
|Unlimited 3G Data||*||* (1 GB full-speed data)||* (2.5 GB full-speed data)||* (5 GB full-speed data)|
2 Enhanced Calling Features includes: call waiting, 3-way calling and call forwarding
3 Available on Android Smartphones
|Plan Details4||$25/mo. Feature Phone||$35/mo. Feature Phone||$45/mo. Feature Phone||$50/mo. Smartphone||$60/mo. Smartphone|
|Additional Calling Features5||*||*||*||*||*|
|Unlimited Multimedia Text||*||*||*||*||*|
|Unlimited Muve Music||*||*||*|
|Unlimited 3G Data||*||*||*||* (1GB full-speed data)||* (2.5 GB full-speed data)|
5 Additional Calling Features includes: call waiting and 3-way calling
I don't see any gotchas with these plan changes all of which appear to provide increased value at lower cost. The new smartphone plan pricing also matches leaked plan prices for Radio Shack's upcoming No Contract Wireless service which is powered by Cricket which makes sense as without these changes, Radio Shack would be under cutting Cricket's own pricing
Source: Leap Wireless via Engadget Image: mycricket.com
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