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Good News For Cricket iPhone Users, Your Phones Will Work On The New Cricket GSM Network

One aftermath of AT&T's acquisition of Cricket is that in 12 to 18 months most Cricket customers will need new phones. That's because AT&T will be shutting down the Cricket CDMA network and migrating Cricket customers to the new Cricket GSM network, which is actually the old AT&T network. Trying to use a CDMA phone on a GSM network is like putting a square peg in a round hole, the technologies are totally incompatible, users will need a new phone.

It turns out there's one group of Cricket customers who won't need a new phone because their current Cricket phones will work on the GSM network; iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s users. Cricket dealers are receiving new point of sale price cards for current Cricket phones. For all phones except iPhones, the price cards contain the following disclaimer:

"Cricket is upgrading its CDMA network to 4G GSM and expects to stop offering CDMA wireless service as early as March 2015. THIS CDMA PHONE WILL NO LONGER WORK ON OUR WIRELESS NETWORK AFTER WE COMPLETE THIS UPGRADE."

The iPhone price cards do not have a disclaimer. A message to dealers accompanying the price cards says: 

"This disclaimer does not apply to the iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s which are compatible with the new 4G GSM network"

This makes sense. Since the iPhone 4s, all iPhones have contained both GSM and CDMA cellular radios. In the case of Cricket's iPhones, the GSM radio is locked so it will only accept Cricket SIMs. Current Cricket SIMs are non-functional. When the time comes, I suspect that Cricket will distribute new GSM capaable Cricket SIMs. Or they could unlock the Cricket iPhones to allow them to accept AT&T SIMs. 

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  1. Thank you sir. You are a true life saver!

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  2. Will cricket paygo (where you buy refill cards) still work?

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  3. This is only for cricket cdma iphones? Anyone know if i will be able to use a cricket SIM in my verizon iphone 4s to get cricket service? That would be a life saver.

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  4. So if one cannot afford these expensive iPhones what are we to buy ?? Is Cricket putting out new less expensive phones and when ??? Wish I had known all this before just buying a new standby phone yesterday only to find out it will soon be useless as well as the phone I have. Not real happy with Cricket not even letting their customers know about the change upfront.

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    1. AT&T plans to shut down the Cricket CDMA network in 12-18 months. When that happens Cricket customers will be able to keep their phone numbers but will need a new phone. Well before the CDMA network is shut down, I expect AT&T to begin offering Cricket customers discounts and other incentives to switch to a GSM phone. Those who hold out long enough will probably get free basic phones.

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  5. I have a iPhone 4s that's with Verizon could I get the turend on with cricket

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    1. A Verizon iPhone 4s would need to be unlocked for domestic use to work on T-Mobile.

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  6. I want to buy an iPhone 5 from Verizon an its unlock. I want to used it with Cricket can I

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    1. A Verizon iPhone 5 will work on AT&T but won't get LTE.

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  7. I have an GS6 Edge+... will my cricket sim work in it?

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    1. It should although you may have to fight with locked APN settings to get data and MMS working. You also won't get LTE in some markets as the Verizon GS6 Edge+ is missing 2 of AT&T's 4 LTE bands including b17, which is their main one.

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    2. Is there any way to get it to work because i use MMS often for group texts

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    3. As I said back on Nov 7, MMS should work provided you enter the correct data settings for Cricket. You can find the settings on this page: Bring Your Own Android | Cricket

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  8. Will a tmobile iphone 6 plus work on cricket? Will it have to be unlocked?

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  9. A T-Mobile iPhone needs to be unlocked to work on AT&T based Cricket.

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    1. Will att refill cards work for cricket service also and can i pay service with paypal

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    2. AT&T cards do not work with Cricket. Cricket doesn't accept PayPal.

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  10. What about an I phone 5s for Verizon that currently doesn't have a SIM card. I wanna flash it to cricket but which SIM card do I need. or do I need one at all ? Sorry not familiar with iphone or SIM cards.

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    1. You don't need to flash it, Verizon LTE phones are GSM unlocked. Just buy a Cricket SIM, activate it and put it in the phone.

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  11. Ok I know you have probably heard this question way to many times but I have a iPhone 5s that is on Crickets carrier and I want to transfer the iPhone 5s to Verizons $45 prepaid plan an get rid of my iPhone 4s. Is this possible? Because I eventually took the iPhone 5s to a Verizon store and they flat out old me there is no way for them to help me out...

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    1. It depends.
      The GSM 5S will not work with Verizon.
      If you have an unlocked Sprint or SIM-free iPhone 5S on Cricket, it will work fine on Verizon if you activate their LTE sim in a Verizon LTE phone.

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    2. A Cricket iPhone 5s will not work on Verizon.

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  12. Would I be able to use the IPhone 5s on Straight Talk besides Cricket?

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    1. will iphone4 non unlocked worked, with cricket carrier?

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    2. If it's locked to AT&T yes. Locked to any other operator, no.

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  13. I bought an iphone 5s from a friend and its a from tracfone can i used my cricket sim card?

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