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New Plans Coming to Cricket Will Look Familiar to Aio Customers

Last month AT&T's CFO mentioned that the carrier would be relaunching the Cricket brand by the end of June. The relaunch will combine Aio and Cricket under the banner of "New Cricket".  AT&T promises that New Cricket will feature a nationwide dealer network and be aggressively promoted.

AT&T held a presentation for Cricket dealers recently where they unveiled New Cricket's plan structure. It looks like this:

  • $25 Unlimited Talk & Text, no data
  • $40 Unlimited Talk and Text 500MB of data
  • $50 Unlimited Talk and Text 2.5GB of data
  • $60 Unlimited Talk and Text 5GB of data
Additional data is available for $10 per gigabyte. Plan prices include all taxes and fees.

If those plans look familiar they should as they're identical to Aio's current plans. In fact New Cricket is a lot like old Aio. Just as with Aio, there will be a $5 auto pay discount and a family plan with four lines that includes unlimited talk & text and 500MB per line for $100/month.

Dealers were told that New Cricket will always offer a $50 retail price smartphone for them to sell. Aio currently has the ZTE Prelude Android phone for $49.99.

New Cricket will have at least one feature that Aio doesn't. Customers will be able to add a tablet to any of the $40 and higher plans at no extra cost, with the tablet sharing the plan's data allotment.

AT&T didn't reveal when New Cricket would launch but said training sessions for dealers would begin soon. It also looks like the mycricket.com domain might be retired, Aio Wireless has acquired the domain NewCricket.com although there's nothing there yet, just a blank page.

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  1. Interesting. Have you heard if Cricket will throttle LTE speeds like Aio did?

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    1. If the New Cricket is going to provide throttled LTE as well as data caps, I think there are better options out there.

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  2. I think adding 'New' to the cricket brand name is a step backwards, and does not enhance or improve it at all. If anything, it sounds tacky.

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    1. They should have used Cricket by AT&T until the brand changeover took hold and then removed the "by AT&T" but incorporated the "world" logo with the Cricket name.

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    2. And aio sound like?

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  3. Maybe AT&T should keep the AIO name. I know people that have a very negative opinion of Cricket.

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    1. I'm there with you. I was on cricket briefly and the service was abysmal. Constantly dropped calls and lots of dead spots.

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  4. "add a tablet to any of the $40 and higher plans at no extra cost, with the tablet sharing the plan's data allotment" - Now that is decent.

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  5. It is what it is. Att has a history of using the more famous of two names. Att is actually Cingular with the Att name on it. Just like how Cricket is actually Aio with the Cricket name on it basically. They could have called Aio , Gophone's stepsister for how it all turned out.

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  6. Will the Muve music streaming continue on these plans?

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    1. I haven't heard if it will or not. It doesn't seem to have been part of the dealer presentation so probably not.

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    2. Music streamimg or any type of streaming with only 5Gb of data, take a long guess my friend. You will have to pay those extra 10 bucks to keep playing MUVE streaming for long periods of time.

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    3. Streaming on a data bucket of 5gb, oh yeah you'll be coughing up that 10 dollars extra. They should create a primium plan or heavy streamers like 100 dollars you coud get unlimited voice & text and 10gb of data.

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    4. I currently use less than 400mb per month for everything, including Iheartradio/tunein. Yeah, I would stream Muve music more if it were included "free." Streaming audio isn't doesn't consume that much.

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  7. They are copying Metro PCS plans exactly. I hope T-Mobile/Metro sues them for it.

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    1. On what basis would T-Mobile/Metro sue? Can Ford sue GM for putting out a similar car?

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    2. They sued Aio for using magenta and won the case.

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  8. wow. the cricket prices look kinda like att gophone prices but a bit more data on the cricket $50 and $60 plans? well it's all att and att probably wants keep things very similar with plans but tweaked for its different specific brands.

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    1. oh just like how att cricket copying tmobile metropcs prices as noted in the previous post. but everyone copies each others prices but maybe tweaks the plans to try give more value than the other guy. just like gas stations on different corners of the same intersection doing price matching. nothing new. its called competition and for at&t the similar prices are apparently for providing a united pricing front where the different at&t brands are targeting specific market segments but hoping for similar results all across the board.

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  9. I believe the NEW CRICKET is going to be sold also through WalMart. Google - Cricket Sim Card Activation Kits its under: Refine Results "clear all".

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  10. That seems like the rumored bulls**t plans that Boost is coming out with except the $25 plan.

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  11. I've just recently become a new Cricket subscriber and unfortunately have dropped 500 dollars on a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. I have the 60 dollar 5gb plan which is good enough for me but, I don't know if I'm going to switch to the new Cricket when in 12 to 18 months from now. Not having Muve Music in the New Cricket is a deal-breaker in my book.

    Question, can I flash my Cricket phone into Sprint?

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    1. Not to Sprint but Cricket phones can be flashed Verizon MVNOs PagePlus, Selectel and BYO.

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  12. @Dennis Bournique: The new Cricket is being launched within the next few hours. Read post #32 on page 3 of this HoFo thread:
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1832192

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  13. Cricketwireless.com Powered by AT&T is now active!!

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  14. Nothing on the new CricketWireless.com site about being able to add a tablet at no additional charge on a $40 and higher plan.Going to Cricket Store later for more information.

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  15. Samsung Galaxy 5S - COMING SOON!!! To the new Cricket Wireless. Http://Cricketwireless.mediaroom.com then click Multimedia then Image Gallery then Devices.

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  16. Under NEWS BY CARRIER - Instead of just Cricket, now Cricket Wireless?

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  17. Dennis, Your article got me really excited about the possibility of switching to Cricket but I'm unable to squeeze any further info or clues out of them. Calling lead me only to automated system, chat was excruciatingly slow and chat rep seemed like English was second language, and possibly also not well trained.
    Here is transcript of my chat. No need to publish this unless you feel it's beneficial. This message was just a quick FYI.

    Your transcript is shown below.

    You have been connected to Marco Colato.
    Marco Colato: Welcome to Cricket Wireless! How can I serve you today?

    Kris: I'd like to switch my family over to cricket but wanted to find out when cricket will be allowing people to add their tablets to their phone plan. I've seen it mentioned on multiple phone news sites. When will it start and how will it work?
    Example: "New Cricket will have at least one feature that Aio doesn't. Customers will be able to add a tablet to any of the $40 and higher plans at no extra cost, with the tablet sharing the plan's data allotment."

    Marco Colato: the tablet can't sharing the plan's data

    Kris: Is there any way to contact customer support with questions? I called and there were only phone options to activate a phone you bought or another option for current customers. Both sounded automated.

    Kris: Ok, so the online news articles are incorrect. No tablets will share the plans.

    Marco Colato: and we don't have a especific time to allowing people to add their tablets

    Kris: Next question: can I avoid the activation fee if I buy a sim and have it mailed to me? If so can I still use a friend referral to earn $25 to further offset my startup costs?

    Marco Colato: No you cant because always need to pay fee for the activation

    Kris: Ok, so to start I need to pay $10 for sim, plus $25 for activation, plus $50 for middle level plan?

    Marco Colato: exactly
    Kris: Ok, thank you very much for your time! Have a good day.

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    1. That chat session reminds me of ones I've had with several prepaid operators. Not great but I've seen much worse. Customer service is not a strong point with most companies today.

      The rep was correct that there is currently no tablet add-on. The tablet add-on was reportedly mentioned in a meeting for legacy Cricket dealers before the launch of the new Cricket but it appears to have been delayed or scrapped.

      The rep was wrong about the activation fee. There's no fee if you order a SIM from the Website and activate it online.

      If you want to speak to a live person at Cricket call 866-384-4425, that number bypasses to automated system and puts you in the queue for a live agent.

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