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Cricket Wireless Will Give $100 to T-Mobile and MetroPCS Users Who Switch

The mobile price war continues. AT&T is apparently worried about losing customers to T-Mobile and it's price cutting"uncarrier" moves. Rather than cutting prices, AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid subsidiary is giving $100 to MetroPCS and T-Mobile customers who port their number to Cricket. The $100 is in the form of a credit that will be added to the user's Cricket account 5 days before their first plan renewal. The offer is good online and at Cricket stores now through Oct. 19, 2014.

To get the credit the customer must port into a Cricket plan priced at $40 or higher. There's no limit to the number lines a customer can port and the credit can be combined with Cricket's Group save program which program. Group Save is a family-style plan that offers discounts of $10 for 2nd lines, $30 for 3 lines and $60 for 4 lines and $90 for five lines. With Group Save four lines on the Cricket $40 "Basic" cost $100/month or $25 per line.

Individual users can get a $5/month discount for signing up for autopay. The auto pay discount is not available with Group Pay.

The Cricket plans that are available with the $100 Credit are:
Plan NameMonthly PriceHi-Speed Data Before Throttling 1Allowed devices
Basic$40 ($35 with autopay)500 MBAny
Smart$50 ($45 with autopay)2.5 GBAny
Pro$60 ($55 with autopay)5 GBAny
High-Speed data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+. After the high-speed data cap is reached speed is further throttled to about 128 Kbps. Additional high-speed data is available for $10 for 1GB good for a month.

Plan prices include all taxes and fees, even sales taxes. However there's a $25 per line fee to activate in store, which includes a SIM. Online activation is free but SIMs are $10 online.

Source: Cricket Wireless, Image: Facebook


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  1. Not interested, would've preferred a price cut instead

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    1. I agree, this Cricket offer is very short term savings compared to longer term savings with T-Mobile and even Metro if they step up further to the plate.

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  2. This looks good to me. I need the better coverage that Cricket offers.

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  3. They need a SIM card sale like tmobile. $10 is way too much for a sim in my opinion.

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    1. You can buy a Cricket PRELOADED SIM with 2 MONTHS OF $40/mo SERVICE for $30 on ebay.(total value, incl sim is $90)

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  4. Cricket's data latency is so high, it's routinely in high 200 to 300ms. T-Mobile and even Sprint have much better latency. Even with Sprint's slower data speed, the net effect is still faster than Cricket. This is not a good deal until you have in an area that AT&T is markedly better than T-Mobile or Sprint.

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  5. Can you port your number to a penny T-Mobile, sim then immediately to cricket?

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    1. Probably, although if you are on AT&T or Cricket now they might detect what you are doing and deny the rebate.

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    2. I ported 3 lines to TMO prepaid yesterday. Had to load two of them since I need service for a day or two, but hope to cash in on $300 in credits tonight when I sign up. 2 came from Verizon and one from Google Voice.

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  6. Combine Gophone with Callingmart and you can get 2.5GB of data for $53 a month. So why bother with either one.

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  7. @ dennis... can you do an article for verizon/go phone prepaid combined with calling mart discounts? and what you do for each carrier to set it up through callingmart and what the actual price is.??

    such as If you do calling mart and go phone you can get it down to average of $53 or 54$ or if you verizon prepaid you can do unlimited talk/text PLUS 3.5 gbs for $60 using calling mart??

    I think this would open up the 2 best options for everyone and we can compare the pricing and use the best option price and of course coverage in our native area.

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  8. Wow $50 I've been paying net10 doesn't seen to be that great a deal anymore, maybe I should must switch to cricket!

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  9. Cricket needs to increase their data or lower their prices. T-Mobile offers 4 lines with 2.5 GB per line for the same $100. Sprint is offering up to 10 lines with 4gb per line for the same $100.
    ATT coverage is a big plus but dealing with horrid legacy Cricket customer service reps requires a much lower price to attract me.

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  10. Cricket's coverage is also better than those two carriers combined, tmobile is for cheapos and anti socials.

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    1. I guess I'm cheap and anti-social then. Use whatever works for you.

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  11. Has anyone used airvoice and switched to cricket? I loved airvoice but I am now in a location (US OPEN NYC) and I can not make a call? Need the phone so I may have to switch but may consider going to Go phone w ATT directly. Inexpensive plans are great until you do not have service. Any suggestions or comments TX

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    1. Phone service at large sporting events is often bad because congestion. Sometimes one network is better than the other. But switching from AT&T based Airvoice to AT&T based Cricket isn't going to help. If you see people using their phones at the Open ask them which network they are on and get something that uses the same network.

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  12. So Dennis in the real world of day to day will Cricket be slower data than Tmobile or Gophone data?

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    1. If you are running speed tests, unthrottled GoPhone will be faster than throttled Cricket anywhere that the network is faster than Cricket's 4 Mbps HSPA+ or 8 Mbps LTE throttled speeds.

      Between T-Mobile and Cricket, they are different networks so sometimes one will be faster and sometimes the other.. T-Mobile is a its best in urban areas, Cricket will likely be faster in rural locations.

      Speed's not as important as the operator's ads make it out to be. It takes a 3X speed difference before most people will notice a difference in Web browsing speed.

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  13. Wow..had no idea..Thanx for the great info Dennis..Am going to try the Cricket for the family since am in a rural area and ATT towers are close by.

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  14. @Dennis Bournique: Why do you think Cricket is offering this promo only to people who quit Tmo/Metro instead of offering it to all new customers?

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    1. Lots of reasons. T-Mobile is the industry's, upstart disrupting the traditional and highly profitable carrier business model. AT&T sees T-Mobile as a threat. T-Mobile is the fastest growing carrier, AT&T subscriber growth has slowed and T-Mobile is large part of the reason. T-Mobile's CEO has publicly attacked and belittled AT&T's business model and pricing.

      AT&T created Aio and bought Cricket to compete directly against MetroPCS with the same franchised dealer sales model, service inclusive of taxes and nearly identical plans. Until recently Metro was giving rebates users who ported to them and now AT&T is doing the same thing. The rebates are payback for the hurt T-Mobile is putting on AT&T's bottom line.

      AT&T probably sees Sprint and Verizon as traditional operators that, like AT&T are trying to maintain the status quo. They are less of a threat and AT&T doesn't see the need to steal customers from them.

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  15. I'm currently a T-Mobile prepaid customer. Do I have to do anything (e.g. fill out a form) when I port my number to Cricket to receive the $100 credit? How does Cricket know that I am porting from T-Mobile? Do I have to tell them or do they automatically figure it out?

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    1. You don't have to do anything special to get the credit. Just port a number from T-Mobile or MetroPCS to a new Cricket account, activate a phone on that account on a $40 or higher plan and pay for the first month.

      When you port a number the receiving carrier knows what carrier you are coming from.

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  16. Not to be challenging here Dennis - did you see instructions somewhere? I'm a little reluctant to just do the port with no coupon/rebate certificate and hope for the best. While I have Googled and found many articles on this offer, there does not appear to be anything on the Cricket site.

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    1. The "Source: Cricket Wireless" link at the end of the post points to the Cricket press release announcing the $100 credit for porting from MetroPCS or T-Mobile. There's also a page on the Cricket consumer site advertising the offer.

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