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Cricket Wireless Adding More High-Speed Data To $40 and Higher Plans

Prepaid data prices are continuing to drop. Today, AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand announced that Cricket customers on $40 and higher plans will be getting more high speed data stating with their next monthly plan renewal.

There are three plans getting the increase:
  • The $40 Basic Plan's high-speed data doubles from 500MB to 1GB per month 
  • The $50 Smart Plan gets an increase from 2.5GB to 3 GB per month
  • The $60 Pro Plan goes from 5GB to 10GB per month
The changes take effect with each customer's next plan renewal on or after September 13, 2014. Cricket is calling the increase  a "limited time offer" with no stated end date. Hopefully, customers will be grandfathered and be able to keep the increased high-speed data after the promotion ends.

All three plans include unlimited voice minutes and messaging and unlimited data throttled to 128Kbps for the rest of the plan month after the high speed allotment is used up. High-Speed data is throttled to a maximum of 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+. Additional high-speed data is available at $10 for 1GB good for a month.

Cricket also offers a number of discounts and promotions that can cut the the cost of service even further:
  • There's Group Save family discount for accounts with more than one line. The discount ranges from $10 on two lines to $100 on five lines. That makes the cost of five lines on the $40 plan just $100/month or $20 per line. 
  • Individual users can get a $5/month discount for enrolling in auto-pay
  • Customers who stay with Cricket for a year get a $50 credit toward a new phone
  • Through October 19, 2014, Cricket will give customers who port a number from T-Mobile or T-Mobile owned MetroPCS a $100 account credit
The data increases seem to be a reaction to recent moves by T-Mobile's metroPCS and Sprint's Boost Mobile. MetroPCS increased the data on their $40 and $50 plans to 1GB and 3GB respectively last week. Boost went even further, doubling data and cutting plan prices by $5 across the board.

For more about Cricket see: Prepaid Operator Profile: Cricket Wireless (GSM)

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  1. Outstanding! Hopefully folks will be able to keep the data level after the promotion.

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  2. Do new customers get the new data plans?

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    1. Yes, but they need to activate on or after Sept. 13 to get the increased data starting with their first month. Otherwise the data increase will start with the second month

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  3. I'm so glad Sprint didn't acquire T-Mobile, because now Sprint has to be competitive like T-Mobile is to survive. Even though Verizon and AT&T say that T-Mobile's practices aren't affecting them they are also doing the same and adding more data while lowering prices.

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  4. Nice, are their lte speeds comparable to Net10?

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    1. NET10 could potentially be faster although I doubt that the difference would be noticible. Cricket throttles to 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+. NET10 claims not to throttle their high speed data.

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    2. NET10 prohibits streaming so I would argue that Cricket is better.

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    3. What about wifi tethering (hotspot)?

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    4. Cricket's terms of service prohibit hotspot and tethriing and Cricket phones are sold with it disabled. It's possible to tether or use hotspot on most phones by rooting or jailbreaking and using a 3rd party app. I haven't heard of Cricket taking action against anyone for tethering or hotspot use.

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  5. Can i port into tmobile just to take advantage of the port in credit to cricket?

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  6. The $50 plan could have gone up to 5GB. $60 for 10GB is good even though MetroPCS has unlimited high speed data for the same price. But Cricket does have a better network. For people who need a lot of data Cricket and MetroPCS seem to be the best options.

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    1. I want a lot of network, and a lot of data. Cricket meets that requirement. MetroPCS doesn't do that yet.

      Seriously thinking of jumping out of Virgin Sprint (better than TMobile but not Vrz and ATT) this month, unless the prices come down a lot on Selectel... that one would be my first choice (for the network, and company)

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  7. Cricket just rained on Boosts 10gb plan, likely the same exact price considering cricket includes tax and a 5$ auto pay discount.

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  8. How does one pay for crickets service, redo cards, credit card , both?

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    1. You can pay with a debit or credit card online or over the phone or with cash or plastic at a Cricket Store. Cricket does not offer refill cards.

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  9. I love free market competition !

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  10. My $50 net 10 plan is looking outdated!

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  11. Will GameStop stores take Cricket payments?

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    1. I'm sure GameStop stores will be accepting Cricket payments l once they start selling Cricket next month.

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  12. Dear Dennis and your unique readership of frugal consumers: Is there somewhere one can purchase inexpensive SIM Cards for Cricketwireless? I think it was either you or one of your readers who posted that H2O Wireless SIM cards were available for a penny each on Amazon.com and you sometimes remind us that T-Mobile SIM's are on sale for a penny, etc I searched with Google and directly on Amazon but no helpful hits. Maybe the collective wisdom of Prepaidphonenews.com ? Thank you, Frank Savoretti

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    1. "Dear unique readership of frugal consumers" Isn't the best way to ask for advice.

      Cricket won't activate any SIM that wasn't bought from Cricket. They will only activate SIMs you buy from Cricket. If you do find any Cricket SIMs online don't buy them.

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    2. how about "unique readership of penny-pinching dirt-cheap gotta-have-latest-deal will-port-for-cheap-free-sims consumers"??? lol

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    3. Why don't you signup for Verizon postpaid and pay $100 per month for one line. But if you were going to do that you wouldn't be on this site asking about 1 cent Cricket SIM cards because you don't want to pay what Cricket charges for their SIM cards.

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  13. The $50 device credit for prompt payment is only available for the Smart ($50) and Pro ($60) plans. It is not available for the Basic ($40) plan or the Talk & Text only plan ($25). With 12 ontime payments on the more expensive plans you get a $50 credit. The maximum credit is $150 for 36 ontime payments.

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  14. My wife's first month renewal is 9/13, perfect timing although she hasn't used more than 100 mb.

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  15. With about the tethering will that be included

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    1. I would buy two cheapo smartphones for about $40/each

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    2. https://www.cricketwireless.com/o/support/plans-and-features/mobile-data/mobile-hotspot.html

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    3. The Hotspot add-on is only available with "old Cricket" CDMA plans.

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  16. Cricket Wireless:Coming September 19 .New Device: HTC Desire 510 4G LTE for $149.99 at all Cricket Stores and Online. http:newsroom@cricketwireless.mediaroom.com

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    1. Is it possible to turn off all of the Android bloatware?

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  17. I was seriously going to go to some place in the middle of nowhere to visit a Metro PCS store and become a customer because these people doesn't have a market representation in Nashville. Thank goodness Cricket will temporary up their data cap for their $60 dollar plan. Hopefully, they'll keep that 10 gig plan for infinite amount of time because Boost will do the same.

    BTW, I love the new Cricket and live THEIR nationwide LTE coverage.

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  18. I hope At&t (cricket's parent company) also increases data for their GOphone customers. Any thoughts on this Dennis Bournique?

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    1. I don't think that will happen until T-Mobile increases the data included with T-Mobile Prepaid plans. AT&T isn't going to lead with price cuts, they're reacting to what T-Mobile and Sprint do, countering Boost and MetroPCS increases with matching Cricket ones.

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    2. I think GoPhone needs to adjust their plans -- Verizon prepaid now has a better value with their $45/unlimited talk/text + 500MB/month with the BRIDGE DATA options and the 500MB of FREE data each month you're enrolled in Auto Pay.

      The GoPhone $40 plan should at least be replaced with the Walmart $45 prepaid plan as most people are unaware of it.

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  19. Now the Pro Plan that is an great offering

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  20. I have been using Cricket/AIO for a year now and have been happy with it. My auto-renew happens on the first week of the month so I will have to wait for the data boost. This month I upgraded from the Smart plan to the Pro so 5 extra gigs per month will help. I live in a rural area and have to use satellite broadband (Exede) with a 15 gig limit. I have had no problem tethering my rooted Samsung Galaxy SII and using my Cricket gigs on the home network. I use an app called PdaNet which allows it to be a hot spot or USB tethering via a cable. Thank you Dennis for this great site.

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  21. Cricket Wireless: Coming this Friday September 19th in stores and online: Motorola Moto G 4G LTE Device with EXPANDABLE memorycard slot for $149.99.

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  22. Anyone following the saga at http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1845917-I-just-activated-my-sim-but-I-get-no-data/page8 ? It appears many new Cricket activations are failing, with no fix in sitght. Current customers are also losing LTE data connections intermittently. Multiple other related threads are in the same forum. Customer Service has been telling folks since last Friday that it'd be 24 - 48 hours to fix, but apparently its still an issue

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    1. I've seen that thread. It's not uncommon for it to take a few days for all features to work on a new account with most carriers. I think maybe there are some parts to the activation process that are manual. With the $100 port in credit, 5 lines for $100 promotion and the recent data increases, I suspect Cricket is swamped with new activations.

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  23. I wouldn't say it's "uncommon", even Cricket's site says that when you port, you'll get "mixed service" but data works on activation. While they may be swamped, their silence on the issue is not a good sign. These are new customers and they're not being given a reason on why this is happening. No warning on the site, even their CS on Twitter is not acknowledging the issue.

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  24. Cricket Wireless: Starting October 3rd, Nokia Lumia 530 4G smartphone preloaded with Windows 8.1 with Cortana for $49.99 in stores & online. Re:http://cricketwireless.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=20295&item=122455

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  25. Cricket Wireless: ZTE Grand X Max: Crickets' second phablet .Priced At $199.99 with activation. Will be available on October 10th,nationwide and online.

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  26. Can I tether on an iPhone 6 bought straight from Apple?

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    1. You need to jailbreak and install a tethering app to tether any iPhone on Cricket.

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  27. can cricket optimus l70 phone be tethered? if so how do you do it?

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