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Cricket's $100 Switcher Credit is Back and Now Includes Boost and Virgin

AT&T's Cricket Wireless brand has brought back its popular $100 credit for customers who port a number to Cricket from certain operators. For the first time, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers are eligible for the credit.

The $100 account credit is available to T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Cincinnati Bell customers who transfer their number to Cricket between 11/14/2014 and 12/31/14 1/29/15 and activate a new line of service on a Basic, Smart or Pro rate plan. The $100 account credit will be applied approximately 5 days before end of first month's service period. Lines added to Group Save (multi-line) accounts 5 or fewer days before the end of a bill cycle will receive the credit during the following month of service. The $100 bill credit offer is available through December 31, 2014, at Cricket stores nationwide and online.

There's no limit to the number lines a customer can port and the credit can be combined with Cricket's Group Save program, a family-style plan that offers discounts of $10 for the 2nd line, $30 for 3 lines, $60 for 4 lines and $100 for five lines. With Group Save five lines on the Cricket $40 "Basic" plan cost $100/month or $20 per line. Individual users can get a $5/month discount by signing up for autopay. The auto pay discount is not available with Group Save.

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)1 GBAny
Smart$50 ($45 with autopay)3 GBAny
Pro$60 ($55 with autopay)10 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.

Cricket also announced some special holiday prices on new phones starting tomorrow 11/14:

  • HTC Desire 510 LTE Android phone, Free after a $75.00 mail-in rebate (reg $149.99) at Cricket and GameStop stores and cricketwireless.com
  • Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone, Free after a $75.00 mail-in rebate (reg $99.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • Motorola Moto G LTE Android phone $24.99 after a $75.00 mail-in rebate (reg $149.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone $29.99 (reg $49.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • ZTE Sonata 4G Android phone $39.99 (reg $79.99) at Cricket Wireless and GameStop stores
  • Motorola Moto E Android phone $49.88 at Select Walmart stores
  • Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone $49.99 (reg $99.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • LG Optimus L70 Android phone $59.99 (reg $99.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • Samsung Galaxy Express LTE Android phone $99.88 at Select Walmart stores
  • ZTE Grand X Android phone $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate (reg $149.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • Nokia Lumia 1320 LTE Windows Phone $199.99 (reg $279.99) at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com
  • Apple iPhone 5S 16GB $549.99 (reg $649.99) at Cricket Wireless stores
  • Apple iPhone 5C 16GB $449.99 (reg $549.99) at Cricket Wireless stores
To qualify for the rebates the customer must activate a new line of service and pay for service for at least two months to receive the rebate which is issued as a prepaid Visa debit card. The rebate card which expires after 150 days and can't be used cash withdrawals or at automated gas pumps.

Cricket is also offering 3 months of Cricket International for free to Smart and Pro Plan customers who add the $5 feature between November 14, 2014 and January 8, 2015. The customer will receive a $5 bill credit to cover the cost of the add-on.

Finally, Cricket is launching a $10 month Mexico roaming add-on that lets customers make and receive calls and texts when they travel within Mexico. Cricket's press release announcing the offer doesn't specify if Mexican roaming is limited to a specific number of minutes and texts or if it's unlimited. I've contacted Cricket for clarification and will update this post when I hear back.

Update: a Cricket spokesperson has confirmed that the $10/month add-on feature is called Cricket international roaming Mexico. and it includes 100 minutes and 100 texts per month while roaming in Mexico.

Source: Cricket Wireless

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  1. Nice, take the free phone into account, and you've got a pretty sweet deal, Tmobile's $30 plan is getting stale.

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    1. Yeah I been on the $30 plan for a couple years now and I'm out growing it now, minutes wise. 5GB of unthrottled LTE is my exact usage but I need more minutes now and I'm sick of refilling, even through CallingMart. Just waiting on a plan that gives me at least 500 mins, umlimited text and 5 GB of unthrottled max LTE speeds w/ hotspot for under $45/mo

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  2. That's $320 dollars a year on the $35 plan with auto pay, comes to $26.66 a month, not counting the $25 referral and the one month free if you can find it on Ebay, with those you're looking at $260 a year or $21.66 a month. not bad for unlt talk and text with 1gb full speed data, throttled unlimited.

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  3. I got my wife the old Moto g for $100 less $50 rebate. She loves it and gets great service for just $35.

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  4. Does it work well with BYOP ?

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    1. As expected, best with an at&t branded phone.

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  5. Yes must be gsm and use at bands

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  6. Interesting deal! I wonder how Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are going to respond. I think data is going to have to change.

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    1. vzw doesn't really need to respond, sprints prepaid brands do though.

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    2. Well, they might not need to. But, they're certainly keeping an eye on it.

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    3. And AM/Straight Talk/Net10 too.

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  7. The terms of the promotional offer for the $75 rebate card on the Moto G states "New activation on qualifying smartphone plan required".
    So does that mean an existing Cricket line is not eligible, or rather, that the new phone itself has to be activated on Cricket to be eligible for the rebate?

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    1. You have to activate a new line of service with a new or ported number to qualify for the rebate.

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    2. Interestingly, two separate Cricket CS reps said via chat that the rebate would apply to all customers, all lines, as long as uninterrupted service is maintained. I brought over a line from T-Mobile less than a month ago and activated on a BYOD Cricket SIM for use in existing Moto X, but haven't purchased or activated an actual Cricket phone or submitted a rebate for this line. Strictly speaking I guess the rebate shouldn't apply, but I'm still unsure.

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    3. The rebate form itself says that the rebates are for "new activations". I would not assume that current customers can get the rebate.

      If you have google voice, you can order a new line toward the end of your current month, stop paying on the old line, switch over to your new line and enjoy your new free-after-rebate phone (plus maybe even an extra $100 to boot).

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  8. Many of the nightmare stories on billing, horrible CS, and broken LTE/mvno type proxy servers are enough to scare anyone away from the $100 "lure."

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  9. HOFO ID. Grateful4adviceNovember 16, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I am surprised T-Mobile has not respond with a strong promotion through Metro. Every time I pass a Metro store in my area it is empty. Not surprisingly, the Cricket stores are slammed.

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  10. Does anyone know if the Nokia 1320 Cricket sells is the RM-994, RM-995 or RM-996? Thanks.

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  11. i got my $100 credit with no problems

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