Overnight, AT&T's Cricket Wireless increased the amount of high speed data included with most of its plans:
- The $40/month Basic plan now has 2.5 GB (was 1 GB) of high speed data
- The $50/month Smart plan now includes 5 GB (was 3 GB) of high speed data
There's no change to the $60/month Pro plan's 10 GB high speed data allotment but there's a new $60/month Advanced plan that comes with a whopping 20 GB of high speed data. The Advanced plan is a "limited time offer" available only until April 9, 2015 only to users with LTE capable devices. User who switch to the Advanced plan by April 9th will be able to keep it indefinitely as long as they don't switch plans. The Advanced plan is not eligible for Cricket's Group Save multi-line discount.
It looks like the data increases may not take effect for current users until their next plan renewal. If you don't want to wait, HowardForums users are reporting that quickly changing to a different plan online and then changing right back will trigger an instant data increase.
For reference here's Cricket's new plan lineup:
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling1||Allowed devices|
|Talk & Text||$25||none||Basic phones $ BYOP SIMs|
|Basic||$40 ($35 with autopay)||2.5 GB||Any|
|Smart||$50 ($45 with autopay)||5 GB||Any|
|Pro||$60 ($55 with autopay)||10 GB||Any|
|Advanced||$60 ($55 with autopay)||20 GB||LTE capable phones only|
These latest changes come on the heels of recent data increases by Sprint's Boost Mobile and T-Mobile's GoSmart brands. There's clearly a battle for prepaid subscribers going on between the three operators. Cricket's new plans meet or beat the competition in terms of included high speed data and that combined with AT&T's larger coverage footprint make them the best choice of the three for most users.
It's probably no coincidence that these data increases came the day after Cricket's $100 credit for users who port their number to Cricket from other operators including T-Mobile and Sprint based services ended.
Updated 1/31/2015 with the Advanced plan promo's end date.