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Cricket Adds Unlimited Canadian Calling to $50 and $60 Plans

AT&T's Cricket Wireless has added unlimited calls and MMS to Canada to its $50 Smart and $60 Pro plans. All Canadian numbers are included with the exception of calls to the Canadian Northwest Territories. The same plans have included unlimited calling to landlines and mobile phones in Mexico since February.

Update 4/21/15: Users on the grandfathered 20 GB Advanced plan have discovered that it also includes unlimited Canadian calling and MMS.

The Smart and Pro plans also include unlimited domestic calls, texts and MMS as well as unlimited international texting to more than 35 countries. The only difference between the two plans is that the $50 plan comes with 5 GB of high speed data per month while the $60 plan includes 10 GB. High speed data on Cricket is throttled to 8 Mbps for LTE and 4 Mbps for HSPA+. After the high speed data is used up unlimited data throttled to 128 Kbps is available for the rest of the plan month.

In other Cricket news, the Cricket website was revamped over the week end. The update is apparently not complete yet. When current users attempt to upgrade to a new phone they are getting a message that upgrades are temporarily unavailable online and that they should go to a Cricket store to upgrade. The good news is that, according to a Howard Forums member who claims to be a Cricket dealer, upgrading customers can now purchase phones at the same discounted "with Activation" prices as new customers. However, upgrading customers are not eligible for mail in rebates and until upgrades are available online they will have to pay the $25 upgrade fee that most Cricket dealers charge.

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  1. just calling but no roaming to canada though right?

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    1. Correct, roaming in Canada is not available on Cricket.

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  2. Calling to-to Mexico, Calling to-to Canada.

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  3. i just read the article up above, did not see anything about Roaming in Canada nor in Mexico.

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    1. Cricket has a $10/month Cricket International Roaming Mexico add-on that gives you 100 roaming minutes and 100 SMS for calls and texts within Mexico and to the U.S.

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  4. I wish these operators would just discount the main plans for the 95% of people who don't need these "gratis" Mexico / Cuba / Canada add-ons in lieu of service discounts.

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    1. Worse than that, at&t is "cramming" these international upgrades onto subscribers and quietly raising the plan price by $4.17 per month by discontinuing their phone upgrade program.

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  5. Does Cricket still have a 20GB plan?

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    1. No, it was discontinued April 9.

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    2. 1) I thought that they "still have" the 20GB plan for those who signed up for it before the closing window. But no one can get it new. Grandfathered. Right? Let me know if i am wrong.

      2) So if someone with Advanced wants to call Canada they have to downgrade to Pro?

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    3. Anyone who signed up for the 20 GB Advanced plan on or before 4/9 gets to keep it.
      Canada calling can be added to the 20GB for $5/month, or you could downgrade.

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  6. Can we tether on 20gb plan.

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    1. Cricket doesn't allow tethering on any plan and it's blocked on Cricket phones and all iPhones when you insert a Cricket SIM.

      But Cricket doesn't seem to be enforcing the tethering ban. Users who know how to enable tethering by jailbreaking, installing tethering apps etc. or have a non-Cricket, non-iPhone device that doesn't block it report being able to tether without Cricket complaining or taking any action against them.

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    2. I've tethered on the 20GB plan.

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    3. Oh. about Cricket. They proxy through a company called Jasper. (StraightTalk proxy's as well, but I know less about that).

      Any idea why they use a proxy? How does it save them money? I assume they have to pay a third party like Jasper fees for this.

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    4. A proxy server is basically any server that sits between the user and their ultimate destination like a web site. All mobile networks use at least one proxy server to connect the private telecom network with the public Internet. Jaspersoft server is used to generate reports, in Cricket's case it might be used to track usage so the system knows when to throttle data to 128 Kbps.

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    5. OK,Thanks. That makes sense!

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  7. Basically the old 20GB plan works better for those who do not need to call Canada.

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    1. just use Google voice to call Canada free

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  8. Calling to Canada is included in the 20gb advanced plan. I have that feature active on mine.

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    1. Juan: How do you find out if it is active, in their account screens?

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    2. never mind, found it. Current plan details for Cricket 20GB " dvanced" plan, on their web site:



      Caller ID
      Unlimited MMS International to Mexico
      Enhanced Voice Mail
      Call Forwarding
      Call Waiting
      Text Messaging
      Unlimited MMS International to Canada
      Unlimited SMS to 35 countries
      Unlimited Voice International to Canada
      Unlimited Voice International to Mexico
      Three-Way Calling
      Picture Messaging
      20GB Data Feature

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  9. .... probably need to amend the parent post to include "Advanced".

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  10. When traveling in Canada, is there any way to use Skype w/ Cricket's new 'free calls to Canada' feature to create virtual roaming? (As should be obvious, I don't know anything about Skype.)

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    1. You can make and receive calls using WiFi anywhere in the world with Skype or any VOIP service.

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    2. Yeah, using WiFi you can "virtually" roam off of (outside the territory of) any carrier in the world using Skype or other VOIP, TOIP (Ring Plus, etc) app.

      This of course includes roaming off the footprint of your ATT, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, etc -related plan in the US, long as you have a wifi connection.

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    3. You don't need a phone for WiFi calls. Our daughter made calls home from France on her iPod Touch - she just needed earbuds with a mic. The v.4 and v.5 models make video calls too.

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  11. Yes, with the proper app (VOIP or TOIP) you can of course do voice calls or "calls" on any Android tablet, iPads, smart phones that are entirely "off plan" and not on a network, PC, Mac, etc.

    Back to the parent asking Anon about Skype, " I don't know anything about Skype", remember Skype does voice "Calls" and video to other Skype users for free. You have to register and pay in order to attach it to a phone number and make calls to phone numbers. I personally feel that is a major ripoff: if you don't use your purchased minutes in a rather short period of time, Skype will steal the remaining money. I bought minutes in Skype once, and will never do it again.

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    1. What do you suggest instead of Skype? Is there a Google app for my iPhone 6 Plus that would enable calls in Canada when I have access to Wi-Fi?

      Related question: is there a GSM, texting only Sim card available from a Canadian carrier operating in Alberta?

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    2. I haven't tried it on iOS but Hangouts works very well on Android and calls to Canada are free.

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  12. The 20 GB plan was an incredible deal when they had it and if I already didn't have a nice phone I'd have taken that offer and ran with it especially due to our land line cable provider is unstable when it comes to the net. I'm paying $180/Mo for a prepaid hotspot from Verizon to be sure my station does not have drop outs. I constantly have to fall back on the hotspot which makes things very expensive for me and thanks to BDS Fastener for donating to the station we were able to do it. I had thought about a Cricket 4G phone and using Easy Tether but I'd have to pay $200 for a good phone that can handle using the tethering app while receiving calls thus not causing my Radio station I run to cut out.

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  13. Cricket on the $25 Talk & Text had included Unlimited nationwide text, picture and video messaging in this plan, that is no longer the case. The new AT&T GoPhone $30 Monthly plan has it included with also unlimited international text to Mexico ,Canada and over 100 countries.

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  14. Does anyone know if I can use a Canadian sim card in my Cricket phone to use while travelling in Quebec, Canada?

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