Customers in the above markets will lose service on their first bill cycle date after Mar 14 unless they migrate to Cricket's GSM service on the AT&T network. Cricket has been calling and sending text messages to customers in the affected markets letting them know that they need to go to a Cricket store to migrate.
Most migrating Cricket CDMA customers will need a new GSM phone. The only ones who don't are iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s users who just need a new SIM, which is available for free to affected customers at Cricket stores.
For non-iPhone customers, Cricket is giving migrating customers discounted and in some cases free phones. CDMA feature phone users get a free GSM feature phone. Smartphone users get a credit toward the price of a new phone and Cricket will also take back their old phone for additional credit toward a new phone. It's not clear how much these credits will be but hopefully they will be enough to cover the cost of a replacement phone comparable with the user's current CDMA phone. Cricket is waiving activation fees for migrating customers
At least some migrating customers are getting a Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE Android phone for 99¢. Cricket has sent texts to eligible customers directing them to a web page where they can order the GS4 for 99¢. I don't know what the criteria are for the 99¢ GS4 offer. I suspect it's limited to customers with smartphones on the higher priced plans.
In addition to new phones, migrating customers will need to switch to a current Cricket GSM plan. The 99¢ GS4 offer requires the "Basic" plan or better.
|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 2||$60 ($55 with autopay)||20 GB||LTE capable phones only|
2 The Advanced plan is a limited time promotion ending April 9, 2015. Users who activate during the promotional period can keep the plan definitely.
The following markets are scheduled to migrate in May and June: Wichita KS; Albuquerque and Las Cruces NM; Las Vegas NV; Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK.
The remaining Cricket CDMA markets will migrate in August and Septemper, 2015 with the shutdown of Cricket CDMA expected to be complete by mid-September.
Sources: Cricket, FierceWireless, HowardForums