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Cricket To Include Mexico and Canada Roaming With $50 and $60 Plans

AT&T's Cricket Wireless announced today that customers on the prepaid brands's $50 Smart and $60 Pro plans will get free Mexican voice and text roaming starting this Sunday, August 2. Sometime in August Starting 8/23/15, Canadian voice and text roaming will also be added to the Smart and Pro plans. The new features will automatically be added to all Smart and Pro plans with no action by users required.

Since earlier this year both plans have included unlimited calling from the US to Mexican and Canadian phones, including mobile phones, and unlimited texting from the US to 38 countries, including Mexico and Canada. Today's announcement adds free roaming in Mexico, and eventually Canada, to the mix.

In adding free international roaming, Cricket seems to be trying to match T-Mobile, which added Mexican and Canadian roaming to it's $50 and higher Simple Choice Prepaid Plans and Mexican roaming to $40 and higher MetroPCS plans as a $5/month add-on (free until 2016) . However T-Mobile and MetroPCS include data use and MMS messaging while roaming internationally and Cricket doesn't, at least not yet.

Updated 8/23/15: Canadian roaming added.

Source: Cricket

Related Posts:
Confirmed: MetroPCS Offering Unlimited Mexico Calling and Roaming For Free Until 2016
T-Mobile Adds Free Canada and Mexico Calling and Roaming to Simple Choice Prepaid Plans

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  1. MetroPCS is still a better deal. Data and mms should be included in Cricket.

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    1. Metro will soon follow.

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    2. MetroPCS might be a better deal for the Canada and Mexico roaming/calls. but it isn't when it comes to the US-only side of it.

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  2. AT&T covers a lot of places that T-Mobile won't. Plus there are a lot of areas around here that is only 2G or 1X and that is right in Elizabeth City, NC. No Way would I except that crap.

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    1. FYI, I am on AT&T post paid and my son is on Cricket, many times I have service and he doesn't. Same place, same time.

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  3. So the big difference in the Canada/Mexico roaming between Cricket and T-Mo is that with T-Mobile you also get data roaming (including your high speed allocation). Right?

    I go to Canada 4 or 5 times a year, and get by with WiFi, but the T-Mobile deal is tempting me...

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  4. Dennis, is that a picture of the CRICKET store on the corner of 20th & Irving Street?... Just wonderin'!

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    1. Yes it is. You have a good eye for detail.

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  5. Does Cricket offer unlimited roaming in Mexico and Canada, or just a certain number of minutes/text/data?? T-Mobile specifically mentions UNLIMITED use, just like at home.

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    1. Unlimited talk and text (SMS only) per the press release.

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  6. Does Cricket offer this free to the people that have the grandfathered Advanced 20GB plan also?

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  7. The interesting thing about this is that if you're really interested in the Canada/Mexico calling & roaming, then T-Mobile postpaid suddenly becomes a *much* better deal than Cricket - if T-Mobile's coverage works for you. Four lines with 10GB unthrottled data each plus Mobile Without Borders (including Music Freedom in Canada and Mexico) is currently $120 vs $180 on Cricket. That price differential would more than cover taxes pretty much anywhere in the US..

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  8. As a MetroPCS customer, I really want to see Metro answer this by doing the same thing. Metro is good, I have few complaints but it would be nice to have no charge roaming in Canada. My travels take me there frequently and it's a pain to swap SIMs

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    1. Agreed. On my last trip to Alberta, I purchased minimal voice and text capability w/Koodo (Telus MVNO) for $20, and it worked OK I guess... but setting up the SIM with a new phone number was a PITA. It'll be great to keep my same number and no hassles or extra expense, working from the time we're taxiing in until liftoff. Same when I go to visit my buddy in Mexico City.

      'No data' is not a big problem. Communications are all important. I preloaded maps for my route before I left into Nokia's great GPS navigator, HERE, which doesn't need data. There was plenty of WiFi around to send trip pics to FB, and check email.

      Cricket has done it again! (Now, for free HotSpot capability so I don't have to jailbreak my iPhone anymore :-)

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  9. metropcs cricket metropcs cricket metropcs cricket ... blah blah blah.

    not going to mexico. not calling mexico. not going to canada. not calling canada.

    so really it is so what about cricket getting this and really don't care if metropcs gets this.

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    1. I agree. Only a very small percentage of people will use this. Carriers need to focus more on less price and more data.

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    2. Metro caters mainly to Hispanics, so I think it was the right move to offer free Mexico roaming.

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    3. It makes me wonder why you clicked on the article at all.

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  10. Works awesome for me I am a trucker so I travel to Canada and Mexico alot, so definitely worth the deal for me.

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