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Updated: $19.99 Smartphones For Users Porting to Cricket



AT&T's Cricket Wireless brand doesn't seem to be letting up on its drive to take customers away from Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint and their MVNOs. This week Cricket launched its latest weapon, a new port-in promotion. The promo gives customers porting a number from another operator deep discounts on the following phones.
Ports from AT&T are not eligible for the phone discounts. I've asked Cricket whether ports from AT&T MVNOs are eligible are not and will update this post if I get an answer.

Of the five phones, the LG Riso and G Stylo stand as recent releases running the latest Android version.

The port in offer is available now through Oct 8, 2015 in Cricket stores and online. Update 10/9: The promotion has been extended until further notice but there have been some changesfor the worse. The 99¢ ZTE Prelude has been dropped from the offer and the Lumia 635 and Moto E prices have increased.

All six five discounted phones can be used on Cricket plans stating at $40/month ($35 for autopay customers). All plans include unlimited domestic voice minutes and messaging. The Smart and Pro plans also include unlimited voice and messaging roaming in Canada and Mexico provided at least 50% of usage is in the US.  The Plans included varying amounts of high speed data, see the table below for details:

Plan Name Monthly Price Hi-Speed Data Before Throttling1
Basic $40 ($35 with autopay) 2.5 GB
Smart $50 ($45 with autopay) 5 GB
Pro $60 ($55 with autopay) 10 GB
1High-Speed data is throttled to a maximum speed 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.

Cricket offers a Group Save Discount for customers with multiple lines. The discount varies depending on the number of lines on an account:
  • First line - no discount 
  • Second line gets a $10/month discount (a $5 per line saving) 
  • Third line gets a $20/month discount for a total discount of $30 (a $10 per line saving) 
  • The fourth line gets a $30/month discount for a total discount of $60 (a $15 per line saving)
  • The fifth line also gets a $40 discount for a total discount of $100 (a $20 per line saving). The $40 discount on the fifth line will revert to $30 after March 3, 2016.
Auto Pay can be used with Group Save Plans but they are not eligible for the $5/month Auto Pay discount.

Updated 9/26: Prelude 2 added, price cuts on the Moto E and Lumia 635.
Updated 10/9: Promotion extended. Prelude 2 dropped, price increases on the Moto E and Lumia 635.

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Cricket Group Save Discount Upgraded to 5 Lines For $100

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  1. Hi, would the promo work for porting from AirVoice?

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  2. A $50 'Toe.

    Not bad...

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  3. Cricket Wireless should be making this prices available to existing customers ( with a 6 month or 1 yr service history) who want to upgrade or replace their phones. ( ie loyalty discount)

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    1. Or maybe the fact their rate plan prices are about the best around....

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    2. so sad that customers seeking a loyalty discount are too cheap to buy the phone without a discount

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    3. You are already getting a discount by paying a very affordable monthly payment on a great network. What else do you want????

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    4. Hi Cricket. :), Yes you maybe have the cheapest plans with cheapest cell phones that are the latest with new Activation and paying a Months Service at the time. As well as having great service and a great stores sales managers and staff who are friendly and really tech savvy ( I know this from my great experience yesterday purchasing a new phone and service plan :), However my wife really needs a new cell phone and is already a $60.00/month plan and has been with the New Cricket for a little less than a year. However, if we get her a new LG Risio and she 's keeps her same plan and cell#, if we can't afford to pay for a new phone at the store or at Cricket on line because she has to pay a restocking fee of $25.00 ? Let's say she gets the phone at the $49.99 advertised price and she has to pay a restocking fee of $25.00, why? I now have to pay about $74.99 out the door. That's not really appealing to a family who lives on low monthly income and has barely enough money to live at their monthly. The good customer could like jump-ship and go to another carrier if she can save a few dollars that goes a long way in this economy with forever rising prices on products, food, outrageous healthcare prices, along with mortgage, insurance, utilities, etc.,except for gasoline :), You likely to lose a loyal customer who loved Cricket when Cricket was only at Radio Shack. Loyal customer who could tell and sell your service as you continue growing the Cricket Brand. Would be a shame. Lucky both she and I are not that type of person. However, evveryone is not that Loyal like we are.

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    5. ok thanks for listening to from sound advice :),

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  4. Does the Moto E not have a camera flash or is it part of the lens ring/trim?

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    1. The Moto E doesn't have a camera flash.

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    2. A friend of mine just got a 'To E and loves it in all ways other than the lack of a flash.

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  5. I still prefer the old promo from back in the day when you get $100 credit for porting in from tmo.

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    1. I came in on that, fleeing the still slowly sinking Virgin. Quite a nice thing: it's like a negative activation fee.

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    2. Uh, who wouldn't prefer that? Maybe if you aren't interested in staying with cricket you wouldn't want the $100 credit but I can't see any other scenario where that isn't preferable.

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  6. When is cricket Wireless going to have the $100 switcher promo again that's the best

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  7. It's a shame they force you to buy a plan.

    Without buckets or paygo, there's no reason for light users to port over.

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  8. My Cricket phones just died today.after 11 months of service. It is very disappointing that cannot replace it with one of the promo priced phones mentioned in this article.

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    1. After 11 months you phone is probably covered by a one year manufacturers warranty.

      If not the Lumia 635 is only $29.99 and the LG Risio $49.99 for existing customers. Still cheaper than the same or similar phones anywhere else.

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  9. Dennis, any rumours as to what metro pcs or others might do for switcher promo going into next month? i.e. is metro's free switcher phone phone likely as good as it gets and that ends at the end of this month!
    of course, black Friday phone deals aren't but a couple of months away? would it be worth the wait?

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  10. Dennis, appreciate all the information. I went from VZ to TM and now Cricket 4/$100 and have not been happier. Service is very good as I live on east coast but travel extensively and have not encountered problems with service. I want to buy a used iPhone 6 and wanted to know if I buy an AT&T labeled phone will it work on Cricket. I asked Cricket and they said it had to be unlocked, but I bought an AT&T go phone (prepaid) and used with same sim I have in a cricket phone. I think in the past you said AT&T phones will work on Cricket but do not want to get stuck with an expensive iPod. Any information is appreciated and do know if all phones will now be unlocked as carriers are offering limited subsidized phone sales?

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  11. Moto E now at $19 for port-ins .

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  12. EEEG in WestchesterOctober 26, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Cricket is good. I use it on a Lumia 640 I bought for $50 at Microsoft store 2 months ago.

    I also moved the SIM card for 1 week into my old Motorola Atrix HD and it just worked fine with LTE data.
    Cricket even send text messages for the Visual Voicemail app for free for the Atrix HD.

    Went back to the bigger 5" Lumia 640 after trying that.

    One annoyance: A customer needs to first Turn Off Auto Pay on their web site to switch to another credit card. The web page is not user friendly in that regard. Learned that from having to log in and chat up customer service and that took about 16 minutes while the rep figured it out and agreed the web page needs to be fixed up to make that clear.

    But the ATT network maintained by CWA Union workers is top notch for call quality and for data speeds on LTE.

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