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Cricket Adds Data Roaming in Mexico and Canada to $50 and $60 Plans



AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand has added data roaming in Canada and Mexico to plans priced at $50 and higher. Data while roaming in those two countries is advertised as "unlimited" with high speed data available up to the plan limits of 5 GB on the $50 plan and 10 GB on the $60 plan. After the high speed limit is reached data speeds are throttled to 128 Hbps or less. High speed data on Cricket is limited to a maximum of 8 Mbps on LTE and 4 MBps on HSPA+.

Cricket has included unlimited voice and text roaming in Canada and Mexico on $50 and $60 plans since August. Of course, like most unlimited things in the mobile phone world, international roaming isn't really unlimited. Cricket says that the number of international minutes, texts or MBs of data used per month can not exceed 50% of total usage per month for three consecutive months or service may be terminated.

Cricket's $50 and $60 plans also include unlimited domestic calls and messaging, unlimited calls (including to mobile phones) and messaging (including MMS) to Mexico and Canada and unlimited international text messaging to 38 additional countries. Plan prices include all texts and fees and there's a $5/month discount for using auto pay as well as Group Save multi-line discounts ranging from $10 for two lines to $100 for five lines.

North American roaming appears to be the latest competitive weapon that the carriers are wielding in their battle for market share. In addition to Cricket, this year AT&T added Mexican and Canadian data roaming to its $60 GoPhone plan and T-Mobile added it to their $50 and $60 Prepaid Simple Choice plans. America Movil's TracFone, added Mexican (but not Canadian) data roaming to $35 and higher Simple Mobile plans and to Telcel America's $35 and higher monthly plans and $20 7 day plan.

Although I don't get to travel internationally nearly as much as I like, I'm thrilled that operators are starting to do away with their outrageous practice of charging tens or even hundreds of times as much for data and voice minutes as soon as you cross an international border.

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  1. Cricket rocks! The best of the prepaid carriers.

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    1. "Cricket rocks! The best of the prepaid carriers."

      Except to those who keep arguing that it is better to pay more for a fraction of the coverage (with T-Mobile), and that 5MBPS data... fast enough to stream Netflix... is too slow to use.

      ...or those who need to tether. Now there is a group with a legitimate complaint.

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    2. Our experience with Cricket has been great. We live close to a 4G ATT tower, the only tower around for many miles, so are limited to ATT or ATT prepaids and MVNO's. Typically, we get 3.5 Mbps Down and 1.5 Mbps UP. We are on a 5 line Group Save, which gives everyone $20 off whatever plan they are on. Some of us do tether occasionally but I find that I can do almost everything on a big screen phablet smartphone that I used to do on my netbook. A $15 bluetooth keyboard helps. Netflix has not been a problem @ 3.5Mbps -- I just adjust Netflix playback settings to Low @ "up to .3 GB/hour". Other than an initial few seconds of pixelated video on startup, this setting is quite watchable. With our 10GB on Cricket's Pro plan, we can binge watch our favorite shows every few nights, surf news websites (and checkout Bra Dennis @ Prepaid Phone News :-) , email, YouTube, FB etc. during the day, for $48/month (Cricket = $40 + Netflix = $8). Once you set up Group Save, which lowers your rate dramatically, and put it on auto pay, everything just cruises along flawlessly on autopilot. I collect from the non-family Group Save Cricketeers once every 6 months. No expensive landline and DSL, no satellite bill, no cable.

      The new roaming feature has improved our lives dramatically, removing the major hassle of buying SIM cards, configuring and installing. From our homestead in Alaska, to our son in Edmonton, to the boys in SoCal, to uncle Eduardo in Mexico, D.F. -- we're all connected seamlessly. I think it's not overly dramatic to call all this a true paradigm shift!

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  2. Why are tmobile's prepaid plans so uncompetitive with pretty much every body else, are they trying to get people on post paid?

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    1. MetroPCS is the main competitor here. T-Mobile prepaid is a premium service closer to GoPhone.

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    2. MetroPCS is very competitive. This is the main reason why they have grown more than Cricket, and have more than twice as many subscribers.

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  3. I may have to make the jump because my new job will be taking me to Canada frequently.

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  4. Not only do you pay more with tmobile prepaid but you also get less data, less coverage. What gives?

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    1. Don't some get 12mbps or higher with T-Mobile prepaid? Makes a difference to some. Beyond that, I don't see the appeal. Unless people have a lavender fetish and think that Legere's face is more cool than the fuzzy Cricket minions.

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  5. Do they already have voice coverage.

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  6. "Cricket has included unlimited voice and text roaming in Canada and Mexico on $50 and $60 plans since August."

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  7. I wish Cricket would move on with capped 8Mbs data. Time to take the gloves off >_>

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    1. It would be OK if they actually GAVE you 8 mbps. With their slow proxy servers, your average data speed is only about 3.5 Mbps. They are independently rated as the slowest mobile network.

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    2. If you average it out, Cricket is probably faster than anything T-Mobile in the lower 48. Cricket gives the 3.5mbps+ in most of the country, while T-Mobile has 0 mbps or very slow 2G in most of the country.

      But yes if you make sure to cherrypick the places with good T-Mobile coverage when you do your comparison, they are a lot faster.

      But for a huge percent of the country, the 3.5mbps found on Cricket (while short of the promised 8mbps) is still 3.5mbps faster than what T-Mobile offers for data.

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    3. Why should anyone care? Average geographic USA coverage is totally meaningless to anybody. If someone actually needs to travel everywhere in the USA regularly, NO mobile network or combination of all 4 networks will provide coverage. They will have to buy a SATphone or messaging device and plan. REAL people read coverage maps for the areas they need, and don't waste money for coverage they won't use.

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    4. Coverage is very meaningful. Two carriers have no problem doing a decent job of it. No sat phone needed: they cover the vast majority of the country. I've seen this claim of yours before: that if you need something better than poor TMO coverage, you need a sat phone. Not necessary: you can go with Cricket for example and get much better coverage for maybe less money than the TMO plan. No sat phone needed when you go with a decent national carrier.

      And if you end up paying less for a carrier that covers more, as happens a lot you only "waste money" by going with a carrier with poor coverage.

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    5. Coverage and data speed is not meaningful if you "average it out" across the whole USA. Telling everyone to only buy from the Big 2 because of nation-wide average coverage is just silly. Of course, Vzw and AT&T do a variation that. They have to justify their higher costs and prices and lack of innovation somehow. If you want justify why you pay more, get slow network performance and only fair CS with Cricket, fine. But that's hardly a good prescription for most others.

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    6. It's very meaningful to average it out. Slow network performance is much more of a problem for TMO. It's not "just silly" to recommend a good network over a bad one if you can afford it. And there are AT&T options which have great value compared to Sprint and TMO.

      As for "lack of innovation" , being able to turn on your phone and not get "no service" is the biggest one of all

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  8. Do you mean move away from?

    If so, I don't think it will ever happen. Cricket is part of AT&T which has a three fold approach to mobile (or more, if I am missing something).. If Cricket had really high speed data, it would eat up regular AT&T and "GoPhone" customers. And then they would likely raise the price a lot...

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  9. If people are going to complain about the 8mbs cap then move on and stop the whining. There are many carriers out their that will suit your needs.

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  10. Cricket trumps everything, I wish I could go back, but where I moved to is a Verizon/Sprint/US Cellular-only CDMA Wasteland...

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  11. Cricket Wireless New: ALCATEL ONETOUCH® IDOL™ 3 4G LTE Smartphone. Available in stores and online starting November 7th. This feature-packed 5.5-inch smartphone, available for $149.99 with activation, is exclusive to Cricket and includes awesome experiences like:
    •Technicolor® Color Enhance Full-HD display for a crisp picture and clear viewing from any angle – even in direct sunlight
    •Dual front-facing 1.2w speakers featuring JBL® Audio for an immersive surround sound experience
    •Fast face-focus 13MP main camera and 8MP 85-degree wide-angle front camera for great selfies and group photos
    •The only smartphone with a fully reversible user experience, so no matter if you're browsing through social media, reading emails or watching movies, the display will always be right side up, even if you're holding the phone upside down

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  12. all the prepaid mobiles of the unefon,lusacell and Nextel of Mexico now can call to USA criket,ATT Unlimited.

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  13. T-Mobile here in Elizabeth City is 2G Data at best and has been that way for years. Also AT&T works pretty good here till you get around Hartford and then it is marginal as far as reception (T-Mobile is gone past Elizabeth City. Us Cellular works in Northeast North Carolina, but has issues anywhere up around VA. I quickly found that one day I needed to travel and took my US Cellular phone with me. Well got past the North Carolina line and it would roam to Verizon for a while. then I got to places where it didn't work at all. Moral of the story is that you never know when you have to go visit relatives or you may be outside your area. You need a phone that will go further than your local county. T-Mobile and US Cellular and Sprint are phones that you can't use outside many metro areas. For Tethering Verizon and AT&T GoPhne is king.

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    1. I know you like to tell this story about Tmobile coverage in Elizabeth City NC, repeated on this blog many times. It's not true any more. If you would just take the time to look at the latest Tmobile coverage map, you will see solid LTE coverage all over Elizabeth City and Camden, extending West on Rt 158 to Rt 1002 East to the Atlantic and South to the Albemarle Sound. There is LTE virtually the whole length of the Outer Banks now, from Hatteras North up through VA. And LTE extends North from your area all the way into VA past Williamsburg, covering much of Gloucester County. T-Mobile has more than doubled its geographic coverage this year, and you have solid LTE in E. City.

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    2. That latest T-Mobile coverage map is an imaginary pie in the sky future map that does not reflect current coverage.

      Thanks, Legacy, for cutting through the "where you live, work, and play" and "POPS" obfuscation that also-ran carriers put forth.

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    3. Nope, you are wrong. It's actual Tmobile coverage, and they update it frequently. If you are too lazy to find the coverage maps on this blog and click the Tmo link, now you have one less excuses for falsely smearing Tmo coverage: http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-coverage?clickid=3uASznUUNwEj0%3A7wf9U4rQd6UkXTpl1xMRbcVE0&iradid=189313&cmpid=WTR_AF_189313&irpid=10078&irgwc=1

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    4. The map you link to is one of those deceptive, tricky maps. Zoomed out, it shows far more coverage (very unaccurate) than zoomed in: a huge difference. You have to drill down to find the honest map.

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    5. And when you do, you find solid LTE coverage all over Elizabeth City. and in all the other places described above. Were you afraid to look?

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  14. has anyone read about any new promotions for porting your number to Cricket from mobile? Last winter they offered $100 per line and i missed. Thanks

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    1. They have cheaper phones for port-ins Updated: $19.99 Smartphones For Users Porting to Cricket .

      I expect some kind of promo from Cricket for Black Friday but I don't know yet if it will phone discounts, cheaper plans, more data or switcher credits.

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