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Cricket Launches Early Black Friday $100 Rebate Port-In Offer

Get A $100 Cricket Shopping Card when you switch by Dec. 6
Last Friday Cricket Wireless announced price cuts on several phones and a new port-in promotion and said it was the first part of a two part holiday promotion. On their Facebook page, Cricket implied that the second part of promotion would happen latter the same day. But the promised second part never appeared leading to much grumbling and consternation among the Cricket faithful.

It looks like part two of Cricket's Holiday promotion has finally dropped. Unfortunately it's not the return of the 20 GB for $60 that many expected but it is still a pretty good deal. Read on for the details.

Today through December 6, 2015, new or current Cricket customers who activate a new line of service by porting a phone number to Cricket get a $100 Cricket Shopping Card that can be used to purchase Cricket phones and accessories or to pay for their monthly Cricket service plans. The $100 offer is open to customers who bring their own phone as well as to those who buy a new phone from Cricket

The $100 Cricket Shopping Card Offer can be combined with last week's port-in offer which made five phones free after mail in rebates and reduces the price of two other phones for customers porting a number to Cricket. The free and discounted after rebate phones are:
  • Nokia Lumia 635 LTE Windows Phone, was $29.99, now $19.99, free after rebate
  • LG Risio LTE Android phone, was $49.99, now $29.99, free after rebate
  • ZTE Sonata 2 Android phone $29.99, free after rebate
  • ZTE Overture 2 LTE Android phone $39.99, free after rebate
  • Motorola Moto E 4G LTE Android phone, was $79.99, now $49.99, free after rebate
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime reg $99.99 - $20 instant port-in discount - $50 mail in rebate = $29.99 after rebate
  • LG G Stylo LTE Android phablet reg $149.99 - $50 instant port-in discount - $50 mail in rebate = $49.99 after rebate
As always their are rules that must be followed if you want your $100 and free phone rebates.
  • The ported number must be activated on a $40 or higher plan 
  • Ports from AT&T or AT&T MVNOs are not eligible. 
  • Limit 5 rebates per account. 
  • The line must be active and in good standing and the customer must pay for their second month of service within  45 days of activation to get the rebate. 
  • The rebate is in the form of a gift card that can only be used at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com. 
Both port in offers are good at Cricket stores and online. The $100 Shopping Card offer ends 12/6 and the phone rebate offer ends 1/7.

Sources News release, Cricket

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  1. im a cricket customer how do i port my number in when its already theres, thanks

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    1. You have to add a new line by porting in a different number.

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    2. Umm it's for new customers.

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    3. Port out to T-Mobile Prepaid, then port back to Cricket. Dennis did not mention that you cannot get the credit if you port from AT&T or their MVNOs.

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    4. The Offer Details on the Cricket website says that ports from AT&T are excluded from the $100 rebate port-in offer.

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    5. "Port out to T-Mobile Prepaid, then port back to Cricket"

      Seems like a type of cheating. Like those who change their plans strategically on the Cricket web site in order to get far many more monthly GB than they pay for.

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  2. I'm so dissapointed in tmobile, at Walmart cricket has the same phones tmobile does for half the cost, better selection. Tmobile still wants 179 for the same HTC cricket has for 99.

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    1. Cricket has to buy/bribe customers to sign up. MetroPCS has more than twice as many customers as Cricket, and is growing faster than Cricket. So Cricket has to pay you to join them.

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    2. That can't be sustainable.... MetroPCS's "no bars in most places" I'd consider it if it weren't on a substandard network that's hardly anywhere at this time.

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    3. You are living in the past. Verizon and AT&T only provide LTE coverage to 6-8 more Americans than T-Mobile now. Metro has kicked Cricket's rear ever since they were bought, and it shows no signs of letting up.

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    4. It's America that matters for mobile phones, not the fixed home addresses of "Americans".
      Metro is kicked to the curb because they aren't even playing.

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    5. correction: That's 6-8M more Americans.

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    6. "America" doesn't use cellphones; Americans do. You need coverage where people are, and Tmo now covers 91-92% of those places. Prairie dogs, antelopes, mountain goats and elk don't need cellphone coverage. It would be a really dumb business decision for Tmo and Sprint to put up towers and small cells where there are virtually no people to support them. I'd rather enjoy their lower prices since I'm part of the 91-92%. As for Metro, they have 5-6M more subscribers than Cricket and are much more successful. They don't play around; they grow the business. It took Cricket a couple of years just to get back the 1M+ or so customers they lost, back up to the 5M customers they had when AT&T announced their purchase. Poor execution. And that new, ugly cartoon logo and website won't help.

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  3. Great way to get people into local stores, cricket is really hard to beat, plus their phones at even target are priced very competitively.

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    1. "The rebate is in the form of a gift card that can only be used at Cricket stores and cricketwireless.com."

      I don't see this as getting anyone into stores.

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  4. People do not port your number out untill they mail your rebate check. I happen to me. They do honor the rebate but I might take a little longer then you think. But the important thing is don't port your number out after you make your 2nd payment right away. Wait untill they mail the rebate card out first. If you do. Your screw because you won't get it. I happen to me.

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  5. Dennis -- "Today through December 6, 2016" ...2016 -- a promo that last over one year? I believe you have a typo that needs to be corrected.

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  6. Does this stack with the other port-in rebate offer? ie: G Stylo = $50 + $100 credit?

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  7. Do we know if this promo will work with the Group Save plan? In theory, I would think it should, as each phone is on a $40 plan, merely with a discount applied.

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  8. Has anyone been able to use their cricket service for a hotspot for a tablet. If so please describe the conversation you had with customer service I think they have to allow you to do so to enable on an iPhone without rooting.

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    1. Hotspot useage outside of their $10 a month fee is specifically prohibited in their TOS.

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  9. I'm not falling for that trick again. I still haven't received my gift card from last year's rebate.

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  10. hate the December 6th cutoff. Just paid for next month with current carrier I have bad coverage from figuring to change first of year

    Even had a cricket salesperson tell me they hadn't been honoring the old rebate back the last time and that cricket store was filling the rebate forms out for their customers!
    OF COURSE he was implying that they've got a new rebate company fulfillment service now!
    if they really wanted the business they would simply credit your account at time of purchase and require you to pay for the first two months upfront but that's too simple and maybe too honest!

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  11. the website says AT&T is ineligible for the hundred dollar credit dollar but Dennis have they told you that MVNO's are not eligible either?

    So does that mean straight talk, tracfone as well as pure talk, H2O et al are not eligible for this?
    You would think that AT&T would rather you buy from them under their own cricket brand upselling their unlimited plans as well upselling phones, assessories etc than through the MVNOs

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    1. AT&T doesn't tell me anything beyond what they put in there press releases. That's not how corporate communications work

      My take is that AT&T MVNOs use the AT&T network. The main goal of switcher promos id to take customers from the other networks not to hurt the carrier's MVNO partners You are welcome to try porting from an AT&T MVNO and applying for the rebate. If you do please let us know if you get the rebate or not.

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  12. No where does it say att mvno . Please correct that

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    1. I've never heard of anyone getting a port in credit for a port in from an AT&T MVNO to Cricket. Have you? Carriers will use any excuse to deny a rebate. Like I said before try it and see. If it works let me know and I'll change the post.

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  13. Does anyone know if you buy a Cricket phone if it comes with 1) an appropriate sized card or 2) a nano SIM with adapters (like what happens when you buy a BYOD SIM)?

    Also, if you buy one of the phones, activate the SIM, and then move it to another phone, will you still get the rebate? Will Cricket still unlock your original phone after 6 months (during which time it has been sitting in a drawer)?

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    1. 1) it has been nanos plus adapters for my orders but that could change

      2) rebate hasn't been affected by what you actually use. Just keep your account paid up

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    2. ...as for the unlock, some csrs are pickier than others but they do actually check for usage generally. Stick the sim in the first day at least. Some may want to see it used the while time

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  14. Back when they gave $100 port credit I recd from H2O. Best to write you believe that Att mvno won't get credit instead of stating it as fact.

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  15. I ported 4 lines last December and received a $300 credit. 1 lines was VZ and not eligible for credit. I also purchased a HTC phone and received a $75 credit. I did not have any issues with rebate or port out service.
    The phone came with SIM and not nano and adaptor. Last week I asked customer service to unlock and they Do check that you used phone before unlocking. So if you buy and use SIM in another phone they may not unlock later on. I have T-Mobile SIM in the cricket phone now and it works fine.

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  16. This post supports Dennis' contention that AT&T MVNO's will NOT qualify for the credit: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1875062-Cricket-Black-Friday-Deal?p=16230566#post16230566

    Essentially, the HF member is saying that, because the site is denying the phone port-in promotion for his/her H20 number, it is likely to deny the $100 credit as well.

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