The new plan, which launches this Sunday April 17, is priced at $70/month ($65 with auto pay). It includes unlimited talk, messaging in and between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. As with all Cricket plans, data speeds are throttled to 8 Mps on LTE and 4 Mbps on HSPA+. Cricket's $10/month Hotspot and tethering add-on is not available on the new plan. Like all Cricket plans, the plan price includes all taxes and fees, even local sales taxes and e911 fees.
Starting Sunday, Cricket is also offering a new $100 credit for customers who port in a number from T-Mobile and activate on a "qualifying" plan. Credit's press release announcing the credit doesn't say which plans qualify for the credit but past credits have only been available when activating on a $40 or higher plan. The $100 is in the form of a credit
AT&T apparently considers rapidly growing T-Mobile its biggest challenger these days. In announcing the new plan and switcher credit, Cricket president John Dwyer said, "Cricket has over 275,000 more square miles of 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile. And our unlimited plan for a single smartphone line is $25 less a month. More coverage for a lot less money – two great reasons to make the switch."
Here's Cricket's newly expanded plan lineup:
|Plan Name||Monthly Price||Hi-Speed Data 2|
|Talk & Text 1||$25 (no autopay discount)||None|
|Basic||$40 ($35 with autopay)||2.5 GB 3|
|Smart||$50 ($45 with autopay)||5 GB 3|
|Pro||$60 ($55 with autopay)||10 GB 3|
|Unlimited||$70 ($65 with autopay)||Unlimited 3|
2 High-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.
3 $50, $60 and $70 plans include unlimited calls (including to mobile phones) and messaging (including MMS) to Mexico and Canada, Canadian and Mexican voice, text and data roaming. and unlimited international text messaging to 38 additional countries. Mexico and Canada roaming voice, messaging or data use must not exceed 50% of total use in any consecutive three month period.
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Source: Cricket Wireless