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Dealer Reveals Cricket Wireless May Be Launching New $30 Data Starter Plan

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A Cricket Wireless dealer earlier shared news that the AT&T MVNO was getting ready to launch a new smartphone plan option. Slated for release on Sept. 9th, the new plan is said to come with unlimited talk, text and data with first 1GB at high-speed (which means 8 Mbps download and unthrottled upload). After the first 1 GB speeds are throttled to 128 Kbps for the rest of the month. This new plan steps away from the other data containing plans offered by Cricket Wireless as it does not offer a group save discount or autopay option.

Most likely, this new plan is targeted for single line users since the other data containing plans offer discounts on family lines or group save options. And for the longest time, this has proven to be something people enjoyed since they could save as much as $40 on an account consisting of five lines.

Considering this report is from a Cricket dealer, it may be best to wait for an official announcement from Cricket itself. If, however, it proves to be true, the new plans under Cricket will be:

  • $30 Cricket Data Starter Plan - comes with unlimited talk, text and data including 1GB at high speeds.
  • $40 ($35 with auto pay) Cricket Basic Plan - comes with unlimited talk, text and data including 2.5GB at high speeds.
  • $50 ($45 with auto pay) Cricket Smart Plan - comes with unlimited talk, text and data including 5GB at high speeds.
  • $60 ($55 with auto pay) Cricket Pro Plan - comes with unlimited talk, text and data including 10GB at high speeds.
  • $70 ($65 with auto pay) Cricket Unlimited Plan - comes with unlimited talk, text, and high speed data
Again, this is an unofficial announcement made by a Cricket Wireless dealer. It may be best to wait for Cricket Wireless to share the news. 

Update 9/8: Cricket has issued a press release confirming that the new $30 plan as described above will be available beginning tomorrow September 9. 
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    1. Are cricket data plans hard capped?

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      1. No they include unlimited 128 Kbps data after the first 2.5, or 10 GB per month is used.

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      2. Dennis, the way you listed the plans it implies that they are capped at the data levels listed.

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    2. I heard about this a few days ago on the magic Tech YouTube series

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    3. In order to save five dollars people will actually go from 2.5 to 1 gig of data?
      It would be much better if there was an autopay discount to make it $25.

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      1. Boost and MetroPCS have $30 1 GB plans. I suspect Cricket added theirs to offer a comparable plan.

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      2. H2O wireless oviously knew this was coming, hence the 3month double data promo.

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      3. Some people don't need 2.5G of data. I'm doing fine with 1.1G with a different prepaid company. I would take the $5 savings.

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      4. " I'm doing fine with 1.1G with a different prepaid company. I would take the $5 savings"

        This plan wouldn't have enough high speed data for you then...(by high speed I mean the throttled 8Mbps)

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    4. I went to a neighborhood Cricket Wireless Store and store associate confirmed to me that the $30 1 GB is coming this Friday (9-9). He was not to enthusiastic about wanting to reveal it to me. this i would bleive i s gonna put a crimp on Crickets' average revenue per user of $42 (October 2015).

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    5. Any reason to select this $30 Data Starter plan over PureTalkUSA's $29 1G data/unlimitesd talk/text plan? Both are on ATT towers. Does Cricket charge taxes and/or fees?

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      1. Cricket does not charge any additional taxes/fees. The price advertised is the price you pay, flat.

        Additonally, PureTalkUSA's data is hardcapped. You're cut off after your allotment. On Cricket, you get unlimited throttled data after your allotment.

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      2. Taxes and fees are included in the price.

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      3. "On Cricket, you get unlimited throttled data after your allotment"

        To clarify this further, Cricket's data is throttled from the beginning to 8Mbps and after the 1GB you are throttled further to 2G speeds. With PureTalk you get full speed for your 1GB and then your data ends unless you add on more. I'm not in favor of either company, just wanted to make sure the OP gets the full picture.

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    6. Uh... I'm saving $100 per month with 5 lines.

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    7. good plan to save a few bucks for those users who don't need more than 1GB and don't want to pay extra for data they may never use.

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    8. Oh boy...if Tracfone's Total Wireless can offer unlimited Talk,Text and 5 GB of high speed data for $35 and 3 GB more at $10 increments why can't everyone else? Too bad Tracfone 'disables' a phones inherent mobile hotspot capability on networks that allow it. I am waiting for a class action lawsuit...

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      1. I too fell for that "deal" of 35 dollars a month for 5 GB which after local taxes came out to about 41.50. Even thou I read such horrible things about Total Wireless, I convinced myself that the deal was a good one, boy was I wrong.
        I decided to buy a couple of PINS and also bought additional data as add on. That was my second mistake aside from switching to Total. From the beginning, I started having service interruptions but since I had just purchased a new IPhone six I thought maybe it was the phone so I returned it and got another brand new phone. But the service interruptions continued. I would have to get on my computer and chat to get things restored. The process would take me anywhere from one to two hours. I then started checking my account online and it would say that my add on data was gone even though I hadn't used even used any of it. They would try to restore it but there was always something going on and it would again disappear. At one point one of the reps told me that I must have used all my data because their system showed I had none. I went as far as talking to their legal department which after a week and a half of waiting finally called me back to solve the issue. The last straw was when one of my two PINS disappeared from the system, yes it was gone. I had the PIN number that I had bought from Walmart and successfully loaded into their system and after a week of being there it disappeared. I was spending an average of 3-4 hours a week trying to solve something with the service. At that point, I decided to port out to another provider. I was just going insane. I then realized what people were warning me about. The 35 dollars plus tax looks good on paper but in real life it's not worth it at all. If you value your time and mental health, please go with another provider and save yourself the headaches. I didn't want to listen and I paid the price.
        Some of my friends and family have Cricket, Selectel, Boom and PureTalk USA and they say they are great companies. Don't try to save a dollar and end up with a company like Total Wireless. They don't appreciate your business and don't care about the aggravation and inconveniences they put you thru.

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      2. Thanks for the warning Brian,good info. I am currently using an A T & T Lumia 640 GoPhone and it is great service but I was paying around $49 total for 3GB high speed data,not enough. So I switched to NET 10,decent service but a drop in signal strength and when the 4G data runs out speeds are more like 1G not 2G. I assume the big providers place Tracfone at lower priority and it shows. I will probably switch to Cricket but I wouldn't mind T Mobile if I can get my phone unlocked. I don't see why cellular data has to be so expensive when I can get home internet service for cheap.

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      3. I can sort of relate to Brian Montgomery. People warned me about horrible customer service for Total Wireless. I didn't care as 15GB for 4 lines for $100 was a good deal. Getting the lines ported and activated was a big hassle as their system is glitchy. I bit my tongue and went through with the initial headache as people told me after that I would have no issues. I signed up with autopay but a few days prior to the refill date I get a message reminding me to pay my bill. I ignore it as I'm on autopay. A day before the refill date I get another text asking me to pay so I'm now worried and call customer service. I spoke to two different reps which assured me my account is fine and I had nothing to worry about. On the day of the refill, my credit card was charged and it even shows both on the TW website under bill history as well as a pending charge on my credit card statement. What happens next just blew my mind. They cancelled 3 of the 4 lines. It took me 2 full days on the phone. Talking to various level 1 reps, transferred to higher support (back office or whatever they said), transferred finally to corporate level support who finally reactivated my 3 lines. I immediately ported out back to Verizon.

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    9. Keep in mind that a lot of people sign up for service via the "CricketGroups" reddit, where they team up with 4 other Cricket users to cut $20 off their monthly service tier.

      So pricing becomes --

      Unlimited at $50
      10 GB at $40
      2.5 GB at $20

      I wonder if the new 1 GB plan will come down to $10 as part of a 5-person group?

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    10. No auto pay discount, no group discount, no sale.

      And for a flat $30, I expect to get at least 5GB of throttled data every month.

      After all, that's what you get on a group plan.

      On a related note, I would've rather had them just give customers the ability to get an evenly distributed group discount on multiple individual accounts, with the discount starting at $8 and increasing by $4 for lines 3 through 5.

      As it stands, Cricket's staying in the trash can for anyone who doesn't want to give up control of their phone line, or hunt down monthly payments from people who claim they're good for it...even when they aren't.

      Now if y'all don't mind, I'm going back to fully unthrottled AT&T LTE on Tracfone for pennies on the dollar.

      Gotta go fast.

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    11. This article is about Cricket, not Total Wireless !

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      1. People are free to post whatever comments they have in mind especially when comparing Cricket to other networks. I don't think that is against the rules of this site?

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    12. the cricket 5 person group plan is $20 per line discount or $100 total off 5 person plan per month.

      most people do the $40 per person plan for 5.. and only pay $100 total per month.

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    13. It's official now. See cricket PR announcement

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    14. I HOPE to see this on GoPhone! Pretty please, at&t?

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      1. With AT&Ts GoPhone $5 AutoPay on the $30 Monthly probably not gonna happen.

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    15. Yes it is correct cricket wireless is releasing a $30 1GB Plan with unlimited data after the 1GB. In all my years of wireless l have seen that you can never make anyone happy. It all seems to me that the only way customers will be happy is if the service is FREE!!! and even then they will complain about they get for free...Cricket is also making available 3 FREE phones for switching and waived act fees so now you can actually walk into a cricket locations and pay for the plan alone and get a phone with service...I work for cricket now and l use to work for at&t wireless for 13 years. I love the coverage and since l have a HTC directly from HTC themselves l have unlimited hotspot with my unlimited plan...LOVE IT!!!!

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      1. I think all the criticisms here are fair... I like Cricket, as they keep prices low on a service with great coverage (unlike T-Mo/Sprint). But in this case, other providers offer more for less, and even Cricket does, too. Your points may help, but not much. Let's hope only their introductory price is high, and with low demand they'll drop the price later, and/or allow the discounts other plans get.

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      2. You can't blame a customer for wanting lower prices. It's normal and expected. I work for an electronics retailer (famous btw)and hear customers express their discontent day in and day out but that is part of the environment we work in. Ultimately, the customers are the ones steering the ship, they decide who succeeds and who fails. They have the last word with their buying power and all companies are wise to listen to them. They also give you and I our weekly/biweekly paycheck indirectly so...Thank God for customers.

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    16. I have had Cricket and besides the AT&T coverage, there is nothing to be thankful for.

      Limited max speed is one thing but cricket gets very low priority on AT&T network. People get fooled by the ping time being reasonable but it takes a long time to get an active session, which is not reflected in the ping test. Basically, the network take a long time to respond to you. The net effect is slooooow. A side by side comparison to an native AT&T network phone is day and night worth of difference.

      I fly through LAX and Seattle airport weekly, and the data is spook slow it's hard to swallow, because of a lot of native AT&T customers in the same busy area.

      I switched to a T-MO MVNO and it's blazing fast... it's hard to ignore how throttled and limited Cricket is.

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      1. I have heard the same complaints about cricket from a lot of people. The problem is that people think that right from the start they will get the 8Mbps and that is just a cap. They can get anything below that. When network congestion is heavy, then the speeds can get really annoying even for people who are not into video/music/game. The coverage is good if just the speeds were a little better/consistent.

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