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Cricket Holiday Sale - $9.99 LG X Power, $49.99 LG Stylo 2, $79.99 iPhone 5s


AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand is running a holiday sale with deep discounts on three of Cricket's better phones. Now through January 5, 2017, the following deals are available to customers activating a new line of service.

The LG X Power with Android 6.0, a 5.3" 720x1280px screen, Snapdragon 210 SOC, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot, 8 and 5 MP cameras and non removable 4100 mAh battery is $9.99 for new customers. The regular price is $99.99.

The LG Stylo 2 with Android 6.0, a 5.7" 720x1280px screen, Snapdragon 410 SOC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, microSD slot, 13 and 5 MP cameras and removable 3000 mAh battery is $49.99 for new customers. The regular price is $149.99.

The Apple iPhone 5s with iOS 10.1.1, a 4.0" 640x1136 screen, A7 SOC, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 8 and 1.2 MP cameras and non-removable 1560 mAh battery is $79.99 for new customers. The regular price is $199.99.

The special sale prices are only available online from cricketwireless.com. Next business day shipping is free if you order by 12/22.

The catch is that to get the sale prices you need to sign up and pay for a new line of service at the time of purchase. Cricket plans start at $30/month for unlimited voice, messaging and data, with first 1 GB of data at speeds of up to 8 Mbps followed by unlimited data at 128 Kbps data.

For current Cricket customers who feel cheated that they don't get the same good deal as new customers, there is a partial workaround. Buy one of the sale phones as an additional line on your current account, activate the new phone and swap the SIM from your old Cricket phone to the new one. Then cancel the new line before it renews. This will cost you an extra $30 over the new user price but you're still saving $50 to $90 compared to Cricket's regular upgrade price for the three sale phones.

Source Cricket Wireless via Howard Forums

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  1. If you dont activate new line then you cant buy anything from cricket website in future - if workaround is followed :).. Thats a real catch actually.

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  2. Good point. I've added that you need to activate the new phone when it arrives. There's really no reason not to activate it as you have already paid for the service.

    According to the HoFo thread I linked to, if you activate the new phone shortly before your group plan renews you will be charged a prorated price for the few days of service before your plan renews with the rest of the $30 plan price added to your account as a credit.

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    1. does the cricket rewards referral for mPLUS rewards work that way doing that? That could get another $50 gift cards

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  3. is there an activation fee for each new customer?

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  4. Only at stores. There's no activation fee for phones bought and activated online.

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  5. Better deals. I am waiting for iPhone 6 could be below $200 some point.

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    1. No need to wait, or pay hostage money to the chirpies.
      You can buy an unlocked 6 on eBay right now from a reputable dealer for $247.

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  6. Ive been drooling over the lg x power since it came out. all but its fixed battery. But whats the bootloader unlock and root status? i havent rooted an lg since the lg l34c! Ive been following the lg tribute hd and they seem pretty optimistic so far over on xda.

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    1. Cricket's xpower is the dumbed down version,the Sprint /Boost one is actually the decent one, the cricket version doesn't ever have 2gigs of ram . Crappy specs with a big battery.

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    2. Drooling over what exactly?!

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    3. Actually North American version is dumbed. Or prepaid brand came out with flawness.

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    4. AFAIK the Cricket X Power has not been rooted or bootloader unlocked yet. There's some discussion about it at LG X Power? Screen? Root - xda-developers

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    5. Cricket's LG phones of late are *very* root unfriendly. Neither the X Power nor the Stylo 2 have root, and the Kingroot-type tools aren't working yet. Cricket also doesn't release the TOT/KDZ files that allow the phone to be flashed back to factory default; heck, the Stylos can't even be booted to recovery.

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    6. The Cricket X Power has 2GB of Ram and 16GB of ROM....the difference is the mp in camera....cricket's camera is 8mp vs 13mp...that new activation cost is great!!!!

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  7. Yeswap, are Cricket phones and SIMs a "married" package like MetroPCS? I could never imagine having to ask a carrier, "...mother may I," use this or that phone.

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    1. No only MetroPCS does that, you can freely swap Cricket SIMs between phones.

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    2. Thanks Dennis. Good to hear. I despise MetroPCS for that, it is clear that it only serves as nuisance, very Verizon-esque of its own ESN hostage days.

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  8. The iPhone is out of stock. Only lasted about a day at $79

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  9. Comm'on Cricket! Many would switch over to you if you'd permanently (at least) double the data on each of your plans.

    2.5 GB @ $40 ain't wut she 'usta be... Ain't wut she 'usta be...

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    1. It's still hugely better than MetroPCS and Boost (which might have good data deals on paper but it's hard to use it due to bad coverage).

      And then the only alternative is fly-by-night MVNO's that will go PTel on you at the drop of a hat.

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    2. Noop! Even the Evil Empire gives 7-GB/month/$50 with a Verizon sim purchased at WalMart. Inexcusable Cricket!

      Cricket ain't watcha' usta' be!

      Listen to all the Crickets chirp on these deals.
      "Port-in, Port-out, Port-in, Port-out." & then enjoy using the prorated account credit towards your next $10/mega deal. LOL!

      Listen up Cricket! Lower your prices $10+/month on current offers &/or double+ data per month.....

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    3. I should have mentioned Verizon, you are right. Though, for me to go from Cricket to that 7 GB plan I would lose a lot of data.

      I think it would be great for them to drop the prices $10 on their current offers, but even if they don't do that, nothing else comes close.

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  10. How long before Cricket will unlock your phone?

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    1. Just unlock it yourself at so many online sites! I snagged the awesome deal on the X power for only 9.99 even with the 30 extra it's a heck of a deal! & I am going to unlock it for Tmobile use :)

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    2. I think it's 6 mos. Or pay the unlockingmaster $2 on eBay. But is the tethering function crippled for life as it is on att gophones? I vote for big batteries, but maybe too many other flaws still...

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    3. AnonymousDecember 11, 2016 at 7:06 AM: Which link?.. Link pl..

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    4. Note: the unlock guy I use says that he can't unlock a Cricket iPhone 5s. If you want the iPhone unlocked, you'll probably need to get it done by Cricket.

      Cricket's written policy is they'll unlock after 6 months of service *or* if you're on the $70 plan they'll do it before 6 months. So it seems like you could get an unlocked iPhone 5s for $150 ($80 for the phone + $70 plan for one month). But I'm not sure if they ever give push-back when asked for an unlock according their policy (the policy has some-weasel words about being able to deny an unlock at their discretion due to abuse or fraud).

      As I type, the iPhone 5s is back in stock.


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  11. Cricket needs to sell android phones with 350 to 475 ppi. Join the real world Cricket. (Tired of crap resolution) phones.

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    1. Lol. Crap to you perhaps . To the average user I mean a device with a 2-300 ppi is perfectly fine & they cant tell the difference. & just a year or so ago that was the highest "HD" Granted I wouldn't want anything lower but it still gets the job done. I personally while ya nice still can't tell a lot of difference unless I'm really looking between 720 & 1080P. Now 480 yes is a step to low that some devices still come with. Anyhoo just saying esp for example with what your getting for the 9.99 price with this Lg, it's a deal hard to beat!

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    2. "To the average user I mean a device with a 2-300 ppi is perfectly fine & they cant tell the difference"

      Only if the average user does nothing but play Angry Birds. If the user looks at web page articles, etc, the letters will be fuzzy and unreadable.

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    3. 400 / 500 dpi displays are absolutely unnecessary unless you regularly use a telescope to read your screen!

      I have good vision (20/15 in one eye and 20/10 in the other, which means i have a higher than average density of rods / cones in my retina), but I still have a hard time "focusing" on a phone screen with both eyes closer than about 20 cm to my face. I've found online the typical focusing distance for human vision to be around 25cm (10 inches). I'm not sure how accurate that is, but even Steve Jobs' definition of "retina display" is ~ 300 dpi at 10-12".

      Personally, I can see the flaws of 160dpi with text, but it is quite acceptable for video. 240dpi is quite acceptable for text, and there's really no return on anything past 300dpi in my opinion. Coincidentally, this is approximately the same performance as a 22" 1080p monitor (~100dpi) at arm's distance.

      So I recommend a 720p for 5.5" or smaller, and 1080p for 8" or smaller. 1440p or higher is a waste of power and bill of materials budgets (for anything less than a laptop or large tablet) which should be put towards more useful things instead (10 bit displays, more ram, faster cpu clocks, etc).

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    4. You might like lowball phones with giant block pixels, but thankfully the phones with good displays, 1440p +, are running away with the market.

      I hate to break it to you, but Steve Jobs is dead. And some of his bad ideas (like his hatred of the stylus, and insisting on lower quality displays) have died with him.

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  12. so I have 5 lines. I don't mind give the number up one of them them (cancel service). What is the best way to get one of the new line of service promos so that I there is minimal time between the canceled line and the service on the new line with no $ wasted. Also at one point I recall that reading that Cricket Wireless dealers stopped charging activation fees. Is that still the case ?

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  13. Immediately if you upgrade to $70 plan. After unlock just downgrade back.

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    1. When you downgrade, you only get credit in your account and not a refund, as I understand. So you have to spend $70.
      Can anyone confirm this?

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    2. That's correct. But as long as you are a Cricket customer, an account credit is almost as good as a refund because you can use it toward your next month's service.

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  14. If Cricket goes 5gb at $40, there going to be pressure to create a 2gb plan for $30. There's a whole generation of folks who don't do streaming video and don't want to pay so much extra to subsidize the data hogs.

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  15. H2O has $30 3Gb. There's no way Cricket will stay at $40 2.5gb

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  16. H20 is the best value for $27 for 3gb then throttled with autopay and no sales tax in 49 of the 50 states. Boost mobile is lowest price for data hogs

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    1. And Boost Mobile, being on the Sprint network, only works well in at most 10 of the 50 states. Which makes it a lot harder for "data hogs" to pig out.

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    2. Boost Mobile is allowing unlimited and there are customers that use close to 1/2TB per month which is not a typo. Almost 500GB of usage, $50 plan, $5 autoboost discount and Boost Dealz $5 credit making the cost $40 + local sales tax or $3 pay at boost dealer for 500+ GB of data each month. So those in the "10 states" are getting the best deal but the "10 states" theory is not factual or Boost would be out of business. The 500+GB is not a theory, streaming TV networks on a Boost Mobile phone accounts for an average of 2GB per hour, streaming youtube accounts for 0.5 GB per hour, netflix? LG Stylo 2 and Boost Mobile unlimited in the "10 states" and no need for cable TV, internet or phone.

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  17. I brought the new LG Stylo 2 and it stopped working 2weeks after and had to send it back. I guess you get what you pay for one more thing check into it before you buy it and ask questions that's all I'm saying Good Luck on your purchase.

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    1. I think you are better off getting an old used flagship, like an LG G3 or Samsung Galaxy S3... or a USED iPhone 5s, than you are getting one of these burners.

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  18. Is crickets service any good widespread across the 50 states? I currently have metro pcs and their service is trash in the city im in. I figured since they use supposedly the "tmobile towers" that they would've been good and fast. But came up short. I have the galaxy on5 . Supposedly tmobile has tbe second best coverage to Verizon. Correct? My boost mobile phone did better then this service I have smh.

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    1. Cricket works well in most states. T-Mobile coverage is way behind both Verizon and AT&T at this time.

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    2. Ok thank you for the heads up on that info. I never knew tmobile was behind at&t. The way they put it on the commercials and certain info websites, they always seem to boast In Verizon and tmobile. But then again I truly wonder if metro is truly using the tmobile towers and if cricket is using at&t towers. Have you had both prepaid services? Mr anonymous?

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    3. To elaborate: Cricket works very well in the vast majority of states (each having more than two-thirds covered)

      Exceptions: Maine, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alaska, Nevada, and Arizona. And even these states (other than Alaska) are from one-third to one-half covered by Cricket.

      Hawaii, by the way, is well covered.

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      With MetroPCS and T-Mobile, instead of just 6 states with bad coverage (half of the state covered or less), about a third or half of US states are poorly covered. It is hard to tell, though, since T-Mobile coverage maps tend to count AT&T coverage as T-Mobile coverage.

      In addition, many of the states with poor coverage have almost no T-Mobile at all (in contrast with the poor-coverage Cricket states, which are still at least one-third covered).

      T-Mobile still has a long long way to go, but it is still a lot better than Sprint, whose proportion of covered vs non-covered states is almost the opposite of Cricket's.

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    4. "The way they put it on the commercials and certain info websites, they always seem to boast In Verizon and tmobile."

      The underdogs like to lie or stretch the truth to cover for the fact that they aren't running with the big dogs. Like the Sprint commercials with the "can you hear me now? guy. Saying Sprint is within 99% of Verizon when it is really more like 50%.

      "Have you had both prepaid services? Mr anonymous?"

      I've used both Sprint (Virgin) and AT&T (Cricket). I still have a Sprint MVNO. With Sprint, it is always islands of coverage in the middle of vast towerless nothing. With Cricket it is the opposite: islands of non-coverage in a sea of LTE. I pay a couple of bucks a month for the Sprint MVNO... that is all Sprint is worth.

      I've not tried T-Mobile yet. I'm in the middle of a vast area claimed on the map as having T-Mobile coverage, but calls to T-Mobile stores (always far away) have them tell me there is actually no coverage in my area. It might be part of the problem, noted on this web site, where T-Mobile maps claim AT&T native coverage as being T-Mobile coverage. This makes T-Mobile coverage look much larger than it really is.

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  19. I ended up writing this long detailed reply then my phone ended up pressing a link and deleted all of it lol. I'll try to make it shorter. So I had boost mobile and metro pcs. Boost mobile totally rocks metro pcs coverage hands down, except in certain suburb areas, that supposedly had little to no coverage, and metro pcs coverage kept on moving slow period in those areas (assuming on the coverage map of tmobile) it's suppose to have blazing speed. I was thinking on going back to tmobile because of the speed when I had them before. But it's definitely not like it used to be in 2009. The coverage explanation you gave sound quite intriguing on crickets end (most states have 2/3 coverage, and the states with 1/3rd of coverage, have little to no service with tmobile) however I'll have to see actual proof that it's worth the coverage. Including speed and coverage.

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  20. I don't like that tmobile's coverage map isn't detailed to what it actually is. And if their maps includes at&t coverage, then that's false advertising. So can someone pretty much sue or call out tmobile on that false info?

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  21. Oh nvm I believe I mis understood ever it was quoted "At&t native coverage, as being t-mobile" coverage " I believe you're saying where at&t supposedly has little coverage , tmobile makes it look like they actually have coverage there but they dont???

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  22. " I believe you're saying where at&t supposedly has little coverage , tmobile makes it look like they actually have coverage there but they dont???"

    No.... where T-Mobile has NO coverage, they often show AT&T coverage as being T-Mobile coverage.

    This is helpful of course if you are using voice: you can roam from T-Mobile onto AT&T. But it does not help with data: depending on the plan/division/MVNO, data roaming from the small native T-Mobile footprint onto AT&T either does not exist or only has a tiny amount of data.

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  23. "I'll have to see actual proof that it's worth the coverage. Including speed and coverage."

    Cricket throttles at about 8mbps. Fast enough for streaming HBO and Netflix. Too slow for ______.

    No one has been able to fill in the blank.

    Of course, you might not need the coverage if you know you will never roam out of the TMO area, or if you do roam out of it, you are fine with having no data coverage.

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  24. Does Cricket have any promotional rate plans?

    Does anyone have more information about mPlus rewards?

    AnonymousDecember 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM
    ”does the cricket rewards referral for mPLUS rewards work that way doing that? That could get another $50 gift cards”

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    1. Cricket doesn't have any promotional plans currently. They do have multi-line and auto-pay discounts. See the Cricket site or our Prepaid Operator Profile: Cricket Wireless for details.

      mPlus rewards is a 3rd party program that Cricket, along with many other companies, participate in. It lets you earn gift cards and other rewards for purchasing products and services and participating in surveys. You get 1000 points for signing up for mPlus and and another 1000 points for becoming a Cricket customer. Points expire in 90 days and you need 2000 points for a $1 Amazon Gift Card.

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  25. So if the throttled speed is 8mps, if I'm in a higher coverage area for at&t it only goes as fast as 8mps??? That's kinda slow. The other companies boast of speeds as fast as 30mps. And on the behalf of where you said If tmobile shows at&t coverage on their maps, I never knew they did that. I'm going to have to look at their map again. Is it in small print or something, where it clearly states that it's at&t coverage also shown?

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    1. 1) Yes. Cricket throttles to 8mbps max no matter how fast "regular" AT&T is.

      2) The T-Mobile maps have significant content changes based on your zoom level.

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    2. T-Mobile's maps show roaming in the same color as non-LTE native coverage, the workaround is to use the MetroPCS map. See T-Mobile's Latest Coverage Maps Are The Worst for more about T-Mobile's misleading coverage maps

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  26. I wish cricket was faster and Lte as well. Dennis I don't like that deceiving that tmobile does. I wish it was more plain and clear, because I never caught it.

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    1. If T-Mobile (and other carriers, in their own ways) weren't deceptive, they wouldn't sign up as many customers.

      And Cricket's throttling is how they can manage to offer unlimited data without a fugaze de-prioritization cap.

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  27. I'll prefer faster speeds, as well free wi-Fi (when I connect so i dint use my data quick) then to be throttled. I believe metro pcs (tmobile) had the best concept with the binge and programs to not use your own data while using your phone. Now if a prepaid company can combo that with faster speeds and good service and coverage, then I'm sold!!!

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  28. Slower speed in order to not hit the cap I believe in this day and age Will pusj away customers. I guess its the opposite lol. If there was a prepaid company with good coverage and fast speeds I would like to know

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  29. Cheap phones aren't enough to make up for Cricket's restriction on tethering. I was planning to bring my family to Cricket but not if they ignore net neutrality.

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    1. Amen agree on that one.. Cheap phones are good and all but at least have decent service. And I won't mind paying more for the phone if I have some good service.

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  30. Hi. I got the 5s and I wanted to know if I need to actually activate the phone or can I just use the sim in a different phone? I don't want to be banned from cricket

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    1. Anyone idea dennis?

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    2. You need to activate the SIM that came with the new phone. Until you do you won't be able to make any changes to your Cricket account or buy or activate any more Cricket phones or SIMs. You can cancel the new Cricket line at any time after you activate it.

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  31. Thanks Dennis, I love this site.
    From your reply it seems I don't need to actually open the iPhone itself and can use another phone to activate the sim. Is that correct?

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    1. That's correct, you don't need to open or use the phone.. Just call the activation number and tell them you want to activate the phone that you ordered.If they ask for the SIM ID or phone's MEID or IMEI, give them the ones from the new phone and SIM. Once the SIM is activated you can use it in any compatible phone and you can use any Cricket SIM in the new Cricket iPhone.

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  32. Will ATT SIMs work in a locked Cricket phone? Thanks

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  33. I just bought a SIM unlock code for my cricket grand x3 on ebay for $2. Works great!

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  34. I cant find the LG Stylo 2 or Iphone 5S promotional pricing. I only see the LG X Power @ $9.99

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    1. Cricket ended the iPhone and Stylo 2 sales early.

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