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Cricket Announces Data Increases, Free Phones For Switchers

AT&T's Cricket Wireless just announced that beginning tomorrow January 27, 2017, it will be increasing the amount of highs speed data included with two of its plans. The $40 plan's high speed data allowance is going from 2.5 GB to 3 GB and the $60 plan is jumping from 10 GB to 12 GB of high speed data. Cricket also says that it has made the $50 plan's October promotional high speed data increase from 5 GB to 8 GB permanent. There are no changes to the $25, $30 and $70 Cricket plans.

Here's what the Cricket plan lineup looks like starting tomorrow:

  • $25/month - unlimited voice and SMS, no data, for feature phones and BYOP only
  • $30/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data, first 1 GB at high speed
  • $40/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data, first 2.5 3 GB at high speed
  • $50/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data, first 8 GB at high speed
  • $60/month - unlimited voice, messaging and data, first 10 12 GB at high speed
  • $70/month - unlimited voice, messaging and high speed data

The $40 and higher priced plans are eligible for a $5 auto pay discount. Cricket also offers a multi-line discount where the second line gets a $10/month discount, the third line gets a $20/month discount, the fourth line gets a $30/month discount and the fifth line gets a $40/month discount. The multi-line discount requires all phones to be on the $40 plan or higher and can not be combined with the auto-pay discount. Cricket plan prices include all taxes.

Cricket is also running a free and discounted phone promotion for customers porting their number from a carrier other than AT&T:

  • The Alcatel Streak is free for port-ins ($9.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The Samsung Galaxy Amp 2 is for free port-ins ($19.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The ZTE Sonata 3 is free for port-ins ($29.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The LG Spree is free for port-ins ($49.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The LG Escape 3 is $19.99  for port-ins ($59.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime is $29.99 for port-ins ($79.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The LG X power is $49.99  for port-ins ($99.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)
  • The LG Stylo 2 is $79.99 for port-ins ($129.99 for upgrades and new lines of service)

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  1. correction needed - $60 plan is going from 10 GB to 12 GB of data.

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  2. Hmm.. no surprise.

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  3. Only a little more data of couple plans is a little disappointing . I am glad to see the price reductions on some of lower price point 16 gb memory phones ( particularly the LG Escape 3, and the LG X Power). No more 8 gb memory phones for me.

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    1. Still extra $10 bucks a month

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  5. Meh, Cricket service is extremely unreliable.

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    1. PITA for me sometimes with dial out connect failures and incoming call going to voicemail. Still with 5 lines for $100 it is hard to part ways. An n]alternative provider would cost a lot more.

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  6. Cricket signal is att signal. Doesn't get any better.

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    1. A deprioritized (& data throttled) AT&T signal.

      Not exactly equal to regular at&t service.

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    2. Yes ATT network coverage but Cricket users get a lower prority on voice connections and data than ATT pospaid and ATT GoPhone. I know from first hand experience.

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    3. "Cricket users get a lower prority on voice connections"

      That would be illegal, so no.

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    4. No it's not illegal, my phone with an at&t sim vs a cricket sim the at&t branded one connects calls almost instantaneously vs the cricket one taking up to 7 seconds, all other things being equal.

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    5. It's illegal under the Communications Act.

      When you say "all other things being equal," that means you were trying to place a call using the AT&T SIM and the Cricket SIM at the same time, on equally AT&T-compatible phones, yes?

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    6. "Cricket signal is att signal. Doesn't get any better"

      Except for Verizon. Ever hear of it?

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    7. "Except for Verizon. Ever hear of it?"

      THAT is definitely an opinion.

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    8. My entire clan worships at the VZW altar, anticipating the biennial trip to the Mall store to renew their vows and tithe.

      Several wonder why and whine that they missed the opportunity to buy a house, for lack of savings. I've illustrated how their cellphones and plans cost them a down payment, to no avail.

      Funny thing is, every one of them is routinely borrowing my $25 Cricket phone, because they can't get a signal or data on their ultra-premium plan.

      I abhor AT&T, but their Cricket network is, in this town, superior to VZW, its quite cheap, phones are plentiful as are retail outlets, and they're not exclusively in the wrong part of town.



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  7. Cricket must be feeling the squeeze from MetroPCS.

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    1. More like the squeeze from Verizon Prepaid and its recent changes. With its much smaller network, Metro isn't playing in the same league yet.

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  8. Cricket text messaging has been so unreliable and slow I switched to hangouts.

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    1. and so is their voicemail

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  9. The $40 plan should have gone up to 4GB. There's too much of a gap between the $40 and $50 plans.

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    1. They want people to upgrade their plans. 0.5 GB is token amount but better than none at all.

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  10. How they can get $50.00 for the LG Spree is beyond me.

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    1. Calling and texting on cricket seems very slow and sometimes a complete failure.

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  11. The $30 plan needs to part of the auto-pay benefit. Cricket is so heavily depriortized and slow that its not worth the price. So many calls straight to voicemail. Most places I can't use data because the pings are so high. I'd rather use Boost or MetroPCS and get full speed and less coverage than no-speed and full coverage.

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  12. Looks like these were bumped up to be competitive with H2O. I wonder if the H2O plan allocation "promotional" amounts will be kept?

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    1. I hope so. I tried Cricket for 2 months and changed to H2O after that. The difference is really noticeable.

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    2. We will see but I doubt it. I stronly belive that Cricket has gets better wholesasle pricing since it is wholly owned by ATT.

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    3. In that situation, I'd choose GoPhone instead. Less of a chance of it going out of business abruptly.

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  13. I give a thumbs up cricket wireless. Slowly but surely they are making improvements for the better. I have all the parent carriers and l can say this cricket/at&t is solid, not perfect. None of them are...sprint doesn't throttle yes but there data in the areas l travel too are no better than cricket. T-Mobile is faster yes but voice coverage is no better than sprint while traveling..at&t and Verizon coverage is the only two in my book. T-Mobile and Sprint will always fight for lower and lower price with more data til they taken out of the race.

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    1. The only way sprint voice coverage is even close to TMobile is by roaming. In the past few years T-Mobile has increased its coverage by alot. I had TMobile a few years back and I left as fast as I could. I saw the coverage difference and decided to try again. It's been great.

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  14. $30 for 1GB? RingPlus has that for $10 without any ads.

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    1. Not available anymore. RingPlus has suspended new activations.

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    2. R+ has not taken new activations for almost 3 days.

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    3. I missed this. Is there a prepaidnews news item about the RP suspension?

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    4. RingPlus has a very nice Add-On for my free plan: 27c/day for 205mb/day mobile data, or 6GB/month. 7GB/month with my free plan's 1GB, for only $7.99/month. Overages are charged daily beyond 205mb, I presume, after my 1GB is used up.

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  15. They didn't add any data to the $70 plan. I throw this in the trash!

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  16. Just saw my $40 plan include Canada/Mexico. Can anybody confirm:
    "3 GB US, Canada, and Mexico High-Speed Data
    Good news! Your high-speed data allowance will increase to 3 GB by Feb. 27, 2017. There is no additional charge for this increase."

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    1. Where are you seeing this? According to the Cricket website only the $50 and higher plams have Canada and Mexico.

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  17. I am a cricket customer and it is under my account.

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    1. I will be giving the Cricket coverage in Mexico a good hard test for two weeks, starting tomorrow (but not on the $40 plan).

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  18. Too bad that that the ended their phone updgrade loyaly program a long time ago. It is ridiculous that a loyal coustomer with at least year of service has to do "tricks" to get good deal (new customer, port-in promotional pricing) on a phone .

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    1. Who wants a bootloader / firmware crippled phone, though? The "new customer" incentive is only worth it if they're giving away airtime (which truly costs them nothing, but of course, they aren't doing that). Spend the few extra bucks on a factory unlocked phone. You won't regret it. I realize the equation may work out a little differently for the "almost full price" market (iphone or samsung galaxy s), but the rest of their lineup are thumbs down from me.

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    2. I am very rough on phones usaully destroy or lose one about every year or so.The crippld phones are g0od enough for what I need them for. Crickets pricing for upgrades /replacement is terrible.

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  19. It's always been like that.

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  20. RingPlus goes out of business and it doesn't even get a post on this site?

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    1. Do you know something I don't? The RingPlus website is up and customer's phones are still working. Ringplus stopped activating new lines a week ago but they have done that before.

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    2. When RingPlus stopped activating lines before they had a message on their website saying they'd be back soon. This time there's no such message or explanation and all plans have disappeared from the site. Their website may be up but it doesn't do much at the moment.

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    3. I am very appreciative of what Dennis does and I am sure if there was news he would post it. The longer ringplus survives the more money I save.

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  21. This section is funny, I thought the haters just hated on the boost articles, but now I see all the prepaid customers are kind of greedy LOL

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    1. Sitting here in one of those countries where you get many more gigs of data for less money than in the US, it is clear who is greedy. The carriers in the US that grossly overcharge because they can are the greedy ones. The customers aren't greedy at all.

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