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Cricket Wireless Introduces New Stream More Feature

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Earlier today, Cricket Wireless made a few announcements on its newsroom page. The first announcement made was the new feature that will help users use less of their data bucket. The company also shared an update on its plans to make Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology and Wi-Fi calling available to their users.

Stream More Feature

Thanks to the new Stream More feature, users will be able to enjoy their data to a higher extent. According to its announcement, Cricket Wireless users on one of their data plans starting at $30 a month have access to viewing more video content without worrying about running of data. This new feature also allows users to watch HD videos at standard definition quality, much like the quality on DVDs.

Cricket says that the feature will start rolling out for devices in the next few months. If you are looking forward to this feature, the network will send you an alert that it's already switched on. 

The Stream More feature may be switched on and off at any time since there's no charge for the service. If you wish to switch on the service, you just need to access your MyCricket app or MyAccount settings and make the necessary changes there. The feature works on any device capable of streaming video in the U.S. However, you may still use the feature while roaming internationally in Canada and Mexico.

VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling


Apart from announcing the new Stream More feature, Cricket shares that they will soon add Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. Through this new technology, users will be able to make HD voice calls without worrying about losing connection when you talk and surf the Web at the same time.

In addition to VoLTE, Cricket has plans to make Wi-Fi calling a possibility for this year. This means that if you're in an area with spotty wireless signal, you can still make a call over Wi-Fi network.


Source: Cricket Wireless

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  1. Whoa. Definitely good news. The "stream more" is real whatever (I already that using Opera as my browser). But volte and WiFi calling are big step up's. Bring much legitimacy to Cricket as a carrier. The next time they improve the $30 plan or make it cheaper I'll switch back... Any new news on what will happen to the H2o promo plans after March 31st? Somehow H2O's signal hasn't been as good on my wife's phone as it was on Cricket so we really might be switching back...

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    1. I can't imagine why Cricket signal would ever be BETTER than AT&T !!

      Have you tried anything like shutting off mobile data and turning it back on?

      Also, you never mentioned if you and your wife have different phones. If so, the difference might just be between models (hardware)

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    2. I stated that Cricket had better reception than h2o. Same network, same phone, just a different SIM card. Lte inside buildings is the biggest difference,jusy about non-existent. H2o seems to be a buggier system in general. H2o is cheaper (for now) but not sure if it's worth the all-around worse experience...

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  2. 1gb does not last long on any 4g phone with any type of streaming technology. Reduced 2g (128kbps) max does not stream at all only buffers. 256 kbps is the minimum stteaming speed on a 3g phone.

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  3. Now cricket, remove 8mbps speed caps and make it free hotspot feature. $30 should be at least 3GB will be happier and $50 must be unlimited with hotspot.

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    1. Sanctimonious ApeMarch 1, 2017 at 2:00 AM

      Keep dreaming...

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  4. Now all they need is get new phones

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    1. Cricket doesn't need "new phones".... Let me spell it out for you:
      B Y O D.

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    2. Most consumers aren't phone geeks. You're the minority.

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    3. What prepaid company has better phones?

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    4. With BYOD, any new GSM phone is Cricket's "new phone". And it's not rocket surgery or brain science.

      If you can order a Whopper and say "hold the lettuce", you are smart enough to bring your own device.

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    5. "What prepaid company has better phones?"

      Answer: the one with the least restrictions on BYOD. Virgin and Boost are terrible. Cricket is very good. MetroPCS appears to be the same.

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  5. So WiFi calling is confirmed to be an option only in poor domestic coverage situations? It would make sense given that it's AT&T's policy as well, but it would be nice to be able to use WiFi calling internationally.

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    1. WiFi calling should work anywhere there is WiFi. I don't see anywhere in the Cricket press release that says it only works domestically.

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    2. Thanks Dennis. Your reply made me look up the current status of WiFi calling on AT&T and it sounds like as of at least March of 2016 AT&T has started allowing WiFi calling to be used overseas. The feature did not launch that way.

      So I stand corrected and no longer believe Cricket would have a reason to limit WiFi calling to domestic boundaries.

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  6. No reason to stick with MetroPCS anymore...

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    1. Not unless you have a magenta fetishist and poor coverage makes you feel good.

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    2. Sure. MetroPCS customers will love the many Cricket fees, "high-speed" data throttled to 8 Mbps for LTE data and 4 Mbps for HSPA+, customer support issues and no online call records at any price.

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    3. Anon1159, are you under the impression that MetroPCS does not have customer support issues? T-Mobile can't even get postpaid customer service right (read up on bill credit horrors, forced in-store attachments, etc) and you think they're sending their "good reps" to Metro?

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  7. No fees unless you are a deadbeat who is too lazy to pay their bills or a RingPlus-type customer who is changing their phone number every month (I've paid no Cricket fee EVER) The Cricket throttled speed beats the "throttled to 0" situation in a third of the country with MetroPCS.... so that all even's out.

    No online call records IS a good point!

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    1. POW! Such POWERFUL arguments!
      Maybe you should ask Dennis to "fix" his Cricket carrier review?
      ;-)

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    2. What are these fees that Cricket supposedly charges? I pay $45 a month period for my 8gbs lte, and calling and texting...no other charges fees, or taxes. Now they will add free streaming in DVD quality? Hell ya, that works for me!

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    3. You only incur them if you are too lazy to pay your bills, pretty much.

      "Entitled" minds who believe that carriers should give away their services are very angry over it.

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    4. Sanctimonious ApeMarch 1, 2017 at 2:08 AM

      @Joel WHERE do you see FREE streaming? All they are doing is matching TMo's throttling to force reduced quality video - it still counts against your data limit, unlike TMobile's Binge On.

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  8. The 8mps limit for 90% of users (basically anyone who streams music or YouTube videos), simply isn't a big deal. The system works great. I've used it for nearly 2 years now. Things work fast and video downloads and plays well.

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    1. I'm wondering what the 8 mps affects, if video stills streams.

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    2. Sanctimonious ApeMarch 1, 2017 at 2:11 AM

      Download speeds for larger files is about all it hurts. It's there just to scare unwitting customers from switching from AT&T proper.

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  9. This is dumb shit. You are going to slow down the people that pay the most for unlimited data and give unlimited streaming to the people that pay nothing? Good job you made yourselves equal to T-mobile.

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    1. Sanctimonious ApeMarch 1, 2017 at 2:16 AM

      Learn to read. There's no unlimited streaming - just throttling to force video of reduced quality so less data is used. It still counts towards data cap, while TMobile's version does not.

      Also, the article said this was optional and could be switched on or off at will.

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