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Cricket Cuts Unlimited Everything Plan Price to $60

AT&T has reduced the price of its Cricket Wireless Unlimited Plan from $70 to $60 per month. The plan includes unlimited voice minutes, messaging and high speed data. Cricket "high speed" data is throttled to 8 Mbps. After April 2, data speeds will be subject to deprioritization after 22 GB when the network is congested.

The Unlimited plan also includes unlimited calls and texts to Canada and Mexico, unlimited voice messaging and data while roaming in Canada and Mexico and unlimited SMS to 38 countries.

There are no changes to other Cricket plans. That means that Cricket now has two $60 plans, the "Pro" plan with 12 GB of high speed data and the "Unlimited" plan with unlimited high speed data. The only other difference between the two plans is that Pro plan users can add the ability to use hotspot for $10 per month, while hotspot is not available on the Unlimited plan. Here's the new Cricket plan roster:
  • $25/month - unlimited US voice and SMS, no data, for feature phones and BYOP only
  • $30/month - unlimited US voice, messaging and data, first 1 GB at high speed
  • $40/month - unlimited US voice, messaging and data, first 3 GB at high speed
  • $50/month - unlimited US and Mexico voice, messaging and data, first 8 GB at high speed, unlimited international SMS, $10 hotspot available
  • $60/month - unlimited US and Mexico voice, messaging and data, first 12 GB at high speed, unlimited international SMS, $10 hotspot available
  • $60/month - unlimited US and Mexico voice, messaging and high speed data, unlimited international SMS, hotspot not available
Cricket plan prices include all taxes, even state and local sales taxes. $40 and higher plans are eligible for either a $5/month autopay discount or a multi line discount. 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. 

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  1. One question about the throttling. Would an LTE phone ever be stuck with a 4g signal, and the 4Mbps? So would that be slower than the Verizon MVNOs?

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  2. Wow still no hotspot when t mobile is catching up with them

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  3. Too little, too late. Boost has 4 unlimited lines with hotspot for $100. Metro has unlimited lines for $40.

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    1. The Boost lines are worth less than half as much due to them being on a really terrible network. Consider that Boost throttles you to nothing in most of the country.

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    2. I think Boost's crappy phone selection and no BYOD option is an even greater problem than the network it rides on......

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    3. its funny you say that... Boost signal will not comapare to the Cricket signal, so WOW Boost offers unlimited (unlimited buffering) And metro well same thing....

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  4. DATA WAR!!!!!! 😀

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  5. What do they consider "high speed" 4mbps 8mbps etc....?

    S

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    1. Yeah. Theoretical max of 4 Mbps for UMTS (3G, fake 4G) and 8 Mbps for LTE.

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  6. Will cricket be limiting video to 480p?

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  7. Coverage is king. Without a good signal where you need data becomes irrelevant .

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    1. All carriers have good coverage. Most of us don't live on Uncle Bob's Pasture, we're in NYC, LA, Philly, and Atlanta. We need fast unthrottled speeds to watch HD Netflix and FLAC music streaming, not slow throttled speeds like Cricket with the lowest network priority.

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    2. I'm in a city of half million people... Sprint/TMo generally work outdoors, but rarely inside any buildings. Even if they did, I wouldn't want a service that stops working when I need it the most, driving between cities. Videos on a phone look fine in 480p, and 8mbps is plenty even for audiophile idiots who swear they can hear the difference between 256k MP3s and FLAC.

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  8. Coverage where you don't need it is irrelevant.
    Paying extra for irrelevant coverage is dumb.
    Trolling irrelevant coverage is dumber.
    Doing it over and over again is the dumbest.

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    1. Not all of us are shut-ins.
      Speak for yourself.

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    2. I guess if your life is 100% planned. Hence the word "mobile" phone. I loved TMobile until I got a job 5 miles outside of town and had zero T-Mobile coverage and it happened to be a strong at&t Verizon area where TMobile wouldn't even let me voice roam onto at&t even just to check voicemail. Fell out of love with T-Mobile and fell in love with Verizon prepaid and my bill went up $3 a month.

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    3. Anonymous 11:21 speaks for me as well.

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    4. The vast majority need the good coverage, and it only costs a little more to get it.

      What's dumb is insisting that it is "dumb" to obtain the adequate coverage you need.

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    5. Preach it, Anon 11:55.

      As for the hodophobia-comsumed Anon 11:21, the vast majority need the good coverage, and it only costs a little more to get it.

      What's dumb is insisting that it is "dumb" to obtain the adequate coverage you need. Boost and MetroPCS just don't work where most people need their phones to work.

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    6. "Coverage is irrelevant" says the lonely clerk in a Boost storefront that hasn't had a visitor since January 4.

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  9. For those on the $70. It's best to downgrade then upgrade for the new price now.

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  10. Verizon : $70 - 12GB with hotspot
    Cricket : $70 - 12GB with hotspot ( 8mbps capped)

    OVER PRICED. PERIOD.

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    1. Dennis A iPhone MetroPCS can use in Verizon?

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  11. Smartphones are large and difficult to carry around so it makes sense to use these devices without any data limits. One line monthly charges to use that heavy large phone with unlimited data costs - Boost Mobile - $43.50 with autopay and boost dealz app, MetroPCS - $50, Cricket - $55 with autopay, Sprint - $50 - $60 with autopay, Tmobile - $70, Verizon - $92.85 with atuo pay, ATT - $112.39 with autopay. This new Cricket deal is the winner due to best coverage and $55 is in the low end of the unlimited data deals.

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    1. You begin with an entirely invalid introduction. Unless you are using Soviet military surplus smartphones, or happened to be the size of Dobby the house elf, there is nothing large and hard to carry about today's smartphones. The large ones weigh about 5 ounces. Get real.

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    2. Give the guy a break. After a couple of hours of pulling my large heavy smartphone around town behind me in a Red Ryder wagon, I get so tired that I have to sleep the rest of the day. I feel his pain.

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    3. "Unless you are using Soviet military surplus smartphones, or happened to be the size of Dobby the house elf"

      I LOL'd at this. Well done Anon229.

      Some of those Galaxy Note-sized phones in pant pockets though...

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    4. Smartphones are large and heavy compared to flip phones. There are people that carry lightweight flip phones on Tracfone and other low usage pay by the minute usage MNVOs and ATT for $25 unlimited and Verizon for $30 unlimited talk and text plans. There are also people that carry large and heavy smartphones and with 2GB-10GB of data plans. How much can be done with 2GB-10GB per month other than an occassional video along with webpages, mms and email. With unlimited data 1.5GB per hour of usage is common (250 - 500GB per month total) making the effort of carrying around the large heavy phones worthwhile because their designed purpose of having screen sizes 5+ inches is to stream and is to watch videos and not to make phone calls and text.

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    5. What's a "phone call"?

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    6. It's amusing that the T's in AT&T stand for two legacy technologies... one gone and the other fading.

      They could just as well be called "American CB Radio and 8-Track".

      At least they are still American, and their deathstar logo is forward-looking.

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    7. I find your lack of LTE disturbing.

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  12. Coverage differences aside. The $55 price (autopay) with taxes included and 8Mbps throttle might be worth it considering Cricket allows HD video streaming even after they introduce their Stream More feature you can still turn it off at no cost. Boost and MetroPCS may charge only $50 for unlimited data but don't allow HD video at that price and, unlike Cricket, Boost adds taxes on top of that price which probably brings the real cost close to $55. Right now MetroPCS charges $60 for HD video which Cricket gives you for $55 (autopay). I don't remember how much Boost charges for HD video but it probably ends up costing more than $55. Additionally, Cricket will soon have VoLTE, Boost won't. And of course there's the better coverage Cricket offers compared to Boost and MetroPCS at almost the same price or, if you want HD video, a lower price than Boost or MetroPCS. If you look closely, Cricket is actually the best deal between the three of them.

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    1. What advantage does HD video have compared to the 480p video? The 480p video is no different that the 1080p video on smartphones with 5 or 5.5 inch screens. A phone with wired TV out with 1080p would make the only difference

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    2. "What advantage does HD video have compared to the 480p video?"

      A big one, when watching sports on the phone.

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    3. Streaming ESPN many different sports on a 5.5 inch 165-325ppi screen has no difference from a 480p stream and a 1080p stream. The high end phones with 4K resolution and TV out to a 1080p monitor would probably show the difference betweeen the 480p and 1080p streaming.

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  13. So the highest limited data plan (w/ the hotspot option) is more expensive than unlimited. AT&T sure has a phobia when it comes to hotspot.

    The limited data plans all zero rate MMS?

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  14. Has Tracfone fired a salvo into this burgeoning data war with any of its brands yet?

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    1. Tracfone/Net10 will probably wait until things stabilize. Without a contract, most users are less than 30 days away from trying a different plan.

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  15. I just switched from the $40 plan to this plan. Thanks for the heads up Dennis! I asked the cricket agent to opt out of the "data optimizer" plan that limits videos to 480p and he said that won't be implemented until April 2nd.

    I think this is a good deal for those of us who need more coverage than T-Mobile/sprint and who value well, value!

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  16. When VoLTE/Wi-Fi calling goes live, Cricket will be the best overall value. Well...unless you need hotspot.

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    1. I don't think this price war is over yet.

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    2. I agree. I am eagerly waiting for the Cricket Volte/WIFI caliing rollout (including compatible phones in all price ranges of course)

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  17. I think these offerings from Cricket and also AT&T postpaid have entirely pinched out GoPhone. And anyone still looking to an actual AT&T mvno for anything more than a minimal plan is a fool.

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  18. People who think Cricket service and support compare favorably to AT&T postpaid, GoPhone or superior MVNOs like PureTalk and Consumer Cellular have indeed been fooled. Blinded by low pricing. Cricket offers a second-class experience at a bargain price, nothing more.

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    1. Any differences in customer service are minot at this time... and most never deal with it anyway. For the rest, it's not worth paying twice as much.

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  19. There will always be plenty of customers who shop the "bargain basement" and are satisfied with their purchase, at least at first. Some of them will rationalize almost anything to get the bargain. These customers are the exception, however. Most customers want high quality and performance, and to be treated well when they need support.
    They won't often find that in the bargain basement.

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  20. Does Cricket allow it's customers to use a VPN?

    Does Cricket's hotspot restriction on the unlimited plan block hotspot in non Cricket phones?

    Does it block third party apps?

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    1. Cricket and VPN: https://www.reddit.com/r/CricketWireless/comments/4xqbli/cricket_and_vpn/

      " Some of them will rationalize almost anything to get the bargain. These customers are the exception"

      Go ahead and rationalize paying twice as much and not getting twice as much. But I'm not sure how you are winning anything other than troll-points.

      "Most customers want high quality and performance, and to be treated well when they need support."

      True, and the customer totals reflect this:


      Consumer Cellular 2,000,000
      Cricket Wireless 5,000,000

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