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Cricket Launches New 2 Lines of Unlimited 3 mbps Throttled Data Promotional Plan

Alcatel PulseMix
Last week's rumours are true, AT&T's Cricket Wireless  prepaid brand announced a new "Unlimited 2"unlimited talk, messaging and data promotional plan that costs $80 for two lines. Single lines are $55, three lines are $135, four lines are $160 and five lines are $175. The $5 auto pay discount is not available on the new plan.

AT&T loves to throttle unlimited plans and this promotional plan is no exception. All data is throttled to 3 mbps and video is further throttled to 1.5 mbps, which Cricket says is sufficient for 480p quality video. Cricket's existing $60 ($55 with autopay) Unlimited plan, which is throttled to 8 mbps is still available. Cricket does not allow hotspot use on either unlimited plan.

Cricket also announced two new phones:

  • The Alcatel PULSEMIX (pictured above) for $79.99 ($29.99 if you port a number) has Android 7.0, a 5.2 HD screen 16 GB of memory, unspecified RAM, microSD slot, unspecified 1.5 Ghz quad core processor, 8 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras and a 2800 mAh battery. The phone accepts three different modular SNAPBak covers (sold separately) that add light up visual alerts, or "high-energy" sound or an external battery.
  • The LG X charge f0r $129.99 ($99.99 if you port a number) with Android 7.0, a 5.5 HD screen, 16 GB of memory, unspecified RAM, a microSD slot, unspecified Qualcomm 1.4 Ghz quad core processor, 13 MP rear and 5 MP fronts cameras and a massive 4500 mAh non-removable battery with Quick Charge 2.0. The X Charge supports VoLTE and is the first Cricket phone to support Wi-Fi calling.

Cricket also updated its list of free and discounted phones for customers who port a number to Cricket from another carrier. The new phone promotions are:

  • ZTE Sonata 3 - FREE for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($29.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • LG Fortune - FREE for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($39.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • Samsung Galaxy Amp 2 - FREE for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($49.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • Alcatel PULSEMIX - $29.99 for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($79.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • LG Harmony - $49.99 for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($99.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • LG X charge - $99.99 for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($129.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • ZTE Blade X Max - $99.99 for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($129.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)
  • LG Stylo 3 - $129.99 for customers bringing their number to Cricket. ($149.99 for upgraders and new lines of service.)

Source: Cricket press release

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  1. This is a pretty awful family plan, you can do much better with some others.

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  2. Stop punishing loyal customers and charge them port in prices.

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    1. You know I don't know why anybody would take Cricket below their unlimited plan because AT&T prepaid you get 6 Gigabytes for $45 $40 with auto-pay with hotspot and HD video

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  3. Agreed,... they should've allowed 2 lines of the 5 group plan to choose unlimited.

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  4. At this point I'm starting to wonder if AT&T really needs both the AT&T Prepaid and Cricket brands. First they throttle the AT&T Prepaid unlimited data plan and now they add a Cricket plan with an even lower data speed than all the other already throttled Cricket plans for the same single-line price as the faster, but still throttled, unlimited data plan and with neither plan supporting tethering. Did someone from Sprint management get a job at AT&T?

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  5. Group plan members you can just choose basic plan for $20 with 4gb data. Once you used up 4gb upgrade to smart plan then immediately downgrade back to basic. Your 4gb data will reset and the net cost is zero. So you will have a total of 8gb per month for only $20.

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  6. Can someone please confirm if wifi calling for iphone became active.

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    1. No, it is not active as of yet for iphone.

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  7. Good bye Cricket... 2014-2017....

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    1. 3 mbps is still 3mbps faster than what MetroPCS and Boost give you in most of the US.

      If Cricket dies due to this, the objectively inferior offerings from Boost and MetroPCS will have died before it.

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    2. Whaaaat? Metro and TMo prepaid are almost limitless as far as data through put. I'm on a TMo pp plan and I have gotten 50mbps down where I live in Las Vegas.

      On paper TMo says they can hit 90Mbps down on their network prepay or other. Which also applies to MetroPCS...

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  8. I used up my 4GB high-speed early last month because we were moving and didn't have broadband for more than a week. No issues with Hulu or Netflix, Youtube needed to be manually switched to 480p in the settings. Everything else loaded just fine. I'll keep what I have, it works very well.

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  9. Group discount is available on the new Unlimited 2.

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  10. Wow, 2017.......2 lines of 3G service......how useless,,,,,,

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    1. Still a lot more useful than the 0mbps of "No G Service" that MetroPCS and Boost give you in most of the US!

      You can do a lot more with slow 3mbps than you can with no data at all. Cricket still provides a superior experience to anything on the native T-Mobile and Sprint footprint, to anyone but bedridden people who never roam outside.

      As for footprints, though, T-Mobile is a great dane puppy: a moderate sized but growing pawprint that will be huge in a few years. Sprint has the pawprint of a full-grown chihuahua: tiny and that's all it ever will be.

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  11. 2 lines $75 auto pay on boost 4 lines auto pay $95 on boost ....100% unlimited no throttled data, I get 100mb down and 10 mb up with a ping of 40 ms anywhere in denver metro colorado and most area outside metro areatoo. People try boost and you will be surprised by how much better it has gotten in the last few years

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    1. "2 lines $75 auto pay on boost 4 lines auto pay $95 on boost ....100% unlimited no throttled data, I get 100mb down and 10 mb up with a ping of 40 ms anywhere in denver metro colorado and most area outside metro areatoo. People try boost and you will be surprised by how much better it has gotten in the last few years."

      Fact check: Boost is still extremely poor.

      Check Dennis' recent coverage map from this site.

      Green is Boost native coverage (places you can use data) Colorado shows very little, and is part of the vast majority of US states which have Boost coverage ranging from nothing at all to only half covered.

      I verified the coverage with the current Boost interactive coverage map at

      https://www.boostmobile.com/#!/coveragemap/

      and you can see that only about 1/20th of Colorado has any Boost at all! Boost itself denies that "most areas outside Denver" have any coverage whatsoever.

      Click here for Colorado coverage map from Boost map just now.

      If this terrible network is "better", one can only imagine how bad it was before!

      If you want your phone dead most of the time, by all means use Boost!

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    2. Excited WirelesserJuly 21, 2017 at 12:13 PM

      There are parts of the country that each of the carriers is the best, infact there are places that Verizon has no coverage.

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    3. True. Little-traveled places such as caverns, Delaware, and any given K-Mart.

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  12. Boost also included hotspot for free (8gb monthly) free calling to mexico and canada and free roaming in usa and mexico

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    1. Again, a hotspot that is useless to most people since it won't work in most places. Any mention of Boost needs the major disclaimer that it only works well in about 6 US states.

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    2. have you looked at a coverage map / boost has free roaming on verizon

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    3. I did. You are forgetting that the hotspot feature requires data, and Boost does not include data roaming onto Verizon.

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    4. Bottom line is, if you have poor or no coverage why in the world would you select Sprint or Tmobile? These comparisons are sensless, I am sure there are places where att coverage is lacking as well. If Sprint and T-mo have good coverage then more power to you and enjoy your plan. I am honestly getting tired of people bickering about this network or that network. They don't all work for ALL people so choose the one that gives you the more for your money. It is nice to have options where to choose from so be grateful for that

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    5. As long as the decisions are informed. There are so many false claims about Sprint floating around, like the debunked one above that the Boost hotspot feature roams onto Verizon.

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    6. "Bottom line is, if you have poor or no coverage why in the world would you select Sprint or Tmobile?"

      Americans travel about this great land. Verizon and AT&T cover most of the nation, so they are good for Americans. T-Mobile is next, and Sprint is downright poor for people needing phone service in the US.

      The only people who argue that comparisons like this, about the most fundamental aspect of usability, are "senseless" are usually those who are shilling for poor quality networks.

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    7. Im not shilling for anyone. Didn't you read my post or only the parts that tick you off? Be glad there is competition amongst carriers so that the consumer can get the best deal if the network works for them regardless of being red blue yellow or pink. There is enough for everyone but it sounds to me the one shilling is someone else....

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    8. I think if you weren't shilling you woukd have criticized the idea that Boost hotspot works on Verizon instead of making muddled self-righteous objections to facts about coverage.

      I get it. It gets lonely in your Boost storefront.

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  13. As if Cricket didn't already have the worst plan in prepaid, they went and made it worse. Right now the best deal is 1 year free on Sprint. Say no to these shenanigans.

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    1. Cricket might be the worst plan in Verizon and AT&T prepaid, but the much better network makes it better than anything currently on T-Mobile, and anything now (and forever) on Boost.

      If you want to use data at all, the Sprint deal is terrible, since Sprint data simply doesn't work in most places.

      This is 2017, not 2005. Good luck selling a voice or text-only plan to the masses.

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  14. I updated two lines on my 5 line group plan with the unlimited 2 plan. New cost per month is $130. If all lines are upgraded it will cost $175.

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  15. This "Sprint/T-Mobile get 0 Mbps in areas where they don't have coverage" thing is really getting old. Of course data won't work where they don't coverage. Why is it so hard for people to understand that Sprint/T-Mobile might actually work for some people and possibly even be a better choice than the networks with a larger coverage footprint?

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    1. It's old, indeed, but an unfortunate reality as to why Sprint is now a distant 4th network. Soon it will be history for T-Mobile: they won't have this problem in 2 years.

      "Why is it so hard for people to understand that Sprint/T-Mobile might actually work for some people and possibly even be a better choice than the networks with a larger coverage footprint?"

      Especially for Sprint, as long as we realize that the tiny footprint and lousy network are only good for a small proportion of US cell customers. Those who sell it as anything more are lying. Lying like the person who flat out claimed that Boost had good coverage outside of the Denver metro area when in fact, according to Boost, there really was none at all.

      But the truth is never old. Good luck selling your "hardly any data anywhere" 2005 network in 2017.

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    2. I'm not a shill for Sprint or T-mobile; in fact I actually use AT&T (via FreedomPop) because of better coverage for my situation. That's the key, though. For MY situation. My situation is not the same as your situation, or anyone else's situation. You keep going on and on about Sprint's and T-Mobile's lower coverage footprint as if it is equal to it being non-existent and therefore can't possibly work for anyone else.

      You have your reasons for not choosing Sprint or T-Mobile. I respect that. Please respect that for some people the carriers with lower coverage footprints may very well work better for them.

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  16. Excited WirelesserJuly 21, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    If I use this plan, that throttles video to 1.5 mbps, for 720p quality, wouldn't it just take longer to buffer the video? But it should still work, no?

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  17. Excited WirelesserJuly 21, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Is there any deprioritization after a certain amount of gigs on this plan?
    If yes, what is that magic number?

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  18. Excited WirelesserJuly 21, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    There seems to be something magical about divisibles of 2.
    1 line at 55, each at 55
    2 lines for 80, each at 40
    3 lines for 135, each at 45
    4 lines for 160, each at 40
    5 lines for 175, each line for 35

    And then it gives a bigger break for the 5 line plan.

    But I still wonder, isn't the regular cricket group savings better.

    1 line at 50x1-0=50 each 50
    2 lines at 50x2-10=90 each 45
    3 lines at 50x3-30=130 each 40
    4 lines at 50x4-60=140 each 35
    5 lines at 50x5-100=150 each at 30

    So what is the advantage of the new plan.
    The old group savings plan, with the 50 dollar plan gives unlimited data for 30 dollars each with five lines, 5 dollars less than now, and with higher speeds. Unless the 50 dollar plan is not elligable for the group savings.

    And if the plan that I am thinking of is 55 dollars per line, so it will be:

    55x1=55
    55x2=110-10=100/2=50
    55x3=165-30=135/3=45
    55x4=220-60=160/4=40
    55x5=275-100=175/5=35

    Here also at 5 lines it is the same as the new plan, but it is to give faster speeds.

    And if we use the 60 dollar plan so

    60x1=60/1=60
    60x2=120-10=110/2=55
    60x3=180-30=150/3=50
    60x4=240-60=180/4=45
    60x5=300-100=200/5=40

    So it may be that the new plan gives true unlimited unprioritized data, but just limited to 3 mbps.

    But I do not get it.
    At 3mbps, if you run it a whole month, it will be
    3Mb÷8=.375MBx60x60x24x30=975,000MB
    This is still a lot.

    So what is the gain for the system?
    The idea that comes to mind is that, at 8mbps, you are just switching around a lot and just pulling a lot of data, and not just picking a set amount of videos and just watching those.

    But 975MB is still a lot to get out of 3mbps.

    So is there a prioritization for the new plan?
    And what is the gain of this new plan vs the older plan, for someone who wants 5 lines? Unless they do not prioritze at all on this plan.

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    1. The new $55 plan is subject to deprioritization after 22 GB. All AT&T and Cricket unlimited high speed data plans are.

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    2. 975,000 MB.....(975 GB).....per month?

      Your math's a bit fuzzy.

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    3. Nice analysis. There seems to be deprioritization on every plan now. Perhaps this is another reason why they switched to the new proxy?

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    4. It's "magical" math. He used to teach at Hogwarts.

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  19. Excited WirelesserJuly 22, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    3mbps /8 = 0.375MBps
    0.375x60=22.5 MBp minute
    22.5x60=1350 MBp hour
    1350x24= 32400 MBpd(day)
    32400x30= 972000 MBpM(momth)
    or 972,000,000,000 Bytes or 972 GB per month.

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  20. Excited WirelesserJuly 22, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Any rumors of ATT prepaid adopting this deal?

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  21. 1.5 mb video didn't work in ATT's own DIRECTVNow I had to change plan back to 8mb speed unlimited.

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    1. Excited WirelesserJuly 23, 2017 at 7:52 AM

      I am just wondering why 1.5 would not just take longer to load compared to just straight out not working. Or it does work but people are not willing to wait.
      Which is it?

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