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Cricket Wireless Rumored to be Ending 5 Lines For $100 and Allowing Hotspot on Unlimited Plan

There are a couple of rumors about Cricket Wireless floating around of the web lately. Neither of these have been officially confirmed so take everything in this post with a big grain of salt.

The first and bigger rumor is that Cricket may be changing or even ending its 5 lines for $100/month deal. Currently if you activate five lines of Cricket's $40/month plan on a single account the price after Cricket's Friends and Family Group Save Discount is $100/month, taxes included.  The way the discount works is you get $10 off the 2nd line,  $20 off the 3rd, $30 off the 4th and $40 off the 5th line. That'a a total of $100 off for five lines. The Group Save discount applies to Cricket plans priced at $40 and up. All lines don't have to be on the same plan, so four lines on the $40 plan and the fifth on the $60 unlimited plan would cost $120/month.

The rumor seems to have started with a video from  YouTube vlogger Magic Tech Review, who used to work for Cricket. In the video, he says that Cricket has told its dealers to take down all "5 Lines For $100" signs by October 22. He goes on to speculate this means that Cricket is going to change or eliminate the Group Save Discount. Terminalblue, a redditor who appears to be a Cricket or Cricket dealer employee, and has a good track record for revealing Cricket changes before they are announced, has confirmed that Cricket is asking that 5 Lines for $100 signs be removed. He says that other than the sign removal nothing else has been announced by Cricket.  Cricket has a history of grandfathering customers on discontinued promotions, so if Group Save appeals to you I recommend signing up before the 22nd in case it gets axed.

The second rumor is pretty much a nothing burger. Supposedly, starting tomorrow, Oct 8, customers on the $60 unlimited plan will be able to add 8 GB of mobile hotspot for $10/month. Currently, only the $50 unlimited plan is eligible for the hotspot add-on, which only works with iPhones and some Cricket phones. According to another video from Magic Tech Review, the phones allowed to officially hotspot on Cricket will be even more limited, with only the LG X Charge, the unreleased ZTE Blade X and iPhone 5s and newer being supported. I have no idea why the supported phones for hotspot would be different depending on plan. It makes no sense, but neither does charging customers extra to use their data the way they wish. Confirmed 10/8/2017: $10 hotspot is now available to $60 unlimited plan users. Eligible phones are the iPhone 5s and newer, LG X Charge. ZTE Prelude+, ZTE Elate and the ZTE Fanfare 2.



Sources YouTube, Howard Forums, Reddit

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  1. Never knew why anyone would want to use a carrier named after a bug anyway.

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    1. I never understood why anyone would choose or not choose a carrier based on its name.

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    2. Study marketing. What's in a name? Well, it's an important part of branding.
      Crickets. Primitive communications. The dopey mascot and cringe-worthy commercials hurt too.
      No thanks.

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    3. @Dennis.. Lol..touche!

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    4. Thank you anonymous 3:36. :)

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    5. Marketing? Branding? I am with Dennis on this one. I never pondered how the literal meaning of "Cricket" had anything to do with cell phone service.

      I go with Pure TalkUSA even though they have an odd name with strange spacing and capitalization. Come to think of it, most of the MVNOs have odd names...

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    6. Who cares what the name is. When you are trying to save $ the name means nothing.

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    7. "The dopey mascot and cringe-worthy commercials hurt too."

      Like the minions but sucky.

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  2. since when did cricket include taxes like metro?

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    1. Cricket has been tax inclusive since before AT&T bought them.

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    2. AIO included taxes but was always owned by AT&T. Cricket (when leap wireless was a separate company) did not include taxes. AIO took the Cricket brand when att bought Cricket.

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  3. I have been With Cricket two years on the 5 for $100 plan. Boost has 5 unlimited lines for $125. Slow data on Cricket is bad enough. If they raise the price I will move to Boost.

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    1. Cricket is my backup if T-Mobile stalls out on coverage expansion. With most places in the US having zero speed on Boost, and so much of the rest have 3g, Boost is slower than anything.

      Except maybe Samsung Android updates and molasses in a Minnesota winter.

      I'll give Boost that...

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  4. On the first rumor, it looks like Cricket's all but admitting what we already knew:

    Steep group discounts are their only selling point.

    Now that they're going away, I wouldn't be surprised if AT&T's Gophone rebranding was a hedge against Cricket's inevitable collapse.

    As for the second, Metro already allows 8GB of hotspot use for free on all their phones.

    In contrast, Cricket probably butchered the software so that only a select few phones COULD still officially hotspot.

    Or maybe they're just trying to move excess product that wouldn't otherwise sell.

    Either way, I think now's a good time to bust out the bagpipes and black suits.

    Cricket was squashed the moment they let Tracfone-tier CS culture and tech problems set in, and the move to ass covering slash product liquidation is just the first consequence of their year long descent into complete irrelevance.

    RIP Cricket

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    1. Download settings database off of the play store. Scroll down to tethering and change the number to -1. Works on my cricket lg stylo 3. For how i dont know and i dont go crazy with it either.

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    2. So, your recommendation is to use MetroPCS! No one else but metro who has coverage only in "metro" areas. Not everyone is constantly in the metro areas...

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    3. Like someone already said,who gives a hang about the name,when you are trying to save $

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  5. Thank you for the mention always happy to help stay in touch via email to find the rest of the scoop my friend

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  6. Since Cricket is wholly owned by AT&T they aren't going anywhere regardless of the changes they make. The 5 lines for $100 has been sort of abused by customers who share their group accounts with strangers in order to get their bill down to $20. I'm not sure what Cricket can do to stop this. I'm just guessing but Cricket is probably going to change 5 lines for $100 to 4 lines for $100. Maybe 5 lines will be available for around $120 but I'm guessing the new group plan limit will be 4 lines. If T-Mobile coverage works for you then MetroPCS is usually a better choice but Cricket's appeal is and will continue to be AT&T coverage at MetroPCS prices. Its not perfect but its been improved over the past year. In exchange for an 8Mbps throttle that most people won't notice you can get AT&T coverage including an unlimited data plan at lower prices than similar plans from AT&T or Verizon without losing the coverage advantage. MetroPCS is faster and works great in many large cities but T-Mobile coverage isn't great everywhere and Verizon still doesn't have any cheap options outside one of the TracFone brands and none of them offer an unlimited data plan. For many Cricket isn't just the best cheap option, it's the only cheap option.

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    1. "The 5 lines for $100 has been sort of abused by customers who share their group accounts with strangers in order to get their bill down to $20"

      That's not abuse. Don't be silly.

      It's called "Friends and Family Group Save Discount" after all. A friend can be a Facebook friend.

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    2. Thank you anon549. It's astounding what passes off as "abuse" to some of the corporate white knights around here. Don't want to allow such "abuse?" Write your terms and conditions better.

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    3. "Don't want to allow such "abuse?" Write your terms and conditions better."

      Except this falls well inside terms and conditions.

      It's like the troll who kept calling anyone who used more than a fraction of the data in their RingPlus plan a "thief" or "abuser"

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  7. If I'm not mistaken, a few years ago the website said that the 5-line price would go up to $110 but they backed out of that change.

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    1. I remember the same thing and even speaking with a customer rep that it was going to end. When it did not end I assumed pressure from other prepaids made them keep that extra line deeply discounted.

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  8. The rumors of Cricket’s death is greatly exaggerated.
    They giveth and taken away: give hotspot, volte and WiFi calling. Take away Unlimited2, group discount for 5 lines, 2 plan change with lowering plan delayed till next billing,
    I’m thinking a better unlimited plan is coming and more data.

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  9. If Cricket does away with 5th line discount what is the next best plan for 4 or 5 lines? My kids were once on the T-mobile $30 5bg / 100 min plan, so I am lucky I have good coverage where I live and travel.

    I was thinking of going to T-mobile 55+ plan. If my wife and I open plans we could have 4 lines for $120 all in. Does anyone know about this plan? Can I get half off Pixel 2 on this plan, what about nextiflix? Will they pay for me to switch?
    If they pay to switch and or half of Pixel 2 than it could be a very good plan for the next 2 years.

    Any opinions on the plan not the service ( I already said both Cricket and T-mobile work for me and would keep Cricket if they don't raise price).

    Lastly, does TI need to keep number.

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    1. Sorry last line was cut:
      Lastly, does T-mobile still offer $3 a month plan with 30 minutes or texts. I need to keep the number.

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    2. You can probably get two 55+ accounts and add a kid on each account. I doubt they will block a 2nd account with the same address and maybe credit card.
      The 55+ plans are probably not eligible for the Pixel 2 rebates, but call and ask.
      You will pay $25 plus tax for each SIM kit when you sign up.
      You get all the regular Tmo perks with the 55+ plan.

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    3. The T-Mobile $3/month plan is still available.

      The least expensive unlimited T&T 4 and 5 line plans besides Cricket are from Total Wireless and Boost. See my Prepaid Family Plans Compared post for details.

      I don't really follow postpaid offers, does the 55+ plan include taxes?

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    4. Chris: the Pixel 2 promo is going to be tricky, especially if you're moving T-Mobile prepaid lines to postpaid. On one hand, you aren't really adding a line when you're signing up for a plan that requires you to have two lines like 55+ does, but on the other hand, you are adding TWO lines to T-Mobile by starting a new plan. I'd ask T-Force customer service on Twitter or Facebook, and if they say yes, save that post/comment because it's in writing. Don't call, because even you can record the call, they could claim that you weren't clear enough in what you were asking, whereas if you're chatting back and forth, it's harder for them to make that claim.

      You will not get Netflix included on the 55+ plan.

      Dennis: yes, the 55+ plan includes taxes. $60 after autopay, 70 without.

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  10. Cricket data has slowed, they obstruct hot-spot use and customer service has deteriorated from poor to abysmal.
    Their family plan is not worth more than $20 per line. If Cricket wants to increase ARPU they should copy Boost's example and offer four unlimited LTE lines for $100.

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  11. Cricket is just too darn slow. Why pay for throttled service?

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  12. The million dollar question will be whether or not those on 5 lines for $100 will be grandfathered.

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    1. I'd be very surprised if current 5 for $100 customers weren't grandfathered.

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  13. Rumour no more, customers on the $60 unlimited plan will be able to add 8 GB of mobile hotspot for $10/month.

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  14. Paying for hotspot is silly. There are ways of getting around the hotspot block on any phone and carrier without even having to root your phone. Most of the time the carrier won't notice. Of course, of you blast through 200GB per day, your carrier may ask if you're really using all that data on your phone.

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