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Updated:Cricket Family Plan Rumors Run Wild, But Nothing Official Yet

As we reported earlier, Cricket has asked dealers to remove all signs referencing its 5 lines for $100 family plan by October 22.  I think that's a pretty clear indication that something is changing with the family plan discount. Cricket hasn't announced any actual plan or pricing changes yet. That hasn'r stopped people from speculating what the changes might be. Yesterday, a HowardForums user posted the graphics below showing a 5 line plan for $130 as well as more data for Cricket's $30 and $40 plans and the elimination of the popular $50 8 GB plan. The graphics even show the $55 Unlimited 2 plan, that was discontinued last week, as coming back!


Those images have been copied to Reddit and elsewhere around the web and generally set the internet on fire. Lots of people seem to be treating them as if they were from a leaked copy of some official Cricket communication. They aren't. Hours after the HowardForums user posted the graphics, he made a second post with the disclaimer, "It's a design mockup and nothing official." In other words, it's one person's idea of what Cricket's changes might look like. Update 10/15: the HoFo user who posted the images posted the following today:

"To clarify again, these mockups were created by Cricket not me. I haven't altered these in anyway. They are simply screenshots.

I have no idea if any or some of these plan changes will come true.. hence why I put a "?" in the title.. for instance is the talk/text $25 plan going away? Unlimited 2 plan actually coming back?

I surmise some changes are definitely on the horizon though given Cricket's revised terms & cond on Oct. 1st.

If I understand this correctly, the images came from a Cricket system but are not part of an official notification to dealers of upcoming plan changes.

I compared the current Cricket TOS dated Oct 1 with the previous one dated July 21, using the Meld programmer's diff program and the only differences are the addition of "grandfathered" in front of four occurrences of the phase "Unlimited 2 Plan". I don't see how that has anything to do with future plan changes.

The truth is that nobody outside of Cricket corporate knows exactly whats changing. Even Cricket dealers have not been told anything yet. If you like rumors, there's another  Howard Forms post with a photo of a sign in Chinese apparently saying 5 lines for $120.

Rumors are fun as long as you don't take them too seriously. When Cricket announces the changes that are likely coming, we will cover them here at Prepaid Phone News. In the meantime, don't worry about your plan's price going up, Cricket has always grandfathered current user's pricing when it makes changes. On the other hand if you have been thinking about setting up a four or five line Cricket plan you might want to do it before the 22nd.

Source and images: HowardForums.com

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  1. I really wish Cricket would match Metro Pcs's 2 lines unlimited data for $75. My wife and I have been with Metro Pcs for the last 3 months and service in North Georgia sucks. We had Cricket before switching and had service just about everywhere. But 2 lines with Cricket would be $120 a month for unlimited data, which is expensive

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    1. 2 lines for $75 is technically no longer available (now 3 for $80). Also, Metro's prices are cheaper for the very reason you state: they have some coverage holes.

      Why not get the cricket 2 for $55 if it comes back out?

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    2. "They aren't. Hours after the HowardForums user posted the graphics, he made a second post with the disclaimer, "It's a design mockup and nothing official." In other words, it's one person's idea of what Cricket's changes might look like."


      That may or may not be true. It could be an early rendition of what the changes may may actually be. No one pressed the poster on where he/she obtained it from.

      I'd tend to believe the Chinese banner a little more though ($120 vs $130 but no explanation of the discount breakdown).

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  2. it's almost as though they know a T-Mobile sprint merger is going to happen and are starting to raise prices, if the merger happens just wait and see how the prices will go up industry wide! hopefully I'm wrong.

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    1. This is what I am thinking too.

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  3. and an article in phone arena says they are going for it as long as
    FTC and FCC agree to it. can't imagine how this would be good for consumers.

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    1. You're right. Fewer choices will make it too easy to pick a plan and phone. Legere will revert overnight to his former 'AT&T suit' persona, get a haircut & new wardrobe and forget what 'uncannier' means. And the poor Tmo/Sprint trolls will have to find another "job," since the network coverage and speed will be too great for even them to deny.

      http://bgr.com/2017/09/26/t-mobile-sprint-merger-official-date-network-analysis/

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  4. What kind of a loser fanboy makes mock-ups of cellphone plans?

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  5. Dennis, those are mockups from an official Cricket communication.

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  6. That’s because there’s a new Sheriff in town: FCC Chairman Mr. Pai. He’s a corporate shill, supported by politicians on both sides that will get rid of net neutrality and let mergers happen to the detriment of consumers.

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    1. If the merger goes through, is there any reason US Cellular couldn’t step up their coverage footprint to match that of sprint? I mean, sprint native coverage looks like someone just sneezed on a map of the US. It couldn’t be too hard, especially if a void in the market is created by a merger.

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    2. Of course US C can step up. Just loan them about $20 Billion as a down payment for spectrum and initial deployment costs. That will make a good start.

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  7. I think this will be a "merger" deal, not an acquisition of 1 company by the other. the fact that the 2 carriers operate on different types of networks means they're basically combining access to customers & mobile phone bandwidth. they'd be smart to retain their separate retail branding & shops.

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  8. The whingers who only view the nationwide coverage maps complain here about Tmo and Sprint coverage, and now they want the gov to prevent a merger that would solve the problem. They can't have it both ways. Government telecom regulation always stifles innovation and investment. Remember Ma Bell? It took massive deregulation to fix that mess. The free market with 3 strong players offers more effective competition. Die, NN! Go T-Mobile-Sprint! Unleash Legere to REALLY go after the duopoly! He'll kick them where it hurts.

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    1. Oh great another Legere fanboy

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    2. Legere is not the Hero you think he is!

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    3. Legere is my hero. Where would we be without all the Uncarrier moves? The Duopoly had to be shoved and kicked into killing contracts, eliminating those horrible overages, and bringing back unlimited, to name just 3. Tmo promos and MVNO deals drove prices down. I don't care whether you like his attitude, language, hair or colors. He has been VERY effective at improving plans and coverage for customers, and not just Tmo customers. That is why he is my hero.
      Let the trash-mouthing begin! Be specific.

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    4. Like every single politician, Legere is out for himself, but can measure success in how much he fools as many people as possible to think "he is on their side."

      The only heroes are on the front lines in the armed forces and first responders and our police officers.

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    5. "Legere is my hero.....The Duopoly had to be shoved and kicked into killing contracts,"

      Most ALL phone deals/discounts are tied to 24-MONTHLY PAYMENTS. How is this any different from a 2-year contract?

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    6. Just get the phone elsewhere or pay in full. Then you are month to month, no contract.

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    7. "The whingers who only view the nationwide coverage maps ..."

      Why? Because that's far and way the most important measure of how good a network is.

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  9. Cricket's been a non-starter in my area for a while now, so this is just par for the course.

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  10. My guess is that Cricket decided to drop the $55 unlimited 2 plan at the last minute probably after the above graphic was created. Best guess now is that Cricket will drop the $50 8GB plan and reduce the price of the $60 unlimited plan to $55. Eliminating the need for the unlimited 2 plan and forcing anyone who wants more than the 5GB included with the $40 plan to jump up to the unlimited plan. $130 for 5 lines is higher than what I would have expected but not entirely surprising. Dropping the no data $25 plan isn't much of a surprise either. The upgrade to the $30 plan is long overdue. And the small price drop on the faster $60unlimited data plan is a welcome change. Overall Cricket has gone from five or six plans down to just three. I wouldn't call any of these changes exciting but they do help keep Cricket competitive. The changes to the multi-line discount are obviously designed to discourage the practice of sharing one's group account with strangers.
    Cricket's new plans will probably look like this:
    2GB (up from 1GB) $30
    5GB (up from 4GB) $40
    Unlimited $55 instead of $60

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    1. With autopay Cricket's new plans would look like this:
      2GB $30 (no discount)
      5GB $35
      Unlimited $50

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    2. Basically, Cricket's new plans look exactly like MetroPCS' current plans. While Red Pocket already offers 3GB for $30 on any network.

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    3. "Basically, Cricket's new plans look exactly like MetroPCS' current plans."

      but the Cricket network is at this time 30% better than MetroPCS network, which makes it a real bargain if it is the same price as MetroPCS: a much better network for the same price if you go with Cricket.

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    4. It's a matter of geography.

      In my area, Cricket's really gone to shit over the past year while Metro's still going strong.

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  11. Wow! Even 4 lines would go up to $110.

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  12. What is Cricket's definition of "high speed" as shown in this flyer?

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    1. It's basically early 2000s era DSL...in 2017.

      The past is today, thanks to throttling.

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