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Cricket Wireless Ending Free, No-Waiting SIM Unlocks for Unlimited Plan Customers

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Another day, another negative change at AT&T's Cricket Wireless. On top of the recent Family Plan price increase, the elimination of the $50 8 GB plan and the coming end of Cricket Rewards, Cricket's device unlocking policy will soon change for the worse.

Cricket notified its dealers yesterday about the policy change. Effective January 4, 2018, six months of paid service will be required for all unlocks. That's a change from the current policy which says that customers on Cricket's $60/month Unlimited data plan are eligible for immediate free unlocks, without the six months paid service requirement.

There is one exception to the new rule, the six months requirement will not apply to phones purchased before January 4, 2018 by unlimited LTE plan customers. That's a mostly meaningless exception that says that if an Unlimited plan customer bought a phone before Jan 4th, they can still get it unlocked for free after Jan 4.

Cricket's will update its Device Unlock Policy webpage on November 20, 2107, adding the following verbage:

  Effective Jan 4, 2018, the 6 months paid service requirement will also apply to Customers on Unlimited plans with to devices purchased on or after January 4, 2018.

  Grandfathered Devices: The 6 months paid service requirement will not apply to Cricket devices purchased by Unlimited Plan customers before January 4, 2018.

Source: Magic Tech Review

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  1. Sounds like every other prepaid carrier, perhaps Cricket is happy with their market position and doesn't feel the need to give away free stuff anymore.

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    1. lol bringing themselves 'up to par' with the rest of the carrier's shitty unlocking policy is some strange logic there

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    2. " is happy with their market position and doesn't feel the need to give away free stuff anymore."

      You are incorrect. This is discussing an unlocking fee, which is entirely a junk charge. The customers have already bought and paid for the phones. Letting them unlock the phones for free is only fair, and is not any sort of gift.

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  2. Thanks Ajit Pai

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    1. Yet, Pai has nothing to do with this.

      Verizon after all has been charging a nasty unlocking fee for a long time. And it's still a lot more than what Cricket charges.

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  3. Dumped Cricket a long time ago. I don't know how anyone can put up with the constant outages, slow speeds, and high prices when there are better options. Why reward ATT for less service? Cricket is what happens when we disregard Net Neutrality.

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  4. Cricket lies! I added 1gb for $10 and they cancelled my $100 grandfathered discount! This was not a plan change!

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    1. can you give us more detail what happen?

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    2. Update: they apologized and reinstate my $100 discount. They’re not sure how it happened.

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    3. Such changes in charges have absolutely nothing to do with net neutrality.

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  5. When T-Mobile lights up 600 mhz and has true nationwide, coverage MetroPCS will dominate Cricket

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    1. They can light up 600 mhz all they want. They have no signal at all in rural Northern NY and countless other rural areas. They need to build up their coverage with new towers.

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    2. "Lighting up" 600 mhz from now until completion in 2019 is all about building up their coverage with new towers.

      T-Mobile pre-600 mhz lacks coverage in a third of the US: thousands of cities and, yes, rural areas.

      I commend them for fixing the problem of poor coverage. They are leaving Sprint, which has good coverage in less than 10 of the 50 states, in the dust.

      Sprint right now (see the map) has almost no Nothern NY coverage: urban or rural. Overall their coverage if New York State is poor: with only about a third having Sprint coverage.

      Come 2020, T-Mobile will have completed its rollout of 600 MHZ, and almost all of the state will be magenta for T-Mobile (and MetroPCS) native coverage. Also in 2020, Sprint coverage will remain marginal in New York and most other states.

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  6. Seems like dark days at Cricket. I wonder what is the logic behind these changes? Maybe Metro has been making consumer unfriendly changes as well? Boost seems the only one that is not changing, too bad they are Sprint network. IMHO, despite their customer service and network issues, the net effect of these changes should be positive for Boost.

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    1. They just sound like 99% of other prepaids, not so alarming.

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    2. Metro made one consumer unfriendly change fairly recently. They decided to charge 10.00 extra for HD streaming. It used to be included with the plan.

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  7. Wow, Cricket..why all the bad changes? I think AT&T is trying to run customers off.

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  8. I think they will close Cricket and move them to ATT prepaid. That’s the reason for getting rid of the GoPhone name.

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    1. I don't think so. Why would they do this? T-Mobile has both their prepaid division and MetroPCS.

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  9. It’s funny to see some of the biggest “I did “trick ‘x’ again! LOL!” bigmouths are now the one crying and freaking out the most over Cricket’s changes.

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    1. I like high and low for comments about tricks... But I see none. Are you are your comment belongs in this item ?

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  10. This goes along with reducing the multi-line discounts. It used to be -10, -20, -30, -40 per additional line. Now it is only -10, -20, -20, -20. 5 lines would have cost me $100/month, now it will be $130/month I should have switched my last phone sooner.

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