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It Looks Like Cricket is Testing a Replacement to Its Cricket Rewards Program

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For someone who's always on the hunt for new games and apps to download, a visit to the Google Play store is a must. The home section alone is filled to the brim with different apps worth checking out. So when one Howard Forums member discovered an app called "Cricket Ad It Up," you can just imagine how this piqued his interest.

12thman, the Howard Forums user, shared his discovery on the website. And as it turns out, the new app looks like it could be Cricket Wireless' successor to its Cricket Rewards program. A few weeks prior to this discovery, the prepaid brand had announced that they will be discontinuing this rewards program to give way to what their customers want.

True enough, when you read the description on Cricket Ad It Up, the app describes itself as an app that allows users to lower their phone bills or get a gift based on targeted ads on your lock screen. If you're wondering why this sounds so familiar, it's because it's a bit similar to the exclusive phone offers of Amazon Prime.

To use the app, you can swipe left, right or tap to read more on the ads presented on your screen. Whenever you unlock your device to look at an ad, you get more points when you swipe left or right. Once you have accumulated enough points, you can use them to spend on Cricket Bill Credits or other perks. It's pretty neat.

Coincidentally, the Cricket Ad It Up app went live last November 28th, which is the same day that Cricket Rewards stopped accepting new enrollments. With this notion, it's an indication that it could be Cricket's move at replacing the rewards program it had set up.

As of this writing, the FAQ of the app states that this app is in beta testing. The app has around 1,000-5,000 users and has since received 2.2 out of 5 stars. It is exclusively available on Android devices running Android 4.4 or higher. The app was developed by Adfone for Cricket Wireless. And while it is currently on testing stage, there's no word on when it will be ready to launch. Some are guessing it could be out of testing phase by the time Cricket Rewards ends, which will be on February 26, 2018. By this time, Cricket has informed its subscribers that their accumulated rewards should be used up.

If this app goes well, Cricket subscribers could be getting better discounts and free services compared to what they got under the Cricket Rewards program. Of course, this app will be a bit intrusive compared to the current program being used. But if the rewards are better, it just might be worth it. Do you agree? Would you be willing to give up some privacy in exchange for the rewards offered by Cricket Ad It Up?


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  1. This is awful. We already share enough personal data. Cricket is the absolute worst prepaid carriers.

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    1. "Cricket is the absolute worst prepaid carriers."

      Except for the independent AT&T MVNO's, and anything on Sprint or T-Mobile.

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  2. This is stupid. Just give me a discount without all the fuss.

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    1. You are entitled to nothing!

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    2. Not even entitled to privacy.

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  3. Note that this app is NOT from Cricket Wireless LLC.

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  4. According to the app permissions listed on their Google Play page, someone running the app could be giving the third-party app developer access to practically everything on their phone (that's how I read into "retrieve running apps", GPS and network-based location, "modify or delete the contents of your USB storage", "view network connections", etc.).

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    1. Some of these issues are down right scary. Linkedin stole gmail's address book via web interface. Neither of them have been held accountable.

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    2. Did they steal it, or copy it?

      There's a big difference.

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    3. Linkedin stole gmail contacts

      https://thestack.com/security/2016/10/06/linkedin-accesses-gmail-contacts-via-auto-authorization/

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    4. The above article details access/duplication, but not theft. Sorry.

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  5. This is a FAIL, and a grab at the total content of your phone. Cricket, some of us aren’t so stupid and see right through this.

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  6. What's the point of replacing one rewards program with another one that ends in April? I have been trying to find out more about the program, but haven't found out what the maximum credit you can earn in a month. Here's the maximum daily credit of 2,500 points: https://cricket-aditup.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013058727-Does-the-Cricket-Ad-It-Up-have-a-pre-established-end-date-

    At 5 points/ad, to reach the maximum points daily means a huge drain on your battery, far worse than what I go through with Boost Dealz. At least with Boost Dealz, you have several ways to earn points - 150 credits daily bonus (may be 3,000 credit max. on this bonus); 15 credits/video watched with videos mostly in the 30 second range with a very small number in the 45 second range and an even smaller number in the 15 second range; 295 credit surveys (haven't been able to complete a lot of these), and 925 credit surveys. Between the 925 credit surveys, the 15 credit ads, and the daily bonus (1,500 by Day 10), I was able to rack up 20,000 credits in 10 days. The maximum credit you can use in a billing cycle is $20.00 (20,000 credits) and so far I am enjoying it over the competition. CellNUVO has the option to earn free service, but they were having so many problems that I gave up on them. I don't mind paying $10 month for unlimited talk and text, 3 GB LTE with unlimited slower data once I use up the 3 GB. I have great Boost Mobile coverage in the areas I use the phone.

    Cricket needs to up the number of points by triple at least if they want to compete with Boost Mobile and offer surveys. They also need to stop cancelling rewards programs. Find, hire a third party app developer, or internally create a good one, then stick with it, or get out of offering them.

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