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Cricket Wireless Unveils New Unlimited Extra Plan With No Throttling

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No smartphone user enjoys having their data speed throttled by their network. But the reality is, this is something that occurs one too many times. With Cricket Wireless' recent announcement however, it looks like this is about to change.

Earlier today, Cricket Wireless announced new changes it made to its unlimited offers. One of the most important changes made by the AT&T prepaid brand is a new Unlimited Extra plan exempt from an 8Mbps speed cap.

As announced, this new plan costs $60 per month ($55 with AutoPay). It includes unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S., unlimited texts to 37 countries, video streaming at SD quality, and unlimited "fast 4G LTE data."

What makes this plan different from the others on its lineup is that it does not have hard capped data. Instead, Cricket shares that during times of network congestion, data speeds may be temporarily slowed down.

With the new plan introduced today, Cricket's plan options look like this:

  • Talk & Text - includes unlimited calls and texts across the U.S. at $25 per month (no data access)
  • 2GB High-Speed Data - includes unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S. and 2GB high-speed data access at $30 per month
  • 5GB High-Speed Data - includes unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S. and 5GB high-speed data access at $35 per month
  • Unlimited - includes unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S., unlimited texts to 37 countries, video streaming at SD quality, Deezer music, 10GB mobile hotspot, and unlimited high-speed data access at $55 per month (hard capped)
  • Unlimited Extra - includes unlimited calls, texts and picture messages across the U.S., unlimited texts to 37 countries, video streaming at SD quality, and unlimited high-speed data access at $60 per month 


This new plan does not come as a big surprise for many of us, especially since there were talks of Cricket's plans to launch it just a few days before. If you are interested to know more about this new plan offered by Cricket, visit their website.


Source: Fierce Wireless  

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  1. There's no general data throttling, but the HD video throttling is annoying. What's more annoying is there's no option to enable HD video, not even for extra cost.

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    1. Not too many carriers do offer HD video for prepaid. As a cricket customer who just switched to the uncapped plan, I can tell you it is a major positive vs the unlimited max. Browsing speed more than makes up for the minority of Cricket customers that actually have a device that can support anything about 480p.

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    2. I've already switched to the Unlimited Extra plan. The increased data speed (used to be 8mbps for me, now testing above 40) makes things a flash when I browse. I don't miss the HD video on my 5.7 inch screen. Most people who are with cricket probably don't even have an HD screen anyways. If you look around at prepaid carriers, most carriers don't offer HD video until you are paying upwards of $70 a month if they even offer it at all.

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  2. The only way that I am going to switch is if I need to buy a new smartphone. I am a long time MetroPCS customer and they only care about new customers. Loyal ones that pay on time get screwed. It might just be better to hop between carriers. No real reason to stay with one prepaid anymore.

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  3. They're not stupid. You're not going to stream HD for the prices they offer. If you want a home broadband substitute you will pay more. Get over it.

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    1. Cell service is a good replacement for home broadband, Go for it;

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  4. Cricket should have $15 with 1GB Data also.. $25 T&T without data is too bad..

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  5. No mention of tethering on this plan.

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  6. Video throttling is the only kind of throttling that matters.

    No HD, no sale.

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  7. It is also able to receive Multi-line discounts just like the Unlimited Plan. Every line added after the first is only $30 on the Unlimited extra.

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  8. What about HotSpot data on this plan? Is there any?

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  9. @Bob Smith Would a VPN work for streaming HD video? Does Cricket register VPN traffic as hotspot? Might be worth looking into.

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  10. "Cricket shares that during times of network congestion, data speeds may be temporarily slowed down."

    So they admit they will still throttle you.

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