Cricket adds more data to its pre-paid plans

Cricket adds more data to its pre-paid plans
The latest trend for pre-paid carriers is to increase the amount of data they offer with their plans. Boost recently doubled the amount of data it offers and MetroPCS also increased the data by 500MB on its plans. Cricket will be joining this group on September 13th, for a limited time only. The Basic Plan, which is $40 a month, ($35 with Auto Pay) will now offer you unlimited talk, unlimited text and 1GB of high speed data, up from the 500MB that this plan usually comes with.

The next tier is the Smart Plan, which costs $50 monthly ($45 using Auto Pay) and will provide users with unlimited talk, unlimited text and 3GB of high speed data. That is up from the 2.5GB of high speed data that this plan usually offers. Lastly, Cricket's Pro Plan will give you unlimited talk, text, and a whopping 10GB of data, double the 5GB normally dispersed with this tier. The Pro Plan will run you $60, or $55 with Auto Pay. Once you consume your high speed data allowance on any of these plans, your speed is throttled to a snail-like 128Kbps. 

If you're an existing Cricket customer who wants to take advantage of the higher data amount offered for your tier, all you need to do is...nothing! Your current plan will automatically include the higher amount of data offered. Cricket also has its $100 switcher bill credit available to T-Mobile or MetroPCS customers who port a number over to Cricket, and purchase or activate a new line of service with the carrier. That promotion expires on October 19th.

source: Cricket via Phonescoop



1. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Oh snap. I'm on Cricket now and was thinking of switching back to T-Mobile with the pricing (Family plan), and the new music streaming that does not affect your data, but with these new increases. $55 for 10GB's of data! I'm on the $50 -> $45 w/ auto-pay, but that would be LOVELY!

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Can you tether devices to your phone using Cricket? TIA

6. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Yes, if you use a factory unlocked phone. No, if you use a phone purchased from Cricket or AT&T

14. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I chatted with the sales rep and he said that they don't have tethering at all. Is it something that worked only on the old CDMA plans?

15. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Cricket's terms of service say tethering is not allowed but they don't block it on unlocked phones. (At least they didn't the last time I tried which was about 2 months ago.)

7. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Yeah, Jason probably answered you right. It's weird though. I have a Nokia Lumia 520 as a temp phone, waiting for a new high-end smartphone (Nexus X, new Moto X, Moto X, etc.), and originally I was able to tether. But lately, I haven't been able to do it anymore. And it wasn't like it was available for one day after activating service where maybe it was a mistake. It was like for the 1st month or so of service. Maybe even 2 months.

8. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

They say you aren't allowed to, but I used FoxFi and it gives me no problems

2. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

i still prefer straight talk with at&t sim, since cricket throttles data speeds even on allowed data("High-speed data access allows download speeds of a maximum of 8 Mbps for compatible LTE devices and 4 Mbps for compatible HSPA+ devices.")

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Can you tether devices to your phone using StraightTalk? TIA

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Though T-mobile is blazing fast where it's available, I've started to travel every few weeks and have felt the squeeze of its lackluster coverage. It's not that it's non-existent, but that it's 2G. If it were non-existent, I could roam on AT&T's network, but, apparently, when there's T-mobile signal, it doesn't roam, even when it's a paltry 2G signal. Sure, T-mobile has promised to convert all its 2G signal to 4G, but nothing has happened yet along the routes of my travels. And, if I was already mulling Cricket because it enjoys the vast AT&T coverage, though at 3G speed, which is better than 2G, this extra allowance is quite enticing. I just wonder if it's possible to add tethering, even if at a cost, for when I'm on the road.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The new Cricket plans are better, but still not as good as ATT's single-line plans which many of us have. I pay $66/mo for unlimited data and a subsidy. That is equivalent to about $46/month without the subsidy. Cricket comes in at $55/month and is a slower pipe. Close, but no cigar.

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Is that a grandfathered plan? I could not find it in the website. For $65, one gets 2GB postpaid; for $60, one gets 2.5GB prepaid.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yes, it's grandfathered. All the unlimited data plans for ATT and VZW are old plans that people are mostly hanging onto as long as they can. Now if you know someone at ATT they may be able to help you get one of these old plans. Probably the same for VZW as well.

10. Elfmonster unregistered

I'm on TextNow wireless $18 per month. 500 MB LTE. Superior deal but only because it uses Wi-Fi calling, and I'm on Wi-Fi 90 percent of the time. Downside: TextNow wireless is Sprint. Still, after getting hosed by AT&T for $130 for two years on a work phone, I'm more than happy to go this way.

16. plcline

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Similar to Republic Wireless, Like you I'm almost always on wifi so have the $5 wifi plan but can change the plan twice a month to any of their other plans or back to just the wifi calling plan without any penalties. The only pause is you have to get the phone from them.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Hey Virgin Mobile, you really need to do the same.

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