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New phones, unlimited data plans and nationwide LTE are offered by AT&T's new Cricket

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New phones, unlimited data plans and nationwide LTE are offered by AT&T's new Cricket
With AT&T's purchase of Leap Wireless, the nation's second largest carrier took over pre-paid operator Cricket Wireless. As it promised it would once the deal closed, AT&T took its own Aio Wireless, combined its operations with those of Cricket, and relaunched both mobile operators under the Cricket name. Starting today, Cricket's LTE footprint is now nationwide and covers 280 million Americans, exceeding the reach of the LTE signals put out by T-Mobile, Sprint and MetroPCS.

Cricket's new roster of smartphones includes handsets made by Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, ZTE and more. The pre-paid operator is offering a $49.99 mail-in rebate with its Cricket Visa Promotion Card. And after every 12 months of on-time payments, Cricket will hand out a $50 credit to be used toward the purchase of a new phone.

"We kept the Cricket brand name, but one thing is certain, we are stepping up our game. We are giving no-contract consumers the value they have been waiting for. Now, new Cricket customers can enjoy great prices, popular phones, loyalty rewards, and friendly service on a reliable nationwide 4G LTE network. The new Cricket has more 4G LTE coverage than Sprint, T-Mobile, and Metro PCS, period."-Jennifer Van Buskirk, president, Cricket Wireless

The new Cricket Wireless offers three different plans, priced at $40, $50 and $60. Take $5 off the top for agreeing to take care of your monthly invoice using Auto Pay. For $40 a month, you receive unlimited talk, domestic text and 500MB of high-speed data. The $50 plan includes 2.5GB of high-speed data while the $60 plan gives you 5GB of high-speed data. Exceed your data cap and you will get throttled down to a lower speed. All three plans also come with free international texting to 35 countries. Multi-line accounts can save as much as $90 a month.

Cricket has redesigned 3000 stores with more on the way. You can find the one closest to you by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: Cricket via WPCentral

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posted on 18 May 2014, 12:17

1. mike2959 (Posts: 578; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Sounds pretty decent. However I'm on Straight Talk and it's like 49.00 for 3Gb, also using AT&T towers. The issue is the high ping times. Wondering what Cricket pings are?

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:05

2. PressStart (Posts: 119; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)

Hmm, interesting.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:15 1

3. Frankiebeans (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

they dont offer the lte version of the moto g and all the phones kinda sorta suck

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:02 2

13. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

If you like the Moto G. The lack of LTE while it's nice to have has really been a non issue for me.. I have been happily running mine on AIO now Cricketwireless for several months. I don't really notice any speed differences with the HSPA+ that make an impact that's really noticeable. In fact sometimes the G has been faster then other LTE handsets I have used! I have had every carrier and ALOT of phones, And after trying several mid rangers from LG samsung etc & I just recently tried the ZTE gophone z998 as well & returned it. As the camera and speaker output etc was no where near as good as the G. Anyhoo if your on the fence. I would say go for it :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:28 1

17. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ppl, dont get hung up on LTE speeds when GSM 3G is alot, alot faster than CDMA 3G.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:27 3

4. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Wow, I mean it SOUNDS like a good deal - the 50.00/mnth offer is better than my t mobile plan, and you can get a 5.00 discount on top of that with autopay? Hmmmmm.....

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:07 1

6. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I'm at TMO's $30 plan, mostly for the 5GB of data. Sometimes, however, I enable the hotspot feature, unlike other plans it's not included in this one, and it adds $15 to the bill. Since Cricket offers 2.5GB for $45 with auto-pay, it's rather interesting.

Here's how TMO and Cricket compare, with important features marked with *:
- Minutes: 100 vs. unlimited
- Domestic text: unlimited vs. unlimited
* Intl. SMS: unlimited vs. unlimited
* Intl. MMS: unlimited vs. no
* Intl. countries: unlimited vs. 35
* Intl. roaming: no vs. no
* Data: 5GB vs. 2.5GB
* Speed: full LTE vs 8Mbps LTE
- Hotspot: $15 vs. $0 or $10???
* Coverage: meh vs. good
* Price: $30 vs. $45

Not an easy decision.

posted on 18 May 2014, 14:37

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Thanks for this comparison. It seems like I could save $11/month by moving to the 5GB plan vs. what I pay now. But then I would lose my $450 subsidy. Over two years, that $11/month difference is only $264, so it is still more money than a normal ATT subsidized plan.

posted on 18 May 2014, 13:35 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

lol, the site is having a difficult time seeing if my phone is compatible (by IMEI)...

posted on 18 May 2014, 16:57

8. andynaija (Posts: 983; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

I guess Cricket's president is now talking stuff just because AT&T bought them, but before they definitely couldn't talk about MetroPCS :P

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:04

9. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

So in other words, it's the same old AIO, but with a "Cricket" sticker on it.

posted on 18 May 2014, 17:31 2

10. HASHTAG (unregistered)

But Aio was a great service.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:21 1

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

AIO was arguably a better choice than the various ATT MVNOs, but really most prepaid services are basically just hospices for old phones.

In the context of higher cost phones, the value isn't very good as many plans are more expensive than normal ATT subsidized plans when you factor in the cost of a nice phone. Now if OnePlus ever ships their phones, things will be different, and there will be a more important role for prepaid.

posted on 18 May 2014, 18:30 1

12. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Before the OnePlus, there were the Nexus 4 and 5. Why don't you think that unsubsidized phones made sense then in the US as it's done in the rest of the world?

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:08

15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Mainly because the Nexus 4 in particular didn't make it into the mainstream. The Nexus 5 is a little more popular, but still not a lot of people buy their phones from Google.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:53 1

16. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Now that carriers are being relatively open with non-contract pricing, yeah, the MVNOs are cheaper. You can tell pretty easily now. Not to mention not all carriers provide the right level of service (ever notce the big gap between the 500 MB plan and the 2 or 3 GB plan? it's to force you on the more expensive plan)

I'll stick with H2O though, Cricket doesn't have service to some of the countries I want. And what's the point of burning battery life on an LTE radio when you're throttled down to HSPA speeds anyway? Not to mention, they have a 1 GB plan, which is exactly what I need.

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:32

19. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

But with GSM...its alot easier to just bring your own phone to Cricket/AIO. Get something from an OEM website, Ebay, Amazon, etc.

posted on 18 May 2014, 19:22 1

14. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


My phone updated, the carrier name changed, and the profile changed from cyan to green on my L620.


posted on 19 May 2014, 08:30

18. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

This is what I've been waiting on. Not that i didnt trust AIO, but if it was going to come to the stores...I might can just pick something up in store now.

AT&T moved alot faster on this than was previously reported. Nice.

I almost got something from AIO last year too. Funny thing is...if a phone I want isnt in store...I might be ordering online anyway...lol.

posted on 19 May 2014, 14:15 1

20. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

i finally left crappy sprint..... contract just ended. was paying to much for drop calls. if the service gets better come 2015 i might go back.. been on aio/ now cricket for the past month... jus came from downsouth and drove a bunch of places..... solid service so far!!... glad i mad the switch....

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