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

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.

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



1. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 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?

2. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Hmm, interesting.

3. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

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

13. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.....

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

8. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 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

9. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

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

10. HASHTAG unregistered

But Aio was a great service.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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?

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

16. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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

20. PhonePhazer47

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 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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