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iPhone 4S coming to Cricket in June

0. phoneArena posted on 31 May 2012, 07:41

Cricket, which is well known for its pre-paid mobile plans, will start offering the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 next month. June 22, to be more specific, is the date that you should mark in your calendar, should you find the offer tempting. And the exact figures are..

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posted on 31 May 2012, 10:28

15. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

2.35 before getting throttled, should be plenty.

posted on 31 May 2012, 11:14

19. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

I did NOT see this coming. That means pretty soon, Metro PCS is going to get the iPhone. And I foresee a lot more people owning iPhones, because I swear, onces Sprint got the iPhone 4, that's all I saw people using.

posted on 31 May 2012, 12:17

20. Loafninja (Posts: 36; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)

Clarification: Cricket's $55 plan is only 1000 minutes, not unlimited.

posted on 31 May 2012, 16:51 1

24. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)

Wrong. The plan you are referring to is only sold in Best Buy, Walmart, and other big box retailers. That's the the Muve Music PayGo offer...a totally different product.The core $55 smartphone plan (sold in Cricket stores) has unlimited minutes.

posted on 31 May 2012, 13:38

21. Jerry209 (Posts: 42; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)

If thie iPhone is going to be for cricket you might as well get an iPod I mean really their network will be really really slow and I use Siri for this comment by the way

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:15

26. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)

The 3G network is comparable to Sprint speeds on average (that may not be great but it's certainly not bad). And Cricket has already announced that they will be building out a 4G LTE network...and will have a roaming partnership to share Clear's upcoming 4G LTE network where they don't have native 4G. Dollar for dollar, they're the best value of all the tier 2 carriers.

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:51

28. Septembersrain (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2012)

They'll get WiMAX same as we have more likely.

If Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile aren't even getting LTE, Then Cricket likely won't either. Fact is, They tried to sell themselves to Verizon and Verizon declined.

This company is grasping at straws. Even if they did get LTE, I guarantee it won't be $55 dollars a month. If you saw the cost of maintenance for the towers alone, You'd agree.

Sprint is having to shut down all of their Nextel towers just to make the transition to LTE because the signal strength is less prominent. It takes more towers in a smaller area to get the same coverage!

It's known that Clear has spotty coverage at best. Look at Verizons prices for LTE, their coverage area and that's the true market reflection of the cost. =\

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:33

40. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)

Your post is full of conjecture and little facts. Cricket will NEVER use WiMax (unless Sprint buys them out and decides otherwise). LEAP announced that LTE was their future path over 2 years ago. And they recently signed a partnership with CLEAR to utilize their forthcoming LTE network (not their legacy WiMax network). None of this is my opinion, and all of it can be validated with a simple google search.

The only thing expensive about LTE is the buildout. Once the network is there, it is more economical, and more efficient in the long run. It's simple math...you can stream more information and you can serve more customers per channel. And it's not as though new towers are being erected with every site launch. In most cases, existing towers are being retro-fitted. It's possible that the cost to the consumer may change but I doubt it will have to do with the rising cost of maintenance. Cricket will likely offer 4G products alongside their 3G product for years to come. Charging more for 4G will discourage adoption...and at the end of the day, the idea is to get everyone to want to switch as fast as possible. Verizon is so intent on getting everyone to use 4G that they've stopped releasing 3G only phones for the rest of 2012.

Sprint has a vested interest in CLEAR's 4G LTE network, so chances are that CLEAR's LTE network will be far more robust that it's wimpy WiMax campaign. Sprint's original 4G partner was supposed to be LightSquared but we all know how that worked out. Sprint just got a huge cash infusion and some of the money is already earmarked for CLEAR LTE. The idea is to have most of the country blanketed in LTE by the end of 2014. That includes both Sprint native LTE and partner CLEAR LTE coverage. Assuming Cricket isn't sold by then, this is very promising for their future as an independent carrier.

posted on 31 May 2012, 15:51

23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

This will lead to increased market share for Apple

posted on 31 May 2012, 17:43

27. Septembersrain (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2012)

Ridiculous. My Evo V 4G and even my Evo 4G on Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile respectively are better than this. $299.99 for the phones, Plus 4G, and not to mention it's not in the land of dropped calls, multi-sent text messages and horrible data speeds. =]

LOL I think the iPhone is overrated. Too pricey and as it's shown itself, It's really not that "Technologically" advanced compared with an Android. Sure, Back in the day it was quite a wonderful brand for advancement. We have to face it; Along with Steve, The company has died in terms of innovation. Apple used to be quite a wonderful company.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:58

41. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)

WiMax is horrible. I use a Samsung Epic. The 4G network speeds are so inconsistent and the 4G signal drops out so much that I am on 3G for the majority of my day. And before you make any geographic assumptions, I am in Baltimore City...the very FIRST city to get WiMax. Even when I have steady 4G, there is barely any noticeable difference in speed. T-Mobile 4G speeds humiliate Sprint. Virgin and Boost will experience initial growth due to being able to market 4G...but it won't change the fact that WiMax is a certified stinker. In another 2 years, Boost and Virgin will be switching to LTE too.

Again, you need to leave your conjecture out of the argument. Your opinions on the iPhone are contrary to reality. Whether you care to admit it or not, Apple rules the wireless world. If you need a reminder, go check out their stock.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 13:38 1

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

WiMAX has HORRIBLE speeds. 0.41mbps download in Chicsgo? Oh God. T-Mobile puts Sprint to shame with its 42mbps radios. My brother averages 24mbps every single day.

LTE speeds at half the cost. :)

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:33

45. Septembersrain (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2012)


The iPhone 4s is really only capable of 3.5 at the highest to be technically correct.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 08:47

46. Septembersrain (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2012)

Apple is losing it's innovation. I never used to dislike Apple. My major qualm is that they no longer have any customization abilities, their hardware is no longer cutting edge and they are selling these phones (Made in the same country as Androids, China) for triple the price.

I wouldn't put too much faith in the stock market. Some of the largest higher grossing companies have had their stocks plummet in a matter of days.

My real issue here isn't really the phone so much as the carrier they are releasing it to. They won't be getting 4G on this phone. The price as well, it's just insanely ridiculous.

Also, Cricket tried to sell themselves to Verizon. They were actually in talks about filing for bankruptcy.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 10:59

42. jamestan23 (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 May 2012)

sorry, double post

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 06:20

44. jose702 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

I wonder what there gonna do with the sim card tray on the 4s, I wonder if cricket is gonna leave it unlocked for international travel. Or lock it like Verizon and cricket and then unlock it after 90 days or something.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 08:10

47. bitchPLZ (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)

you guys are nothing but big geeks just get a damn that you can call on! :P

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