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Cricket Wireless launches unlimited wireless plan for $70 per month
 

 
AT&T's plan to counter T-Mobile is Cricket Wireless unlimited
By Dieter Bohn on April 15, 2016 10:51 am


Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid carrier, has announced that it's offering an unlimited data, text, and voice plan for $70 per month. That's the all-in price, including taxes and fees, and for people who sign up for automated billing the price drops to $65 per month.

There's fine print, and as you might expect it's related to the unlimited data (any time you see a carrier offer "unlimited data," your lie detector should start beeping). Cricket's download speeds on LTE are throttled to 8Mbps, and on 4G it's throttled to 4Mpbs. That's not exactly slow, but AT&T's network is obviously capable of a whole lot more.

LOOK OUT FOR THE FINE PRINT
The other thing to note is that Cricket will block normal attempts to use your phone as a mobile hotspot — and presumably find ways to slap you down if you try to use a workaround to tether or otherwise use an unseemly amount of data. That's basically normal for any "unlimited" plan. A Cricket representative tells us that Cricket doesn't currently penalize heavy data users, but that "in the future, Cricket may consider reasonable network management practices."

So those are the details, and if you're happy with the throttled data and phone selection on Cricket, it seems like a pretty good deal. But for people who have watched AT&T struggle to counter the wacky hijinks of T-Mobile CEO John Legere, there's something deeper going on here. Cricket explicitly points out that it's offering a cheaper deal than what you can get on a similar T-Mobile plan. In fact, its press release mentions T-Mobile almost as many times as it mentions Cricket, and it's offering a $100 bonus to switchers.

COMING AFTER T-MOBILE
Cricket is even taking on a winking, needling approach to challenging T-Mobile with the new plan, saying that its prices are "Very Uncool." So, like Verizon, AT&T is trying to stay above the fray and instead it's dispatching its Cricket brand to take on T-Mobile. Instead of trying to compete directly on price, it's using Cricket prepaid to do it instead. Which makes sense, at least from AT&T's perspective: it gets to have a competitive offering and indirectly paint T-Mobile as a "budget" carrier instead of a flagship carrier.

But what might make even more sense is this: if prepaid carriers are using the same networks as the big, stodgy carriers and offering significantly reduced prices, why not switch to prepaid? There is still a weird stigma surrounding these cheaper alternatives (at least in the US), and that stigma is really starting to look silly.
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45 comments for "Cricket Wireless launches unlimited wireless plan for $70 per month"

 3 years ago '16        #2
aquisite04 28 heat pts28
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Keep ya bad signal,trash phones and weak updates...how bout u just buy wifi

 3 years ago '15        #3
GusMan 2 heat pts
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Dude I thought cricket was 40$ . I am mind blown.

 3 years ago '06        #4
Mike in Reno 20 heat pts20
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I'm at $54/mo. Unlimited everything with sprint.

 3 years ago '07        #5
KoolBreeze 10 heat pts10
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 Mike in Tampa said
I'm at $54/mo. Unlimited everything with sprint.
how?

 3 years ago '06        #6
Mike in Reno 20 heat pts20
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 KoolBreeze said
how?
I have The framily plan. It's like a family plan, but each person has their own individual bill. Your bill gets a little lower with each person you add and with 7 or more people, the bill is like $25/mo for unlimited talk/text and 1 gb of data, I pay an additional $20 for unlimited data, which brings my bill to $54 and some change after all the taxes and fees. They don't offer it anymore, but they still honor it.

I actually joined someone from Boxdens a framily plan. So shout out to them.


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 3 years ago '04        #7
NaMeLeSs- 85 heat pts85
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Boost Mobile will give you unlimited everything for $60. $55 with autopay

 3 years ago '07        #8
Cartel-Clipz 37 heat pts37
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 Mike in Tampa said
I have The framily plan. It's like a family plan, but each person has their own individual bill. Your bill gets a little lower with each person you add and with 7 or more people, the bill is like $25/mo for unlimited talk/text and 1 gb of data, I pay an additional $20 for unlimited data, which brings my bill to $54 and some change after all the taxes and fees. They don't offer it anymore, but they still honor it.

I actually joined someone from Boxdens a framily plan. So shout out to them.
I tried to get my family on board when they were offering that sh*t but they some bi*ches

 3 years ago '13        #9
Guvnor 1122 heat pts1122
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I got cricket and I'm paying like 45 for 5 GB LTE data and unlimted.

I'm good with my 5gb plan as far as data is concerned.

 3 years ago '10        #10
GBREEZE 275 heat pts275
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I have Verizon unlimited data for $30. grandfathered beeytoch fu*k these other sh*tty a.ss networks b

 3 years ago '06        #11
Mike in Reno 20 heat pts20
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 Cartel-Clipz said
I tried to get my family on board when they were offering that sh*t but they some bi*ches
That sucks. U missed out on a great plan

 3 years ago '08        #12
arthurmack27 8 heat pts
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 GusMan said
Dude I thought cricket was 40$ . I am mind blown.
They used to be close to that (50or 55 I believe) but then they were picked up by ATT. With the name came the increase in price.

Ive had Cricket before and its not that bad, but its not much better than any other prepraid. Believe it or not, Im good with Boost Mobile. I have a 5s, pay $30, with 2GB of high speed LTE (sh*t really isnt though, lol) that I dont even use because Im always on Wifi either here or at school. The way I see it is, unless youre on the fu*king bus or waiting long periods of time in the middle of BFE, it should be all good.

 3 years ago '06        #13
whammy 2 heat pts
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AT&T sending the young shooters to do the deed.

 3 years ago '07        #14
THA JUICEMANE 8 heat pts
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If my metro aint boomin im gon switchin

 3 years ago '08        #15
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 Guvnor said
I got cricket and I'm paying like 45 for 5 GB LTE data and unlimted.

I'm good with my 5gb plan as far as data is concerned.
Me deux.

 3 years ago '10        #16
M2CEO 31 heat pts31
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This "unlimited" data sh*t is a scam for ALL carriers.....data is being throttled by AT&T and Verizon and you only get 5-7GB for tethering when in fact tethering should be part of "unlimited data".

Essentially you use your LTE connection when tethering so it.should be unlimited. Only difference is you are sharing it by tethering.

 3 years ago '09        #17
messy marv stan 5017 heat pts5017
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 Guvnor said
I got cricket and I'm paying like 45 for 5 GB LTE data and unlimted.

I'm good with my 5gb plan as far as data is concerned.

i got the basic at&t prepaid plan

$25 without any data plan

 3 years ago '13        #18
Guvnor 1122 heat pts1122
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 messy marv stan said
i got the basic at&t prepaid plan

$25 without any data plan
Damn, fam! You stressed.

You can only use Wi-Fi on your phone

 3 years ago '08        #19
Gmo BlaZe 29 heat pts29
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I have cricket and it's cool but the internet speed is horrible at peak times..12-2p or 3 but as far as calls it's great.

Will switch back to Straight Talk's Verizon service after this month tho.

10GB for 55 is prefect for me

 3 years ago '14        #20
strungout 390 heat pts390
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Canada has the worst plans in the entire world q-2 gigs on a good network is like 100 bucks a month

 3 years ago '04        #21
RatedQue 51 heat pts51
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 Guvnor said
I got cricket and I'm paying like 45 for 5 GB LTE data and unlimted.

I'm good with my 5gb plan as far as data is concerned.
Exactly, i m paying 50 on tmobile for 5 gigs i barely use 3 a month because i m on wifi at work and home most of the day.

 3 years ago '04        #22
Javon23 311 heat pts311
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#SprintForLife

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 3 years ago '08        #23
Kewop Decam 89 heat pts89
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 NahLij said
Still got 2 lines with Sprint for a hundo unlimited ey'ting
Till I find a better deal ain't no changing.

Sprint gang gang Blatt
what the fu*k.. I have no such deal. I pay $120 for one damn phone. I'm still paying the phone off, but still!

 3 years ago '08        #24
Kewop Decam 89 heat pts89
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 Javon23 said
#SprintForLife

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maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, I need this sh*t right here. I'm in this bullsh*t 2 year contract though.... fu*king... UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH

 3 years ago '08        #25
Kewop Decam 89 heat pts89
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 NahLij said
They don't even offer the plan no more. After taxes, insurance n sh*t it's 141 for the two lines. Sprint won't even let me upgrade without changing my plan and none are this low. So guess I'm not upgrading unless I buy a joint straight out.
I want to get a bum a.ss plan from like cricket to be honest. Paying this much for a phone is fu*king dumb.

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