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When AT&T purchased Cricket Wireless last May, it announced that it would eventually be shutting down the legacy CDMA network and transferring everything over to AT&T’s GSM network instead. And, according to Fierce Wireless, the official shutdown date is Tuesday, September 15, 2015.
September 13th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
We’ve all done it. You’re trying to juggle one too many things when suddenly your phone slips out of your hand, or somehow slides off of a hard surface to fall crashing to the pavement or splash in the pool or the toilet (eww). If you have Cricket’s protection program, then you haven’t got anything to worry about. Didn’t sign up for it when you bought your phone? No problem.
September 11th, 2015 | Cricket, Prepaid Phones | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has announced a handful of deals aimed at customers looking for a new handset to go with their prepaid wireless plan. Not only is this AT&T prepaid brand offering discounts on a variety of phones (some as low as $19.99) but it will also be exclusively offering the HTC Desire 520 to customers.
September 8th, 2015 | Airvoice, AT&T, Cricket, MVNO, Network Carriers | No Comments
Next to Verizon, I think that everyone can agree that AT&T has one of the most complete networks. While AT&T’s prices aren’t quite as astronomical as Verizon’s, it is still a little on the pricey side. Fortunately, AT&T has several MVNOs. Unfortunately, most of them actually aren’t that great.
However, if you’re looking for some of the best AT&T plans, then you’re in the right place! As always, there are a couple of companies that stand out as the best value but if you know of another competitor that offers something better, let me know in the comments!
Anyway, as of right now here are my current top picks:
September 4th, 2015 | Cricket, MetroPCS, Prepaid Faceoff | No Comments
With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.
Today, we’ll look at MetroPCS, a T-Mobile prepaid brand, and Cricket Wireless, an AT&T prepaid brand. It’s battle of the carrier brands!
Here’s how they compare:
August 25th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T’s Cricket Wireless has been making small changes to its international options over the course of the last few months, first adding additional countries and then roaming in Mexico. Yesterday, the prepaid company finally announced roaming in Canada as well as nine additional countries for its international add-ons.
August 20th, 2015 | Cricket, Prepaid Phones | No Comments
Smartphones are incredibly expensive nowadays, with some flagships running upwards of $700 new and off-contract. However, if you’re looking for a good smartphone that can do the basics and get you through the day, then you do still have some options.
Today, I’ve put together of five of the best phones that AT&T’s prepaid brand Cricket has to offer for less than $100. They aren’t in any particular order, but are all pretty solid choices, depending on what you prefer in a smartphone.
Here are your choices:
August 18th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Big phones are all the craze now, but there aren’t really all that many large form devices for the prepaid market. However, if you’re in the market for a phablet, then the 5.7 inch LG G Stylo might just be up your alley. As the name suggests, the phone itself has a hidden stylus which slides in the phone and LG’s signature back buttons for navigation. Seems like an odd combo, but as a fan of LG’s back buttons I think it could be pretty comfortable.
August 11th, 2015 | Cricket, Prepaid Data Plans, Prepaid Services | No Comments
You might remember that in mid-July the brief addition of a mobile hotspot page was spotted on the Cricket Wireless website, leading to a lot of speculation that the company, which thus far has prohibited the use of mobile devices as hotspots, might soon add the capability. Well, it looks like that day has finally come, albeit with some catches.
August 3rd, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Since AT&T’s purchase of Iusacel earlier this year, the wireless giant has been promising its customers that it will soon be bringing North American roaming deals to its customers. And, finally, it looks like the company is making good on its promise via its prepaid brand Cricket Wireless
July 17th, 2015 | Cricket | 3 Comments
Unlike some competitors, Cricket Wireless blocks all Cricket mobile devices from being used as a hotspot. However, Prepaid Phone News reported on Wednesday that Cricket might soon be allowing consumers to use their phone’s hotspot capabilities as part of a $10 add-on.
June 30th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
In the last year or so, AT&T’s prepaid brand Cricket Wireless has been expanding and reaching out to additional customers with offerings in various retail stores as well as deals with GameStop. Well, this week the prepaid company continued this trend with the announcement that Cricket phones and services will soon be sold in select Meijer stores around the country.
June 29th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless recently added a new phone to its lineup, but I’m not even sure that it’s much worth mentioning. The ZTE Sonata 2 is a mildly under-powered entry-level device designed for people who want a smartphone, but don’t really care much about the quality. Running Android Kitkat 4.4 with a tiny battery this phone will be great for light users.
June 23rd, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T’s prepaid brand Cricket Wireless has slashed the prices on several of its more popular phones this month in an attempt to boost phone sales. There doesn’t seem to be a specific end date for these promotions; presumably they will remain reduced until inventory levels are depleted.
Anyway, here are some of the Cricket Wireless reductions available online:
June 22nd, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has announced an expansion of its international calling options with the addition of four new countries and a new international calling option. New countries added include Brazil, Singapore and Nigeria as well as Cuba, which is part of its own Cuba International add-on.
June 19th, 2015 | Cricket, Prepaid Faceoff, Virgin Mobile | No Comments
Unlike with postpaid contracts, there are far more prepaid companies than you could shake a stick at and all of them have both good and bad qualities. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two groups, examining how they relate and which is better at what things.
Today, we’re going to look at Cricket Wireless and Virgin Mobile. Both companies are actually owned by one of the Big Four and share customer service with those companies. Let’s take a look at how they match up!
June 2nd, 2015 | Cricket | 1 Comment
AT&T prepaid brand Cricket Wireless has added a new phone to its lineup this week. While normally I would say that the ZTE Overture 2 isn’t really anything to get super excited about, this upgraded handset is one of the lowest-priced Android Lollipop phones I’ve seen yet, and the specs aren’t half bad.
May 25th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Normally, T-Mobile is the one who is always having $1 SIM sales, but it looks like Cricket has taken a page out of the Uncarrier’s book and has been offering $1 SIMs to customers who are interested in porting to Cricket. You might recall that this deal originally launched in April and was set to expire at the end of the month. Well, it looks like it’s been pretty popular as Cricket has extended it through July 9, 2015.
May 21st, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has added a new phone to its prepaid lineup with, ironically, zero fanfare. The ZTE Fanfare is available through Walmart stores nationwide for about $70 and while the technical specifications of this phone aren’t the greatest, it would be an excellent basic phone for light users or anyone looking to venture into the smartphone market.
May 15th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid company, announced yesterday that it will be adding yet another Windows phone to its prepaid phone line up. The Lumia 640 is a 4G LTE-ready phone that is aimed at mid-range users and boasts a pretty decent camera for the price as well as several other free add-ons when you purchase it new.
May 7th, 2015 | Cricket | 1 Comment
Cricket Wireless, an AT&T-owned prepaid brand, absolutely loves its mail-in rebates. So, of course, this month the company has a new promotion aimed at customers porting into Cricket Wireless. And, of course, it involves a mail-in rebate. The good news? It’s actually pretty cheap and after the rebate, almost completely free.
April 21st, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
The trend of including unlimited or low-price international calling with higher-priced plans continues this week with Cricket Wireless. This AT&T prepaid brand quietly made a change to its $50 and $60 monthly plans to include unlimited calls, texts and MMS messages to most of Canada.
April 16th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless, AT&T’s prepaid brand, has finally announced an official date for offering Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S6. Starting on April 24, customers will be able purchase the smartphone in Cricket stores and online. The phone itself has already been available at Boost Mobile stores since last week, but I suppose late is better than never.
April 13th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless, the AT&T-owned prepaid brand, doesn’t really have all that many options in its phone lineup, especially when compared to other MVNOs. But, it looks like Cricket is adding another Samsung device to that lineup: the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. This budget-friendly smartphone boasts a higher resolution front camera designed with selfie enthusiasts in mind.
April 10th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
On Wednesday, Cricket Wireless announced that it has partnered with a credit financing company to offer its customers the option of financing their expensive phones through a third party. There are three different options for financing, two of which involve a credit check. The financing must be done at a brick and mortar Cricket Wireless store and is not available online.
While personally I think that leasing and especially renting phones is a bad idea, I’ll still go ahead and list out the options:
April 9th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T has launched a new sale for its prepaid brand Cricket Wireless. No doubt to help encourage CDMA customers to migrate before the network shutdown as well as compete with T-Mobile’s $1 SIM sale, Cricket has slashed the prices of its SIM cards from $10 to $1. This sale is expected to continue through the month of April.
April 8th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has officially taken the first few steps towards shuttering its CDMA network for good in favor of parent company AT&T’s GSM service. Customers who have not switched to the CDMA networks are going to start losing service between now and September, based on the area. The following markets will be the first to go dark:
April 6th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless, an AT&T owned MVNO launched a really great promotional plan a few months ago for customers who are looking for a lot of high speed data for not a lot of dough. But, this promotional plan is scheduled to end on April 9, 2015, so customers who are wanting to be grandfathered need to get in on it this week.
April 2nd, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Since AT&T formally took over Cricket Wireless, there have been several changes that have slowly brought this company to the forefront. Originally marketed only for old people, Cricket has expanded to be sold at Walmart and GameStop locations nationwide. Starting immediately, customers can now purchase Cricket services via Amazon as well.
March 12th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
If your income tax return is burning a hole in your pocket, then Cricket would like to offer you a way to spend that hard-earned cash. Now through April 9, 2015, Cricket Wireless is offering customers significant phone rebates on LTE phones as well as the third month free. Of course, there are some catches, but it’s still a pretty good deal. Here are the details:
March 10th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T’s prepaid brand Cricket Wireless announced today that it will be carrying the new 4G LTE version of the Moto E starting this Friday, March 13. This phone will be the first Lollipop device that Cricket will carry and it should be available both online and in stores. While the Moto E is still an entry-level device, this phone is still a pretty good deal for the expected price point.
March 5th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S6 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earlier this week, and AT&T’s Cricket Wireless has already jumped on board and announced that it will be carrying the newest S6 from Samsung as soon as its released. Plans to carry the S6 Edge have not been announced.
February 11th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
As you might recall, AT&T purchased the Mexican company lusacell earlier this year and it appears that the first benefits of this merger are trickling down to the prepaid market even sooner than anticipated. Starting today, some Cricket Wireless customers will see unlimited services to Mexico added to their plans at no additional cost.
February 2nd, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has hosted a few promotions that competed directly with T-Mobile and other prepaid carriers, but most of their promotions haven’t seemed all that aggressive. Last Friday, Cricket launched several aggressive promotions that added even more data, reduced phone prices through mail-in rebates and even launched an entirely new plan that has a ridiculous amount of data for the price.
January 12th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Adding music streaming to prepaid brands seems to be quite a trend, and Cricket is no exception. Last week, the AT&T owned prepaid brand announced that they will be shutting down Muve Music in favor of the more popular Deezer brand. Known worldwide, this premium music provider is used in more than 180 countries and has the world’s largest music catalog with more than 35 million songs and 30,000 internet radio stations to stream.
January 10th, 2015 | Cricket | 2 Comments
Cricket Wireless has announced a schedule to shut down their legacy CDMA network in three different phases. The shutdowns are expected to happen on a rolling basis and the market shutdown will begin a month before the first ‘sunset date’ and be closed by the bill cycle at the end of the ‘sunset date.’
For example, the first sunset date is March/April. Customers will have their CDMA service terminated by the bill cycle beginning March 15, and the CDMA network will be completely shut down in those markets by April 15.
Here is the schedule for the shutdown:
January 7th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless and Chinese phone maker ZTE partnered together at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday to debut ZTE’s new flagship phone, the ZTE Grand X Max Plus. This phone will be exclusive to Cricket Wireless and is designed to be an affordable flagship for the prepaid market.
January 5th, 2015 | Cricket | No Comments
For the second time, Cricket Wireless has extended their $100 porting credit promotion until the end of January. Originally set to expire on Dec. 31 (and before that, at the beginning of November) this deal is clearly pretty popular, and I can certainly see why.
December 15th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
In a push to gain more customers and boost sales in the tail end of 2014, AT&T’s Cricket Wireless has renewed their $100 switcher credit promotion. Now through December 31, 2014, customers who switch to Cricket Wireless from Boost Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile or Virgin Mobile can get $100 bill credit to go towards their monthly bills. An earlier version of this promotion recently ended on November 2.
To qualify for the credit, customers must:
December 12th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless, the AT&T owned MVNO, is now available for purchase from Walmart stores and from walmart.com. You can purchase a SIM card kit for around $10 and I believe the kits will contain several different sizes of SIMs (mini, micro and nano) which will be compatible with different phones.
November 15th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
While Thanksgiving might not be here yet, stores nationwide have already begun kicking off the holiday shopping season with Christmas decorations and, of course, holiday shopping deals. Every year, tons of people will flock to the various technology isles for gifts for loved ones.
Getting ahead of the game this year, Cricket Wireless has already announced their holiday deals for this Christmas season, including several rebates on new phones, cheap international calling plans to contact loved ones overseas and more! We’ll go over them briefly, but if you’re interested, check out their website for additional sales and promotions.
November 14th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T owned prepaid brand Cricket Wireless has announced a change in their policy on unlocking Cricket Wireless phones. Under the old policy, Cricket Wireless phones could be unlocked after four months of service but the new policy, which will take effect on December 7, 2014, has increased that by two months.
Here are the unlocking requirements taken straight from Cricket Wireless:
November 5th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T owned MVNO Cricket Wireless will be expanding their smartphone lineup starting this Friday, Nov. 7 with the Nokia Lumia 635. This mid-range smartphone is an excellent value if you live in a area with 4G coverage and would be an excellent introduction to the Windows phone platform. Previously only available for prepaid through MetroPCS, this LTE-ready phone will cost for $99 and comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 which includes the snarky personal assistant, Cortana.
October 23rd, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
Since Cricket Wireless was purchased by AT&T last spring, there have been some major changes including the closing of Cricket’s CDMA network by the end of 2015. However, the most recent change is the expansion of Cricket Wireless prepaid services and phones in nearly 1,000 Walmart stores nationwide. Prior to AT&T’s acquisition, Cricket services were available in Walmart stores, but now customers can take advantage of the new lower priced plans and a couple of exclusive phone deals.
October 20th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless has announced an extension on their promotional offer to grant $100 to new customers porting numbers from MetroPCS or T-Mobile. Originally announced in August and set to expire Oct. 19, this promotion has now been extended to Nov. 2. The promotion will also now be available to Cincinnati Bell consumers porting to Cricket.
October 9th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has announced the upcoming availability of their second phablet, the ZTE Grand X Max. This phablet will be available in stores and online on October 10, 2014 and is expected to retail for $199.99 with a new plan activation. This massive phone features a six inch high definition screen and comes preloaded with Peel Smart Remote, which turns the smartphone into part of your entertainment scene with personalized TV recommendations.
Hardware specs for the phablet include:
October 3rd, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
UPDATE: Shortly after Cricket’s announcement, T-Mobile also announced that they will be carrying the Lumia 530 later this month.
Cricket has announced that they will be carrying the new Nokia Lumia 530 starting today. This budget-friendly Windows phone will come with Windows 8.1 and the popular Cortana assistant program and is expected to market through Cricket for $49.99. Keep in mind, of course, that this is really an entry-level device so the specs are really only mediocre.
September 17th, 2014 | Airvoice, AT&T, Consumer Cellular, Cricket, Jolt Mobile, MVNO, Net10, Red Pocket, Straight Talk, Telcel Usa, Tracfone | 4 Comments
Last week, I posted an article comparing all of the Verizon MVNO coverage maps. Several of them were a little surprising, so I thought that I would go through all of the other Tier 1 carriers and compare maps of their MVNOs to see how they stacked up. While most MVNOs share the prepaid network of their primary carrier, some of them skimp on coverage to cut costs, and very few of them offer roaming in areas with no Tier 1 carrier network coverage.
Today, we have a compilation of the AT&T MVNO maps. Most of them shared coverage with GoPhone, but did not offer roaming (represented by the lighter yellow areas). However, the maps were far more similar than the Verizon MVNO maps we saw last week.
So, without any more ado, here are the AT&T MVNO maps:
September 12th, 2014 | Cricket, Prepaid Phones | No Comments
Cricket Wireless has announced that they will be among the first to launch the HTC Desire 510, a new 4G LTE smartphone that combines style with social networking technologies. The HTC Desire 510 is a mid-grade smartphone priced at $149.99.
September 10th, 2014 | Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Page Plus, Straight Talk, T-Mobile | No Comments
Yesterday, Apple finally pulled back the curtain to reveal the next generation of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. These flashy new devices have caught the attention of both Apple lovers and phone enthusiasts across the internet, especially with their affordable on-contract price. For the prepaid market, the unlocked no-contract cost can be a little harder to swallow, but never fear–our trusty companies are sure to be offering deals in the coming months so you can get your hands on one of those fancy phones soon.
So, in preparation for the celebration of this exciting new phone, we’ve rounded up some of the best money-saving iPhone 6 prepaid plans for each main carrier network. You’ll want as much data as you can get for the lowest price, and of course, unlimited talk and text is a must so you can tell everyone all about your snazzy new phone.