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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.
September 10th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket, the AT&T owned MVNO, announced this morning that they are increasing the data for customers on their prepaid unlimited monthly plans. Customers on the GSM network don’t have to do a single thing–the upgrade will happen automatically during their next billing cycle. The additional data will start on Sept. 13 and is only going to be available for a limited time. However, an end date for this promotion has not been set.
Here is a breakdown of the additional data per plan:
September 9th, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
GameStop, the popular console game reseller, will be selling Cricket phones and wireless accessories in October. With this new partnership, customers will not only be able to buy, sell and trade games and consoles–but they will be able to also sell, trade and purchase old phones and put it towards a new phone or a game.
August 23rd, 2014 | Cricket | No Comments
A day after T-Mobile started it’s referral program, trying to lure Sprint, AT&T and Verizon customers to their Simple Choice plan, AT&T’s Cricket has a counter offer. On Friday, Cricket announced that T-Mobile and Metro PCS customers who switched to Cricket could qualify for a $100 bill credit for each line transferred–or about two month’s service, depending on what plan you choose. The offer is valid until Oct. 19.
August 6th, 2014 | Cricket, Prepaid Phones | No Comments
If you like Cricket and you’re looking for a good phone deal, then today is your day. As part of a huge back-to-school promotion, Cricket Wireless is offering mail-in rebates on several popular models including the ZTE Grand X starting Friday. This Cricket rebate is going until Sept. 11 and includes phones from Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and ZTE. Of course, for some of the more expensive phones you’ll still have to pay, but the mail-in rebates and activation discounts are as much as $100 when paired together, so you could potentially get a pretty cool deal. They are even offering the 4G Nokia Lumia 630 for free with the rebate!
The promotions are as follows:
June 4th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket customers who want to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S4 can do so starting now. As noted when Cricket announced the S4, it will cost $599.99, but Cricket has added a few discounts. With instant and web discounts the price falls to $529.99. Customers who order or purchase the S4 between now and June 22nd are also eligible for a $55 mail-in rebate, which comes in the form of a Visa prepaid gift card. To be eligible customers must send in the rebate form within 30 days of purchase, and must maintain service with Cricket for a minimum of 45 days. The phone will ship on June 7th. You can order yours at Cricket’s website.
May 23rd, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
It was a big day at CTIA 2014 for Cricket wireless as they announced a few new handsets plus an LTE roaming agreement that could certainly help their stock. For starters they’ll launch the Samsung Galaxy S4 on June 7th for $599.99. Thankfully, for those who don’t have $600 to burn, they’ll have a financing option that will let you walk out of store with the S4 for $59.99. That will increase your monthly payment, of course, but it will cut down on the wallet shock of shelling out that much for a phone. For those who don’t want to pay that much, period, for a smartphone, Cricket announced two more affordable Samsung models.
April 23rd, 2013 | Cricket | 2 Comments
Tracfone might be making it look easy, but consistently adding subscribers is a constant challenge for prepaid carriers. Cricket has felt that in recent quarters, losing more than 500,000 subscribers in the second half of 2012. Yesterday they took direct action to help turn around that trend, reducing the price of their iPhone plan and offering a new smartphone family plan. Both offerings could increase the appeal of Cricket, which has faced stiffer competition in the past few months.
April 17th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
What you see there is the Kyocera Kona, the latest flip phone to hit Cricket. While the company has, rightly, focused on its Muve Music service on Android smartphones, the Kona serves a portion of the prepaid market that is increasingly neglected. While prepaid carriers are trying to increase ARPU and other performance metrics with smartphones, many prepaid customers use those services because of simple, low-cost offerings. We recently saw Boost Mobile announce a similar — and perhaps identical — offering with the Kyocera Coast. For Cricket, the Kona will come out this Sunday, April 21, and will cost $60. That might sound like a lot for a basic flip phone, but sometimes that’s the price you pay for no-contract service. Boost’s Coast is half the price, though.
Via Phone Scoop.
March 13th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
It appears Cricket is back with another Android smartphone priced under $200. The ZTE Engage LT is something you might have seen on a major carrier in 2011, with a 1GHz processor and a 4-inch screen. In 2011, though, it would have run 2.3 Gingerbread. The Engage LT runs 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is pretty much all anyone can hope for in a mid-range handset. Surprisingly, the OG Engage, a 2012 model, is also available for the same exact price. It features a faster processor, better camera, and the same screen resolution. Battery might be better on the LT, but that’s about it. You can get either Engage model for $180 at Cricket’s website.
Via Android Police.
February 28th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
When Cricket announced last year that it would offer the iPhone, it sounded like great news for prepaid providers. Long stuck with an array of low- and mid-range devices, Cricket finally brought the goods. Sure, people had to shell out $550 for a new iPhone, but Cricket charges just $55 per month for service. which works out to $1,870 over a two-year span. The same service on Verizon, despite a $350 difference in price of the phone, amounts to $2,360. Customers could really save big.
Unfortunately, they have not chosen to take this path.
February 26th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket wireless certainly has a hot property on its hands with Muve Music. Over 1.1 million Cricket customers currently use the service, or about a seventh of Cricket’s overall subscribers. In a move announced this morning, Cricket will spin off Muve as a new company so that it can license the product to other carriers. As they tell it, other carriers aren’t so keen to license the service from a competitor. Creating a new company for Muve could help allay some of those concerns. It will also offer carriers favorable terms, allowing them to brand and price it as they wish. Cricket reportedly has one international carrier on board. It remains to be seen if U.S. carriers will pick up on this, given the number of similar services available.
February 21st, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket might not have a nationwide network of its own, but in the past few years it has supplemented its primary network with roaming agreements from competitors such as MetroPCS and Sprint. They reportedly had troubles with Sprint in the recent past, but according to FierceWireless’s Phil Goldstein, they have restored the relationship. In the same piece he mentions that Leap has entered into an LTE roaming deal to supplement its own fledgling network. There was no network named, though it’s certainly curious that the report includes the information about Sprint (which I’d only previously heard about through informal channels). Agreements like this are crucial for Leap if it wants to sell LTE phones in its primary markets.
January 7th, 2013 | Cricket | No Comments
Cricket recently added a new Android smartphone, the HTC One SV with LTE. It’s an Android 4.0 handset featuring a 4.3-inch screen and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. This puts it up there among Cricket’s highest-end Android devices. It also contains Beats Audio and Muve Music, for the music loving crowd. At $350, it might even be a better overall deal than the Samsung Galaxy S III. THe One SV will be avaialble starting January 16th.
Via Phone Scoop.
December 14th, 2012 | Cricket | 3 Comments
One of the biggest drawbacks to prepaid wireless services is the high cost of the phone itself. Cricket customers, for instance, pay $550 for a new iPhone 5, while Verizon customers pay only $200. Yet in the long run Cricket customers will save more: $1,870 over a two-year span, compared to a minimum of $2,360 with Verizon (with a comparable plan costing more than $2,500). Still, that hefty up-front payment can be a hassle, or impossible for some customers. That’s why many current and prospective Cricket customers will be happy to hear that they are now offering financing for new handsets. Best of all, it will not require a credit check.
November 21st, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Holiday shoppers looking for a good deal on a Cricket Muve Music phone might have themselves a deal. They recently announced the ZTE Groove, a basic Android 2.3 handset with a below-standard 800MHz processor and a 3.5-inch screen. Hey, I said a deal, not a great phone. The Groove sells for just $80 on Cricket’s website. It’s hard to find a better deal on an Android phone and service — which starts at $50 per month.
Via Phone Scoop.
November 15th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
It was a big day for Cricket and its LTE rollout. The company made many new announcements that will affect customers starting immediately. The new markets include Philadelpha, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen (Texas). Those markets are available now, in addition to the existing Las Vegas and Tuscon networks. Cricket also announced two LTE smartphones, one we knew of and one big surprise.
November 9th, 2012 | Cricket | 1 Comment
It’s never good to see a carrier, especially a smaller carrier like Cricket, lose customers in any quarter. Yet the news was mostly good for Cricket, which lost 269,000 subscribers in the third quarter. For starters, the loss was less than the 289,000 customers it lost in the second quarter — though it didn’t compared favorably to the 10,000 customers it added in Q3 2011. However, Cricket did see its ARPU rise to $41.94, up 69 cents from Q3 2011 and 30 cents from Q2 2012. Cricket also posted a profit thanks to spectrum swaps that occurred during the quarter. And don’t look now, but one analyst is stirring the pot with Sprint acquisition rumors.
November 7th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
What you see above is a promo bit for the LG Optimus regard, which, according to a CricketUssers.com poster, will be Cricket‘s first 4G LTE smartphone. It looks to be a formidable model, featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and running Android 4.0. The downside: a small screen. While the exact size doesn’t appear in the rumored specs, the low 320×480 resolution suggests a 3.5-inch screen. That’s both a small screen and a low resolution for such an otherwise powerful device. We have heard that Cricket will launch an LTE smartphone this month, in addition to new markets, so everything seems to be falling in place.
November 1st, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Pictured above is the HTC Desire C, the latest smartphone in the Cricket Wireless stable. It’s an Android 4.0 device, which is really the most important feature any smartphone can have. It has a small display by modern smartphone standards at 3.5 inches, but that can be a positive for some users. The Desire C costs $180 and is available at Cricket retailers and on Cricket’s website.
Via Android Guys.
October 26th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
A few weeks ago we updated the Cricket provider review to reflect the changes they recently made. Left out of the plans description were their PAYGo daily plans. They still offered them at the time, but they seemed almost irrelevant. As it turns out, Cricket felt the same. Earlier this week they discontinued the daily plans for new subscribers. Current subscribers will be able to keep those plans indefinitely.
October 23rd, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Update: Via an email from Cricket, the Comment II is now available in stores and on Cricket’s website for $90.
A little over a year ago Cricket picked up the Samsung Comment, a BlackBerry-looking phone that provided only the most basic services. Now they’re picking up the sequel, the Comment II. As with the first Comment, this is basically a copy of the Freeform, which other carriers offer. It has a small 2.4-inch display at 320 x 240 pixels, and does run some apps –but clearly not Android apps. This one is going to be good for heavy text messagers and mobile web users, but not for heavy duty smartphone users. Price and release date have yet to be announced, though the Comment II really has to be a cheap device, right?
Via Phone Scoop.
October 18th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Yesterday Cricket announced its latest LTE market: Las Vegas, Nevada. As we learned last week, this is just the first among many new markets for Cricket in the near future. They plan to announce additional LTE markets next month. For now Cricket is offering LTE only as a mobile broadband service, ranging from $35 to $80 per month depending on amount of LTE-speed data. The only compatible device at the moment is the Huawei Boltz modem, which costs $150. Cricket expects to release LTE handsets next month.
October 11th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
It has been nearly 10 months since Cricket started its LTE test in Tuscon, Az. We haven’t heard much about it since — until now, that is. Company spokesman Greg Lund said yesterday that Cricket will launch LTE in one market next week. The market remains unnamed. Additionally, they will announce other markets in November, with an eye on covering 21 million POPs by year’s end. At first customers will be limited to the Huawei Boltz broadband modem, but Lund said that Cricket will introduce two LTE smartphones next month. He declined to comment on whether the iPhone 5, which Cricket offers, will run on this LTE network.
September 28th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Turnaround time on rumors is quick these days. On Monday we learned that Cricket would get the ZTE Engage. Yesterday they made the official announcement. As promised, it’s an Android 4.0 device, which covers up for other deficiencies. It also has a 1.4GHz processor and 4-inch screen, so it’s not half bad even compared to some of the Android smartphones hitting postpaid carriers. It will, of course, be compatible with Muve Music. The Engage is no cheapie, though, checking in at $250. You can grab it on October 2 on Cricket’s $60 or $70 Android plan.
September 24th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
It appears that Cricket will soon announce two new Android handsets for its lineup. First is another ZTE handset, the Engage. It is, thankfully, a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android handset with a 4-inch screen. It hit the FCC not long ago, so it should be announced sometime soon. The Alcatel Authority checks in with a 4.3-inch screen and the same 1.4GHz processor as the Engage. It is, unfortunately, an Android 2.3 device. That really does make a big difference between the handsets. We should learn more about pricing and availability in the coming weeks.
Via Phone Scoop.
September 14th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Well here’s a surprise. On Wednesday Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, and most of us thought it would just head to the usual suspects: AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. But there’s a little surprise here: Cricket will sell the iPhone starting September 28th, That’s a week after the first tier carriers will get it, but that’s still a major win for Cricket. No pricing has yet been announced, but the pricing scheme for the iPhone 5 is the same as it was for the iPhone 4S. That could signal a $499.99 price tag. We will learn more as the date approaches, surely.
Via Phone Scoop.
September 13th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
It appears as though Cricket is about to land another ZTE Android smartphone. For the time being this is dubbed the V8000, and we know about it because it passed through the FCC. We also know a bit about it, because Phone Arena got their hands on it back in May. It’s a decent device for Cricket, rocking a 1.4GHz processor and 4-inch screen. Apparently it will also run Android 4.0, which is more important than the processor and other specs these days. We of course have no word on when it will be announced and how much it will cost. At this point we do know that it will carry Muve Music.
Via Phone Arena.
August 30th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Another year, another new set of rate plans for Cricket. They let us know these were coming, though, and starting September 2 they’ll be available. Most notable of the announcements: Muve Music will now be available on all Android smartphones, and with all Android rate plans. That means you can get Muve for as little as $50 per month. Muve has become a big selling point for Cricket, so it’s good to see them putting it front and center with all of their offerings. After the jump, the details on the rate plans.
August 28th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
We have seen plenty of information regarding Radio Shack No Contract Wireless in advance of its launch, which should be announced next week. The last missing piece has been the service plans. These are powered by Cricket, so we could have expected something along the lines of Cricket’s unlimited plans. That’s what the plans will look like. Both smartphone plans will include Muve Music, and they’ll also have plenty of other options for smartphone users.
August 24th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
When we heard last week that Cricket was going to form an MVNO with Radio Shack, word was that their first handset would be the HTC One V. This week Cricket announced the One V, but for its own main carrier. It will launch September 2 for $269.99. For a quick review, it’s an Android 4.0 device with a 3.7-inch screen. It is also Muve Music compatible. This coincides with word that the Radio Shack – Cricket MVNO, named RadioShack No Contract Wireless, will launch on September 5.
August 15th, 2012 | Cricket | 1 Comment
For years Radio Shack has sold wireless services for many prepaid and postpaid carriers, but now they might seek their own offering. A report on Cricket Wireless as the partner. This seems a bit odd, because Cricket itself has MVNO-like features; it rents network space from Sprint in order to serve a larger portion of the country. The handset listed is the HTC One V, which is available through Virgin Mobile. Clearly we need more details before making a judgment on this. Will Radio Shack also take advantage of Cricket’s Sprint network agreement?
August 7th, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
The second quarter was not kind to Cricket Wireless. The company lost 289,270 customers, which is nearly three times more than the 103,000 they lost in Q2 2011 and far greater than the expected losses. Rival MetroPCS also lost many subscribers in Q2, but actually saw its stock rise due to revenue gains. Cricket came in below revenue expectations, due to what they claim is failed customer retention programs. The blog Seeking Alpha argues that Leap Wireless might explore a sale of Cricket — but remember, they’re a blog that seeks page views. It seems like nothing but speculation at this point. But, given Cricket’s results this year, a 41 percent reduction of its market value, the speculation isn’t too far off base.
August 2nd, 2012 | Cricket | No Comments
Fans of smartphones with full QWERTY keyboards on the face will find a new friend with Cricket. They just launched the Huawei Ascend Q, a low-level Android handset that looks something like a BlackBerry. It has a slow 800MHz processor (to further remind you of the BlackBerry) and has a screen that measures 3.2-inches. It runs Android 2.3, predictably, so it’s still an outdated version of the software. Chances are it will not get an upgrade to 4.0, so rooting the device and using a custom ROM might be the best choice. You can get teh Ascend Q for $140 from Cricket’s website.
Via Phone Scoop.