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Cricket CDMA Shutdown Has Begun

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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:

  • Washington, DC
  • AR:  Little Rock, Fayetteville and Fort Smith
  • DE:  Wilmington
  • IL:  Chicago and Northern Illinois
  • IN:  South Bend
  • MD:  Baltimore
  • NJ:  Atlantic City
  • NY:  Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse
  • PA:  Philadelphia

Customers in these regions will lose service on the first bill date after March 15. By the end of June, several additional markets have been earmarked for shutdown, and Cricket has announced that all CDMA regions will be turned off by the end of September.

Anyone who has not made the switch will need to migrate to Cricket Wireless prior to the shutdown date in their region. Cricket has been offering migrating customers discounts and credits towards new GSM phones, and Prepaid Phone News reported that some customers are qualifying for a new Samsung Galaxy S4 for $0.99. Migrating customers will not have to pay activation fees, but will have to purchase a new month of service. Click here for Cricket Wireless plans.