In reaction to MetroPCS's current limited time promotion of 8 GB of data for $50/mo on T-Mobile's network - AT&T owned prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless today announced they are matching the deal.
Like MetroPCS, they typically include 5 GB for $50. Under this promotion, existing Cricket Wireless customers and new customer can activate or switch the $50/plan and get 8GB of high speed data monthly, which will remain grandfathered in as long as the account remains active.
This plan also includes unlimited domestic calling, messaging and unlimited 128 Kbps throttled data after the first 8 GB.
Cricket Wireless also includes use to and from Canada and Mexico as part of their plans.
Cricket offers a $5/month savings when auto-pay is setup, and additional lines of service are discounted.
Some striking differences however from the MetroPCS deal to be aware of on Cricket Wireless include:
- Data speeds while on LTE are always restricted to a maximum of 8 mbps down, and 4 mbps when on 4G/HSPA+.
- Mobile hotspot / tethering is not included in the base price, but may be added on for $10/month.
- Coverage is only included on AT&T owned towers, and does not include domestic roaming.
With this offer, Cricket Wireless remains a competitive choice for access to the AT&T network for a mobile RVers. AT&T's network is currently ranked second to Verizon, and is an ideal second carrier to have onboard. For comparison, AT&T's own GoPhone prepaid plans offers a $60/month plan with only 6GB of data (but at full LTE speeds).
Cricket Wireless also offers a $60/month plan that includes 10GB of data, and unlimited data plan for $70/month (which, much to the chagrin of mobile internet consumers, has no option to add on mobile hotspot use).
For related Information:
Cellular Carrier Data Pricing and Plan Guide (member only)