(1/25/17) - Data Plan Allotment Increases: AT&T's Cricket Wireless just announced that beginning January 27, 2017, it will be increasing the amount of high speed data included on its $60 plan. The plan will now offer 12GB of high speed data (previously 10GB). Cricket also reports that it has made their October 8GB promotion on the $50 plan permanent (prior to October the plan was 5GB/$50). There is no change to the $70 unlimited data Cricket plan - including the caveat that hotspotting is prohibited on the plan. On all other plans, mobile hotspot / tethering may be added to the base price for $10/month. The plans mentioned here are all still eligible for a $5/month auto-pay discount. For more details on the plans themselves, read on below.
(October 28, 2016) 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 customers can activate or switch to 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 an 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)