Cricket Wireless Unveils $70 Unlimited Data Prepaid Smartphone Plan

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2016-04-18 Print this article Print
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The new unlimited plan offers Cricket customers another prepaid calling plan option beyond its 2.5GB, 5GB and 10GB monthly data plans.

Cricket Wireless customers who need more data than their existing 2.5GB, 5GB or 10GB monthly no-contract, prepaid calling plans can now get an unlimited data mobile plan from the company for $70 a month, or for $65 if they use the company's automatic payment option.

The new Cricket Unlimited Plan, which also includes taxes and fees in the monthly $65 or $70 price, was announced on April 15. In addition, the unlimited plan features unlimited talk and texting for one smartphone line. Cricket, a unit of AT&T, is also offering for a limited time a $100 bill credit for customers who switch over from T-Mobile.

"We wake up every morning focused on giving our customers what they want—more network, a great customer experience, and better plans for less money," John Dwyer, president of Cricket Wireless, said in a statement. "Cricket has over 275,000 more square miles of 4G LTE coverage than T-Mobile. And our unlimited plan for a single smartphone line is $25 less a month. More coverage for a lot less money—two great reasons to make the switch."

Cricket's no-contract prepaid calling, texting and data plans include service in and between the United States, Mexico and Canada for its Unlimited, Pro and Smart plans.

Cricket's other prepaid phone plans include its Basic mobile plan for $40 (with 2.5GB of data), a Smart plan for $50 (with 5GB of data) and a Pro plan for $60 (with 10GB of data). Each of those plans is $5 less per month if customers use Cricket's automatic Auto Pay payment service. The plans also include unlimited talk and text. Data use over the monthly limits will result in reduced access speeds of a maximum 128K bps for the rest of the monthly plan cycle.

In March, Cricket unveiled its latest two smartphone model options for its customers, including the LG Spree and the Samsung Galaxy S7, as it expanded its handset offerings. The $89.99 LG Spree and the Samsung Galaxy S7 are available online from the company or through its stores.

The LG Spree features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854-by-480) display, a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8909 processor, 1GB of memory, 8GB of on-board storage and up to 32GB of expandable storage via a microSD card, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, LED flash, HD video and Burst Shot 4 capabilities. Also included is a 2MP front-facing camera with Gesture Shot hand gesture controls and a Selfie Light for well-lit selfies.

The Spree is a 4G LTE smartphone that also includes WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi Direct, which enables easy content sharing with other devices. Its 1,940mAh rechargeable battery provides estimated talk time of up to 13 hours and standby time up to about 234 hours. The Spree, which runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, is 5.19 inches long, 2.63 inches wide and 0.35 inches thick, and weighs 4.23 ounces.

The 32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone, one of Samsung's flagship phones, is being offered by Cricket for $649.99. The S7 includes a Dual Pixel camera sensor that provides improved low-light images, as well as faster focusing and other improvements. The Galaxy S7 also is water-resistant, regaining a feature that was last seen in the company's Galaxy S5 smartphones. The handset can be immersed in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Also returning to the Galaxy S7 is a microSD card slot, allowing users to expand their device storage by another 200GB. The handset is available in Black Onyx.

The Galaxy S7 also features a Qualcomm quad-core 2.15GHz/1.6GHz processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 memory, a 12MP dual-pixel rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The phone has a 5.1-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED display.


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