Cricket Wireless is a prepaid carrier owned by AT&T that offers affordable plans using the AT&T network for coverage. Cricket’s strength is their robust coverage on the AT&T network along with their amazing family discounts. Families can get unlimited data for as low as $25 per line with four or five people on Cricket’s Core Unlimited Plan, which is usually $55 per month for individuals or $50 with auto-pay.
The downside to Cricket Wireless is a few of their data plans are capped at certain speeds. Here are the maximum data speeds you can expect with Cricket’s plans:
Please note that the prices for Cricket’s plans listed on this website include Cricket’s $5 auto-pay discount, which we feel is an easy discount to get and makes Cricket’s plans more competitive. Cricket’s plans also include all taxes and fees. What you see is what you pay.
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Cricket Wireless offers amazing family discounts. You can get their $55 unlimited plan for as low as $25 per line with four or more people, and you can get their $60 unlimited plan for as low as $32 per month with five people. For individuals, Cricket offers an easy $5 auto-pay discount with all of their plans. All taxes and fees are included with Cricket’s plans and family discounts.
Cricket Wireless uses AT&T’s 4G LTE network for coverage, which uses bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 14, 17, 29, 30, and 66.
Cricket supports the following features with their plans, though some features are limited to certain plans:
Cricket Wireless supports stateside international calling to Canada and Mexico with their $55 and $60 unlimited data plans. Their $55 and $60 unlimited plans also include unlimited international texting for free from the U.S. to 37 countries.
Cricket Wireless supports international data roaming to Canada and Mexico with their $55 and $60 unlimited data plans.
All taxes and fees are included with Cricket’s plans. What you see is what you pay.
You can contact Cricket Wireless’s customer service at 1 (800) 274-2538. You can also visit the support section of their website where you can live chat with an agent. Their customer service hours are as follows:
Cricket offers a variety of add-ons for their plans, including device protection add-ons, international calling add-ons, and hotspot and data add-ons. Some add-ons are only available for certain plans.
Covers loss, theft, physical damage, liquid damage, and other out-of-warranty issues with your device. You can get your device replacement as soon as the next day. Each Cricket Protect claim has a $10 to $250 deductible depending on the claim and situation. Cricket Protect is updating its program policy in April, 2020.
Includes all features and benefits of Cricket Protect and adds U.S.-based tech support through the myExpert app and 50GB of photo and video storage in the myPhotoVault app. Similar to Cricket Protect, program updates for Cricket Protect Plus are coming in April, 2020.
Make calls from the U.S, to landlines in 35 supported countries. This add-on will expire when your monthly rate plan renews, to get the most value out of this add-on consider purchasing it at the beginning of your billing cycle.
Make calls from the U.S. to landlines in 35 supported countries, get 1,000 minutes for calling mobile numbers from the U.S. to 31 supported countries, and get unlimited picture and video messaging to 35 countries. This add-on expires at the end of your billing cycle, so consider adding it at the beginning of your billing cycle when your plan renews to get the most value out of it.
Get calling minutes and unlimited text, picture and video messages from the U.S. to a specific country you need. Countries include Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Add 1GB of high-speed data to your plan for $10 per month. Data from this add-on will be used once all the normally included high-speed data from your plan is consumed. Unused high-speed data will expire at the end of your billing cycle.
Enable the mobile hotspot feature on Cricket’s $55 unlimited plan (called Cricket Core). This add-on includes 10GB of dedicated high-speed hotspot data. After 10GB, hotspot data will be slowed to 128Kbps. You can purchase more hotspot data in 5GB and 15GB increments.