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Cricket Wireless Cell Phone Plans

April 22, 2016
Cell Phones, Utilities
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A few frills, a reasonable price and a solid network make Cricket Wireless an attractive prepaid cell phone option.

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AT A Glance

  • Plans start at $25 a month
  • Notables: AT&T’s solid network and coverage; cheap family plans
Get started at Cricket Wireless' site
Get started at Cricket Wireless' site

Cricket Wireless cell phone plans

Cricket Wireless plans range from no data to unlimited data, with plenty of choices in between.

  • Unlimited talk and text: $25
  • 2 gigabyte: $30
  • 5GB: $40
  • Unlimited 2: $55
  • Unlimited: $60

Data speed on Cricket’s Unlimited 2 plan is capped at 3Mbps, which is slower than the 4G LTE speeds most smartphone users expect. Data speed is not capped on the $60 unlimited plan.

Cricket offers a $5 monthly discount if you opt for automatic payments on 5GB and larger plans. The same is true for Cricket’s Group Save discount, which is an attractive feature for people shopping for a family cell phone plan. With Group Save, you get $10 off your second line, $20 off your third, fourth and fifth lines.

» MORE: 4 ways to get a cell phone plan with no credit check

Cricket Wireless’ network

Cricket is owned by AT&T and uses that carrier’s network, but Cricket’s LTE download speeds are capped at 8 megabits per second. That’s slower than what AT&T customers typically experience but still plenty fast to stream video and scroll through Instagram.

» MORE: How an MVNO can save you money

How Cricket Wireless compares on prices

 1GB or less2-4GB5-7GB8-10GBUnlimited
*Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
AT&T GoPhone
$35 (talk and text only)$45 (6GB)$65
Boost Mobile
$35 (3GB)$50
Cricket Wireless
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$60
$30 (2GB)$40 (5GB)$50
Republic Wireless*
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)

$20 (1GB)
$25 (2GB)

$30 (3GB)

$35 (4GB)
$40 (5GB)

$45 (6GB)

$50 (7GB)
$55 (8GB)

$60 (9GB)

$65 (10GB)
Sprint prepaid$45 (4GB)$65
Straight Talk Wireless$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)$35 (2GB)$45 (10GB)$55
T-Mobile prepaid
$45 (4GB)$55 (6GB)$75
Verizon prepaid
$30 (talk and text only)$40 (3GB)$50 (7GB)$60 (10GB)$80
Virgin Mobile

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Updated November 13, 2017