Update Oct. 27, 2015: AT&T owned Cricket Wireless has improved its prepaid offerings over time significantly. Its $40, $50 and $60 unlimited plans that are $5 cheaper per month with auto pay now include 2.5GB, 5GB and 10GB of high speed data. The $50 and $60 plans also include unlimited international texting to 38 countries and data and unlimited voice and text roaming in Canada and Mexico. Cricket has shut down its legacy CDMA network recently, on September 15, 2015.
AT&T has officially launched new Cricket Wireless today. Two months after acquiring Leap Wireless, Cricket’s parent company, AT&T has merged the old CDMA Cricket and Aio Wireless brands into one new entity.
The new AT&T’s GSM-based Cricket Wireless now offers access to 4G LTE network nationwide, covering more than 97% of Americans or over 280 million of them. In addition, its prepaid service and handset selection are mostly Aio like, so is new Cricket’s website.
New Cricket plans now start at $40 per month or $35 after a $5 discount for using Auto Pay option. The $40 Basic plan offers unlimited talk, text messaging and data with first 500MB at high speeds. The $50 Smart plan ($45 per month with Auto Pay) includes unlimited talk, text messaging and data with first 2.5 GB per month while $60 plan ($55 per month with Auto Pay) raises high-speed data allotment to 5GB per month. The $50 and $60 plans also include unlimited international texting to 35 countries including Mexico, Canada, India, Spain and the United Kingdom. In addition, new Cricket has a $25 feature phone plan that includes unlimited talk and text only.
To all smartphone plans, customers can also add international texting add-on. Cricket Passport includes unlimited calling to landlines, unlimited messaging (text/picture/video) and 100 minutes for calling mobiles for $15 per month. Additional data are also available, 1GB of data for $10 per month.
Customers of AT&T owned Cricket can save additionally by choosing multiple-line option. They can get $10 off the second line, $20 off the third line and $30 off the fourth and fifth lines. New Cricket will be offering a promotion that will give customers a $50 off of the most phones for a limited time. Customers that choose a phone that costs $49.99 as ZTE Prelude will get the phone for free after mail in rebate. In addition, users of the $50 and $60 plans will receive a $50 credit every year after 12 on-time payments that they will be able to use for purchasing new phone. Customers can also bring their own compatible handset to activate with Cricket GSM prepaid service.
Together with the launch of new Cricket Wireless, AT&T has announced instant availability of almost 3,000 stores where customers can get Cricket Wireless GSM service and phones, adding that more stores will be added over time.
Aio Wireless previously provided access to AT&T’s LTE and HSPA+ speeds that was limited to a maximum of 8 Mbps and to 4 Mbps, respectively. We’ll see if that changes for new Cricket Wireless or not.
Source: Cricket Wireless