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AT&T's New Cricket Plans Start at $40 for 500 MB
by Karl Bode 10:37AM Friday May 09 2014
After buying Leap Wireless and their Cricket brand for $1.2 billion last July, AT&T is getting close to re-launching the prepaid offerings and shuttering their own short-lived AIO Wireless service. These new AT&T-owned Cricket offerings aren't expected to look much different from what AT&T was offering via AIO, with data options breaking down as such according to data presented by AT&T to Cricket dealers:

• $25 Unlimited Talk & Text, no data
• $40 Unlimited Talk and Text 500MB of data
• $50 Unlimited Talk and Text 2.5GB of data
• $60 Unlimited Talk and Text 5GB of data

Additional data will cost you $10 per additional gigabyte. Also like AIO, users can net a $5 discount for signing up for auto pay, and will be able to sign up for a family plan with four lines including unlimited talk & text and 500MB per line for $100/month. One thing that appears to be gone from the new Cricket is the company's long-standing and violent abuse of the word "unlimited."

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cahiatt
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join:2001-03-21
Smyrna, GA

Does that work on their LTE system too?

That almost looks like reasonable pricing from ATT and might get my interest if I were shopping around. What are the "below the line" fees?

King P
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join:2004-11-17
Murfreesboro, TN

Re: Does that work on their LTE system too?

I have Aio now, and it's straight up $55/mo for 5GB of LTE data. After that it's throtted to low end 3G..basically EDGE. Voice and Text is unlimited also.
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ssavoy
Premium
join:2007-08-16
Dallas, PA

$25 No Data

...they don't let you add 1GB of data for $10 on the "No Data" plan which I think is hilarious. So you have to pay an extra $15 for 500MB, and then you get the privilege of adding data on for $10/GB.
True

join:2013-08-08

tempting

$45 for 2.5 gigs and unmlited calling is temping. current on TMO 30 100m/5gig plan the 100 min thing is always a big constraining. and may be come major issue with GV Voice set to die next week along with all the outher google voice over data apps.
cahiatt
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join:2001-03-21
Smyrna, GA

Re: tempting

said by True:

.... issue with GV Voice set to die next week along with all the outher google voice over data apps.

I've seen announcements that GV will be killed off and features migrated to Hangouts but didn't know when. Where is the info that this is happening next week? I've a fan of GV but would prefer they be merged to eliminate app switching.
True

join:2013-08-08

Re: tempting

it was announced back in oct that xmpp would be killed on may 15 . But we also assumed android would have first party support like ios by now. who knows they may extend it.

gigahurtz
Premium
join:2001-10-20
Palm Coast, FL
He is referring to third party apps only. Google Voice will still be a service offered after next week.

THXULTRA

@38.103.109.x

No deal here

Not really a deal, if you jump on a almost full framily plan with sprint you can get unlimited talk and 1gig for $25, unlimited data and talk for $45. T-mobile has better deals also. No bargain here.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: No deal here

Maybe, but this is no contract and NO taxes and NO bs.

In NYS taxes add 18% to a postpaid bill. You are jesting because you need to have 7 lines to get that deal and there are rules galore to get that. $36 to activate, they want your last 4 # because they don't allow Sprint -> Framily, if someone leaves the cost goes up across the board, it's a 1GB hard cap, etc...

Also it goes without saying this is AT&T LTE, not Sprint dialup. TMO coverage is even worse than Sprint.

So if you are looking for major LTE coverage from AT&T or Verizon with no contract/taxes, this is the BEST deal.

You can save even more by going to an AT&T MVNO that has HSPA only (no LTE), but can get 4-5 Mbps which is entirely useful for under $30 a month. Verizon is pretty much absent from such interface from the plebeians.

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: No deal here

I have ST's SIM card in a at&t Note 2. I get LTE whenever I'm in a capable area. I've never been cut off, and the data isn't that bad for $45/mo.

Yes, people do complain that they get fast speeds until ~2.5GB, then they throttle you down some. At least they're not being charged for overages or just cut off completely. If they want fast speeds ALL the time, pay for it.

THXULTRA

@38.103.109.x
Interesting you get out of the taxes with prepaid never knew that. However it is easy to find a full Framily to join look online tons of people looking for extra people to join. Easy to get in on a full framily. Framily plans are no contract so that argument isn't valid. Just like cricket you are only responsible for the phone payment. I don't know that I would call AT&T LTE fast. Had AT&T, T-mobile and Sprint and used Verizon. I would say Verizons network is the best by far. The other 3 have there spots in Chicago. One works better then the other in each spot. As for Sprint being dial up speeds I just don't see it here. Maybe in more rural areas...
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Re: No deal here

It's all a big party now, but if you get strangers to join this thing, what happens if they leave? Everyone remaining starts paying more, and it becomes too costly for everyone else, and then it collapses. There are some weird restrictions that I was reading on the BAN (essentially the main account) to stop people from jumping from one framily to another.

I think this framily thing is in the honeymoon phase, and just you wait when people start leaving.

Framily plans are contract, they are social contract plans, you just need to discern. The basis for the contract is that all members in the "framily" to remain in the social net. If one or more leaves, the punitive (more cost) starts kicking in. Once a few people leave, the framily collapses. Sprint put checks in there to stop the simple flip/flop that would naturally occur in these degree of separation organization.

Unless you strictly have family members on this, the cohesion of these plans are suspect at best.

It's almost like Solevei...

I won't talk of Speeds, because there is plenty of material out their to support who's networks are up to snuff and where. YMMV.
nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ

Re: No deal here

You only let people join that already have Sprint and are not whining. New people might change their minds, and no sense adding someone who is already whiny but may stay just if they can save a bit of money. Pick the framily and shouldn't be many hiccups. Take anyone out there and yes issues.
78036364

join:2014-05-06
USA
said by THXULTRA :

Not really a deal, if you jump on a almost full framily plan with sprint you can get unlimited talk and 1gig for $25, unlimited data and talk for $45. T-mobile has better deals also. No bargain here.

You're assuming everyone lives in areas where sprint and T-Mobile have coverage. A large portion of the US doesn't. Also saving a few bucks doesn't mean squat if teh coverage stinks.

THXULTRA

@38.103.109.x

Re: No deal here

AT&T coverage isn't exactly great outside major cities. Go about a hour and a half outside Chicago and hello edge network. Goes back to my original argument about Verizon's coverage being much better. Is AT&T's network better then sprints yes but not by much.
jorcmg

join:2002-10-24
USA

Re: No deal here

Yea the old hour and a half away from chicago test. Thats the test where you end up in milwaukee. Hour and a half....lol. Thank you internet for people like this.
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meowmeow

join:2003-07-26
Helena, MT
Nonsense, I live in MONTANA and statewide, AT&T is by far the best coverage. Much of it is UMTS HSPA (not GSM EDGE), yes. Only two cities have LTE. Regardless, AT&T's UMTS HSPA is almost as fast as Verizon's LTE, and better coverage at quite good (4-8 Mbps down) speeds matters more to me.

Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: No deal here

said by meowmeow:

Nonsense, I live in MONTANA and statewide, AT&T is by far the best coverage.

..which is true. Unfortunately, Jordan doesn't have GSM at all (found that out the hard way), but they do have VZ. I was surprised that Broadus has coverage.
said by meowmeow:

Much of it is UMTS HSPA (not GSM EDGE), yes. Only two cities have LTE. Regardless, AT&T's UMTS HSPA is almost as fast as Verizon's LTE, and better coverage at quite good (4-8 Mbps down) speeds matters more to me.

Billings is not one of them. Although, Sheridan and Gillette have LTE. I was like "WTH?"

I'd prefer coverage and decent speeds as well.
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Not by much? Are you paid by Sprint to make that statement? lol

Sprint's network is a joke compared to AT&T. Sure not every inch of the country is covered but looking at networks as a whole, AT&T is far and away better. I know several with Sprint in many areas and they all cannot wait for their contracts to end so they can move away from Sprint. They've stayed for the unlimited data, but that does no good if you can't get good coverage or data speeds faster than a 56k modem.

newwireless

@206.190.91.x
Not mentioned in this editorial:

The new Cricket will also provide a $10 per month discount for each line of service a customer adds. For example, a second line of service added to the $40 per month smartphone plan will cost $30 per month, and a third line of service will cost $20 per month. AT&T added group discounts to its Aio brand last month.

Read more: Rumor Mill: AT&T's 'New Cricket' plans to start at $40/month, speeds to be capped - FierceWireless »www.fiercewireless.com/story/rum···1GrqjkMM
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Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Re: No deal here

said by newwireless :

speeds to be capped

Yep.. with massive overages.
ITGeeks

join:2014-04-20
Cleveland, OH
You need at least 10 handsets to get that from Sprint. Also Framily Plans seem to make you pay more for your phone over the 2years. Each month you pay for that phone on top of your plan.

gigahurtz
Premium
join:2001-10-20
Palm Coast, FL
Not really a deal?
Yea, except that you have better coverage, a faster network, you pay less taxes and you don't have to deal with finding someone to join your 'framily'. Framily is a joke and will be gone in a year.

SysOp

join:2001-04-18
Douglasville, GA

What's the latency Kenneth?

If the latency is higher than with GoPhone; you're going to have a slow time.

morbo
Complete Your Transaction

join:2002-01-22
00000

Ho hum

Prices are okay but nothing to get excited about. I suppose the unlimited talk and text is the biggest stand out.

w0g
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join:2001-08-30
Springfield, OR

LOL.

Enjoy your overages bitches with the pathetic data rate costs of AT&T and Verizon.

Luckily Sprint and T-Mobile still exist because data caps are ridiculous (and do hope that neither company get bought out by the big two, otherwise you know they will implement caps just ream out even more profits)..
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