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Leap Wireless Changes Cricket Data Pricing
Introduces New, Cheaper $30, 2GB Plan
by Karl Bode 04:38PM Tuesday Jul 17 2012
Leap Wireless has changed the pricing for wireless data from their Cricket subsidiary, raising and lowering caps and lowering the prices on several tiers so they're more in line with competitors like Virgin Mobile. According to the company's website, they're now offering a $30 a month plan with a 2 GB cap (changed from $45 for 2.5GB), a $45 plan with a 4 GB cap (changed from $50 for 5 GB), and a $65 per month plan with an 8 GB cap (changed from $65 for 7.5 GB). All three plans allow users to pay $1.00 for every additional 50 MB of data they require. Leap is currently in the process of deploying their "sort of LTE" network, which provides speeds of around 1.5 Mbps downstream -- and is expected to cover 20-25 million potential users by the end of the year.

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FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
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Prices listed are for broadband only device & plan

The prices listed in this story are for broadband only plans for a USB device for a PC. Here is what they have for a smartphone plan:
»www.mycricket.com/cell-phone-pla···ne-plans

The deal is you buy the smartphone from a limited set of hardware options and then pay $55/mo for unlimited voice, messaging and data. But data is throttled after 2.5 GB of data. You can buy more full speed data for more money.
»www.mycricket.com/cell-phone-pla···smart55q

If you live in a Cricket area and don't mind older smartphones on older versions of Android, then their prices are way cheaper than Verizon or AT&T plans. And a somewhat cheaper than Sprint plans.

And coverage for Cricket is not that great:
»www.mycricket.com/coverage/maps/···ersist=1
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BiggA

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Re: Prices listed are for broadband only device & plan

In non-Cricket areas, they are just another MVNO. And either way, they are never going to provide the same quality of service that Verizon or AT&T will.
chgo_man99

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San Jose, CA

Re: Prices listed are for broadband only device & plan

said by BiggA:

In non-Cricket areas, they are just another MVNO. And either way, they are never going to provide the same quality of service that Verizon or AT&T will.

how does metropcs compare? (I heard rumor att wants to buy them). I notice in Chicago area, they don't have home coverage, only "home extended" whatever it means. I also noticed they only sell phones, no hotspots or usb sticks.

delusion ftl

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Re: Prices listed are for broadband only device & plan

Cricket and MetroPCS have a joint roaming agreement and other than a couple exceptions do not encroach on each other's markets. The Chicago market is Cricket, therefore MetroPCS roams primarily on Cricket in Chicago.

For example:
New york
LA
Miami
Dallas
Atlanta
are metro pcs

Chicago
Houston
Baltimore/DC
Portland
St. Louis
Are Cricket

They both have several more markets than that. I just used those to illustrate. They could merge and have very little overlap (mostly in the philly area and vegas).
chgo_man99

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San Jose, CA

Re: Prices listed are for broadband only device & plan

Hmm interesting. However, cricket has more offers than metropcs, they also offer USB sticks with data only plans.
BiggA

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MetroPCS is a joke. They work in the 'hood, and in major cities, but that's about it. Drive a few miles in any direction, and you're on Sprint. Drive a few more miles, and your roaming on Verizon, where you have to pay something like 20 cents a minute, although you get free texting. The data is the worst part, it's pretty much all 1xRTT, with a few areas with LTE. MetroPCS has a couple of markets with EVDO, but not my market.

HotRodFoto
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said by BiggA:

In non-Cricket areas, they are just another MVNO. And either way, they are never going to provide the same quality of service that Verizon or AT&T will.

The same quality & service? Well for me they do. I used to be with Verizon, I switched to Cricket and have found the service suits me fine. Because it is also unlimited in terms of voice, I dropped my home phone service as well and have saved a boatload of cash. Works like a charm on my flashed and rooted Droid.
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said by FFH5:

If you live in a Cricket area and don't mind older smartphones on older versions of Android, then their prices are way cheaper than Verizon or AT&T plans. And a somewhat cheaper than Sprint plans.

And coverage for Cricket is not that great:
»www.mycricket.com/coverage/maps/···ersist=1

Old smartphones? I guess you don't know about people flashing Sprint Evo LTE's and GS3's over to Cricket. Got my Evo 3D working just fine on their network: 3g data, voice, mms, sms, ect..

Their coverage is great in some markets like the one I am in. I get around 1Mbps or more at the house and have gotten around 2.2Mbps around town. Wife drove to a very rural area in SC here recently and had coverage and 3G to boot. It all depends on your area and what you need. However they do have various roaming agreements especially with Sprint and Verizon. Their Sprint agreement is to allow them to offer nationwide coverage. The only caveat is that you can't do the majority of your cell coverage roaming, which ANY provider will tell ya. They are also going to start offering 4G here soon.

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Cricket: the go to provider for Thugs with stolen phones

Almost every time I am on Craigslist I am flagging posts that go like this:

8 Cell phones for sale: Samsung Blah Blah HTC Blah Blah Motorola Blah Blah etc etc etc Has bad IMEI but can be/has been flashed for Cricket, so you're good to go!

Stolen phones, flashed for instant use on Cricket, good to go. I think Leap Wireless should be required to clean this up!
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tom thomas

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Re: Cricket: the go to provider for Thugs with stolen phones

there is some truth to this.

cricket does indeed accept flashed phones with bad esn's on sprint and verizon.

until recently both t-mobile and at&t also did nothing to block known lost/stolen phones.

my understanding is that we will soon have a nationwide al carriers combined blacklist.

what is interesting though is that it comes soon after the success a few big MVNO's like h2o, simple mobile and staightalk/net10 for the carriers to be interested in blocking phones. it seem they did not care as long as they are coming back to the original network. but if they go to a competitor different story.

also these blacklists are not only 'lost/stolen' they also include unpaid bills. also lots of phones are reported stolen(to collect insurance replacements) after they are sold by the original owners.
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San Jose, CA

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Re: Cricket: the go to provider for Thugs with stolen phones

Doesn't that require police report to file insurance claim for stolen phones. I'm sure they are a few folks that won't hesitate to lie to officer's eyes under penalty of perjury but I don't think it is as simple as reporting something stolen to an insurance company and then getting money.

KrK
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Re: Cricket: the go to provider for Thugs with stolen phones

Yes, you have to file a police report to report a phone as stolen for insurance purposes.

reub2000
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Evanston, IL
Then a person can simply report it as lost.
tom thomas

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Re: Cricket: the go to provider for Thugs with stolen phones

said by reub2000:

Then a person can simply report it as lost.

exactly. carrier do not discriminate between lost and stolen when it comes to blacklisting phones. except that lost does not require a police report.