Cricket Wireless tempting customers to leave T-Mo, Sprint, MetroPCS and others with $100 credit

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Right at the outset of this year, T-Mobile unleashed a revolutionary Uncarrier phase. Dubbed Uncarrier 4.0, they promised to pay off your early termination fee and give you money for your old phone if you joined Team Magenta. It wasn’t a short term promo. It’s an Uncarrier move which – by its very nature – is one released to change the industry. One that’s here to stay.

Since then – and even before the official launch – other carriers, big and small have been releasing their own “copies” of the offer. Except they miss the key ingredient: permanence. Whether it’s AT&T, Sprint or Cricket Wireless (AT&T company), they’ve each tried to incentivize switching carriers.

The latest of those carriers trying to tempt customers away is Cricket Wireless. AT&T’s prepaid brand is offering $100 billing credits to customers who switch from T-Mobile, Sprint, MetroPCS, Cincinnati Bell, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

This is just a holiday deal by the looks of things. It ends on December 31st, 2014. Here are the terms:

Offer ends 12/31/14. $100 account credit is available only to Boost, Cincinnati Bell, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile customers who transfer their number to Cricket. Must purchase and activate a new line of service on a Basic, Smart or Pro rate plan. Limit one $100 account credit per qualifying line of service. Account credit applied approx 5 days before end of first month’s service period.

Account must be active on a qualifying rate plan to receive credit; suspended or cancelled accounts are not eligible to receive credit. Lines added to Group Save (multi-line) accounts 5 or fewer days before the end of a bill cycle will receive account credit during the following month of service. Credits have no cash value, are not redeemable for cash or any cash equivalent and are not transferable or refundable. Account credits are forfeited if your account is cancelled. May not be combined with other offers.

The company is also offering a $75 discount on certain smartphones like the HTC Desire 510 or Lumia 635. It’s all pretty enticing on the surface. But be sure to compare deals and coverage in your area before succumbing to any short-term promises of savings and free cash.

Read more on Cricket Wireless’ offer page.

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  • Verizonthunder

    Laughable not even a tempting offer. A hook with no bait.

    • Ashton3002

      Actually it’s very tempting for people that want better coverage and service while having unlimited with data throttles like T-Mobile does. And even tho LTE maxes out at 8 Mbps its better than edge or no service inside building and on the road if T-Mobile hasn’t went live with 700mhz yet in your area.

      • JimmieDubose

        Maybe those people should take the bait…..

        • Ashton3002

          The bait for better coverage ok.

        • jay_max

          AT&T’s coverage advantage is rapidly disappearing. And TMO does NOT throttle my data. So thanks, but no thanks.

        • calilove

          Depends were you are here in los angeles tmobiles coverage is the one thats disappearing ..its like they just stopped working on it . Walk in to any building dowtown your on edge or no service been like this since 2012 yes 2012 got plenty phones thinking was a phone issue still as of 2014 same thing..Att on the other hand walk in those same buildings u have lte/hspa deep in them buildings and are able to use data and calls .

        • Fabian Cortez

          And that’s the beauty of sub-1 GHz spectrum.

          Wi-Fi Calling is a neat feature that takes care of that, assuming you have access to the hotspot or if one even exists.

        • calilove

          I kno i use wifi calling at the library dowtown since signal dont make it tru there sometimes but the other places theres no wifi it can get frustrating sometimes walking around the lobby trying to get at least some type of signal.

        • Fabian Cortez

          I agree.

        • gmo8492

          That’s why they’re aggressively buying lowband spectrum to make up for the lack of LTE indoors. Tmobiles whole goal was to activate their LTE network as fast as they possibly could now its all about reaching more rual areas and better building penetration.

        • Ashton3002

          Meanwhile AT&T is still expanding. If you choose for your data to be throttled. Like the plan a lot of people are on.

        • jay_max

          If you mean AT&T’s bills are expanding, then yes.

        • Ashton3002

          I said right. And actually bills are going down.

        • Pitahson

          it really depends on how often you leave the large centers. i dont often, but for someone who does, t-mobile can be a tough one

        • jay_max

          I’m getting more and more LTE in rural Washington, so I think the idea that TMO only serves large urban centers needs to go by the wayside. It’s a very 2012 argument.

        • Pitahson

          the idea that it serves ONLY large urban areas, yeah thats now gone as they are quickly expanding and changing their 2G to LTE. there is just many gaps to fill

        • Roger Sales

          Many gaps to fill, but promises that have been met and made at every turn.

      • Mike

        MetroPCS/Tmo doesn’t throttle the $60/$80 unlimited LTE prepaid plans.

        • Ashton3002

          They do. Not on the 80 unlimited plan duh but the any plan below that they do. I was comparing the plans. Of cricket and T-Mobile with throttles

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          I have the original $70 plan and they don’t throttle

        • Ashton3002

          The original $70 plan. Exactly the $70 unlimited plan not the current $70. The one which I was referring to

        • Roger Sales

          Same here, on the 70$ plan myself and was pulling 40+ down in downtown Manhattan and Harlem. Can’t ask for much more then that honestly.

        • However, all carriers do throttle the hotspot on all plans, including T-Mob on the $80.

      • brybry

        Data speeds are slow//barely acceptable on Cricket. I think it all depends on where you are. in the NYC/NNJ area i’m getting 3 down 1 up. But I got these mainly for voice coverage since that’s all my parents needed. Set up the T-mobile lines to call forward to the Cricket Phones and now where they got no coverage in the buildings finally got call/text coverage. With all the credits I received they should be good for 4-5 months of free service.

        • Pitahson

          interesting. I was constantly getting the whole 8mbps down when I tried cricket on lte.

        • Ordeith

          Same here. I don’t buy it.

    • Stone Cold

      Exactly!

  • brybry

    got me to move 4 lines over O_O $25 moto G after rebate + $400 in credit.

    • Zacamandapio

      I would. But it’s very difficult to give up unlimited data.

  • mattdistro

    Don’t do it, they’ve been having serious speed issues because their proxies are overloaded.
    Even when they aren’t, they limit your speed to 8mbit on LTE, 4mbit on HSPA.

    • Roger Sales

      I’ve noticed that, my friend who works for cricket randomly has internet troubles in our area(North Jersey) even when he’s got bars of LTE at his place, which doesn’t make much sense given AT&T has fairly decent capacity across their 3 bands.

      • Pitahson

        thats interesting. here in central jersey ive had no speed issues, granted that was a month ago.

        • Roger Sales

          Central jersey isnt nearly as populated – and the towers you’re using are much farther out.

    • Ryan

      I’ve noticed some slowdowns as well. I had no idea that they were
      having nationwide issues. I need the coverage of ATT (I live in northern MI). Any
      idea how net10’s performance is? I’d rather avoid straight talk.

  • Paul Garrison

    Go, you’ll be back.

    • Ordeith

      Went, and am much enjoying all the coverage in places I have never had it before.

      • Paul Garrison

        Sure you are, I hear and read conflicting stories to your claims.

        • Ordeith

          How can you? None exists.

        • eanfoso

          I actually agree, I switched to cricket recently and I’m loving it, but don’t get me wrong, if t mobile UPS their coverage I’ll be back, that and also has deals similar to what I’ll be paying for with cricket when my 500$ runs out.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I’m still on a 2yr contract

    • Ashton3002

      I’m not understanding. what would being on a contract have to do with anything?

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Just wanted to put that out there lol

        • Ashton3002

          Oh I thought you were meaning you couldn’t switch to cricket because your on a contract but at the same time I was confused because I thought you loved T-Mobile

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Lol of course I love tmo.

  • mingkee

    None of them will fulfill as my main line (10GB max) and it’s semi-unlimited (speed is reduced after the allowance). Since band 12 will be available in NYC in no time, I don’t see any need of it as of now.
    However, if some customers want AT&T-like service, this is a good backup.
    Moreover, it directly targets Sprint and its sisters (Virgin and Boost) more than T-Mobile’s (Ultra, MetroPCS, GOsmart).

    • VG

      Don’t count on T-Mobile Band 12 being turned on in NYC anytime soon. There has been absolutely no news about WNJN TV in Montclair, NJ moving off of Channel 51. Until that happens (which could be 2+ years from now), there will be no Band 12 service on T-Mobile in the NYC area.

      • mingkee

        I am sure T-Mobile is actively working with WNJN to move. Don’t forget NYC was the first city officially launched UMTS six and half years ago.

        • VG

          I hope you are correct, but I am skeptical. It costs $ to move to another TV frequency, and a PBS station doesn’t have a big pool of available funds. Basically, T-Mobile would have to pay NJN to move.

        • randian

          As I understand it the FCC has mandated they move. T-Mobile doesn’t have to pay them.

    • Roger Sales

      I’ve said it before, this is the best prepaid option out of the big 2 for those who need extensive coverage in nooks and crannies. That aside – T-Mobile and MetroPCS still edges them out in terms of bang for buck.

  • Tmo news reader

    Jiminy Cricket!!! A commercial for a competitor, complete with a link to it, on a T-mobile news site??? Something just doesn’t seem right!

    • timmyjoe42

      I thought the same thing.

  • David Tyler

    I had to switch from Cricket back to AT&T. Data speeds are fine in the mornings, but later in the day it becomes very poor. Sometimes MMS dont even work. Customer Service are scripted robots. Honestly, I missed saving all that money from cricket but I believing having reliable cell phone service. Maybe when all the data issues are fixed, then I will go back.

  • Adam

    I think this promotion would be more effective if they named it the “sim-card reimbursement program” Or, “how you can still get some money when your mail in rebate is refuse program” I don’t understand why carriers don’t just make it cheaper to signup instead of making people pay and then give a credit. There is customer value in the KISS principle.

  • Derrick Ford

    Cricket, thus dar is an epic failure. AT&T is contemplating dumping it to another MVNO who might take it over. LTE speeds topped ar 8 mbps (if you get that…and you never do), no ability to tether.
    I have the new T-Mobile Unlimited Family Plan – 1st 2 lines at $100, with additional Unlimited Lines at $40 more a pop. All with Tethering included. My Family can get our Netflix or SlingBox fixes on without worries. With speeds in the places I work and live reaching 60 mbps.
    So, Cam why even give Cricket (POS) the time of day?

    • Ordeith

      Because the coverage is much better, and real life speeds are usually better as well. I can maintain 8mbps on cricket driving across the state and streaming radio the whole way. T-Mobile pops in and out of 2G most of the way, with a pocket or two of 4G that doesn’t ever go above 4mbps.

      • Derrick Ford

        Wow Cam..didn’t know you had a secret identity. You haven’t tried T-mobile Lately. Has Voice over LTE and in places I drive in visiting clients there is Wideband LTE already on.
        Plus, what are you going to do when AT&T dumps Cricket? Move up to AT&T?

        • Der Rick Foredahh

          Cam has an email addy if you were trying to get a reply from him
          But considering you used a forum board and got mad for receiving a reply, I’m not so sure you have the capacity to find it….

        • Derrick Ford

          nah… Was referring to Ordeith

        • Imrellystu

          Wow Cam..didn’t know you had a secret identity.
          Your post from above

        • Alex Long

          That’s great. So everyone else in the country drives in the exact same places you do?

          I currently have T-Mobile and the coverage outside of a major city leaves A LOT to be desired. Driving on I-5 up and down California gets you unusable EDGE most of the way or even GPRS in some parts. There are TINY pockets of 4G/LTE along the way but not enough to keep music streaming going.

          Good for you that TMUS works everywhere you need it to, but let’s not pretend that their overall 4G/LTE coverage is anywhere near comparable with Verizon or AT&T.

        • Derrick Ford

          Who’s pretending??? What works for me may not work for all. That what I have said. I am only sharing my experience.
          Also…for some (not all) the ability to tether is important. As well as having the speed to watch Netflix in 4K. Not, possible on Cricket. AT&T plan is to bail and force you to jump onboard with the rest of evil empire. So, good luck with all of that.

        • eanfoso

          Honestly that’s highly unlikely, otherwise why allow them to use the at&t network? I just switched to cricket and I’m loving it, especially the coverage and constant LTE wherever I go, I’m sorry but at least here on south east Texas t mobile sucks, even the coverage map on the web site shows it, I hope it gets better though

    • Bob Frazier

      Oh man, I hope you are wrong about AT&T dumping Cricket – we’ve already (just) been dumped.

  • jacky

    cricket 4 glte is always throttled always. at& t even admit critkcet service is throttled from the start of your service.

    • eanfoso

      Yeah to 8 mbps which well is better than what I ever got with t mobile

  • Pitahson

    I live in linden. A small town near NYC. Every carrier works here (perks of being near NYC). I have solavei and decided to try out cricket. I know some are saying they cap out at 8mbps on LTE and 4mbps on H+, Yes. but most of the time, those speeds are met. What I liked about it in comparison to solavei (T-mobile MVNO) is the better building penetration (was getting LTE in places I was barely getting signal), the 10GB for $60 and the wider coverage area. 8mbps may seem low but its fine for facebook, instagram, snapchat, twitter, craiglist, ebay, spotify, and the occasional youtube video. The annoying thing is the ping times being over 100ms at all times. but I’m happy with Solavei. For me, unlimited talk text and 4GB LTE (then throttle) for $20 a month is a phenomenal deal. but if solavei wasn’t around, i’d be with cricket.

    • Uxorious

      The advertised price for that plan is $69 – how do you get it for $20?

      • Pitahson

        Their referral program. Its free and I took advantage of it. referred 9 and that plan becomes $20 a month with taxes and fees included. every other plan is free with 9 referrals. It isn’t hard referring friends and family members. Most of us do it without even realizing.

        • Uxorious

          Ah, but I guess you have to pay the $300 to become a Brand Partner…

        • Pitahson

          No. Only those that want to refer their hearts out. All you pay for is first month of service. You’ll get a link and everyone you refer has to use that link. You can get a line right now, refer 9 in the next week and have your bill be free or reduced for next billing cycle and beyond as long as those 9 pay their own bill. That’s it. No brand partner, no extra cash.

        • Uxorious

          Thanks for the clarification … worth considering for sure.
          Right now I’m on the T-Mob $30 plan, but its a bit too easy to bump up against the minute limit.

        • Pitahson

          Yup no problem. And yeah. The minutes can be tough. Right now I’m at 553 minutes, (don’t know how many texts) and 2.6GB out of 4. Plan restarts the 16th

  • kev2684

    I took advantage of this. $100 + $25 referral service. great coverage compared to T-Mo. data throttled up to 8mbps LTE/4mbps HSPA.

    8mbps is NOT guaranteed. they’re having problems with their servers. multiple times i get VERY slow data. i’m moving back to t-mo prepaid after i burn through my credits, come january. unless T-Mo introduces $50 unlimited LTE on postpaid to pair with their $100 unlimited LTE Family of 2 plan.

    • Ordeith

      I have never had a problem getting a consistent 8mps in all places at all times of the day with Cricket. But then again I am using ATT phones and not Cricket phones so perhaps the data is set to go a different path once it hits the network.

      • kev2684

        it’s a known issue and all over howard forums. maybe you don’t use your mobile to stream youtube or Netflix in HD but it buffers a lot from time to time and only pulling .5-2mbps… consistency is key and at this point i think GoPhone has the edge over Cricket. their $55 2.5gb data is now also includes unlimited 2G when you hit the cap instead of shutting off data all together. GoPhone doesn’t throttle and receives the same ping & service like AT&T postpaid.

        • Ordeith

          Nope, never had a problem.. I even tether a Roku to my phone on occasion and stream Netflix from there (shh, don’t tell Cricket). I wonder if there are some firmware or APN differences between the ATT and Cricket phones that would account for the apparent discrepancy in experience.

    • Ryan

      I’ve noticed some slowdowns as well. I had no idea that they were having issues. I need the coverage of ATT (I live in northern MI). Any idea how net10’s performance is? I’d rather avoid the plague of straight talk.

      • John

        Net10 also just uses the different major carriers (they don’t have a network) so you may want to make sure the particular phone you get is one that’s on a carrier that has good coverage in your area – most likely only Verizon.

        • Ryan

          I planned on using the ATT network that they sell sim cards for since I have an unlocked z1

    • VG

      Depending on your data needs, AT&T GoPhone is a nice option. $45 monthly plan gets you unlimited talk and text with 1GB 4G LTE data (throttled after 1GB, just like T-Mo, no cost overages), $60 monthly plan gets you 2.5GB high speed data (again, throttled after 2.5GB). You can also add additional data packages as needed. Both plans include tethering at no extra cost. And if you purchase the refill cards at CallingMart during the once a month specials, you get 10% off.

      I have one of my lines with GoPhone. Works great, none of the nonsense you have with Cricket. Same AT&T data speeds, no throttling, no proxy server, etc.

    • Dakota

      I use Straight Talk with an ATT LTE SIM- $45 a month prepaid. No postpaid added fees.

  • TK

    Started a line with them when they were AIO. With referrals, I got service on AT&T for nearly a year for free. That is a hard to beat price for better coverage.

  • Logan S

    This is isn’t news. They’ve been doing this for a few months, and added Sprint more recently.
    I am currently in Virginia university facility just outside the Washington DC beltway. T-Mo coverage is barely there, and my AT&T hotspot has good coverage. Like they say, diversify.

    • josh

      I live inside the beltway, Alexandria, and I have amazing tmobile service and my speeds are pretty reliably fast.

      • Logan S

        Yes, I live in 22302 Alexandria City and has no issue here either. But at GMU Aquatic Center, I had dropped signals all the time. I have my AT&T backup for these reasons.

        • eanfoso

          In Alexandria LA t mobile doesn’t even have roaming, yet I had LTE with cricket, it all just depends man!:)

  • notyourbusiness

    Hard to believe people on T-Mo would be at all tempted by that ridiculous Cricket. 8Mbps of speed? Laughable! I’m seeing over 20Mbps at home and over 30Mbps when I’m out. No thanks, Cricket, err… AT&T.

    • Ordeith

      Huh, guess some people don’t get out enough to need the better coverage. who knew.

      • notyourbusiness

        Yet there have been people replying to you and completely saying the OPPOSITE of what you keep spouting off about Cricket… I’m having zero issues with coverage on T-Mobile, so try again.

        • Ordeith

          As there are people saying the opposite of what you claim about T-Mobile, and there are also people that corroborate what I am saying about both.

          And what those people are saying is corroborated by my own extensive experience with both companies.

          No trying needed. I have great coverage now, that’s winning.

        • notyourbusiness

          What I claim? You’re so full of it it’s not even funny. Why are you even here when you so blatantly hate T-Mobile and its service? Get lost, “buddy.”

        • eanfoso

          He might be here for the same reason I am, just waiting for something big, something good, honestly I’m waiting to see if t mobile will launch a cheaper plan than what I have on cricket, but in all honesty, they’re the carrier I’ve been with the longest, I’m probably coming back after I unlock and sell my cricket phones and my billing credit runs out

        • eanfoso

          That’s you man, it varies for everybody, t mobile was horrible in my campus, it was sad when I always lost service inside buildings, WiFi calling was a good work around, but then they did away with missy I’d the WiFi, but cricket I get steady LTE, it all depends man.

    • yaby2979

      That’s you dumb ass. I get 175kbps download on tmobile lte!! That’s in ft Lauderdale fl. My 8mbps on cricket(always steady and actually works) smokes what I was getting on that joke of a patched up crapwork. Nobody gives a damn what You’re getting. Moron.

      • Fhritp

        You’re probably throttling and just too stupid to realize it.

      • notyourbusiness

        You’re the dumbass, dumbass. Name calling and trashing a person for putting in their two cents? That’s what a true moron does. Why don’t you take a flying leap right off of this site?

        Also, you’re full of it. I was in the Fort Lauderdale area almost two years ago and had a good signal on my phone. Try again, bub.

        • yaby2979

          Guess you better not come back to Ft.Lauderdale. It’s illegal to feed the homeless outside now. You’ll get hungry. And have crappy service.

    • Serialuser

      Sure. But in the country. It’s worth giving cricket a thought where the top speeds for Tmobile are 128kbps.

    • ilovetechnology

      Sure, speeds are capped at 8mbps, but with AT&T’s coverage and a lower price than T-Mobile, it’s still a better deal for most people. You can actually get data when you’re outside a city, and their prices include all taxes and fees. I switched from T-Mobile to Cricket a while back and am very happy with the switch.

      • notyourbusiness

        Good for you. Keep your Cricket service with the leeches that are AT&T and keep upvoting your own comments. Why do you people come here, to try and get happy T-Mobile customers to switch? Not gonna work.

        • eanfoso

          Dude he is just doing it for his own benefit, and actually I gave him the votes up, I’m one of those people that likes to explode freebies from companies (that’s what first got me from Sprint to t mobile a long time ago) but if I can save 500$ in the form of a billing credit, why not? Plus I’ve come to find that cricket is actually way better than t mobile, I live in southeast Texas and outside of cities t mobile sucks, with cricket I get to keep my LTE for a good while, and with t mobile I never went above 10 GB so their 10 GB for 20$ does it for me, plus no taxes so I actually will get to save money once I start paying, which won’t be for another 4 months, and I have 5 lines

        • yaby2979

          Are you joking? Look up leeches in the dictionary and find John Scumbag Ledgere’s pic.

        • notyourbusiness

          My god, you’re mind numbingly stupid. In fact, you’re so mind numbingly stupid that I’m not even going to address your idiotic comment about leeches and John *Legere*.

        • ilovetechnology

          I don’t care if you switch, just sharing my experience. If you’re happy with your service for the price you’re paying, then that’s great. Let’s keep it positive. Merry Christmas :)

        • notyourbusiness

          Fair enough. Merry Christmas to you too! ;)

    • HD NetFlix only uses 5MBps, For 99.9% of people they will never ask for more than that so 8MBps might as well be Gigabit speeds.

    • Mr Paul

      Or, when people start using T-Mobile like maniacs and you can’t get enough bandwidth to stream a 360p video, you’ll quickly realize that throttling realistic speeds is perfectly acceptable. You can do a lot with those speeds. No one needs more than 10-15 megabits unless they are downloading large files, period.

      NO carrier owes you 30-100 megabits down in your pocket, for anything. Carriers give you a connection to do what is ethically allowed: Streaming videos, music, checking e-mail, surfing web, and apps that use data here and there. What else needs more bandwidth? Downloading gigabyte files? Doing that on a regular basis with full speeds is not acceptable and is absolutely subject to throttle, or no one would be able to get good speeds *COUGH* SPRINT *ENDCOUGH*. Even T-Mobile has made this call due to too many people abusing their network. AT&T (not cricket) themselves states that in order to maintain a functional network, you can expect 6-8 mbps always, but up to ~20 mbps when there isn’t a high load which is almost always in my area which has sucky coverage from all areas to begin with. It is not a secret, so people with AT&T complaining need to leave. I would not want to be with a carrier that was too naive to understand this. You want to download big files, get on Wi-Fi.

      What you T-Sheep don’t understand is, you get good speeds because no one is using T-Mobile compared to how people use the other 3 and especially the big 2. If you found the most modest, ethical and moral businessperson in the world, they would not stop throttling.

      When you see faster speeds, it’s that the carriers QoS allows virtually full speeds if people are not putting a load on the tower you are using, but that is the only exception.

  • Lorenzo

    Left T-Mobile for Cricket. Got a $500 credit and I referred many friends, now I am racking up $25 referral credits!!! :) Won’t be paying my bill for a while. The thing that sucks is T-Mobile keeps sending me random bills for $200/$300. I opened a BBB case and got it solved 2 months ago, they wiped my account and closed it for good….or so I thought, yesterday I got a $291 bill from them and a letter saying I was being handed over to collections.

    • FILA

      never had problems with T-Mobile billing. You may get free months for a while thrugh Cricket but its not worth the network, and you’ll be crying to come back to T after your months end

      • yaby2979

        You’re crazy. I ported all 3 of my Turd Mobile lines to Cricket. Better network. Better phones. Better customer service. Get serious. Tmobile is a joke.

        • Jmap81

          Why are you flip tards on tmobile thread?? What’s the point, go to a cricket post???

        • yaby3979

          Because we’re amused by moronic cheerleaders like you. Dumbass.

        • Mr Paul

          What, do you feel entitled to this forum? Do you own this website?

        • gmo8492

          Enjoy those throttled speeds.

        • eanfoso

          Considering they have LTE when t movie has GPRS where I live, I’ll take the throttled speeds, besides 10 GB of LTE for 20$ is not bad at all. Plus they actually have more decent phones, at least to my like.

        • gmo8492

          Yeah, but some of the people here keep bragging like it’s the deal of the century. I live in an area where I get LTE virtually everywhere I go and I burn through 25GB of data a month. I still have my $70 unlimited plan that was grandfathered in after the $10 price bump. But it’s still the best deal you can get for unlimited data. As for your “t-ghetto” comment, I see most of my business friends switching because it makes sense.

        • eanfoso

          Hey good for them, and besides for a small business you usually just want voice working. If data was a must….well I don’t think t mobile should be a prime option, but then again that’s just where I live, I guess around where you live t mobile has it all upgraded

        • yaby2979

          If you think that Tmobile unlimited data is forever you’re Really stupid. Just a matter of time. Because of Morons Like You using 25gb a month. Idiot.

        • gmo8492

          Seems like someone took a dump in your cereal today, trolling is obviously not your forte. Jeaulousy isn’t getting you anywhere either… lol

        • yaby2979

          Jealousy. Of what? Joke network? Joke phones? Or waiting for an hour for customer service? You better go. Your drive through line is backing up. Hold the mayo! Moron.

        • gmo8492

          Good to know that you always got crappy service since someone like you deserved it.

        • yaby2979

          Sure. All of your 7-11 coworkers are switching!

        • yaby2979

          Are you joking. 8mbps down is Faster Than I EVER got on Turd

        • gmo8492

          That’s pretty sad and pathetic buddy. Not something you want to brag about your crappy coverage area.

        • yaby2979

          That’s in a city of nearly 2 million. Idiot

        • gmo8492

          Only 2 million, not big enough.

        • eanfoso

          Dude I completely agree! I’m even paying less than I was with t-ghetto!

      • eanfoso

        It depends where to are, I’m on south east Texas and so far my cricket service kicks ass, compared to t mobile

      • lolwut? The Cricket (AT&T) network will offer much better coverage 99% of the time than T-Mobile.

        I’m still a fan of T-Mobile but their network is not their strong suit.

      • Mr Paul

        LOL! Luckily T-Mobile never wrongfully billed me, but their system is stupid. I payed off my phone before I left, but it didn’t show separately from my regular bill on the account, so when I called up to pay my final bill so T-Mobile wouldn’t play games with me, I had to explain to the rep that I had paid my phone off, and then she realized and admitted that T-Mobile does not mark this desperately so no one would know if you didn’t and it wouldn’t have reset to the proper number until the next billing cycle, after which I would’ve gotten a late fee added for not paying. Sounds just as sleazy as Verizon to me.

        Who could come back crying to T-Mobile? I have 10x the coverage, LTE virtually everywhere including by house instead of 3 blotches in two small random towns, I pay 12 dollars less a month, and I just got two months for FREE in credit, two months I don’t pay a cell bill, just for switching and making my life easier. The call quality is identical to T-Mo and superior to VZW, and the texts always send and receive within 3-5 seconds.

        If someone lives in an area where AT&T doesn’t happen to cover well, it is 100% THEIR loss for being stupid enough to not have checked before switching and subsequently being lead to choose Verizon or an appropriate regional carrier.

  • Bob Frazier

    Let me tell you about my Cricket “experience”.

    1. We had such poor AT&T service in NE Tucson we switched to Cricket CDMA phones about 18 months ago – about $400 each for Galaxy S4’s. We were happy.

    2. Next, AT&T bought Cricket and is phasing out the CDMA towers – sooner rather than later. So the phones will shortly be no good.

    3. We bought “New Cricket” phones on Cyber Monday (More S4’s but GSM models) – it was a nightmare that took dozens of tries over a period of hours. At one point I was number 335 in the cue, only to be dropped hours later at number 70. Their servers crashed, gave bad info, it was horrible.

    4. Yesterday – spent one hour forty five minutes in the local “Corporate” office trying to fix numbers etc. Only partially accomplished.

    5. Today, guess what? The new GSM phones have -105 to -118 dBm signal in our home. The coverage maps LIE. Yes, engineers now verified our dead zone. (Oops?)

    6. Cricket offer no femtocells and you cant connect to an AT&T femtocell (Even though this is now their company!)

    Yeah – Cricket’s not the zig I should have zagged.

    • dj7u

      Get AT&T through straight talk. Take a free ST brochure map at Walmart. You’ll see the GSM-A map has the most coverage and more than AT&T prepaid or Cricket. Even, in areas that the Cricket map shows as covered such as in the Los Angeles area’s affluent area of Palos Verdes, Seal Beach pier shoreline, etc.

  • superg05

    they would not except you if you came from verizion i was amused they excluded the other bell no competitive agreement maybe?

  • ron

    Don’t do it…it is a bait and switch. I did and regret it surely. Was on the old Cricket and never had a problem really with data, streaming etc…& now nine days in. They aretelling me I’ve reached my 3 gb data. With the old. I only had 2 gbs of data. Now that at&t owns cricket. You better run for the hills. Lies lies lies. When u call customer service and one of four of their options to choose to speak with someone is adding 1 gb of data for $10 more is an option. You know something isn’t right. The effing worst decision I’ve made all year. Verizon… your about to get a new customer.

    • Bob Frazier

      “The effing worst decision I’ve made all year”

      Yeah -what I meant to say below. exactly.

    • So you are a legacy Cricket customer with a CDMA phone? I’ll bet you’d be better off picking up a GSM phone and switching to the AT&T network

      We have quite a few users on Cricket (originally Aio) and they are all happy with it.

      I did some tests with an Aio SIM and found that on the $40 ($35 with autopay) plan they didn’t start throttling till we hit almost 2GB of data usage (was supposed to start throttling at 500MB)

      • Mr Paul

        Heresay makes out AT&T to be the most evil thing on earth, meanwhile if people who don’t need more than 8 megabits (98% of smartphone users) would start ditching Verizon’s 80/20% LTE/3G mess with LTE speeds slower than 3G half the time, they can save boatloads of money. I’ve never followed hearsay, and sometimes use it to do the opposite and find the best companies and services. People don’t know what they’re talking about and that’s exactly why CDMA trumps GSM in this country.

    • Mr Paul

      Verizon appreciates your money, but don’t expect good service. Prepare for 3/1 LTE and 2/0.5 3G unless you’re in the very few markets Verizon has significant XLTE in. I’ve never met anyone who’s had a great experience with Verizon nor doesn’t make excuses for them meanwhile they dish out 90-130 bucks a line like it’s ethical.

  • tired

    It’s not a bad deal I got two free months just from the credit. I switched two months ago coming from the $30 dollar t mobile plan. I’m in south jersey. T mobile is okay in little towns but once you step out about half a mile from town boundaries you hit edge, lots of it. I’m the closest tower to me was upgraded to 3g but it’s getting 2g speeds only difference is is that you get a better ping. Cricket speeds are capped on LTE to 8mbps but it’s more than enough to stream videos. I usually stream videos on my last day to use up what’s left of my data. I’ll probably stick with them for a while. Hopefully they can rollout band 12 lte but I don’t it solve all the coverage problems here. Carriers have had problems with their signals because of the geography of the area. T mobile doesn’t have many towers in the area so really hope they can really improve everything

    • eanfoso

      I got this deal back in October for 5 lines, got to keep my t mobile phones, bought the free ones from cricket to avoid an activation fee, sold the ones from cricket and I got 4 months free, and much, much better rural coverage than t mobile, I switched for the free months of service, but I’m thinking of staying

    • eanfoso

      I’m getting 4 free months, plus free phones and way better service, definitely not a bad deal

  • Scarfacemario

    Cam why is this even on a T-Mobile site ? This should be more on a Cricket site rather than here.

    • Mr Paul

      Because they’re giving two months of free service to anyone who ditches T-Mobile’s 2G network.

  • monkeybutts

    Their customer support is horrendous but if you don’t use music freedom, or are on metro pcs, and wanted to save a few bucks for a few months it’s a good deal to switch.

  • Rob Jones

    I’m sorry still not worth it.att acts like cricket consumers are second class citizens

    • eanfoso

      No not really, their unlocking policy is actually way better than when I was with att, you should give it a try man, heck at least you can get a couple of months for free

    • Csr

      It’s because you are. You net att less money on cricket. The truth is all carriers will always care more about higher paying customer. Crazy how for profit companies work! Morons

      • Rob Jones

        Yea but unless yr a idiot u would notice metro PCs speeds are not capped by t mo my friend on metro gets the same speed as me

        • John Wentworth

          But they still get lower prioritization on the tower, basically if your a metro user and the tower is congested with T-mobile users, metro users will only get the scraps left over.

  • D Velasquez

    ever since T-Mobile denied me to arrange a payment plan since i was unemployed , disconnected my service and sent me to collection i switched to Cricket , They have potential but att congested network is a PIA, really i would understand bad data traffic on bad weather like a storm but in sunny skies and getting near zero data is a major problem(not all the time, is rare) however 10 GB of LTE are not bad , so far they have been good so i guess no complaints on my part…my biggest issue however is no tethering….and T-Mobile pulling the finger on me. oh well..

  • Billybob

    The last sentence of your article was a joke, right? I’m reasonably sure the coverage almost any place on the AT&T network will be way better than T-Mobile’s.

    • Mike

      Not necessarily. AT&T may have the stronger overall network, but in given area, any network could work better. At my house, MetroPCS’ CDMA network had better coverage than most of the other postpaid carriers.

      • Pitahson

        yeah the metropcs cdma network actually was pretty strong coverage wise. performance wise, not so much