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Pros / Cricket Wireless operates on AT&T's excellent network.

Cons / Cricket customers have their LTE speeds artificially capped at 8 Mbps.

 Verdict / The opportunity to get AT&T's coverage for rock-bottom prices shouldn't be ignored; Cricket Wireless is one of the best non-carrier cellular provider around.

Cricket Wireless floundered for several years with its small, private cellular network and coverage that paled in comparison to what nationwide cell phone companies offered. When AT&T acquired the company and merged it with Aio Wireless, Cricket transformed. Today, it runs on AT&T's network and has the benefit of coast-to-coast coverage. Cricket's place atop the lesser carriers was assured after its introduction to an unlimited data plan. Sure, it might not have the feature list or device selection of one of the Big Four, but it has some of the best cell phone plans around, with strong coverage and a fair price.

Cricket's base plan offers unlimited talk, texts and 1GB of high-speed data for just $30 a month, but we think most people should opt for the $40 3GB plan instead. You can increase your high-speed data limit to 8GB, and add unlimited international messaging to boot, for $50 a month. Regardless of the plan you pick, Cricket throttles your speeds once you hit your data limit rather than charge you overage fees. It's just $10 for each additional gigabyte, though. If you sign up for automatic payments, it knocks $5 off each bill, bringing the basic 3GB plan down to just $35.

If you want to go all out, Cricket now offers an unlimited 4G LTE data plan for $60 per month, or $55 with autopay. That's $5 cheaper than Sprint and $15 cheaper than T-Mobile, but there's a catch: All Cricket 4G LTE connections have data speed caps and there's no mobile hot spot.

Whether you get the basic 1GB plan or the unlimited plan, the best speeds you can hope for are 8 Mbps. Given the best-in-class cell phone service you get from AT&T's network, this is rather disappointing, though it's par for the course with the smaller carriers. Tom's Guide's, our sister site, speed tests proved that Cricket's overall performance was much slower than every other prepaid cell phone carrier tested, with the exception of Straight Talk. Cricket's national average of 6 Mbps was second-to-worst in the testing, with the next-slowest carrier, Boost, more than doubling Cricket's download speeds.

The company doesn't have designated family share plans, but it provides a $10 discount to every additional line of service you put on your account, with the discount increasing with the more phones you have on an account – $10 off for the second phone, $20 off the price of the third and so on. You can get four lines of smartphone service, each with unlimited talk, text and its own dedicated 3GB data allocation, for just $100 a month. Unfortunately, the $5 monthly autopay discount is not stackable with the group save discount. Make no mistake, though, considering what you get for your money, these are the cheapest cell phone plans you can buy.

  • Cost of Individual Plan
  • Cost of Family Plan
  • Restocking Fee
  • Activation Fee
  1. The cost of an average single-line plan with at least 3GB of data.
    (cheaper is better)
  2. 7  Cricket Wireless
    $35.0
  3. $55.0
  4. $40.0
  5. 3  AT&T
    $40.0
  6. Category Average
    $42.0

Summary

When you compare Cricket's plans with the competition, you'll find them nearly unbeatable. For $30, its basic 1GB data tier tends to be great for many users, while its $60 unlimited plan is one of the cheapest avenues to unlimited data on the market. The AT&T network, meanwhile, is the strongest available from any prepaid provider. If you're looking for the service and support of a small company with the network authority of a large one, Cricket could win your heart.

Cricket Wireless Visit Site