Here are the best Cricket Wireless plans

By John Callaham

Cricket Wireless plans

Cricket Wireless is the no-contract subsidiary of AT&T, which previously went by the name AIO Wireless, until AT&T bought the Cricket brand in 2014 from its founder, Leap Wireless. You may have seen the company’s TV commercials that show odd-looking green cartoon creatures that look a little like Star Trek‘s tribbles. They’re a major force in the growing trend towards more mobile phone buyers getting cheaper handsets and paying up front for them.

There are a couple of nice things about using Cricket plans. One is that the phones connect to AT&T’s network. That means that you can bring almost any unlocked phone in, as long as it can use GSM wireless hardware. The other thing is that they have a variety of plans designed to fit pretty much anyone, even folks who just want a phone to talk with and not any of those smartphone features that the kids like so much.

Other perks for all of Cricket Wireless plans include no surprise charges — what they list is what you pay — and pretty decent discounts for multiple lines.

We are taking a look at some of the straightforward plans you can sign up for at Cricket Wireless. Be aware that if you buy a phone directly from Cricket and sign up to use one of its plans, it cannot be unlocked to be used on any other network besides AT&T for at least six months after you purchase it.

Limited Cricket plans

If you just want to get network access for your phone with calling and text services only, there are Cricket Wireless plans that cost as low as $25 a month. Get unlimited calls and texts in the U.S., but be aware that you won’t be able to send any picture or video-based messages. You also won’t have any data at all. If you want at least a little bit of data, Cricket has a plan with unlimited talk, text and 2 GB of high-speed LTE data for $30 a month. Neither one of these plans support multi-line discounts or AutoPay bill discounts.

Going up to $40 a month raises the high-speed data limit to 5 GB with the same features. If you use AutoPay you can reduce the price of that plan to just $35 a month. However, it is still not available for multi-line discounts. All of the Cricket limited data plans support a feature called Stream More. It is turned on by default and will reduce some high-definition streaming video down to 480p resolution. This feature can be turned on or off at any time.

Unlimited Cricket plans

There are actually two unlimited Cricket Wireless plans to choose from. We’ll start with the cheaper plan. For just $55 a month, ($50 a month if you use AutoPay) you …read more

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