It drives my wife crazy when I change things up on her, but when I find a good deal, it’s hard to pass up.
We’ve tried several cell phone services in the past including Ting, Sprint, and Republic Wireless. Each of them have their pros and cons. However, the best compromise between price and service that I’ve found is Cricket.
Cricket was purchased by AT&T not too long ago and uses the AT&T network. Since it’s a GSM service, you can bring an unlocked GSM phone to use on Cricket. This means you have pretty good coverage in a wide range of places.
Why did we switch? Because I didn’t like watching my minutes and data like I had to on Ting. In order for Ting to be a good deal, you have need to be a light to moderate user. That’s not us anymore.
Cricket offers unlimited minutes and texts, and on their base plan you get 2.5GB of high-speed data. How much you ask? All for $40/month. That includes taxes and fees. No hidden extra charges, just $40/month. Unless you decide to set up auto-pay, and then it’s actually $35/month.
$35/month for unlimited calling and texts and 2.5GB of high-speed data? Yes! There are other plans too, but I’m sure the base plan is more than enough for most people.
What if you’ve got multiple lines of service? Well, then it gets even better. You won’t get the auto-pay discount, but you will get $10 off for each line of service you add to your account.
- $40 – line 1
- $30 – line 2
- $20 – line 3
- $10 – line 4
- FREE – line 5
For $100/month you can get 5 lines of service, each with their own 2.5GB of high-speed data. Since taxes and fees are included in the monthly rate, it’s a flat $100/month with no surprises.
Lots of pros, but what are the cons?
When you run out of high-speed data, you’ll still get data, but at a lower speed of 128Kbps. Also, your high-speed data is capped at 8Mbps, which is plenty fast for most people. Neither one has been an issue for us so far.
My only complaint is that we have spotty service when we’re in any building in the small town we live in. For the cost savings though, it’s something we can live with since the service is great everywhere else.
If you’re interested in trying Cricket for yourself, you can get a $25 credit by using the referral link below. (Full disclosure, I will get a $25 credit as well, although that’s not that important to me.)
What things in your life are you willing to change to save some money? Is there anything that you wouldn’t change, even if you could get a better price? Let me know if the comments below.