The first thing I think of when I think of Cricket Wireless – when I think of Cricket Wireless – was the speed limit of the telephone company. Unless you’ve paid for Cricket’s most expensive unlimited data plan, the discount carrier has capped your speeds, with most plans only being able to download data at a maximum of 8Mbps. This severely limited the attractiveness of Cricket as an alternative to more expensive wireless service providers.
But Cricket clearly wants to change how you think about its service, as the company is removing speed limits on all fronts, while also adding 5G access. Previously, 5G was limited to the carrier’s most expensive unlimited plan at a discount.
The end of the speed limit impacts three Cricket packages – the 2GB package, $ 30 / month, the 10GB package, $ 40 / month, and the entry-level Cricket $ 55 / month option. for unlimited data. They join Cricket’s $ 60 / month unlimited option to reduce speed limits, although Cricket reserves the right to slow speeds on the $ 55 unlimited plan if the AT&T network it uses becomes congested.
Data speeds were an area where Cricket couldn’t compete with other budget carriers like Metro By T-Mobile and Visible, which typically offer speeds comparable to their parent network, except when network traffic is raised. Cricket’s 10GB plan compares particularly well to a similar offering from Metro by T-Mobile, which also costs $ 40 / month. Cricket customers can reduce their bill by an additional $ 5 by signing up for Auto Pay.
As mentioned above, Cricket uses the AT&T network, which also owns and operates the discount brand. Testing company OpenSignal ranked AT&T number one for overall download speeds in its July 2021 report, giving the operator a slight edge over T-Mobile, although the Uncarrier has faster 5G download speeds. .
Cricket’s premium unlimited data plan is also getting a boost, now that it is no longer Cricket’s only no-speed limit plan. Subscribers who opt for the $ 60 / month unlimited plan also have access to the ad-supported tier of HBO Max as well as 15GB of mobile hotspot speed.
With perks that – and more speed limits – Cricket could soon find itself challenged by competing carriers for a place among the best prepaid phone plans.