What is Cricket Wireless Plans, Phones, Pros & Cons

Check out Cricket Wireless plans, pros, cons, APN Settings, customer service number & other details.

AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless is an aggressive telecom network in the United States. It's AT&T's reply against Verizon's Visible and T-Mobile's Metro(previously known as MetroPCS). According to the latest stats available and officially announced it has reached a milestone of 12.4 million subscribers and as soon as that happened, they removed speed caps from many plans and started offering 5G to everyone. Wow! That's a triple bonus, and Cricket believes in such special news.

Now let's learn more about Cricket Wireless plans, SIM cards, APN settings, network coverage, overall pros, and cons.

What is Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless is a network service provider in the United States, and it offers prepaid services. You can learn more about it here -

Cricket Wireless Plans

Here are the various Cricket Wireless plans -

$30 Plan

  • 2 GB high-speed data
  • Unlimited talks, text, and picture messages in the US
  • HD Voice & Wi-Fi calling with a compatible phone
  • Cricket call defence with a compatible phone

$40/month

($35 with autopay)

  • 10 GB high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text & pictures messages in the U.S
  • HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling with a compatible phone
  • Cricket call defense with a compatible phone

$55/month

($50 with autopay)

  • Unlimited high-speed data (data speed limited to 8mbps, cricket wireless may slow down speed if the network is busy)
  • Unlimited talk, text & pictures messages in the U.S.
  • SD quality video streaming (480ps)
  • Mexico and Canada usage(Canada usage cannot exceed 50%)
  • Unlimited Text from the U.S. to 37 countries
  • HD Voice & Wi-Fi calling with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense with compatible phones

$60/month

($55 with autopay)

  • Unlimited high-speed network + 15 GB Mobile hotspot
  • Nationwide access to 5G network
  • 15 GB of hotspot data(compatible phones)
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the U.S.
  • Stream over 10,000 hours of new hits, classic favourites, and exclusive originals HBO Max with Ads
  • SD quality video streaming(480p)
  • Mexico and Canada usage(Canada usage cannot exceed 50%)
  • Unlimited text from the U.S. to 37 countries
  • HD Voice and Wi-Fi calling with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense with compatible phones

Cricket Wireless SIM Card

A Universal SIM Card from cricket allows you to make calls and use the network. The SIM card is available at $9.99. The Universal SIM card depends on how what kind of service you need. Voice and Data Universal SIM card kit is used for voice and data service. If you are using a SIM card for using only data, then select Data Only Universal SIM Card Kit.

  • Firstly you require unlocking your device to insert a Cricket Wireless SIM card.
  • Then check for device compatibility. Some unlocked devices are not compatible with the cricket networks, you require to check for the IMEI number.

How to find the IMEI number

Here are the few places where you can find the IMEI number -

  • Dial *#06# on your number
  • Look at the label under your battery
  • Check your phone's setting menu

SIM

You can purchase Cricket Wireless SIM cards online on Amazon, Best Buy and deliver them to your home.

Cricket Wireless Customer Service Number

You can dial the customer service number at

Toll-free number

1-800-CRICKET(1-800-2742538) or by dialing 611 from cricket phone.

BYOD Check

BYOD(Bring your device) is a trend of using your gadgets for an organization where you work.  It can access work-related activity, potential service, or confidential data. Personal devices include smartphones, tablets, laptops, or USB devices.

Protecting your personal information has become mandatory nowadays. T-Mobile has announced purchase protection for the people who bring their own devices. Both new T-Mobile users and non-users can purchase protection for their devices. The users who have not initially enrolled for device protection at the time of activation can also purchase device protection in Metro stores.

We use mobile every day and must protect them. Customers will have peace of mind after purchasing this device protection plan, as they avoid the hassle of paying for a current device if something goes wrong with the device.

The BYOD Premium service bundle costs $16 a month, and it covers coverage in case of theft, loss, accidental damage, mechanical or electrical breakdown after the manufacturer's warranty expires, McAfee Security, Scam Shield Premium, Unlimited directory assistance, call forwarding.

The Premium Handset Protection costs $12 a month and covers coverage in case of theft, loss, accidental damage, mechanical or electrical breakdown after the manufacture's warranty expires, McAfee Security.

The device protection is basic device protection that costs $9 a month which has a basic loss, theft, accidental damage, mechanical or electrical breakdown.

APN Settings

APN Setting is one of the largest and fastest internet settings in T-Mobile. Accesses Point name is required to connect to the T-Mobile network and be able to connect to the internet.  There are a few versions of T-Mobile that works depending upon the area and coverage. Sometimes one works better than the other and vice versa.

APN settings for Android

  • Tap on Settings > Connection
  • Now select Mobile Networks.
  • Now tap on Access point name.
  • Add a new APN.

cricketwireless APN setting step-by-step configuration

  • Name: cricketwireless
  • APN: fast.cricketwireless.com
  • Proxy: Not required
  • Port: Not required
  • Username: Not required
  • Password: Not required
  • Server: Not required
  • MMSC: http://cricketwireless.mmsmvno.com/mms/wapenc
  • MMS Proxy: leave it blank
  • MMS Port: leave it blank
  • MCC: 310
  • MNC: 260( MCC and MNC  just use the default and don't change them otherwise  it will erase the settings)
  • APN type: default, MMS, supl(MMS is required for picture messaging service)

How to Cancel Cricket Wireless

You can cancel Cricket Wireless account/plan/line/services easily. Just call the customer care representative and tell them. You should make sure that you have cleared all your dues and your subscription would be cancelled at the end of the billing period or based on a pro rata basis.

Cricket Wireless deals when you Switch:

When you switch to Cricket from other networks, there are amazing deals you can get with Cricket.

Cricket Customer Service Number:

You can talk to a human on AT&T's largest MVNO on -

1 (800) 274-2538

or

611

from your registered mobile number.

Verizon MVNOs

FAQs

1. How Do I Transfer My Number to Cricket?
A:  You need to bring your current network bill > Bring the bill and picture ID to Metro PCS store>Wait until you get a text message telling the porting is in process > To ensure the porting has been done make a test call from another mobile to your phone.

2. How Do I Activate My New Cricket Wirelesss Number?
A: Visit a store or call at 1(800) 274-2538 to activate your device.

3. How Do I Turn Off AutoPay with Cricket?
A: Log into your cricketwireless ewallet account on www.cricketwireless.com

4. How Do I Get a Replacement SIM Card for Cricket?

A: You can easily replace your SD card by visiting Cricket wireless store.

5. How do I recharge my account?
A: Dial *99 to pay through an automated system or Dial 888-8metro8 for customer service, or you can use MyMetro App for debit/credit card payments.

6. How do I contact customer service?
A: Dial 1 (800) 274-2538 for Cricket Wireless customer service

7. How do I activate my new number?
A: 1. Activate your device by calling 228 or 611.

2. Follow the instruction and follow the account information.

3. You will need to pay your bill first and then activate your phone.

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So, that's all about the Cricket Wireless plans, pros, and cons.

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