AT&T brings us the new GSM-based Cricket: plans as low as $35, savings for multi-lines

by: Andrew GrushMay 19, 2014


Back in March we learned that AT&T had acquired the rights to Cricket Wireless and planned to phase out its own prepaid carrier AIO Wireless in favor of the more established brand name. At the time, AT&T revealed that the “New Cricket” would essentially operate the same as AIO Wireless had and would use GSM over CDMA technology.

Now that the transition is complete, AT&T has now fully launched its new Cricket initiative. That means you can now go online or to any Cricket store to activate great new plans that utilize AT&T’s GSM technology. Admittedly the plans and features are very familiar to those who followed AIO’s pricing and features, though with a few minor twists.

There are four ‘tiers’ when it comes to phone plans. On the low-end with have a $25 plan for those that want unlimited talk, text and no data. For those that need data but don’t consume tons, you can also pay just $40 and get unlimited talk, text and 500MB high-speed data. After you use up your high-speed data you’ll be throttled down to speeds that should be good enough for browsing the web and checking email, but that’s about it.


Towards the top-end, there’s a $50 plan that adds 2.5GB data and a $60 plan that gives you 5GB. All of these plans also offer the ability to add on an extra gig (either one-time or on a monthly basis) for $10. Additionally, all plans are reduced down by $5 if you sign up for auto-pay, and taxes are included in all the plan prices — so no worrying about hidden fees.

Probably one of the most exciting features for Cricket, however, is the Group Save option. In a way, this works a bit like Sprint’s Framily plans but without the separate billing. If you have two lines in total, you get $10 savings, your 3rd line will get another $20 over, a 4th line gets another $30 off… You get the idea.

If you live in an area with solid AT&T coverage, Cricket is without a doubt one of the best choices if you’re into saving money. A word of caution though: AIO had a stipulation in place that throttled high-speed use down to 4MB for HSPA+ and 8MB for LTE, and it’s very likely Cricket carries the same policy. Whether this is a deal breaker or not depends on how much the extra speed means to you.

  • cervantesmx

    “A word of caution though: AIO had a stipulation in place that throttled high-speed use down to 4MB for HSPA+ and 8MB for LTE”

    Should that be 4Mb/s and 8Mb/s?

  • Aar0nC

    Straight talk still seems like the better option compared to these plans. In terms of PRICE: it falls right between “Basic” and “Smart” @ $45 ( + Taxs). When it comes to the PLAN: It falls between the “Smart” and the “Pro” @ Unlimited Talk & Text + 3GB of LTE/HSPA data (on T-Mo or AT&T). Just my observation…

    • Cricket’s plan prices include taxes/fees.

      • Andrew Grush

        Yah,as an AIO Wireless (now cricket) customer that’s used to taxes simply being included — I didn’t think to add that to the post. Updating now.

    • Joshua Martelle

      I had AIO and then went to straight talk, Then I was paying 55 a month for 2gb of data and that is why I made the switch, and AIO went down a few times that left a bad taste. How ever, AIO did have a much better web site and interaction on it then straight talk does. Now that you can get AIO for 2.5gb of data, but ST just raised theirs to 3GB.

  • Josh

    Also beware that in you’re using an iPhone with the newest 7.1.1 iOS installed, AIO’s firmware will remove the Personal Hotspot from your device, as the company does not allow tethering.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Wow that’s a lot. I pay 7$ a month for 800mb and more minutes than i could ever spend.

  • David Castillo

    Well I mean st has 3gb for 45$ nd aio i mean cricket has 5gb for 60$ auto pay nd its 55$ a month gsm with att as the footnote ill deff be getting this for my One+1

  • blusasuke

    I’m fine with 4 and 8Mbps. Its better than i get at home.