May 19, 2014
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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.

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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.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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