The continuing saga of trying to locate the best value cellular wireless plan for me has a new chapter…
About two months ago I started to make the switch to Cricket Wireless (you can use the link on the sidebar to get information directly from their site).
While I didn’t think Straight Talk (via AT&T) was expensive, it seemed like lowering my cost a little (the plan rates include taxes on Cricket) and going with a “MVNO” that was actually owned by AT&T would in the end be a better idea… and since my $50 promo card arrived today I figured it was time to share what I’ve found.
If you take advantage of the BYOD program, Cricket (like AT&T) will push out APN settings to your handset, making the transition fairly seamless (NOTE: if you move an activated SIM card to another device there is no way to have Cricket re-push the APN settings, so you’re going to end up entering them by hand… it would be nice if they at least stored the APN on the SIM).
If you’re used to AT&T (particularly pre-paid or an MVNO — remember, there’s no roaming), then your service will be just the same… and your LTE speeds will likely be extremely good (they’ll be the same as they were before).
Also, one of the huge advantages of Cricket over Straight Talk – they have real customer service, who can actually provide service.
Now, a few hints about switching.
First, definitely use my link (I get a referral bonus for you); but if you’re doing two lines, then use yourself to refer your second line.
Second, setup each line on a separate account initially and choose the $50/month or better plan with auto-pay… that will give you $5 off the second month, and it will give you your third month free (promos might change).
Third, order the SIM or handset online and avoid the $25.00 activation fee a local Cricket reseller is going to charge you.
Fourth, once you have your free month, then you might be able to combine lines together for more savings. NOTE: the first two lines with auto-pay or multi-line discount are the same — so little reason to combine them unless you have at least three lines (the auto-pay and multi-line discounts don’t stack).
If you’re porting your number, go ahead and order your new SIM and turn off your automatic payment with Straight Talk; your number port is “pre-positioned”, so when you pop your SIM in and activate your new Cricket service online the number will port instantly, and your APN will push out within half an hour.