Cricket this week began offering data-only plans for its subscribers, making them available for devices such as mobile hotspots or tablets. Called “Simply Data”, there are three options with prices starting as low as $25 per month.
Although these are data plans, they do include unlimited SMS and MMS capabilities; there is no voice service or international messaging.
- $25 for 3GB
- $35 for 10GB
- $70 for 30GB ($65 after $5 Auto-Pay credit)
Should a subscriber run into an issue where they might need additional data, Cricket has a pair of “stackable data add-ons”. For $5 one receives 2GB of data and $10 allows for 5GB of data.
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The data plans include nationwide 4G LTE on AT&T’s network with speeds up to 8Gbps. The data plans comes with Stream More, a feature that streams higher definition video at DVD-like quality (about 480p). It will be enabled by default but customers can turn it off if they’d prefer higher resolution video content. The downside, of course, is it goes through data much quicker.
Cricket this week also began offering a new mobile hotspot from Netgear called the Cricket Turbo Hostpot. Priced $119.99, it lets customers connect up to 15 devices to the internet. The unit enables dual Wi-Fi and offers up to 11 hours of continuous use. According to Cricket this is the longest use-time in the prepaid space.
Last, but not least, Cricket is giving prospective customers a reason to switch carriers. For a limited time those who port their number to Cricket can receive a $200 discount on the Galaxy S10 or the Galaxy J2 Pure for free. Existing Cricket subscribers can pick up the Galaxy J2 Pure for just $50.