NewCricket plans omit hotspot, Nokia Lumia 630 Windows 8.1, Free phone to test windows vs Android operating system, Bumpy road initially, Old online account gone and phone setup time lengthy
After using cell phones for over 20 years and almost every carrier, experiencing each version of cell phone provider hell along the way, I decided to give Cricket a
chance about a year ago.
One reason I decided to try Cricket was my ongoing disatisfaction with Tmobile and the satisfaction I observed from someone close to me using Cricket.
I purchased a HTC phone for a small amount and have been happy with the Cricket plan. I was especially pleased with the hotspot feature and used it a few times when
Time Warner was down in 2 major cities in NC.
I am not a big fan of the Android operating system and when my HTC phone battery began showing signs of degradation, I decided to purchase the Nokia Lumia 630 for
basically free after a $ 50 rebate. This gave me an easy way to check out the Windows 8.1 phone operating system and comply with the NewCricket 4G requirements coming
One disappointment, not the fault of the phone, but of Cricket, is no hot spot capability. This was probably a knee jerk reaction by management by the few abusing the feature.
I thought it was a great selling feature to be used for emergencies.
Other problems included too much time for phone setup to allow incoming calls and having to set up a new online account.
However, though I have a love hate realationship with Windows, I much prefer the new phone and operating system.
This phone beats the pants off of the HTC phone that I had.
I still believe that Cricket blew it by not offering a hotspot option but perhaps their other features will compensate.
Time will tell.
And so will I
New Cricket announcement May 18, 2014.
“AT&T relaunches Cricket as nationwide brand with new smartphones, plans, and LTE”
“New Cricket Wireless Answers Nationwide Call for Network Quality, Value Prices, Great Service and No Annual Contract
Launches service with reliable 4G LTE network, unlimited plans starting at $35 month after $5 Auto Pay credit, and loyalty program, all with no annual contract
Alpharetta, Ga., May 18, 2014 – – Consumers seeking a better wireless experience with no annual contract have a new choice. Today, the new Cricket Wireless launches wireless service on a reliable, nationwide 4G LTE network covering more than 280 million Americans; with easy and affordable unlimited plans starting at $35 a month after a $5 credit for using Auto Pay; a great line-up of phones; a loyalty rewards program; and a fresh, friendly experience in stores and online.
“We kept the Cricket brand name, but one thing is certain, we are stepping up our game. We are giving no-contract consumers the value they have been waiting for,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Cricket Wireless. “Now new Cricket customers can enjoy great prices, popular phones, loyalty rewards, and friendly service on a reliable nationwide 4G LTE network. The new Cricket has more 4G LTE coverage than Sprint, T-Mobile, and Metro PCS, period.”
The reinvented wireless experience emerges as a winning combination of Cricket Wireless and Aio Wireless just two months after AT&T (NYSE:T) closed its acquisition of Leap Wireless International, which had operated the Cricket brand. Aio, AT&T’s wholly owned subsidiary and no-annual-contract brand, will now be known as Cricket Wireless.”