THE GOOD

Unlimited data usage:

Cricket Wireless offers three mobile broadband Internet packages to choose from, all of which come with unlimited data usage. If you spend a significant amount of time online, you won't have to worry about running into your data limit and being charged for overages. Just keep in mind that after you reach your data cap, your speed will be reduced to 128 Kbps for the remainder of your monthly billing cycle.

Pay-As-You-Go Data:

Cricket Wireless allows users on all their data plans to purchase additional full-speed data. This is a nice alternative to have if you're interested in more data but aren't ready to upgrade your plan. You can add an extra 1GB as either a one-time or monthly purchase for $10, making this a perfect solution for people who occasionally exceed their data limit as well as heavy data users.

30-day money-back guarantee:

A 30-day money-back guarantee comes standard with any of Cricket Wireless' 4G mobile broadband plans. Most other companies in the industry only offer warranties of about two weeks, so the fact that Cricket Wireless lets you try out their service for a whole month before deciding if you want to keep it is a really nice bonus. If you are unsure whether Cricket Wireless is the right mobile broadband Internet provider for you, taking advantage of this money back guarantee can really help you figure that out.

Fast upload speeds:

Cricket Wireless offers upload speeds of 6Mbps to 7Mbps with their 4G LTE plans. This is much faster than what you find with most other 4G mobile broadband providers. True, you usually do more downloading than uploading so this number isn't quite as important as the download speed. However, if you frequently upload pictures, videos, or other files to the Internet, you'll definitely appreciate Cricket's upload speeds.

THE BAD

Slow download speeds:

Cricket Wireless offers a lot to like, but one thing you may not enjoy very much is their rather slow download rates. All of their plans max out at around 8Mbps, though typical speeds could be worse. Given their fast upload speeds, it would be nice to see an improvement in the download speeds, since people more frequently download than upload. If you use the Internet often, it may be wise to look into companies with faster download speeds.

Expensive for what you get:

Compared to other 4G mobile broadband providers, Cricket Wireless' pricing seems a little high considering what you actually get. Their plans are rather expensive, especially since the data speeds are much lower than what you find with other mobile broadband Internet providers. This isn't to say that Cricket Wireless couldn't still be a good fit for some, but look closely at what they're offering to make sure it's what you want.

THE DETAILS

Provider Details
Monthly Price $40 - $60
Service Area Northeast, Southwest
States Available 6

FEATURES

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  • No Contract You can get Internet service without signing any contract.

  • No Long-Term Contract You can get Internet service without signing a contract that is longer than one year.

  • Short-Term Contract You can get Internet service without signing a contract that is longer than six months.

  • Money-Back Guarantee The Internet service provider offers some form of money back guarantee within an allotted time period.

  • No Activation Fees The Internet service provider doesn't charge any activation fees.

  • No Early Termination Fees The Internet service provider does not charge a termination fee if you cancel your contract early.

  • No Price Increases The Internet service provider does not automatically increase prices at certain time periods.

  • Free Shipping The Internet provider will ship any equipment needed for free.

  • Internet Modem The Internet service provider offers an Internet modem or device to rent or buy.

  • Wireless Stick The Internet service provider offers a wireless stick to rent or buy.

  • Mobile Hotspot The Internet service provider offers access to a mobile hotspot device to rent or buy.

  • Mobile Router The Internet service provider offers access to a mobile router to rent or buy.

  • Extensive Data The Internet service offers more than 20 GB of data per month.

  • Moderate Data The Internet service offers 10 to 20 GB of data per month.

  • Standard High Speed The Internet service offers download speeds up to 10 Mbps.

  • Unlimited Data The Internet service allows unlimited data usage.

  • High Speed Plus The Internet service offers download speeds between 11 and 25 Mbps.

  • No Bandwidth Throttling The internet service provider will not throttle your bandwidth, regardless of usage.

  • Make Payment You can make a payment online.

  • Monitor Data Usage You can monitor your monthly data usage online.

  • Update Contact Information You can update your contact information online.

  • Update Payment Method You can update your payment method online.

  • View Bill You can view your bill online.

  • Email/Ticket The Internet service provider has an email or ticket system dedicated to support.

  • Live Chat The Internet service provider offers live chat support.

  • Phone You can contact the Internet service provider by phone to get support.

  • Social Media You can contact the Internet service provider with questions through social media websites.

  • Tech Support The Internet service provider offers technical support.

  • 24-Hour Support You can receive customer service or support 24 hours a day through a dedicated support line.

  • FAQ The Internet provider has a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Knowledge Base The Internet provider has a knowledge base of detailed help articles.

  • User Guide A user guide or training manual is offered by the Internet provider.

  • Forum The Internet provider has an interactive forum where users can post questions and answers.

  • Authorized Dealers You can sign up for Internet service in person through an authorized dealer at a retail location.

  • Find a Dealer The Internet service provider's website has a feature that helps you find a dealer closest to you.

  • No Credit Check You can get Internet service without going through a credit check.

  • Online You can sign up for Internet service online.

  • Phone You can sign up for Internet service by phone.

  • Plan Selector The Internet service provider's website provides a plan selector tool to help you pick the right plan for your needs.

PRICING

Basic

Price: $40/month
Download Rate: Up to 8Mbps
Upload Rate: Up to 7Mbps
Data Allowance: Unlimited (1GB high-speed)

Smart

Price: $50/month
Download Rate: Up to 8Mbps
Upload Rate: Up to 7Mbps
Data Allowance: Unlimited (3GB high-speed)

Pro

Price: $60/month
Download Rate: Up to 8Mbps
Upload Rate: Up to 7Mbps
Data Allowance: Unlimited (10GB high-speed)

* Package details and pricing may vary according to location.

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