Cricket Wireless Review

Cricket Wireless offers flexible 4G mobile broadband internet packages with unlimited data usage. However, speeds are unimpressive and prices are on the higher end.

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The Good

Unlimited Data Usage

Cricket Wireless offers four mobile broadband internet packages to choose from, all of which come with unlimited data usage, including their unlimited 4G LTE plan. 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 its 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.

Fast Upload Speeds

Cricket Wireless offers upload speeds of 6 Mbps to 7 Mbps with its 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 its rather slow download rates. All of its plans max out at 8 Mbps LTE and 4 Mbps 4G, though typical speeds could be worse. Given its 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.

Reasonable for Unlimited 4G LTE

While the data speeds are much lower than what you find with other mobile broadband internet providers, access to unlimited 4G LTE speeds for $70 per month is a reasonable rate compared to other cell phone providers. Otherwise, for Cricket Wireless’ three other options, the pricing seems a little high considering what you actually get. This isn’t to say that Cricket Wireless couldn’t still be a good fit for some, but look closely at what the company is offering to make sure it’s what you want.

The Details

Provider Details

  • Monthly Price: $40 - $70
  • Service Area: Northeast, Southwest
  • States Available: 6

Pricing

Basic

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

Smart

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

Pro

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

Unlimited

  • Price: $70/month
  • Download Rate: Up to 8 Mbps
  • Upload Rate: Up to 7 Mbps
  • Data Allowance: Unlimited 4G LTE

* Package details and pricing may vary according to location.

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