Cricket Prepaid Phone Plan Review

Cricket is perfect for heavy cell phone users looking for a new phone and a prepaid plan all in one place. They only offer monthly plans, though, so if you're looking for a bit more flexibility, a company with pay-as-you-go plans might be a better fit.

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The Good

Easy to get the new phone you want

Cricket prepaid customers can choose from a number of different phone models, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5c and 5s. If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, there’s also a number of other basic cell phones available. If price is your issue — as most prepaid phone companies require you to pay full price, sometimes over $500 per phone — Cricket can help you there as well. Several of their more expensive models can be purchased for $25 or less with the remainder paid in installments to Cricket over time. This isn’t something that many other prepaid phone companies do so, if you’re interested in getting an expensive smartphone but can’t afford to pay for one upfront, give Cricket a hard look.

Multiple unlimited plans

Cricket offers several plans to suit a variety of budgets, but all of them come with unlimited talk, text, and web. Depending on the phone you choose, Cricket unlimited talk, text, and data plans range from around $30 per month to $70 per month for unlimited 4G LTE, which should be perfect for frequent cell phone users who still have to keep costs down. Smartphone users can expect to pay a little more, but they also have a number of choices depending on how much full speed data they’re willing to pay for. Having multiple unlimited plans to choose from enables you to find a plan that fits your budget without feeling restricted by what it offers, and that isn’t something you can find everywhere.

Refill your account quickly

Cricket enables you to make a one-time payment to refill your account either online, on your phone, or in person. At many Cricket PAYGo retail locations, you can purchase top-up cards, which can be applied to your account at a later time when you need to refill. If you can’t get to a store to buy a top-up card and you’re not near a computer, you can always use your cell phone. By pressing *PAY and entering in your credit or debit card information, you can top up your account from just about anywhere. If you’d rather not have to worry about forgetting to top up, there’s always the auto top-up program, which automatically refills your account each month.

The Bad

No pay-as-you-go plans

Cricket is one of the few prepaid cell phone providers that only offers monthly unlimited plans to their customers. If you don’t use your phone frequently, their plans may not be worth the investment. A pay-as-you-go plan, which enables you to purchase only the minutes and texts you need, is likely going to be a better and more wallet-friendly alternative. Check out AT&T GoPhone or TracFone for these types of plans.

Can't bring your own phone

Cricket requires their customers to purchase a new phone from them in order to get service. While they do have a fairly large selection, including smartphones, many of them are rather expensive. Other prepaid cell phone companies let you keep your old phone as long as you purchase a SIM card and the device is compatible. Not only does that let you keep the phone you like, but it’s also easier on your budget. Unfortunately, Cricket doesn’t allow this, so you’re limited to what they offer you.

Activation fee

Though most prepaid phone providers don’t charge an activation fee, Cricket customers have to pay a one-time fee of $15 in order to begin their service. While it’s not much, it’s something you have to factor into your decision when choosing between their various phones and plans.

The Details

Monthly Plans

  • Activation Fee: $15
  • Data: 0 - Unlimited
  • Minutes Included: Unlimited
  • Monthly Rate: $25 - $70
  • Texts Included: Unlimited


  • Access Fee: N/A
  • Activation Fee: N/A
  • Cost Per Minute: N/A
  • Cost Per Text (MMS): N/A
  • Cost Per Text (SMS): N/A
  • Data: N/A

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