No-Contract Cricket Prepaid Wireless Plans

Which Cricket mobile phone plan is best for you?

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Cricket Wireless is one of the major companies that offer no-contract prepaid wireless plans (also known as pay as you go plans). With Cricket Wireless plans, there are no data, texting, or calling overage charges. If you go over your data limit, data is not shut off; instead, speeds are reduced. Unlike some wireless providers, Cricket Wireless doesn't base its plans on voice or texting minutes. Instead, the company offers five monthly, flat-rate plans for individuals. All are prepaid, with unlimited talk and texting and no contracts.

Buy a Phone or Bring Your Own

Cricket Wireless offers phones from trusted brand names such as Alcatel, Apple, Nokia, LG, Samsung, and Motorola. Phones may be free if you transfer your existing phone number from another carrier or choose a preowned phone. Otherwise, prices range from $29.99 for two Alcatel models to prices as high as $1,249.99 for the Apple iPhone XS Max (256 GB). Rebates are available on some phone models, as well.

You can keep your phone if it's compatible with the Cricket network. Use the Cricket phone compatibility tool to check.

Discounts

Some plans offer Group Save discounts or Auto Pay credit (generally, one or the other for an account). If you have an eligible plan, Auto Pay credit takes $5 off your monthly bill. The Group Save discount cuts $10 to $20 off every line you add to your account, up to a maximum of five lines.

All prices and information are current as of August 2019 and include applicable taxes. Check with Cricket to confirm the details before making a decision. Find the available plans on the Cricket Cell Phone Plans page.

$25/Month Talk & Text Plan

What We Like

  • Unlimited calls and texts in the United States.

  • High-definition (HD) voice on compatible phones.

  • Perfect if you don't have a smartphone.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't include high-speed data access.

  • No picture or video messages.

  • Not eligible for multiline discounts.

At $25 per month, Cricket's Talk & Text plan is perfect if you don't have a smartphone or don't use your phone to surf the web. It includes no data, but you get unlimited calls and texts, call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, and HD voice calls.

The Talk & Text plan does not qualify for Group Save discounts or Auto Pay Credit.

$30/Month 2 GB High-Speed Data Plan

What We Like

  • High-speed data access.

  • Speeds up to 4G LTE.

  • Offers a 1 GB high-speed data add-on feature.

What We Don't Like

  • Reduces, or throttles, speeds after you reach the data limit.

  • Plan doesn't qualify for multiline discounts.

  • Not eligible for Auto Pay credit.

The $30 per month plan adds 2 GB of high-speed data access (up to 4G LTE) to the Talk & Text plan, which is enough for about 90 minutes of standard-definition (SD) video streaming, 14 hours of music streaming, 54 hours of internet browsing, 200 photos posted to social media sites, or 2,000 emails (with attachments).

$40/Month 5 GB High-Speed Data Plan

What We Like

  • Eligible for the Group Save discount.

  • Only $35 per month after the Auto Pay credit.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the United States.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't use the multiline discount if you take the Auto Pay credit.

  • Speeds are throttled after you hit the data limit.

  • Some promotional offers may negate the Auto Pay credit.

If you need more data than the 2 GB plan offers, this plan from Cricket Wireless supports 5 GB, with the option to add another 1 GB as an add-on feature.

With this plan, you can stream up to 5 hours of video per month or 35 hours of music. For most people, 5 GB provides about 135 hours of internet surfing, 50 downloads (for example, apps and songs), 500 social media photo posts, or 5,000 emails (including attachments).

Unlike the smaller 2 GB plan, this plan qualifies for Group Save discounts.

$55/Month Unlimited Cricket Core Plan

What We Like

  • Unlimited data access, with speeds up to 3 Mbps.

  • Unlimited SD video streaming.

  • Roaming in Canada and Mexico.

What We Don't Like

  • Slow data speeds when the network is congested.

  • Only lines 2 through 5 are eligible for the multiline discount.

  • An account may be terminated if Canada usage exceeds 50% of the monthly usage.

The Cricket Wireless $55 per month plan offers unlimited data access at speeds up to 3 Mbps. Also included in this unlimited plan are calls, texts, and picture messages. Unlike the limited plans above, this plan offers unlimited texting from the United States to 37 countries. Unlimited data and calls apply to Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

Cricket offers add-ons to this plan that enable international features and mobile hotspot support.

$60/Month Unlimited & 15 GB Mobile Hotspot Plan

What We Like

  • HD voice and Wi-Fi calling on compatible phones.

  • Include 5 lines for a $140 discount.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the United States.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't use the multiline discount with the Auto Pay credit or Group Save discount.

  • International roaming may be throttled to 2G speeds.

  • Hotspot speeds slow to 128 kps if the 15 GB limit is exceeded.

The Cricket More plan is Cricket's most comprehensive plan. This plan includes everything the other plans do but with unlimited 4G LTE data access and HD video streaming.

If you enable the Auto Pay credit, you'll pay $55 per month for this plan.