No-Contract Cricket Prepaid Wireless Plans

Which Cricket cell phone plan is best for you?

No-contract prepaid wireless plans (also known as "pay as you go" plans) are increasingly common in the industry. Cricket Wireless is among the major companies going this route, with all its plans offering several distinct advantages:

  • No data, texting, or calling overage charges
  • No data shutoff (speeds are reduced when the monthly allotment is exceeded)
  • No annual contracts

Unlike some wireless providers, Cricket Wireless doesn't base its plans on voice or texting minutes. Instead, the company offers six 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, HTC, Nokia, LG, Samsung, Motorola, and ZTE. Currently, several phones are free if you hang onto your existing number from another provider. Otherwise, prices range from $19.99 for several models by Alcatel, LG, and ZTE, to prices as high as $1,149.99 for the Apple iPhone X (256 GB). Rebates are available on some.

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

Discounts

Some plans offer Group Save discounts or Auto Pay credit, but generally, just one or the other on any given account. Auto Pay credit shaves $5 off your monthly bill; the Group Save discount cuts $10–$20 off every line you add to your account, up to a maximum of five.

Important: All prices and information are current as of July 2018, and include applicable taxes. However, things change fast in this volatile arena, so be sure to check directly with Cricket to confirm the details before making your decision. You can see all the available plans mentioned below on Cricket's Cell Phone Plans page.

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Cricket Wireless $25 T&T Plan

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Cricket's Talk & Text plan is perfect if you don't use your phone to surf the Web. While it offers unlimited calls and texts, you won't be able to send pictures or videos, and no data is included.

However, because talk is included, you get call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, and HD voice calls.

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

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Cricket Wireless $30 2 GB High-Speed Data Plan

The $30 /month plan adds 2 GB high-speed data access (up to 4G LTE) to the T&T Plan, which is enough for about 90 minutes of standard 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).

Along with unlimited calls and texts, you also get picture messaging in this plan, plus the ability to pay for a 1 GB high-speed data add-on. However, discounts are unavailable.

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Cricket Wireless $50 5 GB High-Speed Data Plan

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

This plan is almost identical to the $30 plan above but lets you stream up to 5 hours of video per month or 35 hours of music. For most people, 5 GB is also able to provide around 135 hours of internet surfing, 50 downloads (e.g. apps or songs), 500 social media photo posts, or 5,000 emails (including attachments).

Unlike the smaller 2 GB plan, however, this one does quality for Group Save discounts.

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Cricket Wireless $55 Unlimited High-Speed Data Plan

The Cricket Wireless $55 plan offers unlimited data access at speeds of up to 3 Mbps. Video streams at standard definition (480p) at these speeds.

Also included in this unlimited plan is calls, texts, and picture messages. However, unlike the limited plans above, this one lets you have unlimited texting outside the US, too, to 37 countries. Your unlimited data and calls apply to Mexico, Canada, and the US. 

Note: Canada usage must not exceed 50% of your total monthly usage or your account could be terminated.

You can include add-ons to this plan to enable international features and mobile hotspot support.

This unlimited plan is $50 /month if you apply the Auto Pay credit.

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Cricket Wireless $60 Unlimited High-Speed Data Plan

Cricket's most comprehensive plan includes everything the other unlimited plan does but for a few bucks more per month. The reason: unlimited 4G LTE data access and HD video streaming.

This plan, like the other one, also supports calling, texting, and picture messaging.

If you enable the Auto Pay credit, you can have this plan for $55 /month.