AT&T merges Aio Wireless into Cricket Wireless, launches new Cricket plans and gives extra discounts
After months of hard work, AT&T put the last seal on its acquisition of Leap Wireless. As a final step of the process, the company announced that today its Aio Wireless service merges into Leap’s Cricket Wireless prepaid brand, this way expanding customers’ option of contract-free wireless access to 4G LTE. The merger comes with substantial bonuses some of which include new plans and extra discounts.
New Cricket – New Plans, Phones and GSM Coverage
The new Cricket drops the old CDMA network in favor of AT&T’s faster GSM/HSPA/LTE network. According to AT&T data, its HSPA+ network reaches 97% of Americans, and its LTE network is available to as many as 280 million US citizens. New Cricket’s phones will work perfectly fine on AT&T’s network, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.
All Cricket plans include unlimited domestic voice minutes and text messaging. The amount of data depends on which plan you choose. For $40 per month you will get 500 MB of data, while the $50 and $60 plans include 2.5 GB and 5 GB of high-speed data, respectively. If you need more data, you can add 1 GB for $10 per month. International voice/messaging costs $15 extra.
Cricket provides various options to bring the costs down. For example, you can reduce your monthly payment by $5 if you sign up for auto-pay service. Adding more lines to your account may also bring additional savings. The discounts are as follows – 10% of the second line, 20% off the third line, and 30% off the fourth and fifth lines. If you are more of a feature phone person, Cricket’s plans for non-smartphones start at $25 per month and include unlimited talk and text.
Cricket’s smartphone portfolio is quite ample and for a limited time the phones are up for grabs for $50 off with a mail-in rebate. Customers not interested in purchasing one of Cricket’s smartphones can bring their own device as long as it’s compatible with the carrier’s network. If you are already on Cricket and have had a full 12-month period of on-time payments, you are eligible for a $50 credit towards the purchase of a new phone. Cricket is a prepaid brand that doesn’t require contracts, hence you will have to pay full price for the device.
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