Cricket Wireless Phone Bill: What You Should be paying

Are you pay too much for your Cricket Wireless phone service? We can help.

Cricket Wireless was founded in 1999 and today provides service to over 10 million subscribers across the United States offering a wide selection of add on features and data plans, and some of the more attractive discounts you will find for family plans. But are they worth the cost and how do they compare?

Network quality 

Cricket Wireless has reliable LTE coverage along one particular section of the United States running from the Eastern end of Arkansas along the popular freight route across US 40 to the southern California coast. They have very limited hotspots of 3-g in major cities like Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, and New York. 

Below is a map of their current coverage: 

Map of Cricket Wireless Network Coverage

Map of Cricket Wireless Network Coverage from RootMetrics.

One of the things that makes Cricket Wireless attractive is the number of add-on features you can include:

Device protection

$8-$11 per month

Cricket international coverage

$5-$15 per month

Individual country add-ons

$10-$15 per month

An additional 1 GB of high-speed data

$10 per month

Mobile hotspots functions

$10 per month

Mobile hotspot add-ons

$10 per month

Data only add-ons

 $10 per month

They also provide data only plans:

$90 per month, per line

100 GB extra data

Mexico and Canada usage included

$50 per month, per line

40 GB extra data

Mexico and Canada usage included

$35 per month, per line

20 GB extra data

Mexico and Canada usage included

Cricket Wireless Cell Phone Plans

Unlimited plans

The average cell phone cost per month is based on the data you have.  There are 4 main plans: 

$60 per month

  • Unlimited high-speed data and 15 GB mobile hotspot
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries

$55 per month

  • Unlimited high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries

$40 per month

  • 10 GB of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers

$30 per month

  • 2 gigabytes of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers

*Note that these prices are what the company advertises, however, they reflect the price of those who sign up for auto-pay. If you don’t sign up for auto-pay you’re going to be caught off-guard when your monthly bill is higher.

One issue people have with their plans is that Cricket Wireless claims all of the plans include a minimum of 4G LTE or 5G coverage but the coverage map above does not paint a picture of 5G access or even a lot of 4G LTE access. The fine print makes it clear that speeds are up to this amount, but not guaranteed.

Moreover, once you reach your data allowance based on the type of plan you have, they will reduce your speeds too much lower than any other competing company, at 128 Kbps. They also have download speeds that max out between 4-8 Mbps no matter what plan you have.

Family and Sharing plans

The unlimited Family Plan cost goes down based on how many lines you have, but with no other line access fee. However, the costs advertised are based on signing up for auto-pay and contingent upon the number of phone lines. 

2 phone lines:

$90 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data and 15 GB mobile hotspot
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$80 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$70 per month
  • 10 GB of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
$60 per month
  • 2 gigabytes of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers

3 phone lines:

$110 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data and 15 GB mobile hotspot
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$90 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$90 per month
  • 10 GB of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
$90 per month
  • 2 gigabytes of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers

4 phone lines:

$130 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data and 15 GB mobile hotspot
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$100 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$110 per month
  • 10 GB of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
$120 per month
  • 2 gigabytes of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers

5 phone lines:

$160 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data and 15 GB mobile hotspot
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$125 per month
  • Unlimited high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  • SD streaming, HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
  • Mexico and Canada usage, Canada cannot exceed 50% of your usage
  • Unlimited text from the United States to 37 countries
$130 per month
  • 10 GB of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers
$150 per month
  • 2 gigabytes of high-speed data
  • Unlimited talk, text, and picture messages in the US
  •  HD voice and Wi-Fi calling possible with compatible phones
  • Cricket call defense to warn of potential spam callers

Will 5G cost more?

No. Cricket wireless includes the 5G plan cost in those limited areas that have 5G coverage, and on those devices that are compatible with 5G. 

How Cricket Wireless’s Unlimited Plan Compares

Cricket Wireless has an impressive list of extra features and add-ons but when you compare the cost of these additional features or add-ons to the base cost of the plans, what appear to be otherwise inexpensive plans can get very pricey. For some customers, the base Unlimited Plan cost is what attracts them but the additional features and add-ons result in a much higher phone bill cost per month than what was expected especially compared to all of the features and perks included with companies like Verizon, T-Mobile, or AT&T.

The discounts they offer on shared plans and multiple lines are very attractive compared to big companies like Verizon, and they do have the option of adding up to 5 lines per account which is more than most of the big companies will allow like AT&T. Of course they do come with the issues of limited network coverage, limited data speeds when the network is busy, and significantly more limited throttling compared to big companies like T-Mobile.

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