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Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« on: February 09, 2016, 08:49:23 AM »
I'm about to switch from AT&T to Airvoice (bringing my own phone). I'm a relatively high data user so I'm looking at the $50/month 5GB plan at Airvoice. I just was checking out the competition before I port my number, and now I'm wondering if I should go with Cricket wireless instead?

For $50/month it looks like I could have an equivalent 5GB, but Cricket runs LTE, rather than Airvoice's slower GSM network. The Cricket plan also looks like it's 5GB high speed, which just lowers your speed, but doesn't cut off data after you reach your limit. This means that I might be able to get away with the the 2.5 GB plan, which is only $40 and I could still access data for things like maps in an "emergency". (The Airvoice 5GB plan is already 2.5 "high" speed, 2.5 reduced speed)

Am I missing something? it seems like Cricket is the better deal...

Anyone have experience with Cricket vs. Airvoice? (I.P Daley...I couldn't find anything about Cricket in the superguide!)

https://www.cricketwireless.com/support/plans-and-features/cricket-plans-and-features/customer/plans.html
https://www.airvoicewireless.com/PlansA.aspx

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Re: Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 01:59:11 PM »
I.P. Daley doesn't talk about Cricket in the superguide because it's just a thinly veiled subsidiary of AT&T using reduced prices (and "lots of data") to lure people away from AT&T's actual MVNO competition. Might be a better deal, but your best bet is to figure out how to reduce your data usage and get on a more affordable plan with an MVNO like Airvoice.

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Re: Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2016, 01:00:10 PM »
I.P. Daley doesn't talk about Cricket in the superguide because it's just a thinly veiled subsidiary of AT&T using reduced prices (and "lots of data") to lure people away from AT&T's actual MVNO competition. Might be a better deal, but your best bet is to figure out how to reduce your data usage and get on a more affordable plan with an MVNO like Airvoice.

+1.  Did you always have access to high speed data?  How did you survive without it?  Do you have ready access to wifi most of the time? 
I answered these questions as:  I survived with no problems prior to getting my iPhone 3GS in 2009.  I have wifi at home, and work - my 2 primary locations - and in-store wifi at coffee shops, restaurants, grocery, airports, etc.  As a result, I went on the crash diet $10 pay-as-you-go plan from Airvoice (2-cent/text, 4-cent/min. calls, 6-cent/Mb data), and added $10 more when I needed it.  The habit I changed was to switch OFF "cellular data" except when really needed (in the car/maps, etc).  The first month I spent $15. Second month $9.50.  Today I carry ~$20 credit most of the time.

Also, realize you don't have to stick with a plan forever - you can try one, then change plans next month, or switch to another carrier the following month.

I'm on Airvoice, and it says "4G" when cellular data is turned on (with LTE enabled). 
With a T-Mobile (or AT&T) SIM in my phone, I see "LTE" in the same spot of the phone screen header.


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Re: Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 01:31:37 PM »
I was going to say a lot of what's already been said about reducing data usage.  What makes up the majority of your data usage? 

I am also on the $10 plan, but about once a year I need to refill earlier than my 30 days.  My data usage is very limited, $0.10-$0.25 to route the map app on my iphone.  $0.10 for a quick IG post, etc.  Very few and far between.  So many places have free wifi, I just tap into that most of the time.

Not having constant access to data is also great for mindfulness and being present.

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Re: Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 08:21:24 PM »
I'm about to switch from AT&T to Airvoice (bringing my own phone). I'm a relatively high data user so I'm looking at the $50/month 5GB plan at Airvoice. I just was checking out the competition before I port my number, and now I'm wondering if I should go with Cricket wireless instead?

For $50/month it looks like I could have an equivalent 5GB, but Cricket runs LTE, rather than Airvoice's slower GSM network. The Cricket plan also looks like it's 5GB high speed, which just lowers your speed, but doesn't cut off data after you reach your limit. This means that I might be able to get away with the the 2.5 GB plan, which is only $40 and I could still access data for things like maps in an "emergency". (The Airvoice 5GB plan is already 2.5 "high" speed, 2.5 reduced speed)

Am I missing something? it seems like Cricket is the better deal...

Anyone have experience with Cricket vs. Airvoice? (I.P Daley...I couldn't find anything about Cricket in the superguide!)

https://www.cricketwireless.com/support/plans-and-features/cricket-plans-and-features/customer/plans.html
https://www.airvoicewireless.com/PlansA.aspx
GSM is the type of network that AT&T and T Mobile run on(opposed to CDMA which Sprint and Verizon use), whereas LTE is a type of data. If you have family or friends that you would trust being on a plan with, I think the Cricket Wireless family plan is the way to go, if you have 5 people, then everyone gets a $20 discount, so that $40 turns into $20.

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Re: Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2016, 09:38:40 PM »
AT&T owns Cricket. So as long as you are morally okay with the fact that you are still giving AT&T money, then Cricket is perfectly fine. You will get almost identical service albeit data speed is capped at 8MBps and no roaming. I'm using Cricket and it's great for the price. Shoot me a PM for a referral if you decide to switch. I have a short review of Cricket on my blog.

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Re: Cricket wireless vs. Airvoice
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 09:43:49 PM »
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