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beefcake78 1,523 371 March 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM More Cricket Deals
Cricket has been around my area for the last few years. They have an "unlimited" package for $55/month with an android phone. I've been under the impression they utilized verizon's network, and have been considering switching to them from VZW.

I went in there all set to buy and the sales person was complementing my verizon phone... and when I asked about service coverage he said they had their own towers etc and only used verizon to roam when outside of the Cricket service area. Then the sales guy says in the small town we work in there is no cricket coverage and we would hate the dropped calls in that area! Even though I always have verizon coverage in that same area.

So I am wondering how in the world this would work? if it's spotty cricket coverage shouldn't the phone just use verizon's towers? Is there some QOS which will only allow a certain number of cricket phones on VZW network or ???

I think it would about half my bill if wife and I moved from VZW to cricket.
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As far as I'm concerned, if you do not have Cricket Cell towers coverage in your area, you will NOT get service. It won't hop onto Verizon's services. What they're saying is, if you do end up roaming (which is probably if you head over to Canada or outside the US), then your service will be switched to Verizon, but will be charged roaming fees.
In other words, Cricket doesn't have roaming towers.
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@lostsatire. Entirely unttrue. Cricket has 14 roaming partners across the US, mostly regional. Their biggest is probably Sprint.

When you are outside of the Cricket area you will roam on Sprint's nationwide network.
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And then you pay a crapload in roaming minutes, probably anywhere from .35 to .80 per minute. Is it really worth it to roam just to have Cricket service?
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@lostsatire. Entirely unttrue. Cricket has 14 roaming partners across the US, mostly regional. Their biggest is probably Sprint.

When you are outside of the Cricket area you will roam on Sprint's nationwide network.
That explains the spotty coverage, Sprint (in SE Wisconsin anyway) coverage is not good at all.

Here's the thing, you look at their coverage maps and it says the areas in question should all be covered on the Cricket Network.
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Not sure how important high end models of phones are to you but you won't get the top tier phones on Cricket. They are a budget carrier with budget friendly phones. That means no iPhone, no Nexus phones, etc. Honestly with a smartphone the experience is quite a bit better on high end device than the give away smartphones.
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Not sure how important high end models of phones are to you but you won't get the top tier phones on Cricket. They are a budget carrier with budget friendly phones. That means no iPhone, no Nexus phones, etc. Honestly with a smartphone the experience is quite a bit better on high end device than the give away smartphones.
To get unlimited voice, data (really2GB), text on Verizon costs $120/month. AND a 2 year contract.
Cricket is $55. NO CONTRACT.

Over the life of the phone (2 years?) you'd save $1560. That's like buying a new MacBook Pro every 2 years.

Maybe I should try and get a used cricket phone to see about the coverage area before buying into a smartphone plan.
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To get unlimited voice, data (really2GB), text on Verizon costs $120/month. AND a 2 year contract.
Cricket is $55. NO CONTRACT.

Over the life of the phone (2 years?) you'd save $1560. That's like buying a new MacBook Pro every 2 years.

Maybe I should try and get a used cricket phone to see about the coverage area before buying into a smartphone plan.
I am on a family plan with verizon, 5 people, 3 smart phones, Unlimited Text and Data (grandfathered but not really unlimited) and I think 1400 min (we use maybe 300 real min after you take the nights and weekends/mobile to mobile numbers out) and it is about $212 after tax a month. So not sure where you are getting your data on the $120 a month but I would say look at a different plan. With the free mobile to mobile and nights and weekends we use very few actual min. Few people actually need unlimited min. For my situation I much prefer Verizon, the coverage (pretty much nation wide), LTE, and high end devices, and for the price it is hard to do better.

My point of the OP was, there is a reason the service is $55 a month no contract. If it works for you great, do it. It's just not a fit for everyone, especially if you want high end devices.
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So not sure where you are getting your data on the $120 a month but I would say look at a different plan.
www.verizonwireless.com

Unlimited talk: 69.99
Unlimited text: 20.00
Unlimited Data (2GB): 30.00

Looks like $119.99 to me.

I'm (The OP!) not worried about the latest greatest phone, the coverage is primary importance as dropped calls will not be tolerated.

So, the real question is, will I get the Verizon network on a Cricket phone?
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I'm not with Cricket, so I'm not sure of the details of their plans. However, their "unlimited" looks suspicious...

http://www.mycricket.com/cell-pho...n/55_smart

Notice how it says "unlimited data", but then down a bit when it breaks out the data portion of the plan, it actually says "3G mobile data (1GB)". However, it never talks about overage costs for that.

So you may be paying a ton of money for overage data charges through them vs. what you'd pay through Verizon.

Additionally, if you're not roaming on one of their "partners'" networks, you're looking at $0.25 per minute. Check the coverage map near your location and see if that's something you're going to need to worry about. That'll eat into your savings really quick...
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Have you looked into Page Plus? $55 (no taxes/fees) for unlimited minutes, texts, and 1GB of data. Uses Verizon's network and no contract.
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That explains the spotty coverage, Sprint (in SE Wisconsin anyway) coverage is not good at all.

Here's the thing, you look at their coverage maps and it says the areas in question should all be covered on the Cricket Network.
Well yeah. Like I said..they have a LOT of roaming partners such as metroPCS so they can claim something like "largest network". It's not actually their network. They're just more lenient on roaming than say Sprint.

Anything that is "Partner Nationwide Talk & Text Coverage" is covered but probably a roaming partner. I'm looking at my area now which is a relatively low coverage area for Cricket and Sprint so I'm thinking some parts MAY be covered by Verizon but I can't say this for sure.

Yeah double checked all three and Sprint enters off-network roaming for the area I'm looking at and Verizon covers it, so it has to be Verizon.

It's probably entirely area dependent. I doubt you'll get 3G data coverage though since it's very expensive with Verizon, hence why they're very careful to say "Partner Nationwide Talk & Text Coverage" and not data.
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To get unlimited voice, data (really2GB), text on Verizon costs $120/month. AND a 2 year contract.
Cricket is $55. NO CONTRACT.

Over the life of the phone (2 years?) you'd save $1560. That's like buying a new MacBook Pro every 2 years.

Maybe I should try and get a used cricket phone to see about the coverage area before buying into a smartphone plan.
Yes, the ZTE Score is $30 at BestBuy right now
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crick...Id=3455798

..so it would be a small investment to try your coverage area for a month. I did that with T-Mobile before switching to them from Sprint. People always almost never check their coverage areas of where they use their phone first before switching, and get screwed.
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So, the real question is, will I get the Verizon network on a Cricket phone?
To answer your question straight, no. It will use crickets network and towers. It will switch to another companies towers when it is roaming. Is this an issue? Maybe, maybe not. If your outside the coverage often, you better make sure damn well you have unlimited roaming included in the plan or you will have hefty bills.

Think about it. The reason the big companies are so expensive is because they need to pay for all those towers. And the towers aren't cheap. Smaller companies dont have nearly a fraction of what the big companies do in terms of towers.

If you travel a lot you might want a good company for service, if your a creature of habit and dont travel then it might work for you if you are in their coverage zone for work/school/home etc.
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www.verizonwireless.com

Unlimited talk: 69.99
Unlimited text: 20.00
Unlimited Data (2GB): 30.00

Looks like $119.99 to me.

I'm (The OP!) not worried about the latest greatest phone, the coverage is primary importance as dropped calls will not be tolerated.

So, the real question is, will I get the Verizon network on a Cricket phone?
Paying $20 for unlimited texting is such a freaking ripoff. It costs these networks NOTHING (I am not joking literally NOTHING. They use a channel that is required to be running all the time anyway, so text messaging is 100% profit for them).

Now that there are options like Google Voice where your texts count as data, people drop texting plans, so the carriers are looking at data now as their next cash cow (back in 2006 before everyone had a smartphone I was tethering on my old Samsung with my laptop on roadtrips. Back then I was with Verizon and data was counted in minutes, not as data usage. Strange, but it meant my minutes was how my data was counted and during nights and weekends...I literally had FREE internet Big Grin Then things changed. This was also when text messages were 5 cents to send and receive. It has quadrupled in price now, while nothing has changed. surprise, surprise. Sigh.).
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