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Cricket Wireless: Samsung Galaxy S9 w/ New Line & 1-Month Service Activation EXPIRED

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Cricket Wireless has 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9 Cricket Wireless Prepaid Smartphone on sale for $349.99 when you activate a New Line on a $30/mo. or higher Cricket Prepaid Plan. Shipping is free. Thanks ha_ha

Note, Cricket Wireless is a prepaid no-contract service owned by and operated on the AT&T network (coverage map). Device may be unlocked after six (6) consecutive months of active prepaid service (unlock policy).

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  • Add Cricket Wireless Samsung Galaxy S9 to cart
  • Select a 30-day prepaid airtime card, starting at $30 (see all plans)
  • Select a New Line option (new number or transfer/port-in)
  • A $350 discount will be applied to the phone at checkout.
  • Price will be $349.99 + cost of prepaid plan card selected (starting at $30)
  • Prepaid plan may be canceled at anytime after activation (learn more)
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Samsung Galaxy S9(OnlinePromo) $699.99
Number Transfer Discount -$350.00
2 GB(monthly) $30.00
Subtotal $379.99

https://www.cricketwireless.com/c...#promoBody

According to several websites (For example: https://www.phonearena.com/news/a...e_id111075) , on Cyber Monday (November 26) those switching online to Cricket Wireless will get half off Galaxy S9.

[UPDATE] Number transfer is NOT required.
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Last Edited by gmxno December 16, 2018 at 10:41 PM
Update 12-16-2018: PORT-IN Not Required, you can either port-in OR just add or apply for a new line. I just did few minutes back.

Locked to Cricket and will NOT work even on ATT unless unlocked.
Cricket will give you the unlock code after 6 months of service.

Once unlocked, the Samsung S9 will work on all 3 major US networks including Verizon, TMobile and, AT&T, It will also work on US Cellular. MVNOs of those carriers are also supported.

This phone has the bands needed to support Sprint, but Sprint requires whitelisting of the IMEI. Some of these phones will show up with whitelisted IMEIs, some won't. Getting Sprint to whitelist the phone is challenging, an employee has to file a fix-it-ticket and wait.

NOTE: port-in only applies to non AT&T mobile carriers, like T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and their MVNOs, no AT&T MVNOs like H2O, etc.

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Did this last March or so with the same Cricket S8 deal. It is locked to Cricket only (no even AT&T) for 6 months.

A few notes:
- As a cricket customer, I was able to get the dummy T-Mobile port-in number to work for the discount. ($10 or so on eBay)
- I never activated the ported number and just inserted my sim when I got the phone
- A month later (I think) the port was auto cancelled, and the cost to add the new line paid when ordering was credited to my cricket account ($20, since I was adding a 4th line with the current group pricing)
- Inserting a different carrier's sim would bring up the dialog to unlock. Don't do this for 6 months!
- If you plan to unlock it, use the phone for a full 6 months and don't switch to a different phone during that time (see the next bullet as to why). Then use the MyCricket app to get the unlock code more conveniently than having to chat their support.
- I originally chatted with Cricket support to see if the 6 months has to be continuous. They said No, just in-total: For example, if I spent 3 days on another phone, my 6 month timer would just pause for 3 days and resume once I returned to the S8.
- Evidently, their system does not work like they said: With 15 days left until unlock, I tested my wife's Pixel for a single day before selling it, and that messed up the cricket timing system, and said "15 more days for the next 30 days". After taking with 3 people, including a higher level support ticket, they finally unlocked it 6.5 months into owning it. Really, once I got to an official support ticket, it was only a few hours and the texted me the unlock code. Huge PITA getting the elevated support ticket though.
- I then sold it to a coworker after 7 total months. When he inserted his AT&T sim into my factory-reset Cricket S8, it rebooted to the AT&T firmware and launch animation, as expected. No other issues.
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S6 to S8 was a great upgrade IMO. Better bigger screen and no physical button. I am having more trouble rationalizing S8 to S9
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You can try something like this. I have no firsthand experience but people have reported success

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Prepaid-...2515225200
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I believe they had this in years past. I ended up getting an S8 through Samsung unidays sale instead but can't remember if it was around Black Friday or if it was a few months later. Negative to this deal is that it is locked to Cricket for 6 mos
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Damn was looking for a deal on my daughters first phone. Wish I had a number to port.
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Damn was looking for a deal on my daughters first phone. Wish I had a number to port.
You can try something like this. I have no firsthand experience but people have reported success

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Prepaid-...2515225200
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You can try something like this. I have no firsthand experience but people have reported success

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Prepaid-...2515225200
Kick ass thank you.
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I believe this deal is only for new accounts with port in, not for upgrade.

Does anybody know, how many months do we need to stick in to use this in a different account ?

My family already has cricket account. If I want to buy phone with new account (with new number) and use to my existing account, how long do I need to retain the new account to use the phone without a termination fee?
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I believe this deal is only for new accounts with port in, not for upgrade.

Does anybody know, how many months do we need to stick in to use this in a different account ?

My family already has cricket account. If I want to buy phone with new account (with new number) and use to my existing account, how long do I need to retain the new account to use the phone without a termination fee?

It's a prepaid service.

There are no termination fees
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Can buy a number off ebay for about 5 bucks for porting. Then it can be unlocked for another 25 or so from ebay seller. Once unlocked you can flash any carriers software to it. Im gonna flash Tmobile and use with Metro
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Negative to this deal is that it is locked to Cricket for 6 mos
Is that true for this phone? I know it wasn't for the Galaxy S8, because I've been using the one I purchased last year with Cricket on my Verizon account for the past year. Is the S9 different than the S8 in this regard?
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Looks like a total of about $420 if you buy a number to port, plus first month's service, plus phone, plus tax.
I'm still happy with my S6. They can be bought for $150 on ebay and they don't have that funky "rounded edge screen". I hate that Samsung makes all phones now in the "edge" version. Cases don't fit right. Just aesthetically ugly. :/
S6 to S8 was a great upgrade IMO. Better bigger screen and no physical button. I am having more trouble rationalizing S8 to S9
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S6 to S8 was a great upgrade IMO. Better bigger screen and no physical button. I am having more trouble rationalizing S8 to S9
I agree with the new design with increased scree and digital home button.... but why did they have to ruin it with that stupid rounded edge? :/
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Is that true for this phone? I know it wasn't for the Galaxy S8, because I've been using the one I purchased last year with Cricket on my Verizon account for the past year. Is the S9 different than the S8 in this regard?
I don't know. I thought all Cricket variants were carrier locked to Cricket but I could be wrong. It was the case for my S6 a few years back. It was also a separate model number back then so got different firmware updates and it took longer.
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