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iPhone XR 64GB $249 with Port-in at Cricket Wireless ($224 net cost with $25 referral credit)

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If you are a "new" customer, you need to select a min. $60 monthly plan, but downgrade to $30 or other monthly plan once you receive the phone. Since this is a prepaid plan phone there is no commitment to any long term plan. You can cancel your monthly plan anytime. But 6 month service requirement is needed to unlock the phone.
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Last Edited by YellowMoonLA February 20, 2021 at 10:09 AM
LOCKED to Cricket- requires 6 months service to unlock. Stacks with $25 referral credit for NEW account. Existing cricket customers also can get $50 credit read wiki. Do NOT "copy and paste" your ported out account number and PIN. You need to enter it manually. Note that even if the "copy and paste is correctly depicted on the ordering screen, and the order initially goes through, the port out verification will subsequently fail and the order will be canceled before the phone is shipped. .

Search eBay for "cricket referral" - the FREE referral link is in the eBay item description here's no need to pay $0.99. REMEMBER sharing, advertising, or PMing referrals is a VIOLATION of SD rules & can result in a BAN. You can also check Reddit.


EXISTING Cricket Customers

STEP 1
Create a new account to purchase the phone. You can self refer and both your existing and new accounts will each get $25

If you have a non-AT&T number, you can port into Cricket. If you have an AT&T number, you can purchase a non-AT&T number from eBay

STEP 2
Before purchasing this device with the new email address, generate the $25 referral coupon from your existing cricket amount. (If you've reached your referral limit, can also search eBay for "cricket $25 referral code"- the FREE referral link is in the eBay item description here's no need to pay $0.99) REMEMBER sharing, advertising, or PMing referrals is a VIOLATION of SD rules & can result in a BAN

Your referral code expires 30 days from generation- purchase and activate during this time period

STEP 3
IMMEDIATELY after activating your new phone, enter your unique referral code emailed to you in the "Everything's Better with Friends" section of the myCricket app or Cricket online website. After inputting referral code, you will see a 60 day countdown tracker in the "Everything's Better with Friends" on when your $25 credit is credited.

Downgrade immediately your plan to the $30 plan. You will get the full $30 prorated credit if you downgrade within the first day of activation.

STEP 4
After 2 months on cricket plan, both your new and old accounts are credited each with the $25 referral. The $25 referral credit will apply on the 59th day and you will get a text notifying you of the credit. After the credit posts, 1 day before your third month is charged on your new account, call Cricket customer service to merge your new account with your old account ensuring your $25 credit from the new account is transferred/ merged with your old account and then cancel that additional line that was merged


NEW Cricket Customers

STEP 1
If you have a non-AT&T number, you can port into Cricket. If you have an AT&T number, you can purchase a non-AT&T number from eBay

STEP 2
Before purchasing your free phone, secure a $25 referral coupon from the cricket referral program (Search eBay for "$25 cricket iphone referral code"- the FREE referral link is in the eBay item description here's no need to pay $0.99) REMEMBER sharing, advertising, or PMing referrals is a VIOLATION of SD rules & can result in a BAN.

Once a referral code is generated, it expires within 30 days.

If you get the error "Well that didn't work as expected!" when trying to claim a code, you need to find a new link as this person has already reached their refer limit.

STEP 3
IMMEDIATELY after activating your new phone, enter your unique referral code emailed to you in the "Everything's Better with Friends" section of the myCricket app or Cricket online website. After inputting referral code, you will see a 60 day countdown tracker in the "Everything's Better with Friends" on when your $25 credit is credited.

Change your plan to the $30 plan. You will get the full $30 prorated credit if you downgrade within the first day of activation. You should now have 2 full months of service with the $60 you prepaid and just have to pay $5 more for an extra third month of service. The $25 referral credit will apply on the 59th day and you will get a text notifying you of the credit. After 6 months on Cricket, you can request your free cricket phone to be unlocked

Visual guide for the process to activate new Cricket phone accounts for anyone who is confused about the process:


RSIM15 Instructions
This is what worked for me:

I activated Cricket service, set up the phone under my Apple ID, and also updated to the latest iOS. All that with Cricket SIM in tray, as per usual. [Did try to power on the phone for the first time with my preferred carrier's SIM (T-mobile) just to test if the phone comes unlocked but no luck there. It's locked.

To work with your carrier of choice, try RSIM plus carrier's SIM in tray. If you get the pop-up menu, code the ICCID as per instructions. I did not get the menu and was unable to change the ICCID that way.

The workaround was to remove the carrier's SIM and inserted Cricket SIM but with RSIM still in the tray. Then go to "Settings" - "Cellular" - "SIM Applications" - "Edit ICCID" and enter the most recent ICCID number (you can find one here: https://geveystore.com/).

After coding is done, remove Cricket's SIM, insert your carrier's SIM (again, with RSIM still in the tray), and you should be able to register on the carrier's network. I think I needed an extra reboot or two and had to enter Apple ID / Password to proceed.

After the phone connects on your desired carrier, be sure to navigate to Settings - Cellular - Cellular Data Network to ensure the APN settings for your carrier are entered correctly. For T-Mobile, use info found here: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/...ple-iphone

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Do i need to keep the line open if i just want to use it for wifi? is there some kind of back charge if i dont keep it on cell service for the first month?
This is a prepaid service, so you always pay in front, no back charge.
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How do i do this if my mom has atnt and i want to switch her over. Do i buy a number on ebay and how
Yes, buy a new number. After new phone/line is activated, pay $15 to transfer from AT&T.
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Any thoughts on which is the better deal: this or the iPhone SE? Thanks
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Yes, buy a new number. After new phone/line is activated, pay $15 to transfer from AT&T.
Sorry but how does that work if i want to keep her old number from at&t. Would it be easier to switch to one of these ting plans and then go into cricket? How many days do u have to be with ting before switching to cricket
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Looking to switch from Google Fi to get a relatively cheap iphone that I can turn move over to mint mobile which has the cheapest options for my wife's and my needs.

Does this seem like the best option currently for this? I pick the expensive plans then switch to the cheaper one when I get the phone and then switch over to mint in six months time?
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Looking to switch from Google Fi to get a relatively cheap iphone that I can turn move over to mint mobile which has the cheapest options for my wife's and my needs.

Does this seem like the best option currently for this? I pick the expensive plans then switch to the cheaper one when I get the phone and then switch over to mint in six months time?
Yes, this would be a good deal for your situation. Get the phone and downgrade $30/month right after activation. Of course don't forget to use a referral credit.
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Yes, this would be a good deal for your situation. Get the phone and downgrade $30/month right after activation. Of course don't get a referral credit.
Sorry can you explain the referral credit? I'll be opening new accounts and getting 2 lines. Is there a better way to open the two lines to maximize the discount?
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Sorry can you explain the referral credit? I'll be opening new accounts and getting 2 lines. Is there a better way to open the two lines to maximize the discount?
after you dont sign up and open an account, log in, scrow down to the bottom and click "refer a friend" go in there and select "i have a code" then put the code you got in your email
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Sorry can you explain the referral credit? I'll be opening new accounts and getting 2 lines. Is there a better way to open the two lines to maximize the discount?
Sorry, my response to your question was somehow deleted by the mods. PM if you need further help.
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Any thoughts on which is the better deal: this or the iPhone SE? Thanks
Both are good. Just depends on if you want to pay more for a bigger screen and better battery life. The SE has a newer CPU and fingerprint reader home button but much larger bezels.

I think I'd prefer the XR due to the battery and larger screen. But the SE is quite a bit cheaper. It's a tough call
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Sorry can you explain the referral credit? I'll be opening new accounts and getting 2 lines. Is there a better way to open the two lines to maximize the discount?
I'd find someone to give you a referral or like reddit probably for the first one. That will save you $25 and get them $25. I'd open a separate second account for the second line and refer yourself from the first account so you get $25 off on each line.

Afaik. The $25 referral is applied after 2(?) months.

When you unlock the phones, I'm pretty sure you used to be able to do it in the app rather than having to chat for an unlock code. Also, while I've successfully been able to unlock after 6 months of non-contiguous time with the phone, it was a huge PITA to convince support to look into why my 5+ month unlock timer wouldn't update after using the sim in another one for a single day (and then have them do the 5 months plus 2 months is more than 6 months required). While it may seem obvious, don't move the sim to any other phones during your 6 months unlock time.
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I'd find someone to give you a referral or like reddit probably for the first one. That will save you $25 and get them $25. I'd open a separate second account for the second line and refer yourself from the first account so you get $25 off on each line.

Afaik. The $25 referral is applied after 2(?) months.

When you unlock the phones, I'm pretty sure you used to be able to do it in the app rather than having to chat for an unlock code. Also, while I've successfully been able to unlock after 6 months of non-contiguous time with the phone, it was a huge PITA to convince support to look into why my 5+ month unlock timer wouldn't update after using the sim in another one for a single day (and then have them do the 5 months plus 2 months is more than 6 months required). While it may seem obvious, don't move the sim to any other phones during your 6 months unlock time.
Sounds good. So I'll open the first line with a referral to get $25 essentially making the phone $224. It seems there's no activation fee for opening a line if I do it all online right? Then I'll use that account to order the second phone and second like and both accounts will get $25 off?

As soon as I get the phone and activate it I can downgrade to the $30/mo plan on both lines which is plenty for the amount we use each month. Seems like a good enough deal for me. Thanks!
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Sounds good. So I'll open the first line with a referral to get $25 essentially making the phone $224. It seems there's no activation fee for opening a line if I do it all online right? Then I'll use that account to order the second phone and second like and both accounts will get $25 off?

As soon as I get the phone and activate it I can downgrade to the $30/mo plan on both lines which is plenty for the amount we use each month. Seems like a good enough deal for me. Thanks!
Yep - no activation fee if you do everything online. Just make sure you downgrade your plan immediately after you sign up. In my case, it was easier to do it using the app as their website can be flaky for me.

I sent you a PM earlier, BTW.
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Yep - no activation fee if you do everything online. Just make sure you downgrade your plan immediately after you sign up. In my case, it was easier to do it using the app as their website can be flaky for me.

I sent you a PM earlier, BTW.
Thanks just replied! Did you downgrade right after you placed the order or did you have to wait to get the phone first?
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Thanks just replied! Did you downgrade right after you placed the order or did you have to wait to get the phone first?
You cannot sign up until you have the phone on your hand. So get the phone, sign up, then downgrade immediately. Just sent you a PM.
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