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Cricket Port-In: 64GB Apple iPhone SE (2020) + 2-Months Prepaid Unlimited Service EXPIRED

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Cricket Wireless offers New Customers: Apple iPhone SE Smartphone (2020 Model) on sale from $49.99 when you Port-In a non-AT&T number and pre-pay for 2 Months of the $60 Cricket Unlimited Prepaid Plan ($120 total). Shipping is free.

Thanks to community member etothex for finding this deal.

Instructions:
  1. Add your choice of Apple iPhone SE (2020) below to cart by selecting 'New Customer', then 'I'm keeping my number'
  2. Next, select the $60 Unlimited Plan
  3. Enter the non-AT&T number you wish to port-in on the next page.
  4. An automatic discount will be applied to the phone at checkout.
  5. Price for 2 months of service on the $60 Unlimited Plan + your new Apple iPhone SE (2020) will be $169.99 total (before tax) for the 64GB model or $219.99 total (before tax) for the 128GB model.
    • $60 will be applied to first month service charge. Remaining $60 will be credited to your account and applied to second month service.
About this product / service:
  • Cricket Wireless is a prepaid no-contract service owned by and operated on the AT&T network (coverage map).
  • This device is locked to the Cricket Wireless network and can be unlocked after 180 consecutive days (6 months) of active prepaid service on Cricket Wireless (unlock policy).
  • You may switch to any other lower-priced service plan once your first 2 months of prepaid service on the $60 unlimited plan ends or cancel service at any time. Note that you will not be refunded for unused time remaining on the amount you prepaid with this offer if you cancel before the initial 60 days period has completed.
  • $60 Unlimited Plan features:
    • Unlimited talk, text & picture messages in the U.S.
    • Unlimited high-speed 4G LTE data access (Cricket may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy)
    • 15GB Mobile Hotspot
    • 150GB Cloud Storage
    • SD quality video streaming (480p)
    • Mexico and Canada usage (Canada usage cannot exceed 50%)
    • Unlimited texts from the U.S. to 37 countries
    • HD Voice & WiFi Calling
  • Device Specifications:
    • 4.7" 1334x750 IPS 'Retina' Display
    • Apple A13 Bionic Chip (same chip as the iPhone 11 series)
    • 3GB RAM
    • 64GB Internal Storage
    • 12MP Rear / 7MP Front Cameras
    • Fingerprint Sensor w/ Apple Pay
    • IP67 Dust/Water Resistant
    • 1821 mAh Battery w/ support for up to 20W fast charging (20W charging adapter sold separately)
    • Qi Wireless Charging
    • Upgradable to the latest iOS 14 (with planned update to iOS 15 upon release)
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  • Apple iPhone SE (2020)

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Was gone for a couple weeks, 2020 iPhone SE back to $49.99 for 64gb model, $99.99 for 128 gb (OOS). Port-in required + 2 months of $60 plan paid up front => downgrade to 4 months of $30 plan.

Up front $170 + taxes. Pay for 2 more months (6 months total) to get it unlocked. You can also get a referral for $25 off month 5. Limit 2 per customer. New line pricing available once every 180 days. Taxes due.

https://www.cricketwireless.com/c...black.html
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Last Edited by charly_be May 3, 2021 at 12:18 AM
The unlock status of all iPhones are stored at Apple, and checked upon activation with Apple's activation servers. This status can only be changed by Apple on behalf of carriers/MVNOs contractually. Each carrier/MVNO can request the change for a customer when some condition is met that satisfies the carrier/MVNO's need to recover its subsidy for Apple handset equipment. Illicit unlocks are when groups recruit carrier employees with bribes to submit illicit unlock requests from the carrier to Apple, and results the iPhone being illicitly unlocked without meeting any requirement. This may be revoked if caught, and the illicit unlocking is fraud by carriers employees against their employer. iPhone unlocking is by its nature necessarily fraud, and you should expect sellers on eBay offering access to these groups to be shutdown/cutoff anytime.

Real unlock (change lock/unlock status at Apple servers) instruction:

6 months (180 days) of undisrupted service with Cricket required. One Cricket line can only unlock one phone at a time. Any days you take the sim card out will not count towards the 180 days requirement.

Free unlock status check [sickw.com] (Choose FREE - IPHONE CARRIER option. If you don't see the free option, come back later and check again.)

Fake "unlocks" using a SIM interloper that temporarily fools the phone/server:

3 methods: ICCID, IMSI, TMSI

Since Dec 24, 2020, using ICCID method to fake/temporarily unlock only requires you to insert the SIM interloper once. After that, you can take the SIM interloper out and use any SIM card.
IMSI and TMSI fake unlock methods require you to always have the SIM interloper attached to your SIM card.

Once fake unlocked with the ICCID method, your phone will stay unlocked until you wipe the phone. Resets, iOS upgrades, can and will break this fake unlock.

Some SIM interloper products such as the Heicard and R-SIM have all 3 fake unlock logics built in. So if the ICCID method gets blocked by Apple, these type of sim chip will still be usable under IMSI or TMSI mode when used as an overlay to your sim card.

There are also newer version of SIM interloper in a regular nano sim format and comes preprogrammed with the ICCID and it is as simple as plug and play. Once inserted into a carrier-locked device it will go through the activation process on its own and right after that the SIM status on your device will change to "No SIM restrictions". Once fake unlocked you can take the SIM interloper card out and use any of your own sim card. If the ICCID changes in the future (it happens when Apple blocks an ICCID), some types of card can automatically update the ICCID over the air while others will let you edit and reprogram the ICCID when inserted. This type of card works best if you don't feel comfortable using a SIM interloper the wraps around or goes under your regular sim card. However, if Apple somehow blocks this entire fake unlock method in the future, this kind of unlock card will become unusable and you cannot change back to IMSI and TMSI as they are just a regular-sized nano sim card and cannot be used as an overlay to a sim card like the Heicard or R-SIM.

How to use a SIM interloper (Heicard or R-SIM):

Heicard V1.31-V1.39 ICCID unlock instruction [heicard.com] - Note: do not buy older versions of Heicard as the new ICCID unlock method is not supported
R-SIM 16 ICCID unlock instruction [rsim5.com] - Note: unsure if older RSIM supports new ICCID unlock method

How to use the new type of plug-and-play SIM interloper:

1. Buy a reusable 2021 version SIM interloper - usually comes in a regular nano SIM format in a white card and goes for ~$10 on eBay from USA seller, or ~$2 on eBay from Chinese seller (takes 30+ days to arrive)

Tip: Use search term such as "2021 SIM Card Unlock", "2021 unlock sim chip" or "2021 New SIM Card Sticker" on eBay


2. Update to the latest iOS. If your phone is brand new, it may not be preloaded with iOS 14+ which is required for this fake unlock method to work, in which case you'll need to pop in the Cricket SIM card and activate the phone for the very first time in order to update iOS.

3. Insert the SIM interloper into your phone and it will start to activate on its own. You can also do this right after iOS update is finished when it shows "Hello" on the screen.

4. And just like that it's fake unlocked and phone will show "No SIM restrictions" under settings

5. Remove the SIM interloper and use any SIM card you like, just like how you would with a real unlocked phone

Note:
- Wiping your phone will require you to insert the SIM interloper again to unlock
- Only one SIM interloper needed to unlock multiple iPhones
- ESIM will not be unlocked no matter which method you use (because the unlock is fake), but can be transferred from another truly carrier-unlocked iPhone (tested on T-Mobile) (see post #297)
- If you decide to go with Heicard or R-SIM which has multiple fake unlock methods built in, make sure you choose the ICCID method. If you fake unlock the phone with other methods, you will need to wipe the phone in order to switch to ICCID method.

Cricket Referral Program

You can get on your account an extra $25 credit after 60 days by using the "Cricket referral program", you can find codes on eBay, just search for those, you do not have to pay anything just use the links on the description of every list, some of those listings have the steps to follow to get the credit, this is only for new accounts.
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CleverApple680 asked this question on 05-01-2021 at 10:19 PM
05-03-2021 at 12:42 AM
As far as I know the answer is No and I think they also have a data speed limit on 4G.
SlickDealingInNYC asked this question on 05-19-2021 at 12:51 PM
05-19-2021 at 12:51 PM
When you activate the service
dealwatcher525 asked this question on 07-12-2021 at 12:42 PM
07-12-2021 at 12:42 PM
Ting doesn't use AT&T, so it should be fine. When you start adding the phone/plan to the cart, it'll ask for the phone number you are porting. You can enter your phone number there to verify and then just delete everything from the cart if you aren't ready to purchase.

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Way too much hassle for a iphone se. Not worth it unless you were really moving to Cricket.
Similar point to the one I made above; not perfect but still a solid deal. Plus, the phone isn't locked to the specific plan or account, after activating you could immediately take out the SIM card and replace one with your existing line and it should work no problem. Because of the two months of prepayment (which downgraded can be split out to 4 months), you might as well get the referral credit for your main account.

Any why do they do this? Because people leave other carriers for good deals but most people don't want to deal with the hassle of switching, so why take the revenue hit. It's all about the incentive and subscriber number game. I don't like it either, but it's pretty clear why.

Folks used to abuse this...myself included :-(...when it didn't require a new account (mostly non-iPhones). Totally makes sense why they do it: Any prepayment is just credit applied to your account, so if you had existing lines, previously you just didn't activate and the prepayment was applied to your actual lines. Pretty sure I got a Moto G7 Supra (Power) for $60 of prepayment (i.e. money I would have paid anyways) + $7 ebay number, to use with an existing cricket line.
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04-30-2021 at 04:59 PM.
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Thank you for sharing this deal.

I see the fine print shows, "Must bring your number to Cricket," so I assume I can't start from scratch with Cricket? I actually just want an iPhone SE (2020) to use as an iPod and don't care whether the phone is locked to a carrier because I won't have service on it as soon as the required months of service end.

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I have my kids on Cricket. I got the iPhone 7 deal they had a couple of years ago for $250 each. Why doesn't Cricket show love to existing customers?
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Quote from TofuVic :
Thank you for sharing this deal.

I see the fine print shows, "Must bring your number to Cricket," so I assume I can't start from scratch with Cricket? I actually just want an iPhone SE (2020) to use as an iPod and don't care whether the phone is locked to a carrier because I won't have service on it as soon as the required months of service end.

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I've had success getting numbers off eBay for about $7. This is even sweeter if you or someone you know can refer you since both sides get credit.
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I have my kids on Cricket. I got the iPhone 7 deal they had a couple of years ago for $250 each. Why doesn't Cricket show love to existing customers?
Similar point to the one I made above; not perfect but still a solid deal. Plus, the phone isn't locked to the specific plan or account, after activating you could immediately take out the SIM card and replace one with your existing line and it should work no problem. Because of the two months of prepayment (which downgraded can be split out to 4 months), you might as well get the referral credit for your main account.

Any why do they do this? Because people leave other carriers for good deals but most people don't want to deal with the hassle of switching, so why take the revenue hit. It's all about the incentive and subscriber number game. I don't like it either, but it's pretty clear why.

Folks used to abuse this...myself included :-(...when it didn't require a new account (mostly non-iPhones). Totally makes sense why they do it: Any prepayment is just credit applied to your account, so if you had existing lines, previously you just didn't activate and the prepayment was applied to your actual lines. Pretty sure I got a Moto G7 Supra (Power) for $60 of prepayment (i.e. money I would have paid anyways) + $7 ebay number, to use with an existing cricket line.
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I must say, I've had Cricket for my main work phone on the $35.00 plan and the ATT coverage in my area is much better than the T-Mobile service. Totally happy with them... Plus it's the SE.
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Also don't forget get referral so after 2months you will get another $25 credit. Also for these first 2 months $60, when you activate you can lower it to $30 plan so that 120 you put in plus the referral credit can last you about 5 months, add another $30 to hit the 6 months mark to unlock the phone. For me it's still a solid great deal. I just referred myself to create a new account and got the 128gb one.
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Quote from TofuVic :
Thank you for sharing this deal.

I see the fine print shows, "Must bring your number to Cricket," so I assume I can't start from scratch with Cricket? I actually just want an iPhone SE (2020) to use as an iPod and don't care whether the phone is locked to a carrier because I won't have service on it as soon as the required months of service end.

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I have my kids on Cricket. I got the iPhone 7 deal they had a couple of years ago for $250 each. Why doesn't Cricket show love to existing customers?
They already got you 😂
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Can I put the new Cricket SIM in my current iPhone XR, leave the SE unused/sealed, use Cricket for 6 months and then sell or gift the SE as a sealed unlocked new iPhone ?

Do these phones come in a plastic sealed Apple retail box? My last Visible phone did.
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Way too much hassle for a iphone se. Not worth it unless you were really moving to Cricket.
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Way too much hassle for a iphone se. Not worth it unless you were really moving to Cricket.
True. It's about $200 after taxes and monthly payments. I am with T-Mobile, and they have bill credits available for a similar deal every day. As you said, it makes sense to buy it if you are gonna stick with Cricket.

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it also makes sense to buy it if you don't mind doing a referral trick. I purchased two phones and maxed out on referrals on two accounts. I have 22 days to unlock my iPhones and $150 additional unused credit on both accounts
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