Cricket Wireless Availability Map

Cricket Wireless Availability Map. Click for interactive map.

Cricket Wireless is a mobile broadband provider that shares the same 4G LTE and 5G network as AT&T, since it’s owned by the major provider. It has nationwide coverage overall, with a few dead zones on the West Coast, making it one of the largest mobile broadband providers in the U.S. Cricket Wireless serves rural areas that are often overlooked by major internet providers.

Cricket Wireless Plans and Pricing

Best Features Things to Consider
  • Same 4G LTE and 5G network as AT&T
  • Free ad-supported HBO Max on select plans
  • No contracts
  • Straightforward pricing
  • Basic plan doesn’t have AutoPay discount
  • Slower speeds than competitors

Cricket Wireless offers four prepaid plans starting at $30 per month for one phone line. If you aren’t a heavy internet user, you can get by on the 5G plan, but if you use a lot of data and travel frequently, the Unlimited + 15 GB Mobile Hotspot plan is a better fit.

Plan Name Starting Price (per line) Data Cap
5 GB $30 per month 5 GB
10 GB $40 per month 10 GB
Unlimited $55 per month Unlimited data
Unlimited + 15 GB Mobile Hotspot $60 per month Unlimited data

Compared to other mobile broadband providers like Verizon and T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless doesn’t have the fastest speeds nor does it offer 5G home internet. That said, it surpasses its competitors for sharing the same network as the top-ranking mobile broadband provider, AT&T. Cricket Wireless is a cheaper, prepaid alternative with no contracts or hidden fees.

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Cricket Wireless Internet Speeds

Mobile broadband service is typically slower than residential internet services such as cable and fiber. Cricket Wireless download speeds vary but average between 1 Mbps to 50 Mbps on the 4G, LTE, and 4G LTE networks. As a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Cricket Wireless operates on AT&T’s network but doesn’t have the same robust features, fast speeds, or enticing smartphone deals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cricket Wireless

  • Are Cricket Wireless and AT&T the same company?

    AT&T acquired Cricket Wireless in 2014 and has since gained millions of subscribers by sharing AT&T’s 4G LTE and 5G networks.

  • What carriers are compatible with Cricket Wireless?

    AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are compatible with Cricket Wireless plans.

  • How do you get 5G on Cricket Wireless?

    All Cricket Wireless plans have nationwide 5G access, but availability depends on your location.

  • Does Cricket Wireless waive the activation fee?

    Depending on certain promotions or requirements, you may be able to waive Cricket Wireless’ activation fee.

  • Can I use my phone with Cricket Wireless?

    If your phone is compatible and authorized to be used on the Cricket Wireless network, you can keep and use your phone.