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Update: Cricket has confirmed that the new $30 plan does not qualify for the auto-pay discount.
Prepaid wireless service provider Cricket Wireless earlier this year launched an unlimited wireless plan that offers unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month. On Thursday, the company announced a new plan that addresses the opposite end of the spectrum.
Beginning September 9 (tomorrow), Cricket will offer a new entry-level plan with unlimited talk, text and 1GB of high-speed 4G LTE data for $30 per month. This new plan joins the company's other offerings - $40 for 2.5GB of data, $50 for 5GB of data and $60 for 10GB (plus the aforementioned unlimited plan at $70 per month).
Once you've exhausted your 4G LTE data in a given month, your speeds will be reduced to a maximum of 128kbps for the remainder of the billing cycle - standard practice among wireless providers these days.
Cricket also offers a $5 monthly discount if you set up auto-pay on your account. It's unclear if this discount will be offered with the new 1GB plan but if so, you'd be looking at just $25 per month for service.
As you may know, Cricket operates as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) / subsidiary of AT&T meaning all service is handled over AT&T's network. The one big "catch," if you will, is that Cricket limits download speeds to 8Mbps. That may sound slow but in the real world, you'll likely hardly notice.
In fact, I've been using Cricket for nearly a year and half and couldn't be happier. My bill is half of what it used to be with AT&T and I'm still on the same network (the best in my area as far as coverage and reliability go). If you're looking to save a bit of cash each month, this would be a great place to start. You can even bring your own GSM smartphone from another carrier (provided it's unlocked of course).