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AT&T vs. Cricket Network

Cricket is owned by AT&T, Cricket is cheaper, and Cricket uses the AT&T network, so I thought why not switch to Cricket. I read on the forum that AT&T has faster download speeds.

 

I've also been hearing that the cell reception is not the same. A friend who has AT&T was in the remote Santa Cruz mountains, and he had cellphone service for calls and internet, but others who had Cricket, T-Mobile, and Sprint had no service.

 

Are there other disadvantages with going with Cricket?

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ACE - Expert

Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

Cricket, like other prepaid carriers, requires you buy your own phone. No payment plan is offered.

 

Crickets poor reception is due to 2 possible reasons;

1.   ATT postpaid uses both ATT and partner towers.  Prepaid GoPhone and Cricket may use ATT towers only.

2.   ATT postpaid is prioritized first.

 

 

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Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

AT&T Wireless customers get a number of advantages versus those who go with Cricket (Cricket is also owned by AT&T).   I currently have a AT&T Wireless (Business Premiere) account and also a regular Cricket Wireless account.  Here's what I've found as to the two differences.  

 

Cricket Wireless uses the same towers but does not give its customers:

 

 

1) CRICKET DOES NOT OFFER  - Prioritized Enhanced Calling

 

Prioritized Calling (AT&T Wireless offers this to their subscribers).  If a cellsite gets congested with too many calls a Cricket Wireless customer or other MNVO customers call may sometimes not always go through.  Sometimes a Cricket Wireless customers or MNVO customers call is dropped to advance and prioritize a AT&T Wireless customer call being placed or received. 

 

2) CRICKET DOES NOT OFFER - Offer HD Calling

 

AT&T Wireless provides customers with High Definition (HD Calling) for those with newer phones or phones which accomodate such.  Clarity is certainly enhanced for those who have a difficult time hearing when it comes to cell phone clarity. Cricket Wireless does not offer HD Calling.  

 

3) CRICKET DOES NOT OFFER - Wi-Fi Calling

 

AT&T Wireless customers which own iPhone 6, or the iPhone 6S can utilize wi-fi calling.  If a customer has home wi-fi internet, the customer can request AT&T to turn their phones wi-fi calling feature.  This allows an AT&T Wireless Customer which may have signal issues inside the home or office to utilize their wi-fi internet for receiving/making calls or sending text messages.

 

4)  CRICKET DOES NOT -  Offer continuous 4G LTE Service

 

AT&T Wireless customers which have 4G LTE phones generally always remain on 4G LTE Network all the time for superior call and service coverage however Cricket Wireless customers may receive 4G LTE or 4g or even 3g service depending on the time of the day when the network has its heaviest usage consumption.  FYI - One minute a Cricket Wireless customer can be on 4G LTE, or the next minute 4g or 3g.  I've experienced this on my Cricket Wireless phone constantly.  This does not happen on my AT&T phone nor usually with a AT&T Wireless Customer (but certainly can depending upon network consumption).

 

5)  CRICKET DOES NOT - Higher Upload/Download Speeds

 

My AT&T Wireless service dances around my Cricket Wireless service speed when it comes to download and upload.  When it comes to streaming on Cricket Wireless I really dont notice any issue, however my AT&T Wireless service is much more faster.  

 

6)  CRICKET DOES NOT - HotSpot

 

My AT&T Wireless phone and plan allows me to use my phone's built-in HotSpot.  Cricket Wireless does not allow its customers to use HotSpot.

 

Remember.  One alway's generally gets what they pay for!  Even though Cricket Wireless offers maybe less costs, it has to reduce its services and its features to be able to offer lower price plans.  

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ACE - Expert

Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

No monthly payment plans to buy phones.   Cricket has a few bargain phones with a few bucks off for activation, but you have to buy phones at full price. 

 

 

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Message 4 of 31
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Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

According to a Rep at the AT&T store postpaid and prepaid (Gophone) coverage is the same as both postpaid and prepaid use AT&T and partner towers. Postpaid has priority during congestion. Cricket uses AT&T towers only resulting in less coverage and download speed is limited to 8 mbps. Postpaid and Gophone have priority during congestion. 

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Contributor

Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

I came across a situation where a friend of mine has cricket and I have at&t go phone and we both have the same phone. On a trip in Colorado, there were times I got no service and yet he did. Why would that be?

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GoPhone gets AT&T roaming just like AT&T postpaid. Cricket doesn't. My own experience has shown me the same and A Rep from an AT&T Corporate store the same thing.
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ACE - Expert

Re: AT&T vs. Cricket COVERAGE


@firefly1336 wrote:

I came across a situation where a friend of mine has cricket and I have at&t go phone and we both have the same phone. On a trip in Colorado, there were times I got no service and yet he did. Why would that be?


Look at the different coverage maps for GoPhone and Cricket for the location you were at, are the maps the same? 

 

 

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    Message 8 of 31
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    Points of clarification:
    1. Cricket does hotspot if your phone is hotspot compatible, but not available on unlimited plan. ATT offers hotspot only on unlimited plus prepaid.
    2. I've never had 3g or 4g service, only LTE with Cricket.

    3. Cricket is just as fast as ATT prepaid.

    Obviously some difference is to be expected prepaid vs. postpaid, but the savings are worth it to me.
    Message 9 of 31
    ACE - Expert

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    dvdlgh wrote:
    GoPhone gets AT&T roaming just like AT&T postpaid. Cricket doesn't. My own experience has shown me the same and A Rep from an AT&T Corporate store the same thing.

    @dvdlgh

    Incorrect.  Gophone and all other prepaid CANNOT ROAM or has LIMITED ROAMING.  ATT Gophone can roamin Canada and Mexico only.

     

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    Message 10 of 31
    Tutor

    Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

    I do have HD voice. Cricket has HD voice for supported phones.
    Message 11 of 31
    Tutor

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    I have used Cricket hot spots and cell phones for at least 5 years with good reception at my home in Lake Geneva, Wis area. Was just fine for me with one phone a hot spot since no internet provider near my home which is 1 1/2 miles from main road. Good phone, good hot spot and now that ATT took over, it is terrible. 1 bar and not much 4g or Lte. I read that ATT switched Cricket CDMA to GSM and I think that is the problem. Also I think that these unlimited data plans are clogging the airways. I have read that none of the carriers, including Verizon are any good, unless you are in a populated area. Cricket was good. ATT is not.
    Message 12 of 31
    Tutor

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    You are wrong. You can have hot spot, which I have had for 2 years on Cricket. You just can't have it on lower plans or unlimited plans and it costs a mere $10.00. Did work great until ATT took over
    Message 13 of 31
    Tutor

    Re: AT&T vs. Cricket Network

    You can find reduced prices on phones at Cricket on line and sometimes in store. I bought a $150 LG Stylo 2 on line special for $49 included sim card and free shipping and came in 2 days.I have autopay which is great. Never have to worry. Was fine, but since ATT took over it is no longer satisfactory. I also have to say that Cricket customer care has always been very good. I hear people complain about their service, but I never had a problem.
    Message 14 of 31
    Tutor

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    Yes, Cricket is ATT now on GSM network. My experience has been great with
    the service and hotspot. If your using a CDMA network phone you might need
    to get a new SIM card or a GSM phone.
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