Cricket Wireless suddenly looks like an excellent option for those who want 5G and no speed caps on their pre-paid smartphone plans. Today, the company announced it would enable 5G for all pre-paid plans, rather than only the most expensive option. More importantly, Cricket Wireless will no longer have speed limits on data usage, which is a big deal.
For those unaware, Cricket had an 8Mbps speed cap on its cheaper $30, $40, and $55 plans, and depending on the situation or network usage, some customers experienced slow internet speeds. Now, you’ll get faster speeds overall, and access to faster 5G speeds where supported. So yes, you can get full-speed 5G for as little as $30 a month.
However, like almost any other plan offered by carriers, big or small, the fine print at the bottom of the page mentions that “Cricket may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.” So, essentially, during busy times of heavy network congestion, users may see slower speeds in some situations.
And while removing the speed caps is undoubtedly good news, this also means users on the cheapest plans will want to be conscious of how much data they’re using. Cricket didn’t change data caps for its two most affordable options, so getting 5G speeds with no limits could easily have you burning through a 2GB or even a 10GB data plan in a matter of days.
Cricket added 5G a little over a year ago, but it only worked with one phone. Now, it’s rolling out to all plans the carrier offers. While the Cricket 5G phone selection is limited, several excellent options, including a few budget Motorola phones to the latest iPhone 13, support 5G.
When it comes to the competition, others like Consumer Cellular, Metro by T-Mobile, and Boost Mobile all offer 5G in different tiers, so now Cricket is joining the bunch all while removing speed caps at the same time.