iPad Cellular and the new Cricket Simply Data Plans

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  1. AMessy macrumors regular

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    Has anyone signed up for the new Cricket Simply Data Plan (launched April 14th) to use with their cellular iPad? If so, have you been able to get the tethering function to work?

    I thought I'd give them a try since we use our iPad (mini 5) as a hotspot for our laptops at times, and their data rates were cheaper than what we are currently paying from our local wireless provider. I checked with them prior to signing up and the local sales agent called some sort of manager to confirm that their new "Simply Data Plans" allowed tethering. It makes sense, since you can use these plans with their new hotspot device, but I wanted to make sure.

    Well I'm on day 3 now and the hotspot function is still not working, and I still have an open technical ticket in with them to resolve. I'm just curious if anyone else on the forums has had success with them and their new "simply data plans". Worst case I just continue using our existing wireless service for the iPad (I haven't cancelled that line yet), but I'd like to get it to work because the rates and limits are better than what I had.

    thanks
     
  2. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816

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    I’m going to go check it out!
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    That is a very expensive plan. I pay $20 (plus taxes) for unlimited data iPad with Verizon, under my unlimited phone plan.

    Hope you get your hotspot working.
     
  4. tps3443 macrumors 6502a

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  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Yep. Even AT&T (Cricket's parent company) offers a standalone $30 unlimited data plan for the iPad. I just don't see how these prices make sense.

    For low usage (GPS, Find iPhone, iMessage), I'd be more inclined to go for either T-Mobile $10/5GB/5 mos or AT&T DataConnect Pass $25/2GB/3 mos depending on coverage in the area.
     
  6. AMessy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately in my area the only cellular providers are Cellcom (local provider) and AT&T (including Cricket). The local provider throttles unlimited tablet and hotspot lines after 10GB (22GB for phone lines).

    Living outside the city has many perks, access to broadband internet is not one of them...lol
     
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Since you're outside an urban area, then the AT&T $30 unlimited plan for the iPad sounds perfect for you.
    https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/wireless/KM1048698?P=8&gsi=87cjzc
     
  8. tps3443 macrumors 6502a

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    I live outside of the city too. My only home internet provider is Hughes Net, which is very slow satellite internet, they will throttle you after 10GB. Luckily AT&T pre-paid does not throttle my iPad data usage. It’s sad when your cellular data can run circles around your home internet in speed, and usage.
     
  9. AMessy thread starter macrumors regular

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    90% of the data we use on the IPad is from tethering our laptops to the iPad.

    I don’t believe the AT&T Tablet plan allows tethering. I was told this by our local AT&T store, but understand they could be incorrect.
     
  10. baypharm macrumors 68000

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    Interesting...so you are saying they are NOT cutting you off after reaching 30GB threshold?
     
  11. tps3443 macrumors 6502a

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    I used like 120GB-160GB last month. And I do a speed test periodically, it never throttles. I’m about halfway through this data cycle and I’m at 74.8GB used so far.

    ATT prepaid is the best. I get around 70mbps with low signal only 2 bars, usually in my house it’s at 3-4 bars and over 100-125mbps. Which is faster than local cable internet which I cannot get on my road.

    I dunno what I’d do without att prepaid. I live in the middle of no where lol. Cows, farms, horses, all country. Obviously I’m only 5 miles from a small town with a Walmart and a few other local retail amenities. But, I’m pulling data from a uncongested area.
     
  12. baypharm macrumors 68000

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    Wow!! That is awesome. I am in the same boat as you. I live in the middle of nowhere. Takes me 15 minutes to get to the main road from my place. I live about 60 minutes from the nearest town. There is no cable internet available - nothing. Satellite internet was a total bust. More like a scam. I quickly got rid of it within the first two weeks. I have an awesome Verizon signal. Which AT&T plan on you on?
     
  13. tps3443 macrumors 6502a

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    I have AT&T pre-paid $29.99 unlimited plan, I set it up right through the iPad settings on the built in Apple SIM.

    We still have satellite internet lol. It is horrible! Videos barely play at 240P-360P quality. My kids use it though, it is unlimited data @1MBPS just terrible.
     
  14. LibbyLA macrumors 6502

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    As best I can tell, the $30 unlimited AT&T plan doesn’t allow tethering. Plans which allow tethering cost more and have data limits, at least the standalone ones.
     
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  16. LibbyLA macrumors 6502

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    The $30 AT&T unlimited plan has gone up to $35 on both my iPads. It does not allow tethering.
     
  17. AMessy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just to follow-up. After a week of trying I broke down and just purchased the Netgear hotspot that Cricket offered for $100. Plan is working without issues.

    They never did find out why I couldn’t use the SIM card in my iPad and tether. Interestingly I tried the Cricket SIM card in my iPhone X and it worked flawlessly and allowed tethering. Obviously this was data only and no voice services. Something about their network not allowing iPads to tether, just phones and hotspot devices.
     

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