iPhone Coming to U.S. Prepaid Carrier Cricket on June 22

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Cricket Communications today announced that it will begin offering the iPhone on June 22, becoming the first U.S. carrier to offer the device on a prepaid basis with no contract. Service will cost $55 per month and include unlimited voice and SMS, as well as "unlimited" data with a soft monthly cap of 2.3 GB after which speeds will be throttled.

    Interestingly, Cricket appears to be offering a partial subsidy on the iPhone hardware, with the iPhone 4 priced at $399.99 and the 16 GB iPhone 4S priced at $499.99. The discounts of $150 off of Apple's standard pricing for unlocked handsets are in place even though customers are not required to sign service contracts.

    The iPhone will be offered in Cricket's existing core markets covering over 60 million people. The full list of iPhone markets is included on the carrier's iPhone site.

    Cricket has entered into a three-year deal with Apple with a commitment to purchase at least $900 million worth of iPhone hardware over that term. The carrier also intends to carry new iPhone hardware as it becomes available, although company executives were unwilling to directly address whether Cricket would be able to offer new hardware at the same time as other carriers.

    Cricket is generally considered one of roughly half a dozen "super-regional" carriers in the United States, with just under 6.2 million customers as of the end of the first quarter. The carrier offers a nationwide network through roaming agreements and its prepaid model offers simple pricing with no activation fees or overage charges.

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  2. Chillviper macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2010
  3. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    Hm. Nice. Three fed-up people I know in the last week mentioned they're dropping their cell plans and going with Cricket once they're out of their contracts. Now they'll get to keep their fancy phones too. Interesting.

    I don't miss having a telephone at all.
  4. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    You're assuming they're going to allow non-Cricket phones on their network. I am sure they will, but you never know.

    I am sure sticker shock will affect some buyers. They'll walk in and be like...whoa it costs how much?
  5. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    I never understand how the game of cricket works.
  6. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    As a T-Mobile user in a contract, this kinda hurts. With T-Mobile refarming to 1900MhZ to offer 3G compatibility to iPhone and over a million unlocked iPhone users on there network, I'm very surprised at the lack of an official T-Mobile iPhone.
  7. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    Hmm, I've been thinking about picking up an off-contract Verizon 4S to swap out my Pre2 on Page Plus, but this is intriguing. I absolutely refuse to sign a cell phone contract, but the flat $55 a month rate is pretty palatable.
  8. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    This is great news for consumers who want the world's best mobile device on a great network with no-strings-attached. It's always good to see Apple partnering with real innovators in business.
  9. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    Good in theory but check out their coverage. This phone is pretty much worthless if you travel anywhere. :rolleyes:

    I find it annoying when I have no service anywhere. Imagine this thing, you would be surprised when you HAD service.

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  10. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    Gotta see how this plays out with their service first. They advertise to have LTE so this could be big with the new iPhone. Best case scenario, Bye Verizon! :D
  11. BiteMyApple.co macrumors newbie


    May 13, 2012
    Cricket is big here in AR... Everyone I know has or had it once...
  12. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Finally a regional carrier in my area. Unfortunately they use Sprint's network which is fine coverage wise, but speed wise is terrible compared to AT&T.

    Now if they offered an LTE iPhone with the same terms then maybe I would consider it.

    Also do they allow tethering? Or let you pay additional for "unlimited" tethering?

    I'd like to use tethering on AT&T but since they upped the data caps now I would be doubling my current data price. No thanks.
  13. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    I wonder if the gsm part of the 4s is unlocked?! Cuz if it is that would be cheaper than getting it at full retail price!
  14. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Honestly it covers about 95% of anywhere I would go with the exception of the mountains, but all carriers have poor performance in highly variable terrain environments.
  15. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    How do they subsidize it with no contractual obligation, odd but cool.
  16. Fafafoooey macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2007
    Damn, was hoping I could just get a SIM from them and dump AT&T after my contract.
  17. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    It's very complex indeed.
  18. lyngo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2007
    Personally, this might be a game changer for me. I am tired of contracts and being locked in to a company. It feels like bondage.

    Anyways, the smartphone plans have 'roaming' areas too that cost $0.25 / per minute. I wonder if data will be roaming in these areas and what the cost of it would be. I haven't found any information about this, does anyone else know?

    - Jay
  19. imgonephishin macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2003
    Well, I'm sure it's a gamble on their behalf that they'll have enough people switch to their network and stay to more than make up for those who might buy a (slightly) discounted iPhone for a month and then leave.
  20. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Jun 29, 2010
    So does this mean if you were going to buy one at full price, you could instead buy from Cricket with $150 off and then use on another carrier since there is no contract?
  21. DeathChill macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    I'm going to assume that it will be locked to Cricket with the GSM side locked as well.
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    This is very good news and potentially significant. I notice that a lot of students have Cricket phones, and this opens up a new market for Apple. Since it uses CDMA, it will be interesting to see whether a Cricket phone will work with an AT&T SIM card or only international (like the Verizon and Sprint phones after they are unlocked). Otherwise, I'd have to think that there would be some prepaid purchase commitment to get the $499 price on the base model (otherwise, why buy the unlocked model for $649?).
  23. surma884 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    That is why they are called a "regional" carrier.
  24. WRP macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    I live in the city so technically it would probably work for me most of the time. But I like to hike and snowboard and bike and travel outside the US. And I very rarely have any trouble finding coverage on AT&T. Even when I lived in the mountains of Wyoming.

    This phone is useless for anyone who doesn't stay completely in a city the majority of the time.


    Yeah, I get that. Maybe great for your kids but no adult that does any traveling will want this phone. That is unless they have crap credit and can't get a real plan for adults.
  25. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    It's just like baseball except it's different.


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