Should I pay my ETF with Verizon now and go to Cricket?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Anthony T, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. Anthony T macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    I have an iPhone 6 and I plan on getting the 6S Plus when it's released. I just joined Verizon when I got my 6 last September so I still have over a year left on my contract. My ETF is $240. However, my Verizon bill is usually $90-$100 even though I have their limited-time $60 plan with 2GB of data and unlimited talk and text (I always go over my data).

    I'd like to go to Cricket so I can get their Smart Plan which is 5GB of data for $45 a month. I'd be saving $50-$55 a month, which means after a few months I will have made up the money I paid for my ETF.

    Should I switch now or wait until after I acquire the 6S Plus? I'll have to buy it at full retail/out of contract and sell my 6 either way.
  2. Orangeman13 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2015
    Cricket is HORRIBLE service especially when you travel.
  3. rexboe macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2012
    Cricket has better service now because they were bought by att and use their network
  4. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    While you'd save upwards of $50/mo, you need to take into account that $240, which would take almost
    5 months to recover after switching. Personally I'd ride it out for another year and see if Cricket offers another promo like their double data which was 20GB for $55. After switching to Cricket, depending on where you live you wouldn't have roaming, and your speeds are limited to 8Mbps with 2-4x higher pings.
    Cricket uses AT&T's native network, so it's on par with Verizon.
  5. perkedel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2014
    something to consider when going to mvno, while cheaper, the data speed seem to be throttled.
    that's my experience when i was using android and an mvno provider.
    I liked the price, but did not like how slow and voice call sometimes get disconnected / choppy.
  6. SR71, Aug 15, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2015

    SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I'd go for it especially now that Cricket is using AT&T's network (albeit throttled, but honestly not that bad). This is coming from a guy who's used Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. Verizon and AT&T's networks are essentially the same so service should be pretty much unchanged for you and you'd be saving tons more money with Cricket. Go for it man.
  7. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Considering Cricket. I'm low use these days & well past 18 months with a 5S.

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