Post by Travis James Post by David Arnstein
Here's another pricing anomaly. The 2 GByte plan that I am considering
costs $30. I am thinking about switching my owl to Boom, so I looked
for an appropriate "family" plan. The best one I could find is: 4 GBytes,
two lines, $90! I have to wonder if they have sold even one of these
I've had the family on Cricket for a year now and have been quite
satisfied. 5 lines for $100 flat; no other taxes or costs. It's on the
AT&T network. 2.5G per line has been plenty except very occasionally for
my teenage daughter. But that's her problem. Once you hit the cap, no
cost penalty, just throttled. I didn't even need the 5th line but it was
free so I bought the cheapest Lumia Windows phone for $20 just to play
with it. It sits around as a backup phone if one is lost (hasn't yet
I looked at Cricket. Two things put me off.
1. Lack of roaming. We do actually go into some of the off-network areas
in California and Nevada. Even though 911 will still work, I wanted to
be able to make and receive calls in those areas.
2. Hotspot. When I first looked at Cricket they did not allow tethering
at all. Now they have mobile hotspot on the $50 and up plans, for an
additional $10 per line.
The throttled LTE data would not have bothered me. Note that they
throttle the LTE data AND once you use up the throttled LTE data they
throttle again. It's AT&T trying to make Cricket unappealing to
customers that are paying more for postpaid. Ironically, most people on
postpaid don't care about tethering or about roaming coverage, since the
roaming is in areas most people never go to.
Consumer Cellular piles on the fees and taxes. You do get a 5% AARP
discount. But at least they allow tethering and they provide the same
domestic coverage as AT&T postpaid. We've gone over the 4GB data limit once.
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