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Cricket Wireless Complete Starter Pack: Nano SIM Card with Standard & Micro Adapters
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At Cricket Wireless, we make joining our nationwide 4G LTE network quick and easy. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions provided to replace the SIM card in your current, unlocked compatible phone with our 3-in-1 SIM Card. Once finished, you can enjoy talk, text and data access with monthly taxes and fees already included, and no annual contracts. Simply visit cricketwireless.com/join to activate, and you’re good to go!
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I've been with Verizon since 2002 and am on a single line loyalty plan. I wanted to add a line for my wife, but it would destroy my loyalty plan and increase my rate by 150%. So that was not an option. She bought a refurbed iPhone 5 from Freedompop for $199. They offered free call, text, and data service piggy-backing off the Sprint network. Great, but it didn't work at all, not even in a major city, unless it was connected to wi-fi.
She kept the phone and with a switch of the SIM card, she moved over to Walmart's Family Mobile plan that uses the T-Mobile network. It's advertised as $25 a month, but more like $32 after taxes. And while the T-Mobile coverage map absolutely shows our house as being within their network range, we were not. She couldn't make or receive calls or texts. Her iPhone only worked when texting to another iPhone through iMessage, or when we drove away from our dinky town and into a better coverage area. Needless to say, this was a complete waste.
We wanted to switch her to another network but weren't sure if anything else would be better. Then we also had to consider CDMA versus GSM cell phones (You can't switch an AT&T phone to Verizon and vise versa). However, I found out that all iPhones made since the iPhone 5 are completely unlocked, freeing us up to switch her to any network. Then I found out that Cricket is now on the AT&T network.
I decided this was the best way to go. I called the local Cricket store and they said they have SIM cards available. I showed up and they refused to sell me one. They said they only sell it in store so they can activate it themselves and charge a fee. So I came to Amazon and bought the card here for $10. It was here the next business day.
I followed the instructions, removed her crappy SIM card from Walmart, and inserted the new one from Cricket. The SIM card for the iPhone does not require a SIM card adapter, by the way. Though the Cricket SIM card kit does come with two larger adapters in case your phone does require it. After a quick network update on her iPhone 5, the network title in the top, left-hand corner of the phone switched from "No Service" on Walmart Family Mobile, to 5 out of 5 bars on Cricket. I have Verizon and only get 4 out of 5 bars at home.
She finally has a working cell phone. And better yet, it's on the 2nd best network in the country. Her basic cell plan through Cricket offers unlimited talk & text, plus 2.5 GB of data for $40 a month. We signed her up for the auto-pay option, which dropped her price to $35 a month. All taxes and fees are included in that price as well. No surprise charges. However, you are not allowed to sign up for auto-pay during activation. Only after you've payed $40 and activated can you set up auto-pay. So your first month will be $40 instead of $35.
Cricket does offer a referral bonus of $25. So if you like my review, follow in the instructions to activate your new Cricket SIM card. You'll get a $25 bill credit after about 100 days (according to Cricket), and so will we. Instructions are posted in the comments section of this review. Enjoy your new cell phone service!
1. After you receive the SIM, go to Cricketwireless.com
2a. If you already have an account, log in to your account and select "add a new line"
2b. If you have new service, go to Cricketwireless.com/join
3. Follow the prompts. When asked for you IMEI number, enter the number for the phone you are using the SIM for.
4. For ICCID, enter the number of **the SIM card that you just received. **
5. If you have done this right, it will add a BYOD SIM kit to your cart.
6. Go through the steps, including selecting a plan and entering your credit card info.
7. Complete the order. Even though it makes references to Shipping, it will be listed as "Free Shipping" 0.00 on the order summary.
8. When the order is complete, you will be given the prompt to Activate right away! Complete the activation.
9. Load up the SIM and then wait for the port in. If you've entered all the info, you should be good to go!
First of all, believe the reviews here about the process and don't bother to contact Cricket customer service. I used Cricket chat and asked about how to do the transfer process using sims purchased online. My goal was to have the shortest service interruption possible since all we have are cell phones (no land line) and we can't go without them for long. Well, the whole idea of purchasing the sims ahead of time completely blew the mind of the Cricket rep I got on chat. She insisted that I place an order online via the Cricket website and wait up to 2 days for the sim to arrive in the mail, by which time she assured me that the phone number would be ported & the sim ready to go. Never mind that shortly after placing that order I'd be sitting around with a dead phone waiting for them to mail my sim! Plus, she said we'd have to do the phones one at a time to get the multiple phone discount, so I'd go through this process three separate times before finishing. Thank goodness for the reviews here!
If you're transferring a phone (& perhaps a phone #) to Cricket, buy your sim ahead of time. Then when you're ready to switch:
1) Go to cricketwireless.com/join and follow the instructions. Starting there works whether you're adding a line to an existing account or creating a new one - it will ask you after you submit the sim & IMEI on the 1st page.
2) It will add your sim card to the cart for $0 because you already paid for it. Select your service plan - it showed the multiple phone discount when I was adding a line.
3) You'll be prompted to pay. No activation fee or sim card cost was added, no taxes or fees - just the 1st month of service plan I chose. Finish checkout.
4) Then you'll be asked about whether you want a new phone # or to port one in. If porting, you'll be asked info about your current service provider account.
5) On the confirmation page, there is an Activate button to activate your phone. (Start using your current phone with the Cricket sim). Click this & switch your sim.
It took less than 30 minutes for each of our phones to have active service on the Cricket sim once I clicked Activate.
Also, Cricket CS was right about doing it one at a time, but it was still done all in one morning. I did the 1st one, creating the account in the process. Right away I opened another browser tab & did the 2nd one, choosing to add the line to the existing account. The service plan options reflected the $10 discount. Once done, I repeated the process for the 3rd line, added it to the existing account, and saw the $20 discount reflected in my service plan options.
One more note: my biggest concern was with unlocking one of our phones. It was still considered on contract & locked until after the service plan was cancelled, at which point I was free to submit an unlock request & wait who knows how long. I had an old phone on hand to use with my Cricket sim while waiting for the unlock, but I found that my Cricket sim worked right away. I learned via AT&T customer service that the Cricket sim is the only one that would work on an AT&T locked phone (which makes sense since it's the same network). And it did. Yay, no crappy old temp phone while I waited!