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Initiating a new thread as Cricket WIreless has succeeded AIO

Nexus 5 on AIO wireless thread
http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/general/nexus-5-aio-wireless-thread-t2598309/

I see Cricket is advertising new prepaid plans including a 10GB per month data plan (Pro plan with AutoPay at $55/month). And SIM's are $0.99 (for a limited time). I assume no activation fee.

Since all of StraightTalk's plans only support 3GB data per month (throttled thereafter) I'm considering moving from ST to Cricket. I assume they operate on the exact same network (AT&T) so I assume there should have no coverage differences. Is that a good assumption?

Can anyone please post the APN info for CricketWireless?

Anyone else change from StraightTalk to Cricket? Any issues to report?
 
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The correct APN settings are on their website. Can't post the link because low post count. Just search their site for "apn" and it will show up.

I switched to Cricket from Straight Talk (AT&T) last summer and don't regret it one bit. My bill is a flat $35/mo, coverage is great, no issues with SMS/MMS (my main reason for ditching ST). They just upped the low tier limit to 1GB from 500MB, but I'm on WiFi 99% of the time so it didn't matter much to me anyway.

Aio's capped speeds still apply, 8Mbps for LTE, 4Mbps for HSPA+. After you hit the data cap those speeds are 128Kbps and 64Kbps. I've only hit my cap twice, and my phone was still usable on LTE. You can purchase an extra GB for $10 as many times as you want.

Their account app actually works, customer service is top notch (the other reason I ditched ST).

If you're not a speed queen, and are in an area with good AT&T coverage I would absolutely take Cricket over ST.
 
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I've had Aio/Cricket for a while now. Overall, I'm satisfied. My biggest issue is the occasional MMS outage and the lack of any kind of communication about it.
 

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One year ago I had cricket wireless on a Huawei Android phone. I live in Florida and the data rates were pathetic, seriously between 40kbit and 120kbit.

However, Muve Music app was decent. Can't believe they are selling it to Deezer.

Sent from my Nexus 5 using XDA Free mobile app
 

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Thanks for the info above.

Follow-up questions. Any observations regards to how well Cricket works with Hangouts and/or Google Voice?

And any issues with tethering on Cricket?

I could sign up for a month to test myself, but I want to port my number at the same time I sign up for Cricket. I've heard there are problems porting phone numbers from ST to Cricket if you try to do it later (I'm employing extra caution as I've never previously ported a number).
 

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Thanks for the info above.

Follow-up questions. Any observations regards to how well Cricket works with Hangouts and/or Google Voice?

And any issues with tethering on Cricket?

I could sign up for a month to test myself, but I want to port my number at the same time I sign up for Cricket. I've heard there are problems porting phone numbers from ST to Cricket if you try to do it later (I'm employing extra caution as I've never previously ported a number).

Hangouts and Google Voice work fine for me. As well as any other carrier. Cricket doesn't officially support tethering, but I have had no issues doing it with a small change in the settings DB.
 
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Their account app actually works, customer service is top notch (the other reason I ditched ST).

I disagree. CS has been far from top notch. Wait times were horrible and I got disconnected multiple times to resolve a billing issue where my debit card didn't have an address or name associated with it so it got denied but still went through as pending and didn't have phone service because of it. I called in a total of about 10 times on a Sunday and each time I got hung up on or the call dropped.
 
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Thanks for the info above.

Follow-up questions. Any observations regards to how well Cricket works with Hangouts and/or Google Voice?

And any issues with tethering on Cricket?

I could sign up for a month to test myself, but I want to port my number at the same time I sign up for Cricket. I've heard there are problems porting phone numbers from ST to Cricket if you try to do it later (I'm employing extra caution as I've never previously ported a number).
I only use Google voice/hangouts integration for texts and it works great... the reason I left straight talk a long time a go is they close ports after they've been idle for a while. Ie if I haven't sent or received a hangout in x amount of time they close the port and I won't get any more messages unless I reset my connection yo Google or use Wi-Fi... It was really annoying when I relied on push through gv and hangouts and never used normal texts...

Plus the service has been out standing for be single aio days.
 
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I disagree. CS has been far from top notch. Wait times were horrible and I got disconnected multiple times to resolve a billing issue where my debit card didn't have an address or name associated with it so it got denied but still went through as pending and didn't have phone service because of it. I called in a total of about 10 times on a Sunday and each time I got hung up on or the call dropped.

That's weird, that was my experience with ST. MMS wasn't working on my Nexus 5, and their only answer was that my phone didn't support MMS and that I had to buy a new phone from them. I told them that it had worked fine on T-Mobile (I switched because I was moving to an area with no T-Mobile service). The reps were rude and ignorant.

When I switched to Cricket Straight Talk messed up porting my number. They had somehow generated a cancel request on their end, but still released the number, so Cricket wasn't able to pick it up. I went to a Cricket corporate store and they did everything they could to help fix it. One of the reps even called me on her day off to help try to fix it. Eventually I lost the number and had to start my account with a new one, but the store reps jumped through hoops to help me out. They even gave me credit for a month of service for the problem that ST caused.

The only other time I had to call tech support was to get some account information changed. It took all of 5 minutes, including hold time, and the rep was really nice and straight forward.
 

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Initiating a new thread as Cricket WIreless has succeeded AIO

Nexus 5 on AIO wireless thread
http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/general/nexus-5-aio-wireless-thread-t2598309/

I see Cricket is advertising new prepaid plans including a 10GB per month data plan (Pro plan with AutoPay at $55/month). And SIM's are $0.99 (for a limited time). I assume no activation fee.

Since all of StraightTalk's plans only support 3GB data per month (throttled thereafter) I'm considering moving from ST to Cricket. I assume they operate on the exact same network (AT&T) so I assume there should have no coverage differences. Is that a good assumption?

Can anyone please post the APN info for CricketWireless?

Anyone else change from StraightTalk to Cricket? Any issues to report?

Their APN info is on their website, however since Lollipop, it appears to be baked into the OS. I was able to wipe my device and when I rebooted, all Cricket Wireless info was preloaded.

Here is the link regardless:
https://www.cricketwireless.com/sup...ice-byod/customer/bring-your-own-android.html
 

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Tethering on Cricket?

Appreciate the feedback.

I'm holding off moving from ST to Cricket until I can obtain clarification on the following two items:

1. If there are any issues with 'tethering' on a Cricket prepaid plan. I occasionally need to tether my laptop to my Lollipop N5 and so far have not observed any issues doing so on ST..

(It has been reported T-Mobiles newly announced pre-paid plans do NOT allow any tethering.)

2. Since I will lose roaming with Cricket, I don't know.if that will impact me or not. How can I tell if with my recent ST usage, if I was always/mostly connecting to AT&T towers, or if sometimes I switched to roaming on Verizon and/or T-Mobile towers? I want to be certain that most of my recent local connections were to AT&T towers, especially at my residence and general vicinity (rural area 10 miles from town).

In regards to CS, with Cricket having a store not too far from me, I figure most of my CS interaction will be via their store. So that should beat ST non-existent CS (after all, ST is Tracfone in Walmart clothing).
 

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Appreciate the feedback.

I'm holding off moving from ST to Cricket until I can obtain clarification on the following two items:

1. If there are any issues with 'tethering' on a Cricket prepaid plan. I occasionally need to tether my laptop to my Lollipop N5 and so far have not observed any issues doing so on ST..

(It has been reported T-Mobiles newly announced pre-paid plans do NOT allow any tethering.)

2. Since I will lose roaming with Cricket, I don't know.if that will impact me or not. How can I tell if with my recent ST usage, if I was always/mostly connecting to AT&T towers, or if sometimes I switched to roaming on Verizon and/or T-Mobile towers? I want to be certain that most of my recent local connections were to AT&T towers, especially at my residence and general vicinity (rural area 10 miles from town).

In regards to CS, with Cricket having a store not too far from me, I figure most of my CS interaction will be via their store. So that should beat ST non-existent CS (after all, ST is Tracfone in Walmart clothing).
I've tethered a few times and never had any problems. But admittedly it's rare.

If you have an att ST SIM then you were only on ATT. If you had a tmobile ST sim then you were only on T-Mobile. And the nexus 5 doesn't support Verizon, so you definitely weren't roaming there either :).
 
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I've tethered a few times and never had any problems. But admittedly it's rare.

If you have an att ST SIM then you were only on ATT. If you had a tmobile ST sim then you were only on T-Mobile. And the nexus 5 doesn't support Verizon, so you definitely weren't roaming there either :).

Hmm...it's been suggested in this thread and elsewhere that ST supports roaming. Maybe I'm confused on this.

Is there a diff in how roaming works for voice/text service versus data service, as far as ST is concerned?

And how would that differ from what Cricket offers (or doesn't offer)?
 

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Hmm...it's been suggested in this thread and elsewhere that ST supports roaming. Maybe I'm confused on this.

Is there a diff in how roaming works for voice/text service versus data service, as far as ST is concerned?

And how would that differ from what Cricket offers (or doesn't offer)?
I just read the whole thread. That's no mention of roaming. :)
 
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I just read the whole thread. That's no mention of roaming. :)

Duh! On a non-XDA thread I recently read, It was suggested roaming would be lost if I moved from ST to Cricket. Now I understand that info was bogus. So it appears I have had no roaming capabilities and thus have been connecting via AT&T facilities all along. That has been a satisfactory experience for me. Although I do only occasional texting, so not sure if ST texting has been working efficiently.

I have the AT&T SIM that came with the ST BYOB kit purchased at Walmart. So besides buying a $0.99 SIM from Cricket, setting up the N5 on Cricket should hopefully be straight forward.

First, I need to gain a bit more confidence that tethering won't be an issue. If tethering is ok I'll make the jump.

Also I think I should first sign up for a new Google Voice number to minimize porting issues (present and future). After I got my N5 set-up on ST last year I wasn't using my old Google Voice number so Google expired it on me last month. Darn me.
 
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    Can someone please clarify the 20gb Advanced plan for me? If I switch from my Smart plan to the promotional one, what happens when the promotion ends? Do I still get 20gb a month or does it go back down to 10?

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    Also: what's with the LTE restriction? I have a Nexus 5 (as you probably guessed) and pull down LTE at work, but not at home or around town. My device can do LTE, but not all the time. This promotion isn't some weird cap where the 20gb is ONLY LTE, and H+ has some weird restriction like already being throttled? Cricket has been great the couple of months I've had them so they don't seem like they'd pull a stunt like that, but this LTE promotion is throwing me off. Will all my data have the 20gb cap, like all their other plans?

    If you switch from your current plan (Smart Plan) to the Promotional Plan, which is the 20GB Advanced plan, nothing happens when the promotion ends.. Well, something does happen; the promotion ends lol.. But to answer your question, no. Your plan will not go down to 10GB. You will continue getting the 20GB. Much like a "grandfathered" plan. In a way.

    I'm assuming when the promotion ends, only two things will happen: 1. The promotional plan will just disappear or 2. The advanced plan will be a plan by itself, like the others, but at a $10 (or more) difference instead of the same price as the pro plan.

    I'm not too sure what youre asking on the second part of your question. LTE restriction? The only "restriction" is the 8mbs.. Nothing more. Your speeds will max out at 8mbs on LTE and 4mbs on 3G (H/H+).. Youre on Cricket currently, so I'm assuming you already know this.

    OH! I see what youre saying (i think).. The promotion says, "... for 4GLTE devices only" and thats confusing you, correct?

    If it is, this only means that this promotion is only for 4GLTE "compatible" devices. (Cricket should have reworded this better) Since you have an N5, you have nothing to worry about.. If your device could NOT connect to LTE, in other words -- didnt have the LTE bands -- then the plan wouldnt work for that device.. But since your device can, youre golden :)

    To answer your last question, yes -- the 20GB plan have the 8mbs capped.. Just like the others.

    Hope I cleared things up for you! -- take care :highfive:
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    Sent.

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    Oh yeah, I was going to include the APN in this post. I'll just edit it in.

    Name: Internet
    APN: ndo
    Proxy: Not Set
    Port: Not Set
    Username: Not Set
    Password: Not Set
    Server: Not Set
    MMSC: http://mmsc.aiowireless.net
    MMS Proxy: proxy.aiowireless.net
    MMS Port: 80
    MCC: 310
    MNC: 150
    Authentication type: Not Set
    APN type: default,mms,fota,hipri,supl
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    The correct APN settings are on their website. Can't post the link because low post count. Just search their site for "apn" and it will show up.

    I switched to Cricket from Straight Talk (AT&T) last summer and don't regret it one bit. My bill is a flat $35/mo, coverage is great, no issues with SMS/MMS (my main reason for ditching ST). They just upped the low tier limit to 1GB from 500MB, but I'm on WiFi 99% of the time so it didn't matter much to me anyway.

    Aio's capped speeds still apply, 8Mbps for LTE, 4Mbps for HSPA+. After you hit the data cap those speeds are 128Kbps and 64Kbps. I've only hit my cap twice, and my phone was still usable on LTE. You can purchase an extra GB for $10 as many times as you want.

    Their account app actually works, customer service is top notch (the other reason I ditched ST).

    If you're not a speed queen, and are in an area with good AT&T coverage I would absolutely take Cricket over ST.
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    Thanks for the info above.

    Follow-up questions. Any observations regards to how well Cricket works with Hangouts and/or Google Voice?

    And any issues with tethering on Cricket?

    I could sign up for a month to test myself, but I want to port my number at the same time I sign up for Cricket. I've heard there are problems porting phone numbers from ST to Cricket if you try to do it later (I'm employing extra caution as I've never previously ported a number).

    Hangouts and Google Voice work fine for me. As well as any other carrier. Cricket doesn't officially support tethering, but I have had no issues doing it with a small change in the settings DB.
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    I used hotspot on my nexus 5 now on my nexus 6. Only few times I've had problem with cricket LTE service in busy areas. Like at cedar point. Speed was like edge. I force phone to H in those situations and still have a usable 4 Mbps speed.