See how Cricket and Straight Talk measure up against each other.
Cricket and Straight Talk have a few things in common. Both operate on AT&T’s network (although Straight Talk also operates on Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks) and each do unlimited plans differently than any other pre-paid carrier.
Cricket offers a cheap unlimited plan but caps your network speeds at 8 Mbps or 3 Mbps (depending on the plan), and Straight Talk requires you to buy a phone through it to have unlimited LTE for $55 per month as a promotion, while normally the unlimited plans only include a set amount of LTE data. While some may balk at these weird ways of offering service, they can work for quite a few people. With that in mind let’s run the numbers and crunch the data to see which network is better.
Who owns it? AT&T
Which network does it use? AT&T
How long has it been around? Since 1999
Tethering allowed? Yes, for $10 per month
Cheapest plan: $30 for one month: 1GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk and text
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Who owns it? América Móvil DBA TracFone in the U.S.
Which network does it use? AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon
How long has it been around? Since 2012
Tethering allowed? No
Cheapest plan: $35 for one month: 2 GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk and text
Cricket offers five plans in total, with two separate unlimited LTE plans, differentiated by the data speed cap. The cheaper $55 plan caps LTE speeds at 3 Mbps and the $60 plan caps speeds at 8 Mbps. Here is the full list of plans Cricket offers. All Cricket plans include unlimited…
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