Cricket vs. Straight Talk: Which has the better prepaid phone plan?

Cricket vs. Straight Talk: Which has the better prepaid phone plan?


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.

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Cricket background

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

Straight Talk background

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

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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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