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  • Cricket Wireless to End CDMA Service in March 2015



    To prevent Cricket Wireless customers from being left out in the dark, I will make some videos to reach those who might not frequent the forum. For the last couple of weeks I have been settling in a new home in a new state. There actually isn't even Cricket service here. I didn't have Internet for a while, but I'll try to pay attention to this transition as I've already noticed some misinformation floating around. Remember though... Always hope for the best and expect the worst.

    If you guys plan to move on to another carrier, please let me know which one. I am going to try to transition this site to focus on others carriers if need be. This means I'll probably be trying to purchase new phones in the near future and putting out more information like the old days.

    Thanks everyone for coming along on this ride with me. It's been interesting.


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cricket Wireless to End CDMA Service in March 2015 started by Chris Rodriguez View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. BoredOOMM's Avatar
      BoredOOMM -
      The news today from AT&T is that they lowered their lowest rate plans to $40 per month. This requires full payment of new devices, as opposed to the Next12 and Next 18. The plan also includes a $60 plan with 2GB data and unlimited voice/text. I expected throttled Cricket use, and certainly the "DeathStar Network" will do whatever they can to force extra revenue from users.

      I appreciate your site and help Chris. I expect to stay with Cricket for the time being, waiting to see what they will offer for devices.

      I expect the iPhone 4 in my drawer dropped to a value of about $75 this week as well.
    1. masterdelusion's Avatar
      masterdelusion -
      This is uttermost BS.
      Their going to get rid of all of the contracts they had with cdma coverage, which was mostly Sprint mixed with Verizon in some spots.
      Now it appears that everyone will just run on AT&T's nonsense network.
      Does anyone remember the problems that they had with the iphone? Their network couldn't keep up. Now imagine dumping all of the cricket users with their new smartphones that they had to buy on their network. I smell disaster in the making.

      Maybe I'm misinformed about this...?
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoredOOMM View Post
      I expect the iPhone 4 in my drawer dropped to a value of about $75 this week as well.

      • iPhone 4 16GB A1332 / A1349 U.S.

      Trade-in value $50 for low end devices, and $150 for high end device (iphone 5c, galaxy s4)
    1. kenneth8883's Avatar
      kenneth8883 -
      At&t is going to ruin everything. The "new cricket" already sounds like a ploy.
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      Quote Originally Posted by masterdelusion View Post
      This is uttermost BS.
      Their going to get rid of all of the contracts they had with cdma coverage, which was mostly Sprint mixed with Verizon in some spots.
      Now it appears that everyone will just run on AT&T's nonsense network.
      Does anyone remember the problems that they had with the iphone? Their network couldn't keep up. Now imagine dumping all of the cricket users with their new smartphones that they had to buy on their network. I smell disaster in the making.

      Maybe I'm misinformed about this...?
      att's network has had some major improvements since the launch of iphones 5 years ago. and it is only going to get better (unless you live in an under-served area like most of usa)

      $14 billion in network investment
      AT&T throws $14bn at Project VIP to boost LTE and U-verse - SlashGear

      lower and comparable latency with verizon
      3G/4G wireless network latency: Comparing Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in February 2014 - FierceWireless

      network speeds equal to verizon or faster in most areas
      Fastest Mobile Networks 2013 | PCMag.com
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      Honestly AT&T is much stronger than Cricket was and in turn Sprint.

      I still have AT&T and Verizon. I go back and forth between both of them. Both have pretty good coverage. Honestly need both to cover almost 100 percent of the nation.

      Sent from my HTC6600LVW using Tapatalk
    1. proudmami's Avatar
      proudmami -
      Sadly I've been thinking about going to the Metro PCS they just came in my state not too long ago and now they're everywhere and they have 4G apparently they are teamed up with T-Mobile now
    1. leetwolf's Avatar
      leetwolf -
      Quote Originally Posted by proudmami View Post
      Sadly I've been thinking about going to the Metro PCS they just came in my state not too long ago and now they're everywhere and they have 4G apparently they are teamed up with T-Mobile now
      Teamed up? Try owned by...Anyway, I've talked to people and been told May 15th or so is when Cricket dealers are to stop any CDMA stuff...We'll see.
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      This video was shot a couple days after the original. I addressed some of the comments I saw in various locations. Hopefully it warms up in my new home, and I'm able to get down in the basement and work on the site some more.

      I think I will be showing how to flash Cricket devices to other carriers. It's only fair that Cricket / AT&T allows their older CDMA devices to be flashed to other carriers unless they take them back at a good price for upgrades.

    1. mattblack's Avatar
      mattblack -
      I have moved. This announcement is nothing new for me. I went through the same thing with Alltel. This is simple for AT&T. They want the bandwidth for the data.

      I have moved to T-Mobile. Here in Denver, they have great 4gLTE speeds (appx 20 megs down) and I am spending about 10 less a month for 3 phones. The buyin on the phones was painful but I am happy thus far with the service.
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      Glad they work well with you in Denver. At my new place of business we went on a trip to a road course a couple of weeks ago. 17 hours in a vehicle and 1 party out of 4 had Tmobile. He was the only one complaining about service. Others had Verizon and ATT.

      I think as far as coverage it might be:

      Tie AT&T / Verizon
      Tmobile
      Sprint
    1. ger1986's Avatar
      ger1986 -
      The latest is AT&T will do away with CDMA and completely switch over to GSM sometime between now and March of 2015. So we will be forced to buy New phones and have a whole lot of real nice Flashed Phones Useless? In which I just got a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 flashed to Cricket, and that Phone sells for $579.99 on the AIO Wireless site, so I assume it will run about the same on the New Cricket as well, and of course they will offer no trade in value for Flashed phones!!!!
    1. djisia402's Avatar
      djisia402 -
      they are offering a decent trade-up program now and they might increase the value of the phones in March of 2015
    1. BoredOOMM's Avatar
      BoredOOMM -
      Quote Originally Posted by ger1986 View Post
      The latest is AT&T will do away with CDMA and completely switch over to GSM sometime between now and March of 2015. So we will be forced to buy New phones and have a whole lot of real nice Flashed Phones Useless? In which I just got a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 flashed to Cricket, and that Phone sells for $579.99 on the AIO Wireless site, so I assume it will run about the same on the New Cricket as well, and of course they will offer no trade in value for Flashed phones!!!!
      And the S4 with contract is $199.99 at AT&T. MyCricket has the phone at $599.99 before discount, and $429.99 after. T-Mobile obfuscated the purchase of devices and monthly charges. The result at T-Mobile is $70.00 per month and $92.00 per month after taxes and insurance. I believe AT&T lowered monthly service to $60 a few weeks back.

      There will be changes, and there will probably be a rate increase at some point. We don't know yet exactly what AT&T will do until they tell us. The fact that CDMA is leaving is established, and the hint that flashed phones will not work has been hinted. You can leave now for another carrier, or ride it out and hope that it will be equal or better. I paid $113.00 on my other service (US Cellular with 1 Android and 1 basic phone) and roamed for over 2 years. I am content with the $46 for one device and will even be happy if I pay near $60 for one device. as long as I have service. In 12 months I will be ready for a phone, and hope that there are bargains available as I only have an Acclaim 2.

      Thanks Chris again for a great resource with the site.
    1. ger1986's Avatar
      ger1986 -
      Yea but they will not take our quality flashed phones of course, must be a Cricket Branded phone-----so all of us who have a real nice fully flashed phone and maybe rooted in some cases are just simply out of luck-----
    1. rsdin559's Avatar
      rsdin559 -
      eBay, or switch carriers. I'm selling off all of my old CDMA phones this week. From the look of the auctions so far, I won't make what I paid for them. But that's just how my luck goes. What other CDMA BYOP (bring your own phone) carriers are there?
    1. indica's Avatar
      indica -
      Quote Originally Posted by ger1986 View Post
      Yea but they will not take our quality flashed phones of course, must be a Cricket Branded phone-----so all of us who have a real nice fully flashed phone and maybe rooted in some cases are just simply out of luck-----
      the current trade-in program in cricket stores will take any phone as a trade-in for $$$ off a new device. ANY PHONE. right now the best thing i would suggest to do is wait until the s5 comes with it's GSM LTE. and trade in what you got. it shouldn't be more than a month or two

      Quote Originally Posted by rsdin559 View Post
      eBay, or switch carriers. I'm selling off all of my old CDMA phones this week. From the look of the auctions so far, I won't make what I paid for them. But that's just how my luck goes. What other CDMA BYOP (bring your own phone) carriers are there?
      rumors is that Cricket will accept unlocked GSM devices. the only other CDMA "BYOD" bring your own device carrier i can think of right now is pageplus.

      Cricket Wireless News - Cricket Wireless to End CDMA Service in March 2015
      thanks chris for addressing some of these issue
    1. wiseoldman's Avatar
      wiseoldman -
      I'll go with S5 GSM when I know its rootable or a rootoid is found or a roottack is known.

      sent from the future.
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      Yeah no problem. To remain competitive, I believe the "new Cricket" will keep its rates pretty low. They don't want the prepaid side of AT&T to tank.

      I am waiting to see the final changes so I can move forward with the site.
    1. santo's Avatar
      santo -



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