Unlike with postpaid contracts, there are far more prepaid companies than you could shake a stick at and all of them have both good and bad qualities. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two groups, examining how they relate and which is better at what things.
Today, we’re going to look at Cricket Wireless and Virgin Mobile. Both companies are actually owned by one of the Big Four and share customer service with those companies. Let’s take a look at how they match up!
Plan Prices*- Price range? What is included?
Cricket Wireless -*Plans range from $25 – $60.
All plans include unlimited talk and text with a limited amount of high speed data. Plans priced at $40, $50 and $60 include unlimited low speed data. Cricket offers a $5 rebate on the $40, $50 and $60 plans if consumers sign up for auto pay. Cricket also tends to offer promotional discounts for multiple lines.
Click here to view Cricket Wireless plans

Virgin Mobile –*Plans range from $20 – $55.
Virgin Mobile has many different plan options depending on whether you need unlimited talk and text, pay-as-you-go or if you want to share data between two more more lines. Some Virgin Mobile plans include unlimited low-speed text as well as unlimited talk and text, but not all. Compared to Cricket, Virgin has far more variety in its plans. Virgin also offers mobile broadband plans.
Click here to view Virgin Mobile plans

Unlimited Talk/Text*-*Is it offered? What is the lowest price?
Cricket Wireless –*Yes, $25; includes no data
Virgin Mobile*- Yes, $35; includes 250 MB
Data Ranges*-*What is the most and least data available?
Cricket Wireless –*No data – 10 GB high speed and unlimited low speed
Virgin Mobile*- No data – 3 GB high speed and unlimited low speed
Pay-As-You-Go Rates*-*What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates?
Cricket Wireless –*N/A (no pay-as-you-go option)
Virgin Mobile*- PayLo plans*give*consumers rates between $0.02 – $0.11/minute. Texts are charged at $0.15/text.
International Calling*-*What options are available? What does it cost?
Cricket Wireless –*Most plans include unlimited talk and text to Mexico and Canada as well as landline calling to select countries. Customers can also purchase a $5 or $15 add-on for more international options which may include an additional 35 countries, MMS and other features.
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Virgin Mobile*- Customers with a monthly unlimited plan can purchase a $5 or $10 add-on to include international text, unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada or additional minutes for 70 countries. International add-ons are not available to customers on pay-as-you-go plans.
Activation Fees*-*How much do they cost?
Cricket Wireless –*$25 one-time fee
Virgin Mobile*- No fee
BYOD*-*Can you activate your own device?
Cricket Wireless –*Yes, as long as it’s GSM and unlocked
Virgin Mobile*- No
Network/Coverage*-*What network does it use?
Cricket Wireless –*AT&T |
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Virgin Mobile*- Sprint |
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