That sound you hear is Cricket
Maybe you're on a tight budget and need to manage your wireless bill pretty closely. Or maybe you just don't buy the hype and don't feel like you need the latest iPhone or Blackberry. Or maybe, just maybe, you're philosophically and economically against locking yourself into the same wireless provider for a two-year contract.
Chances are if you fit into one of these three scenarios, you're looking at hard -- or already using -- a pay-as-you-go wireless cellphone provider. In Baltimore, the new kid on the block this week is a company called Cricket, which started selling its plans yesterday. (They also launched in Washington D.C. yesterday.)
Cricket's active in over 30 states and has more than 4 million customers, according to a news release I got my hands on yesterday. They offer wireless phone plans as well as a wireless broadband on the 3G CDMA and EV-DO networks for computers.
Monthly plans start as low as $30, but that only includes unlimited local calling; long distance and roaming charges are extra. The company also offers more a la carte options, like paying $1-$3 a day for unlimited talk/texting, depending on how you configure your plan.
Cricket's got other competitors, such as Sprint's Boost Mobile, another pre-paid cellular phone service. Boost offers similar pricing plans, with monthly unlimited ($50), daily plans or pay-for-what-you-use deals.
:: This map will shows Cricket coverage in your area.
I compiled a list of reviews of Cricket. You'll find them on the jump:
* Check out ConsumerSearch's review. Pro: High customer satisfaction. Con: Low rating for call quality.
* ConsumerSearch cites these two other reviews of Cricket, in PrePaid Review and a J.D. Power and Associates Survey that ranked all of the major prepaid wireless carriers. (MetroPCS, which isn't available in the Baltimore area, won for overall customer satisfaction.)
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