Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (LEAP), today announced sweeping enhancements to its rate plans offering customers greater choice and flexibility in their unlimited wireless service. Adding to Cricket's unlimited value proposition, the new plans include more full-speed data choices, Muve Music included in all Android rate plans, and enhanced international calling products that allow customers to make any plan an international calling plan.
"Our new rate plans enhance the choices available to our customers and are unique not only in no-contract wireless, but among postpaid offerings as well," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer. "We understand our customers' data needs and these new plans give customers the flexibility to select the right usage plan [that best fits their needs] at a great value with the option to buy additional full-speed data when their needs change. In addition, our Muve Music service will be included for no additional cost in all Android rate plans so even more customers can experience the enjoyment of high-quality unlimited music downloads. All together, we believe these new plans bring value-packed features into the mainstream of wireless services for all Cricket customers."
Rate Plan Features
Cricket Wireless' new rate plans, available to customers beginning September 2 at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and online at www.mycricket.com, start at $35 and $45 per month for feature phones and offer unlimited nationwide talk and text. New smartphone rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data plus 1GB of full-speed data per month. The new $60 smartphone plan contains 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the new $70 smartphone plan offers 5GB of full-speed data per month. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.
Cricket PAYGo™ plans, offered in national retailers where Cricket products and services are available, have also been enhanced and are now more uniform with Cricket Wireless plans. Feature phone calling plans start at $25 with limited voice minutes and range to $50 and $60 Android plans that include Muve Music.
Easy to Use Data Features
Cricket's new smartphone plans include unlimited 3G data and enable customers to choose between three quantities of full-speed data per month. In addition, Cricket customers on these plans can now use new data tools on their phones to track their data usage throughout the month and buy additional quantities of full-speed data if needed. Under the new service plans, when customers need more full-speed data than their selected rate-plan provides, they can change to a rate plan with more full-speed data, add one or more 1GB full-speed data add-ons to their plan for $10 each (excluding Cricket PAYGo), purchase additional full-speed data as needed at a rate of $1 for 50MB, or make no change and use unlimited data at reduced speed through the rest of their month.
All Cricket rate plans are competitively priced and contain unlimited talk and text, allowing customers to select the plan that provides the features and services that are just right for them. For music lovers, Cricket's innovative Muve Music service is now available for the first time in all Android plans at no additional cost. For as little as $50 per month, customers can experience all the features of an Android phone and unlimited music downloads from Muve Music's library of nearly six million songs. Muve Music has quickly become one of the fastest growing digital music subscription services in the US offering truly unlimited song downloads, ringtones and ringback tones.
International Calling Features
Cricket is expanding the world-class value available in its suite of international calling products with the launch of the Global Plus Bundle, now available to all new and existing Cricket Wireless customers on all Cricket Wireless rate plans. With the Global Plus Bundle, any rate plan can become an international rate plan for an additional $15 per month.
With the Global Plus Bundle Cricket customers receive a Global Local Number – a local telephone number in the country of their choice and 500 outgoing international landline minutes and 30 outgoing international mobile minutes. When friends and family dial the Global Local Number, the calls are forwarded straight to the customer's Cricket phone in the United States without the premium per minute cost of an international call charged to the caller.
Visual Voice Mail provides customers the ability to use their device to quickly prioritize and manage their messages in the order they prefer.
New 'My Account' features allow customers to make credit card and debit card payments from their device.
Cricket Wireless customers can now add up to six additional lines (on the same account) and receive a $5 Multiline Discount per each additional line.