Hi, I am hopeful that someone here knows what priority cricket has on the AT&T network. I live in a city (Lowell,MA) that has congestion issues with every carrier. This is a big college city and there are thousands of students that live and go to school here, not including the many businesses and permanent residents. There are very few towers and congestion is always an issue.
I like crickets coverage and pricing but keep having problems with the network. I get missed calls frequently (goes right to voice mail). Sometimes on a call the call will get dropped.
Data is a big problem. Sometimes the speeds drop under 1Mb/s and uploads around 1-2 Mb/s.
I know all these issues are related to congestion. When I use GoPhone things seem much better.
By the way this is with an iPhone 6s+ AT&T model, so I know it's not the phone.
I would like to use cricket for the unlimited data plan, but what good is unlimited when cricket seems to be last on the totem pole.
Right now I am back to Sprint postpaid and calls are never a problem, but as I mentioned before, Sprint also suffers from congestion with slow data speeds.
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From my experience and the experience of a lot of others who have compared side by side with AT&T, Cricket isn't really that low on priority..
Simple answer, when Cricket sucks due to speeds so does AT&T.. I have ran my test in very congested areas such as Disney on New Year's Eve, Myrtle Beach, Sporting Events, and large populated areas..
The only area I had major congestion issues was Myrtle Beach.. my phone actually started working better slightly before my friends postpaid AT&T phone. But both the Cricket and the AT&T phone sucked during the congested day.
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Another anecdote here. I have never experienced congestion problems on my Cricket line except for when my wife's ATT postpaid line also had issues.
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Cricket is a Level 3-Beta priority rank unless there is a stack overflow penumbra in which case it could drop as low as a 5-Gamma. But this rarely happens, only basically in theory could it go that low.
Hopefully that helps clarify
I have an AT&T phone on a business plan and for 6 months a phone on Cricket. I travel 50,000 plus miles a year everywhere in NC SC VA TN GA. When the post paid phone is slow so is Cricket . When post paid AT&T is fast so is Cricket. I never saw one instance of a priority issue. My Cricket line is now on Gophone for tethering reasons and same observation.
You ARE NOT going to get a solid answer to your question. Where they rate on the food chain is anyones guess.
I think Hogan773 gave you the best explanation.
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Thanks for the replies. I really wanted cricket to be a good service for me but I guess I will just stay with GoPhone. Haven't had any issues with it like I had with cricket.