My cricket problems were on an iPhone 6s+ AT&T model. 2 bars LTE at home and 4 bars (dots) 4G. No problems with making calls or data (except during times of congestion). I would sometimes have incoming calls go straight to voicemail which was irritating.
I have experienced the voice call prority issue fairly frequently with Cricket and it is irritating. I don't mind the slowing of data but dial out failures andincoming call going to voicemail is not good. Not every will experience these problems as it probaby depends on the amount of local congestion. I will eventually be moving on because of this issue.
That said, considering I've never *ever* seen a speedtest over 4.5Mbps down on LTE on either phone on my account (while getting uploads of 16+Mbps), I haven't really thought about being screwed on Cricket ...
... until now.
Basically cutting through it>>>>>
(+) Full LTE Speed
(+) Slightly better pings (not too noticeable in real world usage)
(+) Allows tethering
(-) Higher cost
(-) Smaller data bucket
(=) No roaming
(+) More Data
(+) Lower Cost
(+) Referral Bonus
(+) History of offering interesting deals on discounted phones (wasn't great this year though)
(-) speeds throttled to 8mbps
(-) higher pings (not too noticeable in real world usage)
(-) Tethering not available on all plans and required addl cost
(=) no roaming
This question gets asked several times a year since the new Cricket was formed. I have never heard or read any confirmation by AT&T or Cricket via the TOS, investor calls, press releases, etc., that states that AT&T postpaid has network priority over Cricket or GoPhone.
I think everyone assumes so because T-mobile does prioritize and addresses this in their TOS:
How does MetroPCS address network priority for its brands?
To differentiate services we sell under the MetroPCS brand name from services we sell under other brand names, we give data of customers who choose T-Mobile-branded services precedence over data of customers who choose non-T-Mobile-branded services (including MetroPCS) when our network is presented with competing demands. Where the network is lightly loaded, a customer on those brands will notice little, if any, effect from having lower priority. This will be the case in the vast majority of times and locations. At times and at locations where the network is heavily loaded in relation to available capacity, however, those customers will likely see reductions in data speeds, especially if they are engaged in data-intensive activities. MetroPCS constantly works to improve network performance and capacity, but there are physical and technical limits on how much capacity is available, and at constrained locations, the frequency of heavy loading in relation to available capacity may be greater than at other locations. When network loading goes down or those customers moves to a location that is less heavily loaded in relation to available capacity, those customers’ speeds will likely improve.
That being said, we can see in these forums and elsewhere that many DO tether on any Cricket plan with any device at will, despite it being prohibited in the TOS (until recently.... they actually started to crack down on this, mainly on those who tether on devices that aren't phones).
I think sometimes when people think that Cricket is being deprioritized, it has to do with the proxy you are on being overloaded.. Easy fix for this is to toggle airplane mode on/off to get on a different proxy.
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For me up in Portland, OR Cricket has pings of 110 to 150ms+, in Grants Pass, OR up to 1,000ms. Straight Talk for some reason recently did some backend work and lowered pings to between 65-75ms up here, H2O has 70-80ms ping, and my AT&T Business line has 29-32ms ping. Supposedly as I have tested AT&T business does get the highest priority according to Ping.
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