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    Cricket deprioritization confimred

    I’ve always been sceptical and didn’t believe that cricket was lower priority than AT&T, but I was wrong. I have a cricket line where data used to work perfectly, but has been acting weird for a couple of months in a one area I travel to (really slow with bursts of speed ever so often.) Just for the hell of it, I signed up for AT&T prepaid unlimited, and in this area I went from an average speed of 500Kbps to a consistent 3.1Mbps. Deprioritization myth: Confirmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alj96z View Post
    I’ve always been sceptical and didn’t believe that cricket was lower priority than AT&T, but I was wrong. I have a cricket line where data used to work perfectly, but has been acting weird for a couple of months in a one area I travel to (really slow with bursts of speed ever so often.) Just for the hell of it, I signed up for AT&T prepaid unlimited, and in this area I went from an average speed of 500Kbps to a consistent 3.1Mbps. Deprioritization myth: Confirmed.
    I don't know of any at&t that isn't..

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    That's hardly empirical evidence, but don't they plainly state they may? 3.1 seems pretty low too, maybe you're getting a smaller % if what limited bandwidth is available there? Is AT&T prepaid throttled to 3Mb?

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    Could just be a different frequency in the same area... my Nexus 6P jumps from 700MHz to 1900MHz all the time in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls3mach View Post
    That's hardly empirical evidence, but don't they plainly state they may? 3.1 seems pretty low too, maybe you're getting a smaller % if what limited bandwidth is available there? Is AT&T prepaid throttled to 3Mb?
    Yes, their unlimited is throttled to 3mbps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alj96z View Post
    I’ve always been sceptical and didn’t believe that cricket was lower priority than AT&T, but I was wrong. I have a cricket line where data used to work perfectly, but has been acting weird for a couple of months in a one area I travel to (really slow with bursts of speed ever so often.) Just for the hell of it, I signed up for AT&T prepaid unlimited, and in this area I went from an average speed of 500Kbps to a consistent 3.1Mbps. Deprioritization myth: Confirmed.
    It is very difficult to prove deprioritization. I have an AT&T postpaid hotspot sitting in the same position in a window all day every day. I am no where near the 22 GB deprioritization limit. I check the speed about daily around noon. It varies between 1.3 Mbps and 13 Mbps. Weather and leaves on the trees seem to correlate somewhat with the speeds.

    Small changes in the position also make a big difference. During the Summer I had it on the window sill to keep it out of the heat. The temperature on the window in Summer Sunlight is ~130 F. On the window sill the speeds were much lower - 8 max, usually around 2-3.

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    Does it matter? Either Cricket works or it doesn't. If it does great, doesn't matter if it is deprioritized or not. If it does't, who cares why not - move on to something that works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdbryant3 View Post
    Does it matter? Either Cricket works or it doesn't. If it does great, doesn't matter if it is deprioritized or not. If it does't, who cares why not - move on to something that works.
    Amen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdbryant3 View Post
    Does it matter? Either Cricket works or it doesn't. If it does great, doesn't matter if it is deprioritized or not. If it does't, who cares why not - move on to something that works.
    But, but, but, Cricket is throttled to 8 Mbps maximum, or 3 on the unlim plans. That is sooooooo horrible I can't get anything done. It's so unfair that I can't get premium service from a budget provider. ;~>
    </SARCASM>

    BS. I have a full-blown unthrottled AT&T postpaid plan. Guess what? I usually only get 2-4 Mbps. It works just fine. I touch the GasBuddy icon and I get gas prices in a few seconds, etc.

    Same deal with Verizon. My Verizon Tracfone used to be throttled to 5 Mbps max. Guess what? I usually only get 0.5-2 Mbps anyway. It works, though the 0.5 Mbps is noticeably slower.

    Same with my 5 Mbps cable Internet. It works just fine. I stream all the HD Amazon video I want.

    There are some valid business reasons to NEED high-speed cellphone service. Anything else is just bragging rights and a waste of discretionary funds that would be better off invested.

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    I don't think anyone has ever said deprioritized data doesn't exist, we just say it doesn't happen often. Results could vary by area. My area has great ATT coverage and never slow down

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    Cricket wasn't bought out by AT&T to gain customers or to be a major prepaid competitor in the race towards the bottom. They didn't want to be like T-Mobile and offer the same network and same speeds at lower prices on prepaid. Since AT&T can get really fast speeds, but caps people to a max of 8 or 3 Mbps, a lot would consider that deprioritzed data. (Not looking to start the debate on if you really need more than 2 Mbps speed or not) But the fact that the old GoPhone plans had faster data, but lower data limits, made a lot of people feel that this was confirmed a while ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobdevnul View Post
    But, but, but, Cricket is throttled to 8 Mbps maximum, or 3 on the unlim plans. That is sooooooo horrible I can't get anything done. It's so unfair that I can't get premium service from a budget provider. ;~>
    </SARCASM>

    BS. I have a full-blown unthrottled AT&T postpaid plan. Guess what? I usually only get 2-4 Mbps. It works just fine. I touch the GasBuddy icon and I get gas prices in a few seconds, etc.

    Same deal with Verizon. My Verizon Tracfone used to be throttled to 5 Mbps max. Guess what? I usually only get 0.5-2 Mbps anyway. It works, though the 0.5 Mbps is noticeably slower.

    Same with my 5 Mbps cable Internet. It works just fine. I stream all the HD Amazon video I want.

    There are some valid business reasons to NEED high-speed cellphone service. Anything else is just bragging rights and a waste of discretionary funds that would be better off invested.
    Well put.....

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    Yeah, I'm in the camp that if it works, we'll keep using it. Although I have a decent phone, I'm also not using my phone as my home ISP and really I just need to be able to make calls and use data when I'm away from home and work. Although it's no different than the T-Mobile/T-Mobile Prepaid/MetroPCS or Sprint/Sprint Prepaid/Boost Mobile combinations, AT&T has had a hard time making AT&T Prepaid/GoPhone and Cricket seem that much different. Some of this comes from that they have quite a bit of capacity in a lot of places, so those that would be deprioritized in another situation still have a good experience. Some of this also comes from that Cricket offers quite a bit for the money and AT&T Prepaid can't offer or charge much more or it's cannibalizing AT&T postpaid customers.

    I was in one of the early markets that got Aio back in 2013 and was fascinated, but was still on a two-year contract with AT&T (with family members, discounts, and a few added feature codes). Since what was essentially Aio became the current Cricket (old Cricket was basically thrown out since the purchase was mostly for spectrum in select markets, not the CDMA service or even probably the customers), the idea of offering an almost-as-good-as-AT&T experience under a different brand that rarely acknowledges its parent company has been going on for awhile.

    There's always the question of if Cricket gets folded into AT&T Prepaid, and I think as long as others offer discount brands, AT&T will probably keep it around.

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    I agree. When I had Cricket the 8mb was fine. It works for my wife. I have AT&T prepaid 6gb plan for the occasional tethering I need.

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    Yup, Cricket is heavily depriortized, been saying it for years, but that makes me a troll.

    "8mbit is enough"
    "3mbit is enough"

    This is absolutely the wrong attitude. This is why AT&T makes chumps out of their customers. Grow a backbone and switch. Don't treat yourself like a lower class citizen.

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