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    Cricket or someone else for at&t prepaid?

    I'm in a small town. What are some prices for at&t competitors? I'd they roam on T-Mobile or anytime else that's a bonus out in the sticks.

    I have Google Fi now and that don't offer enough data that's cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MobileBoost View Post
    I'm in a small town. What are some prices for at&t competitors? I'd they roam on T-Mobile or anytime else that's a bonus out in the sticks.

    I have Google Fi now and that don't offer enough data that's cheap.
    Att prepaid. If you want hot spot and other features.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Parker5011 View Post
    Att prepaid. If you want hot spot and other features.


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    I have hotspot and other features with Cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by energyx View Post
    I have hotspot and other features with Cricket.
    I think the same is true with Tracfone owned AT&T MVNOs, Consumer Cellular, and Pure TalkUSA.

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    How is cricket compared to at&t prepaid now?

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    Does the $40 cricket plan allow hotspot? Could I stream Netflix to my rouku from my phone for no extra cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MobileBoost View Post
    Does the $40 cricket plan allow hotspot? Could I stream Netflix to my rouku from my phone for no extra cost?
    no hotspot (unless you can add for $10 extra) and no Mexico & Canada roaming. the $60 unlimited has mobile hotspot - https://www.cricketwireless.com/cell-phone-plans

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    Quote Originally Posted by MobileBoost View Post
    Does the $40 cricket plan allow hotspot? Could I stream Netflix to my rouku from my phone for no extra cost?
    You need to get fixed Internet. A mobile phone plan is not supposed to cover the video streaming usage.
    Actually most of the MVNO's will limit the resolution to SD quality when streaming video. And the "unlimited" means usually something like 25GB at 4G speed and the rest of that month (unlimited) at 2G speed.

    PS: You don't need hotspot to send video to your TV. Use the "cast to..." function on your Android phone with ChromeCast or Amazon Fire TV stick (they have that cast capability, not sure about Roku).

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    Does at&t prepaid have the same coverage as Cricket?

    And is there a cheaper alternative then cricket now?

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    "Cheaper"... For how many lines?
    TotalWireless (on Verizon network) has those plans:
    https://www.totalwireless.com/serviceplan

    Any extra 5GB of un-expiring data is $10 (or points from their rewards program).

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    Just a single line for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MobileBoost View Post
    And is there a cheaper alternative then cricket now?
    This site may help give you an idea what's out there: https://prepaidcompare.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MobileBoost View Post
    Just a single line for me
    Then that is $47.50 for "Unlimited data" with no speed caps. Like I said that's only 25GB of LTE speed... And streams in SD only.

    I think that Cricket's "Unlimited data" means 22GB of 8MBps speed, but I might be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    You need to get fixed Internet. A mobile phone plan is not supposed to cover the video streaming usage.
    Actually most of the MVNO's will limit the resolution to SD quality when streaming video. And the "unlimited" means usually something like 25GB at 4G speed and the rest of that month (unlimited) at 2G speed.

    PS: You don't need hotspot to send video to your TV. Use the "cast to..." function on your Android phone with ChromeCast or Amazon Fire TV stick (they have that cast capability, not sure about Roku).
    On my Samsung phone I can use a USB-C to HDMI cable to display the phone screen on the TV.

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    See https://www.att.com/prepaid/plans.html

    AT&T Unlimited Plus on Prepaid includes 10GB of hotspot for $55/month (on auto pay).
    • Could be throttled after 22GB
    • HD Streaming
    • Better coverage than Cricket (more off-network roaming), but probably not on T-Mobile
    • Faster data than Cricket

    For a single line, AT&T Prepaid is probably a better option than Cricket.

    While the 10GB of hotspot isn't going to get you a whole lot of HD video (6 2/3 hours of 1080p, 11.1 hours of 720p) remember that if you connect your phone to your TV with an HDMI cable, or you cast to your TV (some TV's have this built in or you can use a Roku) then that doesn't count as hot spot data.

    The question is: if and when it does throttle after 22GB, how slow does it throttle to? You need around 5Mb/s for HD video.

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