Owned by Leap Wireless, Cricket Wireless has built a name for itself as a budget wireless provider offering low-cost plans. According to Leap, Cricket Wireless provides service to customers living in 35 states and the District of Columbia. To sign up, you’ll need to reside within Cricket’s network footprint, which is limited. Once you’re on board, nationwide data and voice is available.
The carrier sells an Android plan for $55 per month, which includes unlimited voice and text. The comparable BlackBerry plan runs $5 more, at $60. No contract is required with either plan. The big caveat here, though, is that both plans limit you to 1GB of data a month. Also note that you can incur charges of $0.25 per minute if you use your device outside of Cricket’s network or its roaming partners.
Cricket Wireless’ handset selection is not terribly exciting. The best bet for Android fans is the Huawei Ascend ($129), running version 2.1 of the OS. The Sanyo Zio ($129) comes with the obsolete Android 1.6.
Pros: Android plan starts at $55 for everything unlimited.
Cons: Weak handset selection. Roaming can cost extra. Limited to 1GB of data. Need to live in Cricket Wireless service area.
4G Coverage: No announced plans.