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General Comments[edit]

The article has a good start and good potential. The History section shows that things are moving fast. -- Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 00:32, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

POV[edit]

"Advantages and disadvantages as put forth by one or two people does not mean that they are factually relevant."


removed some amateurish negative statements. they could be added back but need to be more generalized and coherent —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.41.160.118 (talk) 15:01, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Although Cricket Wireless is somewhat of a new company, they have managed to strive over the issues in question. People complained about the service not working in certain areas. Those areas are all out of the "Calling Area". People just didn't know that roaming is supposed to be pre-paid (as Cricket is a Pre-Paid, month to month service provider). It's all simple, pre-paid and unlimited. Nothing else beats it.

- Miguel Gonzalez —Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.49.49.17 (talk) 00:58, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

They need to buy out pocket communications. Pocket is a great phone but, the coverage is limited to parts of Texas. I would love to be able to use my phone in more places. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.135.14.213 (talk) 04:53, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Well, 67.135.14.213, it appears that you're getting something close to your wish. See this story. NCdave (talk) 01:11, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

It may help provide a balanced perspective to help readers understand the function of prepaid wireless service providers and the similarities and differences between prepaid wireless service providers and "facilities-based" wireless services, which manage their own physical infrastructure, in order to better understand the role a subsidiary like Cricket would provide to a major wireless provider like AT&T. A potential citation: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9225968/Cut_the_contract_How_prepaid_smartphones_can_save_you_money Also relevant: List_of_United_States_wireless_communications_service_providers - J TerMaat (talk) 22:51, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Throttling section[edit]

" "full-speed" data is throttled even when a user has not reached the allotted monthly usage."

It'd be nice if that was backed up with a citation, sounds like griping without a reference. Any references?

"Wireless Internet Issues" section[edit]

On June 17, 2010, anonymous IP 69.171.166.49 added the "Wireless Internet Issues" section, which (after a couple of typo corrections the next day by another anonymous IP) said:

Wireless Internet Issues
Many of Cricket's customers who have bought on to their wireless broadband internet have noticed that it routinely does not run at advertised speeds. Cricket offers "unlimited" broadband internet service, yet in the fine print it's limited to 5Gb or 10Gb usage caps followed by severe bandwidth throttling that barely makes the service usable. That's on top of various times when a user is below the cap when Cricket decides to throttle bandwidth anyway, like when streaming, watching a livecast, visiting various sites like Youtube, and so on. The service can slow down to below-dial-up speeds even when a user is well below the usage cap, and Cricket customer service will admit to this throttling as them doing it "against anything detrimental to their network," which means that for any time you actually require broadband speeds, Cricket will throttle the service to prevent you from having such.

I think that some of that information is useful, but the tone, and certainly the last 22 words, are very unencyclopedic. I'm going to take a stab at improving it, by shortening it and toning down the "griping" while retaining the information about 5/10 GB usage caps and throttling. I'd welcome further improvements from other editors.

BTW, by way of disclaimer, I'm a new CricKet customer, having just switched from Sprint, and thus far I'm quite pleased. I mainly use my CricKet phone for voice and text, but I bought the Internet option, and I expect to occasionally need to "tether" my phone to my laptop computer (though I haven't done so yet). With some carriers, if you need to tether, there's the choice of either a large (e.g., $40/mo) monthly fee or the threat of an astronomical surprise bill on your next statement. But with CricKet, the worst that can happen is that they throttle your bandwidth, there's never a surprise oversize bill. I like that a lot! NCdave (talk) 00:01, 6 July 2010 (UTC)

I changed further the sections regarding Broad band coverage and general coverage. The author of the stub projected a slightly negative subjective view of these sections. I will write a section about the Joint Venture with Pocket soon and add it.72.191.207.252 (talk) 06:45, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

All of this does happen with Cricket. They throttle your bandwith severely, not just when you go over limits, but when you actually approach their advertised speeds. And while it is harmful to the company and griping on my end, this section should be put in, though heavily edited to make it more encyclopedic. Forthermore, in response to NCdave, Tethering now comes with an additional (10 dollars/month) charge. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.171.163.60 (talk) 00:48, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

"Violation of GPL" section[edit]

This section is technically not correct as Kyocera not Cricket would be the party required to release the source. Carries do not release source code for phones, manufactures do. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.12.148.43 (talk) 03:03, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

I've removed the offending section as a violation of WP:OR. Uncle Dick (talk) 20:05, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Advert, prices[edit]

This reads like an advert with WP:PRICES, and mobile models. Widefox; talk 17:14, 17 June 2013 (UTC)

Being merged with Aio Wireless[edit]

Aio Wirless, a lower cost AT&T service, is new - yet is already closing. AT&T said that it plans on merging Aio into Cricket Wireless. But AT&T coverage came from AT&T's cell phone tower network, using GSM technology. However, Cricket uses Sprint's network, which is MUCH smaller than AT&T's network, and which also uses the totally different CDMA technology. How can this possibly work?

Please sign your posts (wp:sign). -- Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 00:17, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Request edit on 23 January 2014[edit]

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(The above requested edit was made by clicking on a link in an automatically added notice.) Need to get back on line??? How can't SEND MY PICTURES TO MY COMPUTOR OR Anyone???? Please help — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.20.230.174 (talkcontribs) 16:11, 6 February 2014

Hello! I'm sorry, but you appear to have posted in the wrong place. Wikipedia probably can't give technical support for Cricket phones. If you're still having this problem, try visiting http://www.mycricket.com/support and asking for help over there. Have a nice day! cymru.lass (talkcontribs) 07:46, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Dear reader 24.20.230.174: Let us know how it goes with Cricket Wireless tech support and that might fit here in TALK or the Article. -- Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 00:14, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Expensive World Cup soccer ad[edit]

The TV ad is brilliant (and cute) saying they cover 97% of USA. These ads cost millions, and this one is great. That's my opinion, Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 19:53, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Just saw Germany 'thrash' Brazil 7-1 and the Cricket Wireless ad more than twice. -- Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 00:09, 9 July 2014 (UTC)