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If you have been thinking about upgrading your smartphone lately, it may be time to lock in a cheaper carrier with a better data plan while you’re at it. With ever changing rates, it’s not always easy to find the best deal on high-speed data. We think we just found a great new deal on a no-contract budget data plan. 

Starting tomorrow, AT&T’s Cricket will be offering unlimited talk and texting and 1GB of high-speed data for $30 per month. That price includes all monthly taxes and fees and stands to be a great budget option for a lot of customers. Previously Cricket’s cheapest plan was a $40 per month making this new one the lowest cost plan we’ve seen from the carrier.

Cricket will also not charge users for service overages after the data limit is used up. Instead, the speed will be reduced to just 128Kbps. The plan is similar to what Google’s Project Fi offers its customers. The service is also available on far more phones than T-Mobile. And while Google and T-Mobile limit you to three Nexus phones for now, Cricket offers about two dozen handsets. If you don’t want to be tied to a Nexus but still want to save money, you may really like Cricket’s new plan.

Also, beginning tomorrow, if you switch you can get a free 4G LTE smartphone, when you activate a plan. You can choose from the Alcatel STREAK, ZTE Sonata 3 or Kyocera Hydro VIEW as well. There’s also another deal offer by Cricket. It’s the Alcatel Idol 4 + VR Experience Pack that includes the Idol 4 smartphone and VR goggles. This package normally goes for $199.99, but customers that switch to Cricket and activate service can get it for only $99.99.

Full PR:

“Today’s wireless customer is making smarter decisions.  They’re opting for what they need in a wireless experience – simple and predictable no-annual contract plans, amazing value, cool smartphones, on a strong network.  And they’re counting on friendly customer service environment,” says Tiffany Baehman, vice president and chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless. “At Cricket, we are committed to giving that to our customers.  It’s what they deserve. We go the extra mile to win over and retain smart, happy customers.”

And there’s more for virtual reality, gaming and music enthusiasts.

Cricket is offering the Alcatel IDOL 4™ + VR Experience Pack for just $99.99 when you bring your number to Cricket and activate service.**  This is the first smartphone and virtual reality goggle bundle, and it normally retails for $199.99.

Our reliable nationwide 4G LTE network covers more than 99% of Americans. To find out more about Cricket and current promotions, or to find a Cricket store near you, visit www.cricketwireless.com.

About the new Cricket Wireless

Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 318 million people;*** easy and affordable plans prices that include monthly taxes and fees; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit cricketwireless.com. Learn more on the Cricketnewsroom and blog. And connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2016 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

*Download speeds max of 8Mbps (LTE)/4Mbps (4G). First GB of data at high-speed; 128 Kbps thereafter.

**Requires porting number & svc activ. on qual. plan (min. $30/mo). Excludes ports from AT&T.

***Based on overall coverage in U.S. Compatible device required. Coverage not available everywhere. 4G LTE coverage is not equivalent to overall network coverage

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