Yesterday we shared a post about how we saved tons of money every year by switching to Cricket from AT&T . The post blew up and we got a bunch of emails and messages asking if the process was actually simple. We decided to throw this guide together to walk you through making the switch!
Note: We are not affiliated with Cricket and we will not benefit from you switching to Cricket. Only you will benefit. There are also other alternatives that may be a better fit, but after extensive research we believe this to be the best choice currently on the market!
- As a reminder, here are some of the things you can expect when switching to Cricket Wireless.
- Able to bring your own phone and keep your current number
- No-contract plans
- Nationwide coverage through the AT&T network
- No overages or additional fees like other carriers
- All-in pricing (prices already include tax)
- $5 per month discount for using their automatic billing
- Fast download/upload speeds
- Low-cost devices, if you don’t need the latest releases
- More data, less cost
- Over 3,000 stores nationwide
Before you get started there are a couple of things that you should do. First off, check the coverage map below and make sure your area is covered. Once you have verified that, you are ready!
To make the switch online here is a simple checklist for you!
#1 Is your current phone unlocked?
An “unlocked” phone is simply a phone that can be used on another network. This has to do with the setting with your current carrier. Switching networks is typically done by taking out your SIM card and putting in another card from another carrier. You can also contact your current company and ask them if your phone is unlocked.
#2 Are you currently under contract with another carrier?
Early termination fees for smartphones are less common now with most carriers having phone installment plans. AT&T was the last of the major carriers to end two-year contracts for smartphones. But you’ll face early termination fees if you are still stuck on a two-year contract. Don’t forget that you’ll still have to pay off your device before you switch or turn it back in!
Once you’ve confirmed you can switch carriers you’re ready to move on!
#3 Is your current phone compatible with the new carrier?
You probably want to keep your current phone and not spend money on a new one. Good call. That is what we did too. Once you decide which company to switch with, you’ll need to check with them to make sure the phone is GSM compatible.
Cricket has a tool to help you determine if your phone is compatible. To use it, click the following link: https://www.cricketwireless.com/cell-phones/bring-your-phone
You’ll also need your phone’s IMEI number handy. Cricket does a good job of walking you through the simple process of finding it.
#4 Now you’re ready to pick a plan!
You have made sure your phone is “unlocked”, you are not under contract with your current company, and your phone is compatible. Now you can take a look at the plans and see which one will fit your needs and most importantly, your financial plan (budget)!
#5 Wait for the new SIM and begin to save that money!
Once you insert your new SIM card into your phone you’ll be ready to go!
Lastly, be prepared with what you plan to do with your saved money, otherwise it’ll disappear. Trust us. If you aren’t sure what to do with your money, make sure you read our Personal Finance 101 post, and it’ll become crystal clear.