AT&T's prepaid carrier Cricket is increasing the data allotment for all of their plans without making any changes to the pricing. It's a bit of a shake-up, offering one of the best data packages among prepaid carriers. Additionally, after factoring in a mail-in rebate, you can grab a Nokia Lumia 530 or Lumia 635 for free.
Here's what's changed:
- Basic: $40/month, previously 1GB, now 2.5GB
- Smart: $50/month, previously 3GB, now 5GB
- Pro $60/month, still 10GB
Where things get a little more crazy is the "Advanced" tier, which offers 20GB of data each month, and for a "limited time only" can be had for the same $60/month as the Pro plan. That is, however, so long as you purchase an LTE-capable device to go with that plan.
All plans included unlimited voice and texts, and all but the $40 Basic plan also include unlimited international texting. You can check out Cricket's revised plans right here.
As for those free phones, you'll have to pay for them upfront. The Lumia 635 will cost you $99.99 in the store and the Lumia 530 is $49.99. Both get to being "free" via a mail-in rebate, which you'll get in the form of a prepaid Visa card. We suggest just turning around and applying it to your balance at Cricket.