updated 03:30 pm EDT, Wed September 16, 2009
Cricket intros all-inclusive plans, adds Internet
Leap Wireless, the company behind Cricket's cellphone services, on Wednesday announced it will soon offer two new, all-inclusive nationwide Cricket monthly plans that for the first time include taxes and other fees as part of the actual price. A $40 per month plan will include unlimited minutes throughout the continental US, access to the provider's premium extended calling area and both domestic and international text and picture messaging. A $45 plan adds 'unlimited' mobile web access and directory assistance.
Included with each plan are voicemail, call waiting, caller ID and three-way calling. Cricket already offers contract-free subscription monthly services under the PAYgo label.
At the same time, Cricket will offer mobile broadband service it calls Cricket Broadband. It will cost $50 per month and won't have a monthly limit; it will initially require a $70 Cricket A600 USB modem, but it won't carry a separate activation fee. The modem supports up to EVDO Revision A and works with both Macs and Windows PCs.
The new plans and modems will be available at all retail locations before year's end.