Four months ago, I Jumped From Sprint to Cricket. So far so good. I’m actually at the point where it looks like I will get rid of my landline. My “Home Phone” is on Vonage, which uses the internet. Jettisoning that will save me another $18.70/month or $225 a year.
I took my Cricket to Canada for four days. To keep my unlimited talk and text in Canada (and Mexico), I had to temporarily upgrade to Cricket’s “Smart” level of service (unlimited Talk, Text and 8GB Data). When I got home, I called Cricket and had them drop me back down to the “Basic” level of service which is $10/month less than “Smart”. They prorated my usage in “Smart” level. So it only cost me a couple bucks to seamlessly work in Canada.
For whatever reason, I had to make sure “International Data Roaming” was turned on in my phone in Canada. It didn’t automatically switch to that on my phone. Then I had to reboot my phone and I was good to go!
I was only in Canada for four days so the following was not an issue. Note in the fine print:
“Calls, texts, or data usage while in Mexico and/or Canada cannot exceed 50% of the total usage.”
As I wrote about in Why I Jumped From Sprint to Cricket, I got Cricket’s “Basic” plan. That gives me unlimited Talk, Text and 4 GB data. I never went over ½ a GB of Data with Sprint. This month I am just over ½ GB of Data with Cricket:
It’s $40/month minus $5 with autopay. I automatically charge it to my Wells Fargo card – which gives me free cell phone insurance. Read my post about how you can get free cell phone insurance and $200 – on any carrier.
The “Smart” plan that allows unlimited talk and text in Canada and Mexico is only $10/month more than my “Basic” plan. If you are not a frequent international traveler of North America, I’m sure you’ll remember to call Cricket. Otherwise pay $120 a year for “Smart” and don’t worry about it.
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