Cricket and Verizon are popular choices for wireless phone and mobile broadband service. While Cricket is known for affordability and flat-fee pricing, Verizon has a reputation for reliability and accessibility. If you are shopping for wireless phone and mobile broadband service, you might want to compare the services offered by these two telecommunications companies.
Cricket offers a basic unlimited talk and text messaging plan as well as an upgraded plan that includes unlimited picture and video messaging, call waiting and 3-way calling. For and additional fee, Cricket also has unlimited talk and data plans for Blackberry, Android and Muve Music smart phones. On all of Cricket's plans, roaming charges may apply if you call or text outside their coverage area. Verizon's basic Unlimited Talk & Text plan does not charge roaming charges for calls made within the U. S. Verizon also has an unlimited data plan for smart phones that costs an additional fee.
Cricket does not require a service contract, and you may cancel service at any time without incurring extra fees. Cricket also does not charge an activation fee. Verizon requires either a month-to-month or a minimum two-year contract per line. Each line will incur an activation fee, which are discounted for additional phones in Family SharePlan lines. Customers who terminate contracts early are charged significant fees.
Verizon's nationwide talk and text coverage includes extensive coverage throughout the East, South, Midwest and West Coast regions. With no domestic roaming charges, customers can make and receive calls and text messages from a Verizon phone almost anywhere in the U. S. Cricket's coverage is less extensive, with their unlimited coverage map showing gaps in each state and entire states without coverage. Cricket's roaming capabilities extend their coverage slightly farther, but with with extra fees. Using your Cricket device outside of their unlimited coverage area might eat into any upfront savings experienced at sign-up.
Verizon and Cricket both offer mobile broadband. Cricket's two plans offer 2.5 and 7.5 gigabytes of bandwidth usage each month, respectively. Cricket's broadband network coverage is even sparser than its talk and text coverage, omitting most of the western United States. Verizon's 3G mobile broadband network covers the majority of the U. S. Their 3G packages range from 1 to 10 gigabytes of bandwidth usage. Other plans and pricing vary according to type of network and device.
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