Cricket Wireless is cheap, mobile and it offers a fairly big data cap, unless you intend to be downloading huge files.


Cricket Wireless is slower than many other forms of Internet, and it can go out for no apparent reason since it runs on a cell phone signal. Definitely not ideal for those who like their downloads ten seconds ago.

Full Review

The Internet has become a huge, ubiquitous part of people's lives. The Internet is how you check your sports teams, how you do your shopping and even how you stay in touch with friends and loved ones. While some in the younger generation may not remember dial up Internet, those who do remember it are likely glad it's gone. We've progressed through cable Internet and we've landed firmly in the land of wireless Internet. The next step beyond wireless Internet is of course mobile Internet, where you can simply plug in a device and take your Internet with you wherever you go. There are a lot of companies that are starting to offer mobile Internet and mobile broadband, and one of the names that keeps cropping up is Cricket Wireless. While there are some definite advantages to Cricket's services, they also fall short on some things that customers might appreciate.

First of all, let's start with Cricket Wireless's good points. Cricket Wireless does offer you mobile Internet at a fairly decent price (roughly $40 and change per month). Compared to many other service providers, that's quite a bargain. Cricket Wireless also doesn't require you to sign a contract, which means that you're paying for your service on a month-to-month basis, which is nice for people who may not be living in one place long, or who aren't sure they'll be able to afford Internet for the next year and change. Now cheap, mobile, no-strings-attached Internet sounds great, but the buyer should beware that there's two sides to the Cricket Wireless coin.

At the moment, Cricket Wireless has set a download limit of 5 gigabytes of data that you're allowed to download per month, or you will be assessed additional charges. That's extremely bad news for the crowd that likes to download movies, music and games whenever your net is running. More bad news for that crowd is that Cricket Wireless is slow. It isn't AOL slow (for those who remember the days of the clanging dial up modem), but if you're used to cable and broadband Internet, Cricket will be an adjustment. The reason is that Cricket Wireless is essentially a dial-up cell phone; you can call from anywhere. But much like a cell phone, you can lose reception for no reason and if a tower goes down you might lose it for as much as a day or more.

In Closing

So in a nutshell Cricket Wireless is great for people who only need a temporary Internet fix, or who don't require lightning fast speed when surfing. It's cheap, efficient and you can take it almost anywhere you need to go where you can get a decent cell phone signal. However if you want to download movies or watch TV with your Cricket Wireless mobile Internet then you're going to have to set aside a lot of time for the download to finish.