Cricket VS Sprint & Verizonby Joe Lewis
Choosing a provider for cellular service can be challenging. Price point, plan features, and coverage area are usually the primary factors that consumers take into consideration when choosing a provider. Accurately gauging the right fit for your cellular needs requires comparison between several providers.
Cricket, Sprint and Verizon all operate using CDMA technology, which is different than the GSM technology that providers like AT&T and T-Mobile employ. The main difference between the two technologies is that CDMA phones do not make use of SIM cards. This primarily affects consumers in that any information (i.e., contacts, mail, text messages, etc.) is stored directly to the device rather than to a SIM card, and the provider will need transfer it when you switch to a new phone.
Cricket plans range from $35 to $55 and offer unlimited calling, text messaging and data usage. With Cricket services, users are not required to sign a contract; all plans are offered on a month-to-month basis. Smartphone users will find Blackberry and Android devices available for use with this provider as well. The largest downside to Cricket tends to be lack of coverage area. The main reason the company can offer such competitive prices is that the main coverage areas tend to center around large urban areas, and rural users are left out in the cold.
Sprint plans range from $29.99 to $99.99, with a variety of features and options available at multiple price points. Customers will find the lowest plan with data features starting at $69.99 and featuring unlimited usage, with a $10 premium add-on charge for smartphone users. Like Cricket, Sprint offers a wide selection of Android and Blackberry devices. With Sprint's increased price point, however, comes the benefit of an increased coverage area.
Verizon's basic packages range from $39.99 to $69.99 for voice-only users, and $59.99 to $89.99 for users looking to make use of unlimited talk and text features. Smartphone users are also required to purchase the unlimited smartphone data package, which checks in at $29.99 monthly. Verizon is clearly the more expensive of the three providers, but it also offers the largest selection of devices. The latest Blackberry, Android and Apple iPhone products are featured as part of Verizon's lineup. Verizon is also noted for its extensive coverage, providing service to even the most rural areas in the United States.