AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless is enabling 5G support on some of its plans,. But oddly, even though the appeal to most customers of prepaid plans like Cricket is a lower price, the company’s only 5G compatible device so far is the $1,199 Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. And getting access to 5G on Cricket requires subscribing to one of its Unlimited plans, which start at $60 per month.
Cricket will likely use AT&T’s(the announcement didn’t specify much in the way of technical details), which uses low-band 850MHz spectrum technology that has broader range but slower speeds than its mmWave 5G, which AT&T calls its 5G Plus network. The latter is currently limited to developers and select businesses. T-Mobile also offers its low-band 5G, , to its Metro prepaid customers.
Cricket also announced it’s adding 5G support to its Simply Data plans, which don’t offer phone and text service, which start at 20GB of data for $35 per month. And it’s added a new Simply Data rate plan, with 100GB for $90 per month.