Cricket’s Prepaid iPhone Solutions Shouldn’t Be Taken Lightly

Smartphones are truly a privilege to own over traditional cellphones running their manufacture’s lackluster operating systems. The downside? The enormous sum of money involved with purchasing a smartphone from a carrier and locking yourself into a two-year contract. Fortunately Cricket Communications recently announced its offering of prepaid iPhone plans (this has seemed to attract other carriers too), which certainly should be considered as a potential option for iPhone owners according to CultofMac.

Cricket’s offering of the iPhone unfortunately will run you atleast $399 for the entry-level device rather than the subsidized prices boasted by national carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. You’ll get unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and “unlimited” data (throttled at 2.3 GB of usage) for $55 per month – no contract, no hassles, no qualms.

CultofMac decided to take the plunge and figure out whether switching to Cricket was worth it. After all, the carrier isn’t some random carrier that arbitrarily jumped into the game of offering the iPhone on its network; it provides service to 6.2 million customers across the whole United States.

Based on various calculations, opting with Cricket saved $500 over two years in comparison to the US’ largest carriers. Check out the following chart:

A couple of notes of explanation. In the above chart, we decided to not nickel-and-dime the big carriers. You can get cheaper plans with Verizon and at AT&T, but these are outlier cases when it comes to usability. We decided that 450 minutes, unlimited texting and at least 2GB of data was the bare minimum service most people expect when it comes to their carrier.

Of course, the savings won’t be enough to convince people to ditch their carriers in favor of Cricket. Regional carriers tend to offer slower 3G speeds as well as smaller coverage zones. However, if you’re willing to sacrifice a few kb/s on 3G speed, Cricket should be a serious consideration.