Earlier this year, AT&T revealed that it was following its schedule for its 3G network shutdown. Considering Cricket Wireless is an AT&T-owned prepaid brand, it will be following the same schedule.
What this means is that Cricket will be ending service on 3G (UMTS) wireless networks by February 2022. The shutdown will give Cricket Wireless additional space on their mobile internet network. Once the shutdown takes place, Cricket will require its customers to have a compatible HD Voice device so they can continue using their voice and data plans. For data-only plans, on the other hand, an LTE-capable data-only device is needed too. Customers with an HD Voice-capable device or LTE-capable data-only device will not be affected by these changes.
Now that Cricket has a schedule to follow, it will also stop activating non-HD Voice-capable or non-LTE-capable data-only devices beginning January 19th. Existing customers will need to upgrade their device before February 2022 so they can continue using Cricket’s service.
Meanwhile, new customers who will be activating service under Cricket’s network will need to purchase a device being sold by the prepaid brand. They can also opt to bring a compatible device.
You can check here if your device is compatible with the network.
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