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  1. RumoredNow's Avatar
    10-03-2016 10:56 PM
  2. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Thanks for the heads up, RumoredNow! Could you shed some light on how this works? Is this essentially a contract? Or is moving a number to Cricket simply moving a number to Cricket?

    Thanks!
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    10-04-2016 09:09 AM
  3. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Thanks for the heads up, RumoredNow! Could you shed some light on how this works? Is this essentially a contract? Or is moving a number to Cricket simply moving a number to Cricket?

    Thanks!
    Porting your number in is just that... Moving your existing number to Cricket's service. Cricket won't ever sell a phone without activating it onto their network. Add in the hard SIM lockdown policy and it explains why they can sell many different phones at very low prices. They make their money on the service, the phones are the sweet candy that lures you in.

    It is prepaid, no contract service. You can port your number away any time you like, but Cricket is betting you will like the prices and service so much you will stay with them. They have very competitive pricing and great coverage in most of the US. You can check that coverage here: https://www.cricketwireless.com/map.html

    Data speeds are capped at 8mbps for LTE, 4mbps for H+. I find it plenty fast enough for my use and I traveled all over the western US last October with no service issues.
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    10-04-2016 09:33 AM
  4. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Porting your number in is just that... Moving your existing number to Cricket's service. Cricket won't ever sell a phone without activating it onto their network. Add in the hard SIM lockdown policy and it explains why they can sell many different phones at very low prices. They make their money on the service, the phones are the sweet candy that lures you in.

    It is prepaid, no contract service. You can port your number away any time you like, but Cricket is betting you will like the prices and service so much you will stay with them. They have very competitive pricing and great coverage in most of the US. You can check that coverage here: https://www.cricketwireless.com/map.html

    Data speeds are capped at 8mbps for LTE, 4mbps for H+. I find it plenty fast enough for my use and I traveled all over the western US last October with no service issues.
    So hypothetically speaking, you could move your number over, use the phone for a few months, then port the number else where and there would be no additional penalties or charges? The phone would be yours, you just couldn't use it on any other carrier except Cricket?
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    10-04-2016 09:47 AM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    So hypothetically speaking, you could move your number over, use the phone for a few months, then port the number else where and there would be no additional penalties or charges? The phone would be yours, you just couldn't use it on any other carrier except Cricket?
    Well... What you would want to do then is get the $70 plan the first month and that qualifies for an unlock. 6 months of any service or 1 month at $70. https://www.cricketwireless.com/lega...ck-policy.html

    So if you port in at a store waiving the activation fee because you are porting over from anyone other than AT&T your cost would be $70 for the plan and the tax on the phone (I think you still pay the tax...)

    There is no penalty or fee to port your number away, but like all prepaid carriers there is no refund for unused service if you leave during a billing cycle.

    Note that at all times, with any carrier, to port a number it needs to be active. If the number is suspended for not paying the monthly service fee you can't port it.
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    10-04-2016 09:57 AM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I've been happy with Cricket for like 18 months. I have no plans to port away. So I can't get a free 650.

    However, I'm seriously considering a $50 Lumia 650 + $25 Upgrade Fee. I won't worry about the Unlock until 6 months down the road and that would be unlocking just because I can. Group Save on Cricket saves me $100 a month on my 5 lines and I just can't find a better deal when I shop plans. If you have multiple lines, moving them to Cricket will likely save you $$$ and every line ported in can get a great price on a new phone. It isn't just Lumia. Something is always on sale if you port in. Check their site for current phone deals.
    10-04-2016 10:05 AM
  7. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Gotta do this thing...

    Going into Cricket today for a Lumia 650 and a Mozo Glam case in clear w/ gold trim. Probably will even get an overpriced screen protector from them just to round it out.

    #NeedPhoneFixBAD
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    10-07-2016 10:42 AM
  8. slooksterpsv's Avatar
    Hahaha @RumoredNow, I just switched carriers to get that free Lumia 650 deal =D
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    10-09-2016 04:09 PM
  9. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Hahaha @RumoredNow, I just switched carriers to get that free Lumia 650 deal =D
    Awesome sauce. I hope you like the phone and Cricket.
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    10-09-2016 06:49 PM
  10. james42519's Avatar
    i tried to get this friday but they didn't have any. they said they are being sent so should get it soon. called saturday like they said and still didn't have. my service with net10 ends in 26 so if they don't have any in the store monday i think i will have to move number from net10 at&t sim card to the net10 tmobile sim card then move number to cricket online to get phone free. the website won't let me do it because it thinks i am using at&t but the store will do it if they had the phone. who knew it would be so much work to give a business money for service.
    10-22-2016 11:52 PM
  11. james42519's Avatar
    ok they got the phone. i am resting it now because they wouldn't listen to me and let me do oobe when they turned it on because they needed to make a test call. i just wanted to set it up like a new phone instead of whatever settings they did turning it on. idiots.
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    10-26-2016 04:50 PM
  12. jpharwood's Avatar
    Hey Rumored - We've both used used 640 & 830. Please let us know how the 650 performs compared to those. I'm getting the new phone itch again, and this is quite a bargain
    10-28-2016 11:06 AM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Hey Rumored - We've both used used 640 & 830. Please let us know how the 650 performs compared to those. I'm getting the new phone itch again, and this is quite a bargain
    It's not an 830. That phone is under-appreciated, IMO.

    I am happy enough with my 650 that I gifted my 640 to my mother-in-law. She needed the larger screen and now we have her old 635 running their hotspot for their house. I'm also happy enough with Lumia 650 I made it my daily driver and have retired my Lumia 1520.3 to dedicated duty as a Camera and Travel Aid. I'm still looking for the Cerulean phone to be my next daily, but I can live on the 650 indefinitely.

    650 Pros vs 640:
    • 16GB internal storage. I don't think I'll ever go after an 8GB device again. It just doesn't cut it anymore. I like my Apps and Maps on internal for stability and speed. Can't live on 8GB any longer.
    • Made for W10M so you get exclusive features like call recorder and the potential for tap-to-pay. Plus it would appear to have front line support. I will say I'm not sure Cricket will pass on the firmware for DTtW though.
    • For an OLED screen it seems to do just as well in Sunlight as an LCD. I'm more pleased with the screen than I thought I'd be as an IPS guy. Crisp and nice color saturation without being garish.
    • The rear camera takes very nice pics. They may be better than 640's. That just may be the advanced version # of Microsoft Camera since I last held a 640 though. The ffc is definitely better if that matters to you.
    • Super slim, light weight and pocketable.

    650 Cons vs 640:
    • Battery life is not the best. I easily get 1 day as a moderate user on 650. I'll never get 2 days out of this phone like 640 routinely gave me.
    • Jury is still out, but I don't think we will ever see the proliferation of extra backs and accessories that 640 enjoys.


    Would I make the same move again? Absolutely. 650 to replace a 640 seems like a good move. 650 to replace an 830? Only if the 830 was being problematic.
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    10-28-2016 01:25 PM
  14. james42519's Avatar
    was at cricket canceling insurance and they said price will go back up in a week. i thought $50 was the new price now.
    11-02-2016 03:41 PM
  15. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    Try #3 this app. Sucks.
    Hope this deal lasts past 12th. I want to port a number for free 650.
    11-02-2016 04:59 PM
  16. RumoredNow's Avatar
    was at cricket canceling insurance and they said price will go back up in a week. i thought $50 was the new price now.
    Try #3 this app. Sucks.
    Hope this deal lasts past 12th. I want to port a number for free 650.
    Tomorrow, Thursday November 3rd is the last day it is free with port in.

    November 4 it goes $49.99 no matter what. New port in from anyone but AT&T still waives the $25 Activation Fee, AT&T ports pay the $25 Activation and Cricket customers pay $25 upgrade fee.

    So $50 or $75, depending...
    11-02-2016 09:52 PM
  17. james42519's Avatar
    think i made a mistake. told people how i like windows phone and stuff and there was free phones at cricket if you change numbers and 2 friends got lumia 650. now i am going to have to be the one to update and set stuff up because i am the only one that knows this stuff. why did i have to say anything.
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    11-03-2016 08:54 PM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    think i made a mistake. told people how i like windows phone and stuff and there was free phones at cricket if you change numbers and 2 friends got lumia 650. now i am going to have to be the one to update and set stuff up because i am the only one that knows this stuff. why did i have to say anything.
    Aw, but at least now you know other people with Windows phones It feels hard sometimes to be the lone soldier.
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    11-03-2016 09:06 PM
  19. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    Ok, made jump last night with porting three lines to cricket. What a hassle though had to make two extra accounts to get the three lines and three lumias. My account doesn't roll until 11th so I hope I can get all three accounts merged as I was told on customer service.
    Should have phones by Tuesday.

    If all this works out i will move home phone line for a free fifth line at cricket.
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    11-04-2016 08:42 AM
  20. james42519's Avatar
    Seems like you might be able to get 8gb for $50 plan and apparently you keep it till you change to another plan. I got my phone before they were doing 8gb but they added it for me.
    Last edited by james42519; 11-05-2016 at 03:04 PM.
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    11-04-2016 01:01 PM
  21. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    I might check into the $50 8 gig plan once I get everything straight and phones working. Had to make two additional accounts to get phones, due to need to activate before adding another to account. Would have bought in store, but they wouldn't waive the $25 activation fee for any of the three lines. Still haven't received a email saying they shipped the phones either.
    11-04-2016 09:39 PM
  22. james42519's Avatar
    if you got the phones on the last day then you got it already if you got the $50 plan. check your plan on the website or web wrapper app thing on the phone. cricket sells windows phones but they can't even be bothered enough to make a real app. they waved the fees since i wasn't a at&t customer and moving number. i kinda was a at&t customer already with net10 so the web site wouldn't let me get phone free but they did it in store.
    11-05-2016 03:08 PM
  23. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    My local stores wouldn't waive the activation fees. I gotta say you get what you pay for in Customer service, I tried chatting this morning from my Lumia 520 to customer service, asking about shipping confirmation. Cricket shut down the chat while I was waiting for response from agent. So I still don't know when anything will ship from Thursday order.

    Sorry for rant, I hope all works out. The service has been good on the l520 with hspa speeds at about 3meg down.
    11-05-2016 08:59 PM
  24. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    Fed ex just dropped off my three Lumia 650's. I want to set them up and make sure they work ok be activation. My account rolls over on 12th, so thinking of activating on Saturday.
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    11-08-2016 03:14 PM
  25. RumoredNow's Avatar
    This deal returned on Friday 11/18/2016. Cricket put Lumia 650 back on the "Free" list.

    Note: Cricket branded phones are locked to Cricket and not even an AT&T SIM will work until unlocked. Requires 6 months service on Cricket to get an unlock code (need not be continuous) or 1 month on the $70 Unlimited plan...

    Details: Online and In-Store availability. Some stores currently have a promotion where the Activation Fee ($25) is waived if you port your number to Cricket from any other service excluding AT&T (check your local store for availability of waived Activation Fee).

    Microsoft Store regularly lists the Lumia 650 for $199.00
    Cricket was carrying the Lumia 650 for $129.99 up until October of this year

    Pricing
    Free if you port your number to Cricket from any carrier other than AT&T. Some stores will waive the Activation Fee of $25 for porting in. I do not believe the website will waive Activation Fees.
    $49.99 + $25 Activation Fee if you port your number in from AT&T or get a new phone number from Cricket.
    $49.99 + $25 Upgrade Fee for existing Cricket Customers.

    Cricket advises this deal will be available "while supplies last" so it looks like the final push on this device...

    Radio spec for the Cricket variant...
    From the Cricket Lumia 650 user guide (pg. 132):
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1700/2100 / 1900 / 2100
    LTE Band 2 (1900) / Band 4 (1700/2100) / Band 5 (850) / Band 7 (2600) / Band 12 (700) / Band 28 (700)
    Last edited by RumoredNow; 11-19-2016 at 11:15 PM.
    11-19-2016 11:05 PM
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