If you're curious about trying Cricket's service, you're in luck. Cricket (owned by AT&T) allows anyone with an eligible Android device to test its 5G network for free via the tryCricket app. When someone signs up for the app, they receive a physical SIM card in the mail to use as part of a 14-day trial. At the start of the trial, testers will be given a new phone number with unlimited calls and texts and access to 3GB of data to use for those two weeks.
What does an Android phone qualify for the free trial? Run Android version 12 or later. This limits the test to phones released in the last two years. Since you are inserting the SIM card, your regular carrier's service will not be interrupted, it will wait until you reinsert your existing SIM card into the phone. Also, Cricket does not charge for shipping the SIM card.
The registration process is quick and easy (source: Cricket).
I've tried the app and it's easy. The first screen will ask you to enter your IMEI number, which you can find in your settings. If your device supports it, you can enter your name, email address, phone number, and shipping address. You review the order, place it, and receive a confirmation email. No questions about credit cards or payment information.
If you like using the cricket service and want to switch, you can go to the app and click the switch to cricket button. This will cancel the trial and then you can choose the plan of your choice without any restrictions. Plans range from 5GB of high-speed data for $30 per month to unlimited data and 15GB of hotspot data for $60 per month.
Note that the Cricket-provided phone number will be deactivated (you can't even save it) after the trial, but you can carry over your old number if you wish. Late last year, Cricket launched a similar program for the iPhone that included eSIM support, meaning you could try Cricket's service right away. Cricket says this offer is ongoing and has no end date, meaning iPhone users can try the service at any time.
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