There’s one main catch: the device selection. At present, Cricket’s one and only 5G phone is Samsung’s $1,200 Galaxy S20+ (no, not even the regular S20). That’s a massive amount to spend on a phone for a budget provider. You can’t use Simply Data plans with non-Cricket devices, either. There are certainly some people who want high-end phones with more affordable rates, but that generally isn’t what attracts people to Cricket.

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