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Straight Talk vs Cricket Wireless vs MetroPCS: Plans, Phones & Service Coverage Compared

All three wireless companies offer excellent cell phone plans and coverage for most of the United States. Straight Talk also offers home phone plans in addition to their cell phone plans. Cricket Wireless has easy to understand plans starting at $35 per month. Metro PCS offers good plans and many extra features.
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Straight Talk is a pre-paid cell phone company. They offer no overage charges, no activation fees and everything needed in a phone without a contract. They offer Nationwide coverage on America's best networks. They offer an unlimited plan starting at $45 per month with talk, text and data. You can a... read more...
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Straight Talk — Best Features
Offers home phone plans and cell phone plans.
Has several plans with free cell phones.
Best for: Those who also want a no contract home phone plan in addition to their cell phone plan.
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Cricket Communications provides cell phones and wireless plans with no contract. They have also introduced wireless internet service and have a large selection of phones, plans and accessories to choose from. The company has service in all 50 states, recently introduced SmartPhones and has the Andr... read more...
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Cricket Communications — Best Features
Cricket Wireless offers a $5 discount if you use auto-pay.
They offer a basic cell phone service at $25 per month for unlimited text and talk.
Best for: Customers that do not need data cell phone plans.
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MetroPCS — Best Features
MetroPCS offers the best multi-line and family plans.
Have the most extra services available for a small cost
Best for: People who also want the extra services like outgoing call history for little extra costs.
Best deal: Save $50 on 4G Phones - [activate coupon]
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Straight Talk

Straight Talk is a subsidiary of TracFone Wireless, Inc. They have several no-contract cell phone plans that eliminate contracts and pass the savings onto their customers. Straight Talk covers 96% of the United States.

Straight Talk Wireless Home Phone

Their wireless home phone service allows you replace your current home phone company and keep your current phone number or get a new one. With Straight Talk, you can make unlimited calls without a contract or activation fee. They have the following no contract monthly plans.

$15 Per Month Unlimited Home Phone Plan

  • Unlimited local and nationwide long distance calls.
  • Voicemail
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • 3-Way Calling
  • Call Forwarding
  • E911 emergency and 411 information calling at no extra costs.

$30 Per Month Unlimited International Home Phone Plan

Device Price and Package

In addition to the plan prices, you will have to buy the portable wireless device that allows you to use Straight Talk. This device costs $99.99 and has the following features.

  • Allows you to make phone calls with Straight Talk.
  • You do not need a landline or internet connection for Straight Talk.
  • You can keep your current phone number or get a new phone number.
  • The device will work with you existing handsets and works with two corded telephones or cordless phones.

To set up Straight Talk, you simply plug your current corded or cordless phones into the portable wireless device. When you get your Straight Talk service, you will receive the following:

  • The Straight Talk portable wireless device
  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC adaptor
  • Antenna
  • A service guide and activation card

Straight Talk Cell Phone Plan

Straight Talk also offers cell phone plans with the following features.

  • No contract required
  • No overage charges
  • No activation fees

Straight Talk Wireless Plans

 

All you Need

Unlimited 1-Month

Unlimited International

Unlimited 3-Months

Unlimited 6-months

Unlimited 1 Year

Price

$30

$45

$60

$130

$255

$495

Service Days

30 days

30 days

30 days

90 days

180 days

365 days

Minutes

1,500 Nationwide

Unlimited Nationwide

Unlimited Nationwide/ International

Unlimited Nationwide

Unlimited Nationwide

Unlimited Nationwide

Data

100 MB

First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G

First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G

First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G

First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G

First 5GB of Data at High Speed, and then at 2G

All of the Straight Talk wireless plans include unlimited nationwide text, calls to 411 and the auto refill option.

Available Cell Phones

Straight Talk offers different Apple and Android cells phones for their plans. Listed with each phone’s description is which of their plans that particular phone will work with. They sell a large selection of cell phones from the following brands:

  • ZTE
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • LG
  • Huawei
  • Alcatel
  • Moto e
  • iPhones

Straight Talk Coverage

Straight Talk covers 99.6% of the United States. Customers will not be able to make calls using their straight talk cell phones outside of the continental United States.

Straight Talk Coupons

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Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless is a cell phone service that offers per month no contracts cell phone service.

Cricket Wireless Plans

Cricket Wireless offers the following cell phone plans:

 

Pro Plan

Smart

Basic

 

$60 per month

$50 per month

$40 per month

With Auto-Pay

$55 per month

$45 per month

$35 per month

High Speed Data

10 GB

5 GB

2.5 GB

Unlimited Nationwide Talk and Text

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unlimited Nationwide Messaging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unlimited Talk and Messaging to Canada and Mexico

Yes

Yes

No

Unlimited International Texting

Yes

Yes

No

All plans include 4G LTE and the option of group discounts and savings. All taxes and fees are included in the prepaid pricing.

Cricket Wireless also offers an unlimited talk and text plan that does not include data for $30 per month or $25 per month with auto-pay.

Cricket Wireless offers the following additional features and plans:

  • Cricket Protect will protect customers from theft, loss and damage
  • Cricket International
  • Individual country add-on plans
  • Additional 1GB of high speed for $10 per month
  • Mobile hotspot for an additional $10 per month

Cricket Wireless Cell Phones

Cricket Wireless offers both smart phones and standard phones from the following brands:

  • HTC
  • Samsung
  • ZTE
  • Nokia
  • LG
  • Motorola Moto E
  • Apple
  • Microsoft Lumina

Cricket Wireless Coverage

Cricket Wireless claims that they have more 4G LTE coverage than both T-mobile, Sprint and Metro PCS. As with most other wireless companies, there are many gaps in coverage in the rural western United States.

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MetroPCS

MetroPCS is a prepaid wireless phone service that is owned by T-Mobile. They were originally founded in 1994 as General Wireless, Inc.

MetroPCS Wireless Plans

MetroPCS offers the following wireless phone plans:

  • First 1GB of data for $30 per month, $25 per month with the family plan.
  • First 2GB of data for $40 a month, $35 a month with the family plan.
  • First 4GB of data costs $50 a month, and $45 with the family plan.
  • Unlimited data costs $60 and $55 per month with their family plan.

All of their plans include the following features:

  • Unlimited data, talk and text
  • No annual contract
  • Taxes and fees are included
  • Voicemail
  • Mobile hotspot
  • Nationwide T-Mobile Network
  • Caller ID and Call Waiting
  • 3-way calling
  • And more features

Metro PCS also offers the following tablet plans:

  • First 2GB of data cost $15 per month
  • First 4GB of data for $20
  • First 6GB of data for $25

They offer discounts when you add the tablet plan to an existing Metro PCS plan.

MetroPCS offers many plans to fit your needs at various prices. They have so many different pricing plans that you can customize any wireless plan for your smart phone needs.

MetroPCS Store

MetroPCS offers all types of smart phones for sale including the following cell phone brands:

  • Samsung
  • LG
  • HTC
  • Alcatel
  • Microsoft
  • ZTE

Metro PCS Extra Services

MetroPCS offers extra services you can subscribe to that include:

  • $5 bundle that includes international text messaging, call forwarding, Screen-it, unlimited directory information, Travel-talk, visual voicemail and voicemail to text.
  • Call Detail: For $1 per month you can review all of your outbound calls up to 3 months.
  • Metro Block-it: For $1 per month, you can block unwanted calls and texts.
  • Metro Navigator: For $3 per month, this MetroPCS turns your phone into a GPS.
  • MetroGUARD: For $5 per month, you can cover your cell phone against loss, theft, damage (including water damage) and out-of-warranty malfunctions.
  • MetroMUSIC: For $5 per month, you can get 5 MP3’s.
  • Rhapsody Unlimited Music: For $5 per month, you can tap into millions of songs for your Android phone.
  • And several other services available.

Metro PCS

Metro PCS uses the T-Mobile Network for nationwide coverage with sporadic coverage in parts of the western U.S.

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Conclusion

All three wireless companies offer excellent cell phone plans and coverage for most of the United States. Straight Talk also offers home phone plans in addition to their cell phone plans. Cricket Wireless has easy to understand plans starting at $35 per month. Metro PCS offers good plans and many extra features.

Additional Information
Straight Talk
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MetroPCS
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