MetroPCS vs Cricket & MetroPCS Review

Another Phone Service Review

Short Review:  I have received a lot of questions after my Cricket Review to compare Cricket with MetroPCS.  Simply put, in East Tennessee, Cricket kills MetroPCS in coverage BUT MetroPCS kills Cricket in speed.  And guess what?  The areas I use a cell phone MetroPCS works fine!!  Do the MetroPCS dead spots even matter then?  Well to some they will but not to me!  Cricket has dead spots as well!  All carriers do!!

Comparison:

I compared the $50 Unlimited plan on MetroPCS and the $60 ($55 with autopay) plan on Cricket,  Both plans offer 100% unlimited everything including High Speed LTE.. Neither plan includes HotSpot

Speeds:  Cricket in my town almost always hits 7 – 8Mbps.  MetroPCS hits 45+Mbps the majority of the time BUT during rush hour I have seen it drop as low as 4Mbps..  Cricket will normally hold the 7 – 8.  Both are very useable at all times however.

Features:  Features are nearly identical.  One pro for Cricket is that they offer HD video on the $55 plan.  Metro charges a $10 add-on for HD Video.  Metro does offer a limited plan option that includes HotSpot.  Cricket DOES NOT offer this on their unlimited.

Coverage:  Like I mentioned above, coverage is fairly similar but I have ran into a few areas where MetroPCS doesn’t work like Cricket did.  On the flip side, I have found several areas where Metro works that Cricket didn’t!

Features:  This is one area metro shines.  While both carriers are limited on “base” features, Metro offers several paid features that you can add to your service.  One way these prepaid brands keep their prices lower is the lack of features on the base plan.  Cricket doesn’t offer many add on features but Metro has plenty.  You can pay to have an itemized bill (Can’t with Cricket), you can pay to have numbers blocked (Can’t with Cricket) and the list goes on.  Personally, I don’t need these features but I love having the option for them!!

Overall:  Whos the winner!?!  Well I enjoyed both services a lot.. However, for me, MetroPCS is the service I am sticking with!! Why?  I plan on upgrading to the $60 plan so I can have tethering.  So the value, in my eye, is much better on MetroPCS

Device used for this test: Huawei Mate 9

Cricket Wireless (Formally AIO Wireless) by AT&T

Today I want to review something a little different than my normal reviews.  I actually believe I have done this review before but hey another year has passed!  I want to review Cricket Wireless (The new Cricket by AT&T).  They have been my wireless provider since 2013 (The AIO Wireless days) and I am still VERY happy with them.  They have had their ups and downs, but all carriers have these.  The worst “down” was the so called “Cricket Crawl” where AT&T was saying they had no issues but thousands of folks posted daily to their Twitter, Facebook, and other channels but it was finally fixed.

A few things to note about Cricket

1.) They are tethered to 8Mbps – Don’t let this worry you!  I stream HD content, stream music daily, and even play multiplayer games with no issues.  8Mbps is PLENTY!  Apps from Google Play download very fast, system updates download in 15 – 20 minutes and so on.  While other carriers provide 15, 20, and even 40+Mbps on mobile phones, who really needs that?

2.) No Tethering except on THEIR phones and only limited phones at that – BUT I have an unlocked Huawei Mate 9 and I can tether just fine.  It’s mostly just “Carrier” phones that have tethering blocked.

3.) Network Priority – You will hear that Cricket receives lower priority and that a user will be deprioritized if they go over 20 or so GBs of data on the unlimited plan.  Let me tell you, this has NEVER happened to me and I used 50+ GBs of data all the time, every month!

Pros
1.) Network Coverage – While different locations might be much worse, around my home AT&T is about the best.  Most will say they are about the best anywhere.  Be sure to check coverage before you buy but hey its prepaid.  If it sucks, change carriers!

2.) No Contract – Need I say more?

3.) Cheap or Free phones – Remember when prepaid meant buying you own phones?  Cricket runs promos and normally has very cheap or even free phones!  I however buy much nicer phones than Cricket provides!

4.) SAVINGS – Lets do the math.  T-Mobile  $70 for their cheapest postpaid plan, plus a discounted IPhone 7 for say $15/month.  That’s $85/month for two years (to pay off the phone).  That’s $2040.  Me, I can purchase an iPhone 7 outright for say $549 (Plenty online for this price right now) pay $55/month for my plan and only pay a total of $1869!  So you think there is really a “DEAL” in T-Mobiles IPhone 7?  Yeah, your only paying $360 for the phone but T-Mobile is making up for it with the “plan”.. Why pick on T-Mobile?  I’m not! They are just the cheapest Postpaid carrier out there so OTHER CARRIERS will cost more!!!

5.) Not locked to a phone – Who likes paying for their phone over 2 years?  There is a reason why carriers lock you into 2 year contracts or device payment plans for 2 years.  It’s to KEEP YOU but I like changing phones, sometimes every year.  I can do that with Prepaid and Cricket

6.) Easy Payments – Back during the early days of prepaid you had to buy air time cards and whatnot.  Not anymore, I am billed monthly just like a postpaid carrier.  If you need access to airtime cards, they are still available and you can still pay in person at Cricket Stores but payments are just as simple as postpaid.  It’s billed monthly, to my credit card, on Auto-Pay

7.) Advanced Features – You really don’t lose any features on prepaid.  I have international features, I have unlimited everything, I have visual voicemail, and more!

Overall:  I am very impressed with Cricket Wireless.  Below is a speedtest that I would like to share, and this is normal with Cricket.

Villain Multi USB Charging Station Organizer For Multiple Devices – 4 Built-in USB Ports – Fast & Safe Charging, Smart IC – Ideal Charging Dock for Apple, Samsung, Sony PSP Controllers And More..

Use: Purchased this so I had a small charging station for work.. I wanted it to charge my phone, my tablet, and maybe anyone else’s phone that needed charged.

Short Review: great charger with a lot of attention to detail.. I have purchased a few chargers of this style from various companies, but the attention to detail from Villain is great! Charger works well and charges all my devices fine!

Pros
1.) Soft Top Surface – the top surface (part the phone lays on) is soft to the touch and slip resistant.. This protects your device from sliding out and keeps the charger from scratching your device. This is what I mean by great attention to detail

2.) LED Lights – when the device is charging on a channel, the device lights up blue.. not a bright blue but a blue that doesn’t keep you awake at night.. a low light led just so you know it’s working

3.) Packed and packaged very well – all clear parts were shipped with a plastic coating to protect from scratches

4.) Charges very quickly!

5.) Easy to assemble

6.) Long power cord

Tested with
1.) Huawei Mate 9
2.) Nexus 6P
3.) iPad
4.) iPhone
5.) Kindle Fire HDX

Charged all those devices quickly and safely!

Overall great charger! I highly recommend it. It’s built very well and very durable!

Jber Dual USB Car Super Charger Voltage Real-Time Monitor for Huawei Mate 9 / 9 Pro / Mate 10 / 10 Plus Huawei P10 /P10 Plus Fast Charger for All QC2.0 Devices

This is another simple review of a product that works GREAT for my Huawei Mate 9 and I am sure it works well on other Huawei Super Charge Phones!

One of the FIRST true generic chargers that will Super Charge my Huawei Mate 9! This charges it quickly and safely! The phone does show it is being supercharged with this charger and I have tested it to make sure it is truly super charging and it is! I highly recommend this at the price

Huawei + Leica Leather Case for Huawei Mate 9 (Tan)






I have had this on my phone for a month now.. still looks new! Very high quality leather.. allows great access to all buttons and ports.. minimal design meaning if you are extra rough on your phone, you might not want this case.. I hardly ever drop my phone and this works great.. I have dropped the phone once or twice in the case, no issues.. I love the leather look and smell! I highly recommend this

Quick Charge 3.0 Slim Power Bank 10000mAh Qualcomm(03246A)/w Type-C/USB-A to Micro,QC 3.0 Input&Output Power Charger for Macbook/ Tablets,Samsung,iPhone 7/6s/6/5 &Android Phones,A-alloy,Black.ProHT

Short Review (Summary): Excellent well made powerbank, one that will last! True 10,000mAH rating and charges pretty much anything that allows USB Charging!

Tested on the following devices and worked GREAT
1.) Nexus 6P
2.) Huawei Mate 9
3.) Iphone 5 & 6
4.) Kindle Fire HDX
5.) Nintendo 2DS and 3DS
6.) Kindle Fire 7
7.) And several other Android Phones

Pros
1.) Very Durable
2.) True 10000mAH rating
3.) Includes everything you need
4.) Very simple and easy to use!

I highly recommend this charger! Its GREAT