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    Is the $25/month plan allowed with smartphone?

    I bought a Cricket smartphone (Moto E) from Walmart and wanted to activate online with a $25/month plan (no data).

    I entered SIM card number and Moto E's IMEI. Available plans shown were $40/month, $50/month and $60/month. Plan $25 was not available. So cleared my web browser cash and tried to enter a different IMEI. No matter what IMEI I subsequently entered, my activation was always identified as "Moto E", and plan $25 was not available.

    So I am wondering if the phone type is tied to the SIM card? Or it was just linked at my first activation attempt?
    So had I entered NOT the Moto E IMEI (but some non-Cricket or just '999999999999999'), I would be fine?

    Does using $25/month plan with a smartphone violate any Cricket's rule?

    Is a $25/month plan allowed with smartphone?

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    I activated an older HTC One S for my wife's mother on the $25 plan ... no issues. Did it online with the $.99 sim, ported her number from T-Mobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmdunn View Post
    I activated an older HTC One S.. on the $25 plan.
    I assume, the HTC had non-Cricket IMEI. Can anyone confirm that Cricket native smartphone would be on $25 plan? Any trick?

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    With a BYOD smartphone, it can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rybshikrybshik View Post
    I assume, the HTC had non-Cricket IMEI. Can anyone confirm that Cricket native smartphone would be on $25 plan? Any trick?
    I don't think they care, you just won't get data (obviously).

    If you're worried about the Cricket IMEI just put in all 9's (or 1's, I forget).

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    Quote Originally Posted by freakonomics101 View Post
    With a BYOD smartphone, it can be done.
    So it appears that a SIM card which comes with Moto E package cannot be activated on $25 plan.
    So I have get another "standalone " SIM card and activate it with "999999999999999" IMEI.

    But will I be able to use the original Cricket Moto E with the SIM card activated on $25 plan?

    I mean will Cricket Wireless detect the MOTO E IMEI and block the service (or require to upgrade to $40+plan) ?

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    I wonder if activating on the $40 plan then switching to the $25 plan would work?

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    Yes that would work. Switch instantly and get credit. But why not use H2O $27 plan autopay and get 500mb data for $2 more. Same ATT signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksurfer View Post
    Yes that would work. Switch instantly and get credit. But why not use H2O $27 plan autopay and get 500mb data for $2 more. Same ATT signal.
    Does H20 include tax? I have no idea, but we picked up a total wireless to replace one of our vzw lines, and tax was added to the basic monthly fee. Didn't notice until check out.

    Edit:

    Went to h20 web site, and I get the idea, they add taxes, but again no personal knowledge.

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    They didn't last year, maybe for autopay?

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    If the online sins are still $.99, get the $25 plan there, use all 9's for the imei, then use your moto e.

    The VZ prepaid moto LTE at best buy (cricket compatible) was a better phone for the same price, by the way. Maybe similar sales will come up soon. The e at Walmart is only a good buy in the rarest of circumstances, IMO.

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    Is the $25/month plan allowed with smartphone?

    No tax. $27 is the price you pay: unlimited talk and text and 500mb data. My friend has it.

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