Drivers and software are on the device. The premium plan, however, makes a home network run more efficiently than the smaller usage plans. While the company offers new mobile broadband modems models regularly, you can purchase a used modem elsewhere and still sign up for monthly Internet access. You can activate your modem at any Cricket retail store or by telephone. Activating service on a used Cricket mobile broadband modem takes only a few minutes, but cannot be done online. The representative will input the modem information, check on service availability and make sure the modem works before asking which plan you want to purchase.

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Cricket is sending us a replacement, and we’ll update this review with our findings in the coming weeks.

The USB port is tucked away behind a little sliding door. Become a fan of PCMag.

This process merely takes you through the steps to determine if your area has Cricket service and that the modem you have is capable of being activated. The A delivered an average download speed of kilobits per second and peaked at Kbps, compared with the UMC’s average of Kbps and peak of Kbps.

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The premium plan, however, makes a home network run more efficiently than the smaller usage plans. If the modem is not an old one of your own, tell the representative that you acquired the modem and do not have a Cricket account.

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While the company offers new mobile broadband modems models regularly, you can purchase a used modem elsewhere and still sign up for monthly Internet access. Both modems had much lower speeds than the EV-DO Rev A technology allows, which makes me think speed is being regulated by Cricket’s network, not by the devices.

The carrier hasn’t specified by how much, but my suspicion is that you’ll find yourself with the equivalent of a 1X connection, or about Kbps.

The representative will input the modem information, check on service availability and make sure the modem works before asking which plan you want to purchase. Drivers and software are on the device. The USB Broadband Modem A provides access to the nation’s most affordable if not fastest cellular broadband service.

Audrey Lynn has been a journalist and writer since Hand the modem to the representative. Press “2” for Cricket broadband. In seven rounds of tests conducted in different locations around Philadelphia, the A’s speed was extremely close to the UMC’s.

The A’s standout feature and an unusual one is its on-device signal indicator, which displays signal strength with four bars on the body of the modem itself. For instructions in English, simply stay on the line.

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Warning Clicking on uxb “Need to Activate Now” button on the Cricket broadband page does not save any time. We review products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. When the nodem voice asks how it can help you, clearly say “Activate. Cricket is a pre-paid cellular and mobile broadband Internet provider with retail stores in most areas of the United States. Plug the modem into your computer.

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About the Author Audrey Lynn has been a journalist and writer since More Cellular Card Reviews: Give the representative the MEID number on the modem. Our review unit showed ,odem minor bugs that Cricket claims were firmware problems. Tell the representative that you wish to activate a used modem.

Built-in microSD card reader. A rounded, black USB dongle with green highlights, the 1. Tip Unless you use the Internet for watching movies or to play powerful games, the less expensive plans may work as well as the premium plan.

In-Store Activation 1 Take your computer, the used Cricket broadband modem and your credit or debit card to any Cricket retail store. Here’s hoping Cricket will speed up its network so this device can truly shine—and provide even more bang for the buck. Slower than expected given chipset.