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Cricket Wireless brings 5G access to all plans

The AT&T subsidiary is also dropping the 8Mbps speed cap.

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Cricket Wireless, the prepaid wireless arm of AT&T, said Friday that it's adding 5G access to all of its plans. Previously, Cricket supported 5G only on higher-cost unlimited plans. Cricket customers can now take advantage of faster 5G speeds as long as their phone is compatible with 5G networks

Additionally, Cricket is removing the 8Mbps speed cap on all its plans, which range from $30 a month for 2GB of data to $60 a month for an unlimited plan. The announcement comes with the stipulation that Cricket may still slow its speeds during network congestion. Video playback is also limited to standard definition on some plans. 

Cricket's customer base is continuing to grow. The service now has 12.4 million subscribers, which the company says is an increase of 2 million subscribers over the last two years. 

"We are proud of our subscriber growth and remain committed to earning the loyalty of our customers every day," Cricket President John Dwyer said in a blog post. 

Cricket, like other companies, offers streaming perks to entice people to its higher-priced plans. In August, the company added the ad-supported version of HBO Max to its $60-per-month unlimited plan. 

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