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Cricket Wireless offers 5G access, but only if you buy a $1,200 phone – CNET

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AT&T prepaid service Cricket Wireless on Friday announced access to nationwide 5G on the service’s first 5G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G.

At present the Galaxy S20 Plus 5G is the only phone that will work on Cricket’s network, which customers can buy in Cosmic Gray for $1,200 outright. If you buy the same phone from Samsung locked to AT&T, Cricket’s parent company, it costs $950.

Cricket says that 5G phones from other providers aren’t compatible, but adds it will have more 5G phones available soon.

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Customers can access 5G on the company’s Simply Data plans, starting at $35 for 20GB, or sign up for the $60 Cricket Unlimited More plan. Cricket is also launching the Simply Data Rate Plan with 100GB of data for $90 per month.

As a sweetener, Cricket is also offering a 30-day trial of HBO Max to all of its prepaid customers.

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