Why I switched to Cricket and dropped Verizon!

So for several years I’ve fallen slave to the world of Verizon and their monopolizing tactics. Every two years I would upgrade and get a new phone, while paying a pretty premium just so I could have the most coverage. But as of a month ago that has all changed. A co-worker and I were talking around the “water cooler” and he told me about Cricket. He had been with them for a couple years and told me what he paid a month. After several months of research I decided that I wanted to leave Verizon. As soon as my contract was up and I owned my iPhone 6 I made the leap. So let’s put this into perspective.

I was paying $152 a month for 2gb of data each for my wife and I. So a total of 4gb of data and every time I went over (which I did freqently), I had to pay EVEN more. So on occassions we were paying upwards of $160+ a month. How ridiculous. So now, on to Cricket.

With Cricket I pay $80 a month. Total. Not a penny more. I have 5 gb of data per month ($50) and my wife has 2.5 gb per month ($40). So $90 a month. That’s great, right? Well subtract $10 a month because I have auto pay turned on. So $80 a month. So I’m saving $72+ per/month!

So, maybe you’re asking yourself. Well what about the coverage? Will my calls get dropped constantly? Well, Cricket uses AT&T towers. Yeah, Verizon has them beat as far as coverage goes, but by a small margin. AT&T is the 2nd largest network in the United States and if you live in the city you certainly have nothing to worry about. But even in the suburbs where I live (Orient, Oh) I have 4 bars of coverage. So to answer that question, I’ve had no complains as far as coverage. But if that’s not enough, the final kicker for me is the data overage. So what happens if I go over my data? Well, nothing. You don’t get charged for going over. Now, they do drop you from 4g LTE to just plain 4g. But if you know anything about the two, it’s a very little difference. Maybe you can’t stream movies anymore, but for me that’s a small sacrifice to pay to save $72 a month.

Lastly, what about upgrading your phone? So for starters, if you already have a phone you’re happy with, then all you have to do is bring your phone over and they’ll port your number. If you want a new phone, they have phones that you can buy outright. But if paying full price is not your cup of tea, then Apple provides a great complimentary solution. The Apple iPhone Upgrade program. Apple allows you to pay a monthly premium over a 2 year contract for your phone. I can’t speak for Androids, because I prefer Apple products. It’s a 0% APR, so no interest. You pay for the price of the phone over 2 years and every year you can upgrade your phone. So if you want to add $32 a month for a new phone, you can and you still have the luxury of being free from the monopoly of big time carriers. Which still in my case, I’m still saving money.

I know this probably sounds like I’m being tortured by Cricket to give such rave reviews. But I’m actually not. I also realize, nothing is perfect and there are probably some nuances that I will have to deal with. But for me, this all comes down to priorities. I can do everything that I once did with Verizon, with a few better perks and $70+ extra dollars in my pocket.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Just email me@chrisvwebb.com.

10 Year Anniversary

Where has the time gone?
Wow, where has the time gone? It only feels like yesterday that Katie and I were in High School passing notes between classes and chatting on IM into the wee hours of the night. Never would I have imagined that God would have granted me the privilege of asking this girl to be my wife. But here I am, 14 total years of life with this amazing women. Continue reading

Wallpaper Challenge

Ever just find yourself in a rut? Maybe at work, in your craft, in your family? Just can’t seem to get out of the monotonous, daily grind of doing the same thing over and over again. So here’s my challenge. Do something you haven’t done and challenge yourself with no expectations. This is my approach to getting out of my design rut. Continue reading

5 Minutes with a Homeless Man

Yesterday for whatever reason, it was just a stressful day. I was driving home thinking about everything I needed to do in the next couple weeks among various projects going on. But right before I got on the freeway to head home I saw a homeless man. Probably early thirties. Thick beard, tattered clothes, holding a piece of cardboard and had a nervous shake when he tried to stand still. Continue reading

Tough Mudder!

This past weekend I ran my first Tough Mudder with my good friend, Travis. Overall, the best event I’ve ever ran in. Between the mud, pools of water, pools of ice and shock therapy, a message therapist couldn’t have made me feel any better. I’m completely recovered, and I’m alright wanting to do another one! Check out a video I put together of my experience.

Officer Candidate School

Backstory
3 years ago I spent 4 months in phase 0 of  Officer Candidate School (OCS). For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a prep program aimed to prepare you for OCS (read about it here). It’s an intense basic training style environment designed to challenge you mentally and physically. Depending on the route you choose, it can last upwards of 16 months with the main goal of becoming a Second Lieutenant (2LT). As I was saying, I spent 4 months preparing to become an officer. I was incredibly eager to get my commission and excited to go to OCS with my class, but as fate would have it, after months of packing, career being put on hold, family being put on hold, and anxious anticipation I got a call from the RNCO (Readiness NCO) of the OCS program saying that my orders have been cancelled. I was devastated. I received no explanation why, no apologies, no nothing. So, that day I learned something. The ARMY owes you nothing.  Continue reading

A Thirty-One Tribute

November of 2010, I walked into Thirty-One Gifts as a contractor. They were in need of a web designer, and thanks to a friend, I was recommended for the job. I was nervous, unsure, and completely clueless as to how my first REAL web job was going to go. Continue reading

It’s live!

So the fact that you’re reading this post right now, means that you are now on my new website. Congratulations, you can pat yourself on the back.  Actually, I’ve been working on this site for a little while now. Continue reading

Help You, Help Me

It’s a brand new year and it’s time to start those resolutions. For me, this year I’m setting some realistic goals. So no, I don’t plan to hit the gym, eat better, or run more. Ok, let’s not be drastic. I want to do those things, but let’s not kid ourselves. Continue reading

Back to Normal

Alright, I’ve been home now for nearly three weeks and I’m finally getting back to a somewhat normal lifestyle. I’ve been able to enjoy my kids and catching up with my wife. It started off with meeting my daughter at Easton Mall to surprise her with my coming home. It was a moment to be remembered forever. Continue reading

Act Now

Recently, I stumbled over a book called, The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino.The book outlined the most important principals of being great at anything. The book was filled with tons of amazing quotes and inspiration. One of the principals that stood out in this book, was Act Now. Continue reading