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. This process may differ from one operating system to another. Cricket is a pre-paid cellular and mobile broadband Internet provider with retail stores in most areas of the United States. Give the representative your city and state information. 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.

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Have the modem, your debit or credit card number, security code and expiration date ready. Press “2” for Cricket broadband.

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. We review products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Data Plans My Cricket: There’s no connector on the modem to attach external antennas. The low-cost carrier’s new USB Broadband Modem A provides a few more features than the older UM model, although the new modem wasn’t any faster on my tests.

How to Activate a Used Cricket USB Broadband Modem

Choose the plan you want and, providing all pertinent personal information the representative asks for, present your debit or credit card to pay for the service. Stay on the telephone and follow the instructions provided by the representative to complete the activation and setup process.


Take your computer, the used Cricket broadband modem and your credit or debit card to any Cricket retail store. Our review unit showed some minor bugs that Cricket claims were firmware problems.

Remember to tell the representative whether it is an old modem of yours and you have an inactive Cricket account, or bought the modem used and have no account.

Tell the representative who answers that you have a used Cricket modem you wish to activate. You can find full coverage maps at www. Warning Clicking on the “Need to Activate Now” button on the Cricket broadband page does not save any time. When the recorded voice asks how it can help you, clearly say “Activate. Hand the modem to the representative. A newer version of the modem’s firmware is already on the market that should solve moodem problems.

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The USB port is tucked away behind a little sliding door. Tell the representative that you wish to activate a used modem. All plans are for a full month’s worth of service, but if your usage exceeds the allotted gigabyte level, Cricket may reduce your connection and download speeds, limiting the type of activities you can engage in on the Internet. Mobile broadband modems connect to the Internet wirelessly, and do not require a landline or cable to work.

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.


Video of the Day. The premium plan, however, makes a home network run more efficiently than the smaller usage plans.

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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. The next instruction is to call Cricket to activate the modem.

Here’s hoping Cricket will speed up its network so this device can truly shine—and provide even more bang for the buck. Give the representative the MEID number on the modem.

In movem rounds of tests conducted in different locations around Philadelphia, the A’s speed was extremely close to the UMC’s. Become a fan of PCMag.

Drivers and software are on the device. No external antenna jack. The software also supports text messaging.

Cricket’s Windows connection application works relatively smoothly, and has a neat feature: In-Store Activation 1 Take your computer, the used Cricket broadband modem and your credit or debit card to any Cricket retail store. Give the representative your city and state information.