So you finally jumped on the iPhone 4 for Verizon, but still don’t want to pay the big bucks? Well, if you look in the right place, you may be able to get the handset up and running on Cricket Wireless. We’re hearing that some Cricket stores will flash your Verizon iPhone to work with their network – a procedure that isn’t exactly condoned by Cricket or Verizon.
Before you go running to the closest Cricket Wireless store, you should consider some of the factors. One such factor is that the store you go to could just tell you they won’t do it. Another thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have to jailbreak the device, and install some third-party software to get things running smoothly. Or, as smooth as they can get, at least.
Either way, if you’re not looking to pay large monthly bill with Big Red, this may be the perfect solution for you. That is if you don’t mind either paying the full price of the iPhone 4, or deal with an early termination fee that will cost you somewhere near 3.5 months of paying for Verizon’s plan.
You should also consider the fact that flashing the CDMA iPhone 4 to Cricket will kill off your 3G connectivity. That said, that may not be that big of a deal; it’s not LTE. Plus, you’ll still have WiFi, and probably be able to get some 2G goodness on the sexy handset. Either way, going from paying $100+ to nearly half of that sounds like a rather good tactic if you want a great phone, and not pay a lot.
We’re glad to see that CDMA users now have the option to go to another network, as many AT&T users have jailbroken and unlocked their iPhone to jump ship to T-Mobile for their cheaper plans. You may be sacrificing the nation’s best call quality, but you’ll also be getting to keep a nice pile of cash in your pocket. And after two years of having the device, the savings may truly be worth it to you.
One thing you should also keep in mind is just because you bring the handset to another carrier, it doesn’t necessarily mean that some lingering issues will be solved.