About three months ago, I switched our phone plans from AT&T to Cricket. The amount of money we are saving every month is incredible! At first I was very unhappy with their service, but I purchased one of the cheaper phones through them. It was made by Huaweii. I never had service, and with in two and a half months my screen stopped working, and the keys stopped functioning. Then the phone started to just shut off when I would receive an incoming call or incoming text message. My boyfriend had the same phone, I bought it at the same time for him. Not too long after my phone started to die, his screen went completely black. We are very careful with our phones. So I was surprised at how quickly the phones broke. With how awful my experience had been with the service up til that point, I was ready to go back to a contract with someone like Verizon. But then I decided to try a new cricket phone, and I bought the Huawei Ascend II. I was skeptical because the last phone from this company died so quickly...however, upon activating the new phone, my reception on the phone is perfect. And I am absolutely in love with the phone. The moral of my story...if you are going to go with Cricket, the only way to receive decent service is to spend at least $100 on a phone. Do not purchase the cheap ones...here you truly get what you pay for.