As parents, teachers and students gear up for the 2023 Back to School season, Cricket Wireless is taking a closer look at the greater role that technology plays in parents’ budgets. A recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cricket Wireless1 found that 58% of parents believe that Back to School supplies are more expensive now than when they attended school. And school supply lists that require technology only exacerbate these increasing costs.

What’s the News?
Based on the survey findings, 80% of parents allocate their Back to School budgets to technology and 72% of parents state their children will need a smartphone for school. To help parents, teachers and students stress less and smile more this Back to School season, Cricket Wireless is offering savings on devices and launching a Backpack Design Contest to help curb expenses.
Considering recent survey results for this Back to School season, Cricket is working hard to help parents stress less and save more with new device deals on selected smartphones:
Backpack Design Contest3
Seventy percent of respondents said most or all of their back-to-school budget is reserved for tech items. So today, Cricket also launched a contest to engage with communities and support students and teachers across the country. Aspiring designers click here to submit their designs for a chance to win:
  • Five grand prize design winners will each receive $500 in cash, a backpack with their winning design and a tablet.
  • Five teachers nominated by the design winner will receive: a gift card for school essentials, a tablet and 25 custom backpacks designed by the winner who nominated the teacher.

In addition, two teachers in 17 markets across the country will receive a gift card for school supplies and a tablet. Cricket branded backpacks will also be distributed to participants at supply drives in the seventeen markets.

What is Always on at Cricket?
  • 4 Lines for $100/mo. on our $55/mo. Unlimited Plan.4
  • Purchase a new phone for only a $1 initial payment for devices priced over $149.99 for qualified customers using Cricket’s Phone Payment Plan by Progressive Leasing. Customers can also protect their device with Cricket Protect and Cricket Protect Plus.5
  • Prioritize your money with the Acorns saving and investment app. As a Cricket customer you will receive a $20 initial bonus investment to your Acorns account when signing up. Plus pay your Cricket bills with the card linked to Acorns and Cricket will add $0.75 to your Acorns account each month.6
  • Know More. Stress Less with Bark. Bark is a parental controls app that allows parents to monitor their child’s device for harmful content. New Bark customers will get a year of Bark Jr. for free when signing up.
  • The tryCricket app is now available to Android users. The tryCricket app gives customers with an eligible iOS or Android device a chance to experience Cricket’s easy, high-quality service on our powerful nationwide network with a 14-day trial at no cost or commitment.

1 This random double-opt-in survey of 2,000 millennial parents (27–42) of school-age kids (5–18) was commissioned by Cricket Wireless between June 23 and June 29, 2023. It was conducted by market research company OnePoll, whose team members are members of the Market Research Society and have corporate membership to the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research (ESOMAR).
2 First month service charge and tax due at sale. Activation (in-store, $25/line) & add’l fees may apply. Terms & restr’s apply. Cricket 5G is not available everywhere. See for details.
3 No purch. necessary. Ends 9/7/2023. Open to US residents; age of maj. & older. See for Official Rules.
4 Cricket may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy. Add’l fees, terms & restr’s apply.
5 The advertised service is lease-to-own or a rental- or lease-purchase agreement provided by Prog Leasing, LLC, or its affiliates. Acquiring ownership by leasing costs more than the retailer’s cash price. Leasing available on select items at participating locations only. Not available in MN, NJ, VT, WI, WY. 
The initial payment (plus tax) is charged at lease signing. Remaining lease payments will be determined upon item selection. Reduced initial payment promotion does not lower the total cost. Available for applications 7/14/23 – 9/7/23

6 Req’s new Acorns account (min. $3/mo.), min. $5/mo. Cricket purchase and $5 investment, then bonus applied within 60 days. Add’l fees, terms & restr’s apply.

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