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Cricket opens up new Ceres store on Hatch Road
First store in Ceres since AT&T merger
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City officials that included City Manager Toby Wells, Fire Marshall Bryan Nicholes and Councilman Mike Kline mixed with Chamber officials in welcoming Cricket Wireless to a new location on Hatch Road on Friday. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

For the first time since teaming up with AT&T, Cricket Wireless has opened a new store in Ceres and it was welcomed by the Ceres Chamber of Commerce on Friday afternoon.

A number of city and Chamber officials turned out for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the store at 1515 Mitchell Road, Suite 12, Ceres. The store is in the same shopping center as Food 4 Less and Round Table Pizza.

Cricket offers an unlimited talk, text and data plans that include pay-as-you-go plans of $40 per month for basic, $50 per month for smart phones at 3 gigabytes or $60 per month for 10 G of data. Users buy their phone outright and may sign up for automatic bill pay or pay online or in a store. There are no annual contracts.

Cricket has been around for about 15 years, said representative Stephanie Corkis, but with the growing popularity of pay-as-you-go plans, AT&T decided to buy out Cricket parent company Leap Wireless. That means Cricket customers have the same coverage area as AT&T.

Corkis said that no customer ever gets charged overage charges if they exceed the set amount of data use, but
the service switches over to a slower internet speed.

The new store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.