This really just illustrates how BIASED att is with the network traffic..
As for saturation.. I don't think that's the case around here.. the bandwidth is about right for a low density area where they wouldn't bother to build a billion towers as ROI is low..
Throttle/traffic shaping usually only kicks in when traffic is heavy, and yes, those numbers are low for a low density area in my experience.
Ping however can be due to AT&T running Cricket through a different proxy server, but I thought they were changing that (may be Virgin I'm thinking of). However, there is a way to alter the settings in your phone to use the newer/ faster servers, it's a trick Android rom builders like myself have used for a while now.
There is also a prioritization number built into the phone which can dictate how your traffic is shaped and this number is random. So you may get a great Cricket priority and a garbage AT&T priority making Cricket service actually better, it just depends on the luck of the draw. Some rom builders also tweak this number, though there is some question as to how good it works or even how to best take advantage of it.
LOL, Cricket is pretty ghetto TP...
"but Digi, Cricket was bought by AT&T, that means they have the same coverage"
Correct answer = no, cricket is for free phones for people with bad credit. I know TP doesn't have bad credit.. Bandwidth is throttled and coverage takes a backseat to the real cellular providers.
Actually, almost every carrier, pre and post paid give away free phones with activation a few times a year.
Other than priority and roaming, prepaid is just as good as post paid these days. Priority is simply a matter of finding who has the most bandwidth in your area, and roaming is fixed pretty easily by finding a carrier with coverage in your area.
Cricket wasn't ghetto, that was/is Metro PCS. Cricket was just shady, with stores activating pretty much ANY phone you brought in, stolen or otherwise.