Beware buying a phone from the online cricket store unless you want to risk Cricket policy hell and double billing of your credit card.
I went to an actual Cricket store and explained the situation and he said that once a phone gets blacklisted you can call cricket and get it authorized again but due to database replication it will get blocked again the next morning around 01:00 EST. He said that I would have to repeat this process daily for up to 10 days to get my phone “authorized”. He also said the best thing to do was get a refund of both charges and buy another phone.
Not wanting to buy another phone and risk another double charging I called Cricket wireless support Tuesday evening and the representative confirmed what the cricket store owner said about the nightly replication and said that after a week of the daily calls to Cricket support it would stop getting blocked during the early morning database sync.
Called support today (Friday) and was told that because I did not have this phone for six months I could not get it unblocked or blacklisted due to Cricket policy. This despite the fact that my family of four has been a Cricket customer for probably five to six years way before AT&T bought them.
I am seriously thinking about taking all four of our lines to another carrier.
Best answer by BillyM_CricketView original