The people that make the pre-paid phone service now offer broadband Internet service in San Diego. It'sa very simple approach, but at a fairly steep price and with who-knows-what speed.
What you need to know
Cricket offers Broadband Internet in San Diego for $40 per month. They require a $25 activation fee and they charge $59 for the modem after a $71 "web only" discount and $50 rebate. So you're going to have to shell out more than $200 to get into this service. Cricket does charge the usual taxes and fees.
Cricket uses mobile phone technology to deliver Internet access. They don't publish the speeds of their service on their website (either that or they make it really, really hard to find), but from our research we think you can expect it to achieve broadband speed - 768kbps down, 256kbps up. The potential problem is that the service depends on a wireless signal strength. Anyone who has used a cell phone knows that the signal changes when you move around, so it's possible that you may not be able to achieve real broadband speeds, depending on how strong the signal is in your area.
Cricket doesn't require a contract or a security deposit, and they don't charge early termination fees.
Cricket is one of the most expensive services to get in to and they're up there with cable on the high-end pricing, except that the high-end pricing gets you low-end performance. Unless you absolutely have to avoid a contract or don't want anyone looking into your credit, we suggest you pass on Cricket.
Visit the Cricket website to learn more.