Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Three” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.
These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) license towers from the big names in the space.
Let’s take a closer look at Boost Mobile and learn about it the brand, its rates, and features.
About Boost Mobile
Following the Sprint and T-Mobile merger, DISH has acquired Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile operates in the United States with a nationwide CDMA/LTE network for coverage. It offers pre-paid rate plans which means no long term contracts or obligations.
Taxes and fees are included and include unlimited talk, text, and data. Additionally, the come with mobile hotspot capabilities and unlimited music streaming.
What deals does Boost offer?
Boost Mobile offers a four-line rate plan for $100 when switching from another carrier. Each line gets unlimited data, talk, and text and provides for up to 1GB of hotspot.
What are Boost’s rate plans?
Boost does not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost. Each plan comes with unlimited data, but only a set amount of it is high speed.
- $35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data
- $35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 6GB of high-speed data (Walmart Exclusive)
- $50/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 12GB hotspot
- $60/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 30GB hotspot
Although Boost offers multiple plans with “unlimited” data there are differences between each. Consumers can choose the option that works best for video and music, international calling, and customer service needs. For instance, some may not care whether video is streamed at 1080p or if audio is at 1.5Mbps.
5 Plans Under $50
Boost recently revised its plans to create five options which cost less than $50 per month. Each comes with its own amount of data and some of them are for new, in-store customers.
- $10/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)
- $15/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)
- $25/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 5GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New customers only)
- $35/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot
- $45/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 15GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot
The $HRINK-IT! plan rewards subscribers for making on-time payments. The price drops five bucks after three payments; it drops another five after six payments. In short, you start out at $45/month and get to $35/month after paying your bill on time for half of a year.
Can I do multiple line accounts at Boost Mobile?
Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today Boost Mobile offers a $20 discount when adding a line to one of the unlimited plans.
There are currently two rate plans which offer Boost subscribers unlimited data, one for three-line accounts and one for four lines.
Other Boost features and offerings
Boost Mobile provides a handful of extras (Boost Extras) to its customers, most of which can pair with the various rate plans. Details include international calling, extra data, HD video streaming, and phone insurance.
Boost Mobile offers a $25 referral credit for anyone you have sign up for its service. Both get an account credit once your friend activates, pays for an eligible monthly plan and registers their new number.
A Boost Perks mobile app lets customers save money with partner brands such as AMC, Papa John’s Sams’s Club, Costco, and others.
What phones does Boost offer?
Take a peek at the current lineup of Android phones offered through Boost and you’ll find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Coolpad, ZTE, and Wiko, too.
As we often see with a lot of prepaid providers, phone selection is a mixed bag, leaning more more toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some incredibly robust and current models, including the Samsung Galaxy S20.
For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified pre-owned, meaning that although they were once used by someone else, they come with a guarantee/warranty.
Boost Mobile may no longer belong to Sprint, but that doesn’t mean it’s a completely different company under DISH. In fact, it’s largely business as usual to the average consumer. As is the case with other MVNOs, Boost has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the devices offered at Boost.
We’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Boost Mobile today. In addition to what’s offered through Boost, we always suggest buying an unlocked phone for use with a carrier. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.
Samsung Galaxy S20
The Samsung Galaxy S20 reigns as the current king of the hill and is the standard bearer by which other phones are measured.
For your money you’ll get a 6.2-inch Infinity-O display that reaches edge to edge and features a hole-punch front-facing 10-megapixel camera.
Around back are a trio of cameras in the form of a 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel wide-angle, and 64-megapixel telephoto camera.
Powering things are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, 12GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and add up to 1TB more space.
This one will be powerful enough to handle daily tasks for two or more years.
Samsung Galaxy A21
The Galaxy S series gets all of the fanfare, but the Galaxy A line is just as good for a lot of people. Indeed, these lower cost options give consumers the same great Samsung design but with just the right amount of features. We’re talking maybe one-third the price yet still plenty of power.
Standout features in the Galaxy A21 include a 6.5-inch HD display, and quad-camera (16MP main lens, 120 degree ultra wide, 2MP depth camera, and 2MP macro) array. An octa-core processor with 3GB RAM/32GB ROM is paired with Android 10, and the 4,000mAh battery should get typical users far beyond a full day.
LG Stylo 6
For Notes, Photo Markups and Docs
Big, practical, and the only one with a stylus, the LG Stylo 4+ provides users with a large screen and an extra bit of functionality. The 6.8-inch display offers up plenty of high-definition space for scribbling notes, marking up documents, and more.
Running Android 10, the phone is powered by an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Storage comes in at 64GB but a microSD expansion card slot opens the door for up to 2TB external media.
Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a triple camera configuration on the rear, front-facing 13-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Motorola Moto E
Stock Android on a Budget
We absolutely love what Motorola does with its Android phones. They run a bare bones software experience that leaves things the way Google intended, and feature affordably priced alternatives to flagships.
Here, you get a big (6.2-inch) screen, a very modern build of Android (10), and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.
Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
On the lower end of the spectrum we find phones which might be decent for first time smartphone users. Whether that means grandma or the ten year old who’s responsible enough for a handset, it matters little.
The Coolpad Legacy rivals other, pricier models in terms of hardware but its rock-bottom price puts it among the most affordable.
Key details include a 6.3-inch display, a dual (16-megapixel and 5-megapixel) rear camera setup, and front-facing 13-megapixel selfie camera. Inside are a quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage; a microSD card slot allows for up to 128GB media.
Can I use my own phone with Boost Mobile?
You can often use your current CDMA phone, especially if it was previously paired with Sprint. Head to Boost’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. Also, we’re seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for Sprint/Boost bands.