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Boost Mobile Announces $30/Month Unlimited Talk and Text Promotion

Boost Mobile, which shook up the prepaid world with the first $50/month unlimited plan back in 2006, has done it again. This time it's a new Talk & Text Unlimited Plan With Shrinkage that will give patient customers unlimited voice and messaging for a mere $30/month.

The new plan doesn't include any data and is only available with three Boost Mobile phones; the $79.99 Sanyo Innuendo QWERTY clamshell, $59.99 Motorola Theory QWERTY candybar and the $79.99 LG Rumor Reflex touchscreen QWERTY slider (clockwise from above left in the image). The plan costs $45/month initially, but the price drops by $5 a month for every six on time top-ups. The maximum discount is $15 which makes the plan $30/month after 18 timely monthly payments .

The new plan is a special promotion. To get it customers must sign up at a Boost Mobile retail location between March 29th and May 31st.

Prepaid smartphones and data are getting all the buzz but there are still a lot of users just want talk and text at the lowest price possible. There is clearly a market for unlimited talk and messaging without data plans. Red Pocket, Jolt, Pure TalkUSA and H20, which are all AT&T MVNOs, have unlimited talk and text plans for about $40/month. Red Pocket's even includes 10 MB of data. Air Voice, another AT&T MVNO, has a $35/month 5000 minutes, 10,000 text plan that is as good as unlimited for many users. Verizon MVNO Page Plus probably has the best deal with a $39.95/month unlimited plan that includes 20 MB of data (soon to be increased to 100 MB).

Boost's promotion initially costs $5/month more than the others. The break even point comes after 18 months. But from then on you are saving a very significant $10/month for as long as you stay on the plan.

It's not a bad deal for those who can live with the limitations, which include much less overall coverage than with the AT&T and Verzion MVNOs and the limited selection of handsets.

The prepaid business is extremely competitive and monthly plan prices have been dropping. Kudos to Boost for setting a new low price target. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of Boost's competitors cutting their prices to match Boost's new offer.

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  1. Their CS phone support is total garbage, cannot get a live rep if your life depended on it. Sprint CEO is doing a horrible job improving Sprint CS experience, almost as bad as before, no wonder their stock price collapsed.

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    1. To quickly reach a live Boost Support agent dial 1-877-855-6673 and press 88.

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  2. Check again,that number is out of service.

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    1. So it is, thanks for letting me know. Calling the regular 1-866-402-7366 number and pressing 88 also works. The 88 extension is supposed to be for Boost dealers but I've always found the dealer support agents willing help regular customers too.

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  3. Is this going to be allowed for iden?

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    1. Nope, just the three phones mentioned in the post none of which are iDEN. iDEN's shutting down net year, Boost wants to get customers off it.

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  4. You should add "after shrinkage" or similar to the title. It's rather misleading otherwise.

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