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Boost Mobile Getting the Motorola XPRT and Probably the iPhone Too

Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid division is going upscale with some high end devices. First there was the HTC EVO Design  4G, which was supposed to go on sale yesterday but has been delayed by a US Customs hold, due to a dubious Apple patent claim.  Boost now says the Design 4G should be available next week.

Boost's next high spec phone is likely to be the Mototola XPRT, a QWERTY candybar, BlackBerry style Android phone with a 1 Ghz processor, 5 MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and 3.1 inch 320x480 HVGA screen. It's also Adoble Flash capable and is a world phone with a SIM slot that's unlocked for use outside North America only. It's currently stuck on Android 2.2, but Motorola has promised that a 2.3 Gingerbread update is coming soon.

The possibility of the XPRT coming to Boost was first raised Sunday on Howard Forums. Initially a rumor, it's now all but confirmed after Boost wholesaler Hyperlink sent Boost dealers a flyer offering a $20 "spiff" discount on Boost Android phones including the "not yet launched" Motorola XPRT.

The Howard Forums post where the Boost XPRT leak first showed up claimed the phone will sell for $99.99, which sounds much too low for such a well-speced phone. Boost's Samsung Replenish is a $99.99 phone with a similar QWERTY bar form factor but a slower 600 Mhz processor, smaller, low resolution 2.8 inch 240x320 QVGA screen and a 2 MP, fixed focus camera without a flash. I'd love to see the XPRT for $99.99 but I think it will be at least twice as much.

After Cricket's announcement that it would be offering the iPhone June 22nd it became a for gone conclusion that Apple's iconic phone would soon show up on other prepaid carriers. According to TechnoBufallo Boost Mobile is one of them. The report citing a "trusted source", claims that both the iPhone 4 and 4S will be available on Boost in early September. No mention of the phone or plan pricing. Trusted source or not, this is only a rumor at this point, but one I tend to believe, including the September date.  Here's why.

Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) will be held June 11-15 in San Francisco.  It's traditionally been the event where Apple announces either a new iPhone or a new iPhone OS for a phone to be announced latter. Many Apple watchers think that the next iPhone will be announced at this year's WWDC but will not be shipped until September or October.

As a condition for getting the iPhone last year, Sprint agreed to buy an estimated 30.5 million iPhones from Apple over the next four years. That's a lot of phones for a company with only 33 million postpaid subscribers. Sprint needs to sell iPhones into their prepaid subscriber base 15 million customers. I believe that Sprint's strategy will be to reserve the new iPhone 5, or whatever it's called, for higher margin postpaid subscribers while selling the older iPhone 4S and 4 to prepaid customers.

Sold Out!

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  1. Check out the Boost website. They got the Motorola XPRT on sale limited time at $99.99. They already have it.

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  2. Correction: Confirmed by a Boost Rep through Facebook says Motorola XPRT price is a permanent $99.99.

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    1. Looks like it's currently $79.99 with promo code ANDROID20.

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    2. Yeswap-

      Thank you for the information, where did you go online to order and submit the promo code?

      Tom

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    3. Go to boostmobile.com to order. Use promo code 25OFF to get 25% off any Boost phone. The code expires Aug 5.

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  3. I Want That Phone.

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  4. Just went to site and they are not showing any Motorola phones.

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    1. The XPRT sold out on Boost a few weeks after it was released in June. I believe Sprint was closing out their remaining stock through Boost.

      And you are correct, Boost no longer has any Motorola phones for sale on its website.

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