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.