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Boost Sweetens Free Phone Offer For Migrating iDEN Users



Sprint is shutting down the legacy iDEN network nationwide on June 30, 2013. The shutdown affects Boost Mobile users who have an iDEN Push to Talk (Walkie Talkie) phone like the Motorola i856 or Motorola i1. IDEN users who do not switch to a CDMA phone before June 30 will lose their service and their phone number.

Since last fall Boost has been offering free and reduced priced phones to migrating iDEN users. That offer was scheduled to end April 30. According to a message sent to independent Boost dealers, the free phone offer has been extended until June 30 and includes additional phone models.

Starting May 1st, migrating users can have their choice of the Samsung Factor, Kyocera Coast, Samsung Array, Sanyo Innuendo, Kyocera Milano, LG Rumor Reflex, BlackBerry 9310, Kyocera Hydro, Samsung Galaxy Prevail and Samsung Transform Ultra for free, subject to availability. The user will have to pay sales tax on the full retail price of the phone. The Factor, Array, Prevail and Transform Ultra weren't included in the pre-May 1 offer.

If you want a better phone, Boost will give IDEN users $100 off the the price of the Samsung Galaxy Rush, ZTE Warp Sequent, ZTE Force, LG Marquee, LG Venice or the Samsung Galaxy SII (both colors). This is a big improvement over the old offer which only included a $100 discount on the Venice and Marquee. As with the original offer, the user must pay sales tax on the full retail price.

The free and discounted phone offer is only available at independent, authorized Boost dealers, not online or at national retailers like Radio Shack, BestBuy, Target or WalMart. You can use the dealer locator in the top right corner of the boostmobile.com web site find your nearest Boost Mobile authorized dealer.

If you can't be bothered to go to a store, Boost will send you a free CDMA phone if you call them. However, you don't get a choice of phones that way and most users report getting an older refurbished feature phone.

Besides the fact that your iDEN phone will stop working June 30, there's another reason to switch, lower plan prices.  Switching to CDMA will remove the $10/month surcharge that Boost slapped on iDEN monthly plans last November. Pay as you go users will pay a little less on CDMA too, 20¢ per minute or message instead of 25¢.

Boost is also giving iDEN users who switch to CDMA a $25-$30 account credit for their old iDEN phone.  Visit buyback.boostmobile.com/bst/ to view details of the buyback offer and to get a prpeaid shipping label for sending your phone back.

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  1. Looks like the best deal has arrived for Boost holdouts. What did you get, Dennis?

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    1. I'm holding out until the last minute. Not sure what'll get yet.

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  2. Hoping for the HTC one? ;-)

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    1. One can hope but I don't think Boost will get the One before June 30, if ever.

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  3. I left out the SV. The hot red one with LTE they sell now. Maybe they will offer that for $100 off.

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    1. The One SV isn't currently included in the $100 off deal.

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  4. i tried getting the free phone from boost retailers last September but they told me i had to call boost to get it. that is probably why a lot of people called boost. but like you said they gave people crappy phones. i rather get a good phone like these. i have pay as you go i pay 10 bucks every three months it is my extra line. since most of these boost parties are independent like franchisers i would assume they mite still not do it. i am going to call boost tomorrow to see what they offer. my bill is due in two weeks good timing.

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    1. I called three Boost dealers here in San Francisco. Two were offering the free phones or $100 off deal, one wasn't.

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  5. Dennis - I am so glad to have found this site. Really been struggling w/ Boost; my old i335 Motorola IDEN has some important texts on it I hoped to forward after I ported a second Boost number to it. Of course they assured me prior to Dec. that it would be allowed - but when i called in the new year, they refused, "no new IDEN accounts". Even though the account is active. Confusing, I know.

    If anyone knows any tricks to downloading off an IDEN phone, Im game. Otherwise, it's typing the texts by hand....!
    J

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    1. You could try the BitPim program for your PC or Mac. If it works with your Moto phone you can backup some or all of your: contacts, calendar, sms, media files. Works great with my LG phones, but did not work with my Moto K1m for some reason.

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    2. I don't think it's possible to retrieve messages from an inactive iDEN phone.

      I never had any luck getting BitPim to work with iDEN phones.

      Motorola made several PC tools for working with iDEN phones, including iDEN Companion Pro, iDEN Phonebook Manager and Motorola RSS (Radio Service Software). It's been years since I used any of them but I'm pretty sure none of them let you copy SMS or MMS messages from phone to PC. RSS was the most powerful and was only available to Motorola certified techs not to the general public.

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  6. Rumor: Boost to get iPhone in 3rd quarter.
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-to-land-on-Boost-Mobile-in-Q3-of-2013_id42485

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