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Boost and Virgin Mobile Getting The Samsung Galaxy S5 Soon

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile took to Facebook and Twitter today to announce "THE NEXT BIG THING IS ALMOST HERE coming SOON Samsung Galaxy S5". 

This a bit of a surprise as up to now Sprint hasn't made top of the line Android phones available on its Boost and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands until they are at least a year old. Currently the nearly two year old Samsung Galaxy S III is the premiere Android phone at both Virgin and Boost.

The S5 was just announced this week at the big Mobile World Congress trade shoe in Barcelona and isn't expected to be available on any operator until early April. Boost and Virgin already hyping the S5 suggests they will be among the first to get it.  As for the price, the unlocked S5 is rumored to be about $100 less expensive than the S5 which would be about $500. Boost and Virgin tend to lightly subsidize their top phones so we could be looking at as little as $400.

Samsung lists the the S5's specs as:

  • Network: LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
  • Processor: 2.5GHz Quad core application processor
  • Display: 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi
  • Dimensions: 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)
  • Memory: RAM : 2GB, 16/32GB User Memory + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Connectivity: WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2),Download Booster (LTE + WiFi simultaneous reception),NFC, Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 3.0, IR Remote
  • Additional Features: IP67 certificated Dust & Water Resistant, Emergency Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health, Quick Connect, Private Mode, Kids Mode
  • Cameras: Main(Rear) : 16MP (1/2.6”, Phase Detection AF), Sub (Front) : 2.0MP (1920 x 1080, Wide-angle lens )
  • Camera Features: HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot
  • Video: UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
  • Video Codec: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
  • Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
  • Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture, Fingerprint, Heart Rate Sensor
  • Battery: 2800mAh, Standby time : 390 hrs (LTE) / Talk time: 21 hrs (WCDMA)

The above specs are for the GSM version but the CDMA model should be simiilar except for the cellular radio.

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  1. It's kind of a shame that the network is a bit inadequate

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    1. Where I live they already finish with the network upgrade and my S5 iphone works like a beast. I have notice a lot better coverage penetration and internet speed.

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  2. This is great news but they really need to work on there network issues, it would be a really great idea if sprint did merge these brands and not have so many different prepaid brands.

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  3. I plan to buy two for my mother and father for birthday and holiday gift

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  4. Sounds nice. Too bad Boost doesn't allow BYOD. People with the Nexus 5 could find it an appealing option.

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  5. Can you help me 'me out Yeswap? I'm on the Boost 90 day pay as you go plan. And you know how Feb. only has 28 days instead of 30 or 31 well my bill is usually due on the 3rd or 4th of every month. Well since it's a shorter month the bill was due on Feb 1st I paid on the 3rd. I barely use this line so I had built up an account credit of $13.80 but as you know that if you pay late they take all that. That is way too much money for me to just lose.

    I call Boost 1-866-402-7366 from the website talk to one rep who hung on me. Then called back another woman she couldn't understand what I was trying to do so I asked for her manager. He got on the phone and told me best he can do is a $2 dollar credit. I said nah that is too much of a lost I would leave if I can't get my full money back. Then he said all I can do is still only get $2 credit back so I told him no don't give it to me I will try to contact other Boost Departments using other numbers because I remember you had some. Could you please give me what other numbers you have for Boost so I can try to get my money back. This is the part of prepaid that sucks.

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    1. Try calling Boost at 877-438-8643 That's the number I use. Good luck but I doubt they'll give you all the money back. Next time set a reminder in your phone's calendar so you don't forget.

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    2. Thanks anyway but that number they switched to 1 888 266 7848. I contacted it customer service rep told me no I asked to speak to supervisor they hung up on me. So I went back to website number I got a guy he tried hard I waited about 20 minutes he came back with he couldn't do it. So I told he supervisor other day said he would give me $2 credit but at the time I told him no I wanted all it back. So I told him see if he could do the $2 he said yea so I got $2 back so instead of losing $13.80 I only lost $11.80 still bad but I'm tired of trying so I took it.

      This still pisses me off and i got about only 30 minutes left next bill due in 2 months I will be porting out to another company. I had the iden like you did they switched me to cdma 20cents plan instead of 10cents but I couldn't get 10cents back like you did and 20cents way to much per minute no data. My main number is T-mobile unlimited messaging plan for 16.54 with taxes a month. The Boost number is my extra number I prefer using for on the go data which you can't get on Boost anyway so I am ready to go.

      I rather a AT&T mvno with pay as yo go plan like T-mo and Boost where you pay $10 for 90 days pay as you go rates with no $1 monthly balance that it seems most AT&T mvnos charge. I want to be able to use this for on the go data since I don't get it on my T-mo main unlimited messaging plan. I did some research it seems Red Pocket and Puretalk for pay as you go don't really offer data. Airvoce and Jolt offer the best pay as you got data at 6.6 mb but they charge monthly maintence fee. It seems like only viable option is H20 they have 10c mb data which is a lil more but I don't see where they charge a monthly $1 fee do you know if H20 charges it or not if they don't I will port my Boost number to H20.

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    3. H2O doesn't charge a monthly fee on their pay as you go plan.

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    4. Thanks so would you say at 10cents a mb and 5cents voice its a good complimentary choice for a ATT mvno that don't have $1 monthly fee to go along with my unlimited T-mo message plan? Im around wifi at home and school just would use this on my extra line so I have a lil internet on the go if I need.

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    5. H2O is a good choice for light usage AT&T based pay as you go.

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    6. Thanks again one last question. Does a AT&T locked phone work or does it have to be unlocked? And do you know if on the H2O pay as you go plan is the data restriicted to 3g or is it 4g also?

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    7. An AT&T locked phone will work on H2O.

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  6. must be a big contract with a lot of S5 phones. and sprint needs to use distribution through virgin and boost to sell as many of the S5 as possible. maybe the opportunity is too big to delay sales through virgin and boost. or maybe samsung is making sprint buy too many S5 phones.

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  7. I paid $99 for my Verizon Prepaid Moto G. I get coverage everywhere. Virgin Mobile and Boost phones are useless where I live. It's all about coverage.

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    1. That's how I feel, even though all the carriers work where I live and work, I like knowing when I hit the road Verizon and AT&T will have service 98% of the time.

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  8. these phones are locked to the sprint network I assume?

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    1. We won't know for sure until the phones are released but I'd be very surprised if they aren't locked.

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  9. This is great news for Boost. They are raising the bar on Prepaid. Been a customer for years and no complaints. I might upgrade on this one.

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  10. Wish they would get the Note 2 and 3

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  11. They really need a top of the line phone with a keyboard. I used phones with keyboards for years, and was forced to go to virtual keyboard only (swype, etc).... which, after long use, is still definitely much more tedious and a fraction of the typing speed.

    I'd pay extra for a "complete" Galaxy S5 with a slider keyboard built in. But at the S5 premium price, there should be no compromises such as missing keyboards.

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  12. I am excited about this, but Virgin now cutting the amount of data you get (at the same time other companies increase the amount) still has me looking for another company.

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