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Boost Mobile Makes "Data Boost" Double Data Plans Permanent, Adds $3 Fee To Top-up At Dealers

PhoneNews.com is reporting that Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid service has notified its dealers that the "Data Boost" promotional plans it launched in September have been extended indefinitely. The plans, which were due to expire Jan 5, include twice as much data for $5 less per month compared with Boost's former "Select" plans. There are three plans:

  • $35/month: unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1GB at high speeds
  • $45/month: unlimited talk, text and data with the first 5GB at high speeds
  • $55/month: unlimited talk, text and data with the first 10GB at high speeds
After the high speed data allowance is used, unlimited data, throttled to 128 Kbps, is available for the rest of the plan month.

Sprint Prepaid Group is also making another, less positive change. Beginning Jan 5, 2015 it will be charging Boost and Virgin Mobile customers a $3 "service convenience" fee when they top up their accounts at Boost Mobile dealers and other retailers that use the ePay RTR system to add funds directly to user's accounts. The fee will not apply to Auto Top-Ups or to top ups made using the PIN cards sold at convenience, drug and big box stores or to payments made by customers on the Boost and Virgin Mobile Websites using credit or debit cards. I can't imagine that customers or dealers will be happy with the $3 fee which put's them at a competitive disadvantage compared to national chain retailers like Target and Walmart.

Source: PhoneNews.com

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  1. Boost always figures out new ways to do something stupid....

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  2. Way to kick their dealers in the teeth.

    Seems opposite of what Selectel does. I recently switched phones, and was told by Selectel that there was a fee if I did it at the Selectel site, with their CS. But it would be totally free if I did it through a Selectel dealer.

    I figured their policy on this made perfect sense.

    The Boost policy makes no sense unless they are planning to force out Boost dealers.

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  3. MetroPCS tacks on a convenience fee and I believe Cricket does the same. While it isn't a positive change, it's certainly not unprecedented. I would be all over this if Sprint had a better network footprint.

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  4. $45/month for 5GB is a decent deal. Too bad Sprint data speeds are super slow here in Socal.

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    1. What part of southern California are you located? Are you saying that your data speeds are slow on 3G, or are they slow using Sprint's 4G LTE and Spark bands?

      In my area of southern California, Sprint has upgraded the network to 4G LTE and recently added Spark. One of my family members is consistently receiving 30 mb download speeds on their "flavor" of the LG Volt.

      At my home (which is located in a rugged semi-rural area, but vey close to the city limits of Los Angeles), I have zero Sprint coverage, so we use the Sprint Airave device for voice calls and texting, and Broadband Wi-Fi for data.

      HELLS_BELLS

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    2. What part of southern California, where I live sprint gets better coverage than att, but not better than verizon or tmobile.

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  5. I don't understand why these mobile carriers don't offer $55 for unlimited data with first 10 GB at 4G speeds for mobile broadband customers. To me it's the same freaking network, data is data, and with mobile broadband there's no voice (and no outgoing text in my case).

    And if you tried to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, there is generally a fee associated with it and they might limit the amount of data usage.

    I use a mobile broadband hotspot because I don't want to pay extra for a limited life tablet with a radio antenna that picks up 3G or 4G signals. Plus it's nice to be able to use 5 or more devices at the same time.

    I would sign up with Boost Mobile like right now if they offered that plan for mobile hot spots.

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    1. You answered your own question. If the data were sold for a mobile hotspot instead of a smartphone plan, the carriers are concerned that people would actually USE that much data. Selling the data as a phone plan usually means that only a fraction of the data is actually used.

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    2. They are being skinflints, considering that they are forcing US customers to pay twice as much for the data/phone plans as they should pay.

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  6. Given their abysmal CS and coverage this is not surprising. That is the main reason I have gone with MVNO's.

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  7. Cheap data always come with some compromises. The lucky few who get good coverage on any Sprint brand swears by Sprint. Me, I had nothing but dropped calls and no slow unusable data speed. Pass.

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  8. I hope deals like this do put pressure on the other companies, though. Saying this as someone who just now left a Sprint related service (and I'm not looking back... and this deal is still not tempting).

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  9. another reason to switch. I wish they would unlock my iphone already.

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  10. Boost Mobile as of 1/5/15 boost mobile stores are charging a $3.00 service fee to pay phone bill in store (which was free), however I never received any notifications of any sort (no text, no letter, or phone call) to inform of changes. If I pay online I have to pay taxes on a plan which suppose to have no hidden fees. i feel like I am forced to pay one way or another. This type of theft is not acceptable, false advertisement, and unprofessional to not inform customers of changes especially involving money Bronx new york

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