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
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.