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Boost Announces the Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE

Sprint's Boost Mobile announced yesterday that it will launch the Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE January 19 for $129.99 on boostmobile.com and at Boost Mobile Stores nationwide. The Prevail LTE features:

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4.5 inch 480x800px screen
  • Quad-core 1.2 Ghz 64 bit Snapdragon 410 processor, 
  • 8 GB of internal memory, 1 GB RAM and a micro SD slot capable of accepting cards up to 128 GB. There's a 5 MP main camera and a 2 MP front facing shooter for selfies and video chat. 
  • Sprint Spark tri-band LTE and HD Voice enabled. 
  • 2000 mAh battery is said to be good for up to 19 hours talk time.
While those specs would have been cutting edge a couple of years ago they are more like upper entry level now. In fact Boost has at least three other phones in its lineup with very similar specs to the Prevail. They are the $79.99 LG Tribute, $99.99 HTC Desire 510 and the $179.99 (but widely available for $79.99) LG Volt. They are all quad-core, tri-band LTE phones with 4.5 inch (Tribute) or 4.7 inch Volt and 510) screens and 5 MP (Tribute and 510) or 8 MP (Volt) cameras. The Prevail LTE does top the others in one respect. It has double the internal memory, 8GB compared with 4 GB for the others. Does that plus the slightly more in vogue Samsung brand justify the higher price?

Source: Boost Mobile

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  1. 8 MB compared with 4 MB? should be 8 GB compared with 4 GB! anyway a friend told me Boost offered to give him 10gb for $55 on his volt, plus hotspot use, which would give him not the $5 a day nonesense, but direct use of his data alottment. he's not even grandfathered like i am at $35 on my S3. is this normal?

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  2. 10GB from Boost is $55 per month and it's $5 per month for hotspot in select markets only. The current $35 plan offers 1GB of high-speed data, $45 is 5GB and $55 gives you 10GB.

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  3. Due to the Sprint network's poor coverage (just like with T-Mobile) we need to be aware that "select markets" pretty much applies to anything from one of their MVNO or subsidiaries that look like an MVNO.

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  4. Sprint just picked up an extra 1 Million prepaid customers in the 4th quarter, 200 K more than T-Mobile added. Lots of people are enjoying the improved deals Sprint offers.

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  5. Good for Sprint. The big two need competition, and so does T-Mobile.
    (I'm kind of down on T-Mobile lately due to the apparent paid PR flack who keeps presenting false information to cover the fact that T-Mobile coverage is worst in the nation. Sprint users and defenders seem to be more realistic about the network's strengths and (still major) weaknesses).

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    1. You must be that lonely coverage basher - all the facts show T-Mobile gaining momentum and coverage. T-Mobile picked up 8.3M new subscribers this year, an 89% increase over 2013 adds. For every customer it lost overall, it picked up 2.1 more from the major competitors. In the last Q4 for postpaid, for example, they gained 1.4 Verizon customers for every one they lost to Verizon. 1.8 AT&T customers for each T-Mobile customer who left for AT&T and 2.2 Sprint customers for every T-Mobile customer who left for Sprint. They are winning the competition. That must really bug you - only one drum to beat, for the 4% of Americans not covered by T-Mobile right now.

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    2. I'm getting weary of every post that mentions Sprint or T-Mobile turning into a off-topic coverage comments flame war.

      By now, I'm sure most readers of this blog are tired of being constantly reminded that Sprint and T-Mobile have smaller coverage footprints than AT&T and Verizon.

      Future off topic comments will be deleted.

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    3. Didn't mean to violate the moderators guide lines about sprintmobile bashing. This one of the few sites seriously dealing with the prepaid side that didn't play favorites between carriers. For the most part, it is true. IMO, prepaid is the sensible way to have wireless service. That being said, most future and current customers rate value and coverage about the same. When unequals are represented as equals, that is deception, never a good business practice. I've dealt with the big four, quite a few regional, and 5 mergers since 1995. I've watched the industry change to a much more integrated system. If it says it should work, it should work. If it's supposed to have lte then it should have lte. If a cable company told you for $60/month you will have 20 channels HD it was a lie, there would be no debate. I believe in truth in advertising that's all.

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    4. My point exactly, Archie. Coverage cannot be downplayed. And that is known by checking coverage maps.

      Presenting "8.3M new subscribers ...89%... " is an attempt to deceive.

      And right now there does seem to be a tradeoff between "value" (amount of minutes, and especially data) and coverage. The carriers with great coverage charge a lot more for data, and the ones with poor coverage sometimes have very generous data plans.

      Without mentioning any companies: consumers need to completely ignore "churn" figures and percent of new sales from quarter to quarter. and the most worthwhile thing they will do is compare the cost, amount of data per month, and if the carrier covers everywhere they plan to use the phone in the future.

      None of this should be ignored. Those who listen to sales hype that coverage should be ignored will find themself with a great plan with many gigs per month, but they might as well be holding a bar of Irish Spring in their hand instead of a phone, because they paid for a plan with a carrier that doesn't cover where they use the phone.

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  6. The lg volt also has 8gb of internal storage a bigger and better screen and a much larger battery. Why would anyone pay more for the prevail lte?

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    1. You're right I got the 4GB internal memory from the usually reliable PhoneScoop. However other sources say it's 8GB so I guess PhoneScoop is wrong. I'll update the post.

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    2. How do you get the lg volt for $79.99? I went to boost's site and it's listed as $179.99 minus $30 promotional discount equals $149.99. I think I will get the prevail lte for $129.99 if the lg volt is $149.99

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    3. Take a look at Prepaid Phones on Sale This Week Jan 4 - Jan 10. The Boost Volt is currently $59.99 on Amazon, $62.99 at ShopCellDeals, $73.99 at Newegg and $79.99 at Frys, Kmart and Sears.

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    4. ok thanks...I just placed an order on Amazon for the Volt. I was set on buying the prevail until I read this article and comments here... I browsed several articles and videos on the prevail before this one... The advantages for me of the Prevail from my research are better front camera and looks like less bloatware added to the OS didn't account for $70 price savings for the Volt assuming that Amazon, ShopCellDeals, Newegg, etc. were not going to offer the Prevail at a big discount also on January 19th.

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  7. I have tried most of the phones Mentioned in this article and plan to try the prevail lte.
    The Volt is the only that has close to same specs as the prevail, though no lte. 8Gb of user storage translates to about half of that which is pretty good for the average user. And most prepaids are usually less which for those who like to use alot of apps is a deal breaker. It begins to affect how the phone runs. I tried the htc 510 and got rid of it right away. Looks nice but very low user memory. Heavy hunk of junk. Lg tribute has the great lg features but again with only 4gb which equals about 2gb and a washed out look. The volt is a really good choice. Good camera, ability to remove bloatware. Sd card capable. All the nice lg features which include knock, quick memo q slide and a remote for your cable/tv. The speaker is loud, call quality good. If the prevail functions like the volt, it will not be a bad choice at all.

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    1. I got my Volt in the mail today for Boost and it has LTE included.... so far it's decent...I'm satisfied for the price I paid $59.99 on Amazon... I was hopeing the Moto G with LTE would come out for Boost but couldn't wait... I started adding a few apps today normally I don't use too many so maybe I'll remove some and tomorrow try to take off some of their bloatware

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    2. Do the lg volt have front camera

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    3. The Volt as a 1.3 MP front facing camera.

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