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Boost Mobile Increasing Data For AutoPay Customers

Sprint's Boost Mobile announced today that it's launching a new $35/month Data Boost plan on Feb 3. The new plan will come with unlimited talk, text and data, including 2.5 GB of data per month at high-speeds. That's 1.5 GB more high speed data than Boost's current $35 plan.

Customers must enroll in auto pay to get the new plan. Both new and existing customers are eligible for the offer. Current customers, even if they are already on auto pay, need to enroll in the new plan at a Boost Mobile store or online at www.boostmobile.com.

In addition to the new $35 Data Boost plan, new customers will receive up to $100 off any new phone when they port their number to Boost from any carrier and sign up for a Data Boost plan. Also beginning Feb. 3, new customers who don’t bring their number will get their first month free. Both offers are good until until 3/31/2015 but only at Boost Mobile stores, not online or at national retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack or Target.

Boost's new $35 plan looks like it's currently the least expensive monthly prepaid plan with unlimited talk and text and 2.5 GB of high speed LTE data. I wonder if AT&T's Cricket or T-Mobile's MetroPCS will choose to match this deal.

Source: Boost Mobile

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  1. Nice price point, I can't believe how prices have come down on prepaid, competition is a great thing for us consumers.

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    1. Absolutely. Just sick of seeing unlimited minute plans. Not everyone needs that. Miss the 500 - 1000 minute plans. Would rather have more data than minutes.

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  2. This is exactly what competition does! When there are enough players in the game, none of them can screw you over for long! If only we had cheap phones that would work on ANY carrier. Imagine how fierce the competition would be if you could take the same phone and place it on any of them by a simple sim swap!

    Right now, even with GSM phones, it's hit-or-miss between full compatibility with AT&T and T-mobile. With the exception of a few Nexus devices, don't even think about using a non-Sprint phone on Sprint or a non-Verizon phone on Verizon.

    I think the Nexus 6 is the only phone that can work on all 4 major carriers, but it's just too expensive for mass market appeal (even though the mass market pays that much for a phone, they just pay for their silly subsidized plan and don't realize what they are paying for).

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    1. Unlocked T-Mobile based phones are fully compatible with both T-Mobile and AT&T. There's no reason to be on Sprint unless you don't need a phone that works. That only leaves Verizon which has few MVNOs that all cost more than offerings from other networks. Unless you need Verizon's coverage you're better off with AT&T or T-Mobile.

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    2. This is why I've sworn off of Sprint and Verizon after jumping ship from Virgin Mobile to T-Mobile. I know that if T-Mobile's $30/month secret plan doesn't suit my need, I can always take my GSM-based Samsung Galaxy S 3 to one of AT&T's MVNO. Can't do that with CDMA phones.

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    3. I use a Sprint MVNO (Ting) because I can only get 2G at my house with T-mobile. With Sprint, there is LTE. So I'm one of those 1 in a million people that actually have better service with Sprint. As soon as T-mobile refarms part of their edge network for LTE in my area, I'll be switching (but still using Ting since they will also soon be a T-mobile MVNO as well). Of course, I'll have to get a new phone, GRR! :)

      BTW, before Sprint had LTE in my area, I used T-mobile. T-mobile's EDGE was faster than Sprint's 3G, lol.

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    4. Wow! Sprint's 3G is slower than T-Mobile's 2G. Sprint LTE is also slower than LTE on any other network except where Sprint has Spark tri-band LTE.

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  3. If only home internet service providers in the U.S. have this level of competition, we'd be paying $20/month for 100Mbps of internet speed, rivaling that of other developed capitalist countries such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.

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  4. I wonder what Virgin Mobile's next move would be, since this clearly trumps over their $35/mo unlimited text, 2.5 GB of Sprint LTE data, and 300 minutes.

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    1. To shut down. Sprint doesn't need three prepaid brands that can't compete with offerings from carriers on better networks. Boost Mobile is Sprint's only competitive prepaid brand. Virgin and Sprint prepaid don't seem to be competitive with anyone.

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    2. Carriers use multiple prepaid brands to give customers the illusion of plentiful choice and competition:
      AT&T: GoPhone and Cricket
      T-Mobile: T-Mobile Prepaid, MetroPCS and GoSmart
      Sprint: Boost, Virgin and Sprint Prepaid
      I don't think Virgin Mobile is going away, it's part of Sprint's brand strategy and will likely see revampled plans soon.

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    3. I agree Dennis. Sprint will probably keep all three brands but right now there's no reason for anyone to choose Virgin or Sprint prepaid over the competition.

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  5. Virgin Mobile is still competitive in that its dumb phone plans are way more attractive than Boost's. There are still people out there who prefer only talk and text.

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    1. There are $25 and even $20 unlimited talk and text plans on AT&T and T-Mobile. Virgin's plans can't compete with that.

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    2. But neither of them are on Sprint's network. We're talking about Sprint's MVNOs.

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    3. Sprint's network isn't any better than any other network. I was saying Virgin isn't competitive with any service on any network.

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    4. Each Sprint MVNO has it's strength and overall Sprint is doing excellent with its prepaid brands. Each Sprint prepaid brand offers something that may be important to a customer and fit what they need in a carrier.

      Virgin Mobile has some great family plans now available at Walmart.
      Sprint prepaid offers a small bucket of roaming minutes a month.
      Boost Mobile offers the best rate plans/most data.

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    5. No offense but Daniel Darnell sounds a lot like a Sprint salesperson.

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  6. This is the best prepaid plan on the prepaid market right now. Recently Sprint's post and prepaid have become a leader in the wireless industry with really aggressive pricing. Very beneficial for consumers.

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    1. "This is the best prepaid plan on the prepaid market right now."

      That is a bold statement. Are you a paid Sprint employee?

      I think you will be very hard pressed to find any sort of objective report that Sprint divisions lead in anything. They do just about keep up sometimes, though.

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  7. Sprint network is just as good as the others here in Chicago. Boost Mobile is everywhere here. My mom uses Virgin Mobile now after her work phone discount with Sprint ended. Sprint isn't my network of choice, but I do know a lot of people who are happy with them. To the person who said Sprint 3G is slower than T-Mobile 2G, that's just an idiotic fanboy statement. I have T-Mobile and whenever I see the 'E' symbol on my phone, I just put it back in my pocket. Practically useless!

    This new Boost plan is attractive. But I'll wait to see if GoPhone or T-Mobile come with anything close to this between now and spring. I'm already almost done paying off my unlocked Moto X 2014 Pure Edition through Motorola so I don't mind going up from my $30 T-Mo plan - if the full speed LTE data on current plans continue to go up if prices keep slashing. MetroPCS could've set the market on fire with the $50 unlimited LTE promo, but just had to add BYOP restrictions to it.

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    1. Please stop calling other people idiots. There have been times when Sprint's 3G has absolutely crawled for me. Not most of the time but when heavily loaded it can definitely be slower than properly working Edge.

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    2. This was a couple of years ago when I compared Sprint 3G to T-mobile Edge. Sprint 3G was terrible. There are many other people that lived in areas that T-mobile 2G outperformed Sprint 3G. There is proof in this thread:

      http://forums.androidcentral.com/t-mobile/214118-previous-sprint-users-throttled-2g-vs-sprint-3g.html

      Of course, things may be different now. I was with Sprint, switched to T-mobile and found them to actually be faster in my area (2g vs 3g), but then Sprint got LTE so I went back and they are way faster than T-mobile in my area. I'm not a fanboy, just someone who wants good speeds and reasonable price.

      There would be times I couldn't even stream Pandora on Sprint 3G, while I could on T-mobile edge. Pandora only requires 64 kbps!

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    3. Austin said: "Sprint 3G is slower than T-Mobile 2G, that's just an idiotic fanboy statement. I have T-Mobile and whenever I see the 'E' symbol on my phone, I just put it back in my pocket. Practically useless!"

      Six of one, half dozen of the other. I've seen opposite reports flipping Sprint and T-Mobile around. But such reports are very common, considering that the network coverage for both is deficient and spotty.

      Rest assured that for most of these situations where "I get Sprint and TMO is lousy" or 'I get TMO and Sprint is lousy", the coverage will be solid and strong on Verizon and AT&T regardless.

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    4. Dennis said: "There have been times when Sprint's 3G has absolutely crawled for me".

      My experience too. It's night and day using someone else's Verizon, or my AT&T phone to see speeds that are usually 6 times faster than Sprint 3G... and even a few times faster than Sprint LTE.

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    5. There have also been times when AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile's data has been unusably slow for me and Sprint's has been fine. No network is immune to slowdowns.

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  8. Sprint has dense Spark coverage in Chicago, and (according to their coverage map) Chicagoland has the broadest expanse of Spark coverage in the nation. It stretches from Gary all the way to Rockford, and includes Aurora and Elgin and all of the other large western suburbs. I've also had very good luck with Sprint's network here in the past (in 773 rather than 312), but I don't think that the Chicago Sprint experience necessarily translates to anywhere else in the nation. It certainly hasn't for me when I've traveled.

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    1. Sprint has the most spectrum in many metro areas; this is one of the reasons that Google is negotiating a MVNO agreement with them. High speeds and low prices to get more ads moving.

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    2. Exactly! Sprint is very dominant in Chicago area. I know a lot of people who have switched from Verizon to Sprint in Chicago. Its a no brainer now especially with Spark and if you prefer CDMA tech.

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    3. Why would anyone prefer CDMA phones they don't do anything GSM phones can't. And they only work on the network that they were sold for. The only reason to have a CDMA phone is if your carrier runs on a CDMA network.

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    4. "Why would anyone prefer CDMA phones they don't do anything GSM phones can't. And they only work on the network that they were sold for."
      I can help you with this.
      - CDMA phones are much harder to hack/snoop on than GSM phones.
      - Many new Vzw smartphones have an unlocked, unrestricted GSM slot anyway. So you have a much more versatile phone for your money. EG, the Apple iPhones, Moto X and HTC One get LTE on Vzw, AT&T and T-Mobile, and their HSPA+ fallback coverage is pretty good as well.

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    5. I love Verizon's dual-mode CDMA/GSM phones. They support AT&T and T-Mobile (like most GSM phones) as well as Verizon but they don't support Sprint. And there aren't many of them compared to all the GSM phones you can find. Sprint doesn't offer unlocked dual-mode phones and even if they did their phones wouldn't support Verizon. The same way all CDMA-only phones (most Sprint phones) can only support either Verizon or Sprint but not both. As I said before CDMA phones don't do anything GSM phones can't. Except run on Verizon or Sprint. Unless you need to be on one of those networks GSM phones offer more options. With the exception of Verizon support there's no difference between Verizon's dual-mode phones and GSM phones. As they both support AT&T and T-Mobile. And many GSM phones support more of the bands used by AT&T and T-Mobile than Verizon dual-mode phones do. But the original comparison was between Sprint based phones and GSM phones. Sprint based phones only work on Sprint. And Boost phones can only be used on Boost plans and won't work on Sprint MVNOs. This is also the case with phones from Virgin Mobile and Sprint prepaid.

      I haven't heard anything about GSM phones being less secure than CDMA phones.

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  9. Well that's like your experience man. Especially if you're not in a real metropolis. My experience with 2G EDGE is that its practically useless. Past and present.

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  10. I agree. One of the reasons I switched from tmobile was because of that. In area my phone would switch to edge a lot and basically I had no Internet. It's useless

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  11. "Boost's new $35 plan looks like it's currently the least expensive monthly prepaid plan with unlimited talk and text and 2.5 GB of high speed LTE data." - O.P. ... and ... "This is the best prepaid plan on the prepaid market right now." This is not correct. The least expensive and best plan is the $30/month Harbor Mobile plan, which also includes 1. Music Freedom, that does not count streaming against your high-speed data limit; 2. Voice, SMS and Data Roaming on AT&T and regional carriers; 3. Overseas SMS and data roaming; and 4. WiFi calling, if your phone supports it. This includes WiFi calls back the USA when you are overseas. .... The 2.5 GB high speed data will be in effect for another year.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for pointing out the Harbor Mobile plans.

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    2. Harbor is quick and ready with answering questions and help. I found out that their roaming for data (very important with T-Mobile having such a small native area) is unlimited, but for only 2G data.

      So this is VERY important. The 2.5 GB high speed data limit becomes irrelevant, when due to the deficient network it is on, Harbor only allows 2G in most of the country.

      Harbor Wireless offers high speed data in a small part of the country, and 2G in most of the country. It's correctly summarized as a very low data speed network. That's rather important to know. I wonder if "Music Freedom' even streams over Harbor's usual 2G?

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    3. You are right. 2G might be very important to some people during the 4% of the time when they do not have access to the T-Mobile network, which covers 96% of the US population.

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