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Boost and Virgin Mobile Launch New, More Affordable Hotspot Add-Ons

Sprint's Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have some new mobile hotspot options. Instead of a single overpriced $5 per day for 250 MB add-on, there are now three choices:

  • $3/day for 500 MB
  • $5/30 days for 1 GB
  • $10/30 days for 2 GB
Hotspot data is measured separately from plan data, you are buying extra data exclusively for hotspot use rather than paying extra to use the data included with your plan for a hotspot.

These hotspot options are available on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile monthly plans except Virgin's Data Done Right shared plans. Users can purchase the add-ons using their My Account online portal. The daily add-on expires at 11:59 PM on the day following the day it was added so you can get nearly 2 days use out of it by enabling it at 12:01 AM. The 30 day add-ons expire at 11:59 30 days from the date of purchase. The add-ons do not auto renew, customers have to re-add them as needed. If hotspot data runs out before the add-on expires, the user needs to purchase another add-on to continue using hotspot.

Unlike the old $5/day add-on that only worked on a few phones, the new ones are supposed to work on most of Boost and Virgin's recent smartphones. There's a list of the eligible Boost phones on the Boost site. There doesn't seem to be a list of eligible Virgin Mobile phones but I suspect most current Virgin Mobile smartphones will work.

Hotspot add-ons aren't available or needed with Sprint Prepaid which allows customers to use their plan's included data for hot spot at no extra charge.

Sources: Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile

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  1. $3 for 500MB good for only one day or pay an extra $2 and get double the data that's available for 30 days. Why would anyone buy the $3 add-on?

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    1. Why pay an extra $2 for something you might not need?

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    2. Some people may only very minimal mobile data access on their computer for only one day, and would rather spend $3 rather than $5. I see nothing unusual with their offering.

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    3. The $3 add-on only makes sense if you only need hotspot one day every 30 days, which seems unlikely to me. If you buy two $3 add-on's within 30 days you would have paid a total of $6 for the same amount of data you get with the $5 add-on, but instead of having 30 days to use your data you would only have it for 2-4 days and paid a $1 extra. Even if you don't need the extra data the $5 add-on includes you get 30 days of hotspot access instead of only one day. I think that's worth the extra $2 to anyone.

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  2. Nice. But according to Boost, it is only a trial run and only in limited areas. You can check out Boost's FAQs.

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    1. I believe it's live now... out of the trial phase. Go to the Plans page on their website and check out Data Boost Plans/ When it was in trial phase there was no mention of it there and you could only find it on the FAQ page.

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  3. It's a permanent feature now.

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  4. I just saw the rest. Sounds decent. But Boost Mobile's 4G LTE and Enhanced LTE kind of sucks *** in my area.

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    1. Hence the lower price in comparison to the data add-ons on other carriers/MVNOs.

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  5. Edit from my previous post.. from the Plans page select Mobile Hotspot... not Data Boost plans. Kinda self explanatory, but I wanted to be accurate.

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  6. Can you add $10 2GB 30 days more than once per month?

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  7. How about let people use the hotspot for free with the data they've already paid for in their monthly bill?

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  8. get a app for hotspot...u all ready pay for internet!!!!

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  9. Hotspot charge? What's that? I just used my monthly data yesterday to thether my tablet on Verizon Prepaid. No extra cost.

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    1. No "extra" cost other than the Verizon premium for any data use: phone or tether alike. $45 / month gets you 2.5GB phone + 2GB tether on Boost -vs- 1GB combined on Verizon. I won't speak to the relative value of this offering as YMMV.

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    2. Value? Well I value coverage over cheap data. Bring your Boost or your T-Mobile phone outside my local city limits, In the places I work daily, you would value Verizon's coverage over cheap data as well.

      Cheap data comes with compromises.

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    3. "Cheap data comes with compromises"
      Yes, you pay more with a big network compared to uncarriers, unnetworks. But it pays off in the the benefits significantly better coverage.

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  10. What a slow weak attempt to win back customers.

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