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Boost Mobile Launches New Free LTE Phone When You Switch to Boost Promotion



Boost Mobile launched some new promotions today. These deals are only available at Boost Mobile stores and Independent authorized Boost Mobile Dealers (dealer locator). They are not available online or from national retailers like Best Buy, RadioShack, Target or Walmart.

$100 off port-in promotion on limited devices (April 1st-May 31st). Get a free phone or $100 off when you port a number from a carrier that doesn't use the Sprint network and activate on a monthly unlimited plan. Applies to the following phones:
LG Volt, ZTE Speed, Motorola Moto E, Nokia Lumia 635, LG Tribute - Free when you port to Boost
ZTE Warp Sync $29 (reg $129)
ZTE Max $99 (reg $199)
CPO iPhone 5c $149 (reg $249)
CPO iPhone 5s $199 (reg $299)

Upgrade Promotion - $50 off select devices for current customers (April 1st-May 31st).  Applies to Motorola Moto E, Nokia Lumia 635 and Kyocera Hydro Icon.

$50 off Samsung GS3 Promotion (April 1 - June 30) $50 off the Samsung Galaxy S3 for all new activations and eligible current customer upgrades. This promotion can not be combined with the $100 port-in promotion.

Boost has also added the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the list of Sprint postpaid phones that can be activated on Boost. The full list can be found here. Sprint phones can only be activated on Boost Mobile at authorized dealers, not online or at national retailers like Best Buy. To find a Boost Dealer click here.

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  1. Seems like a blunder.. they are going out of the way to make it hard to do this switch, unlike others.

    I've never seen a Boost store, the only place where you can do this, and I imagine they are quite rare. And hard to find: the dealer link you gave above:

    http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=63363X1434486&site=prepaidphonenews.com&xs=1&isjs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.boostmobile.com%2Fstores%2F&xguid=274da06987f3cb47731b7d993ad407a7&xuuid=a09f8d11a470e4f724227fee417be329&xsessid=9ace1d451c62fcd4101d973afa8559f5&xcreo=0&xed=0&sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.prepaidphonenews.com%2F2015%2F04%2Fboost-mobile-launches-new-free-lte.html&pref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.prepaidphonenews.com%2F&xtz=240,

    appears to produce nothing but a massive list of Boost being sold at Best Buy, Target, Walmart etc: exactly the "national retailers" that won't offer this deal.

    Yeah, not available online, not available at most Boost dealers, and only found in a small secret list of Boost-only dealers? Nah.....

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    1. Boost actually has thousands of stores. I have 4 within 5 miles and 12 within 15 miles. Check the box on the dealer locator to only show stores with customer support to filter out the national retailers and refill-only locations.

      Independent dealers are an important part of Boost's sales strategy and Boost gives them exclusive deals like these to help them compete with the big box stores and online retailers.

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    2. They need to fix that, then. the "customer support" checkbox isn't the obvious choice for "actual dealers". I tried a bunch of locations I know that have halfway decent Boost coverage, and found no so-called Boost dealers other than the Walmart's and the chains.

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    3. Boost is very popular here in the Tristates, 35$ mo with 2.5 g data unlimited talk txt cant beat it. Used them years now.

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    4. Which 3 states?

      Anyway, at least one competitor easily beats the plan you mention, by having much better coverage and much better BYOD. Probably several beat that Boost plan.

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    5. I agree I live in Fl. We have 5 stores in 7 miles all busy

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    6. Well be glad you didnt switch over I have had nothing but problems and they are not honoring the switch over promotion price, but now that we switched we pay more than our previous carrier.........bait and switch, is anyone else having this problem?

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  2. Dennis -- Did you see where Cricket Wireless and Amazon have begun to team up -- something about Amazon now selling Cricket's $10 Activation Kit, which is seen as a first step to a larger working relationship between the two where Amazon will sell more Cricket devices and accessories?

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    1. Neato! I hope they start selling refill cards. The Amazon Prime store card gives 5% back on all purchases. This would make 2 lines on their cheapest smartphone plan $66.50.

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  3. Hi Dennis, I just received the notification that Boost is launching tomorrow a $30 2gb plan with auto pay. This is to combat Metro' $30 1gb.

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    1. It doesn't do the best job of combating Cricket, which has some more data on the auto pay, for some more cost ($35). Which makes the deal about the same until you factor in that Cricket has twice the coverage of Boost, and Boost phones are less valuable now if you change your mind later because they are locked into Boost Network. Deal doesn't end up looking that good.

      The Metro deal mentioned half the data, half the coverage, for just a little lower ( -$5) cost ends up looking pretty bad compared to Boost, as you pointed out, but especially compared to Cricket.

      The carriers with bad coverage used to make up for it by having a lot more data than the carriers with good coverage. Having just about the same amount of data for the same price on a much worse carrier doesn't look that appealing anymore.

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  4. Boost Mobile - $30 Data Boost Up Plan - 2GB of high speed Data, Available only with a 4G LTE phone AND when you sign up on Auto Re-Boost. Video streaming limited to 3G Speeds. Un-enroll/removal of Auto Re-Boost WILL INCREASE your monthly plan cost to $40. Speeds reduced to 2G speeds after data allotment is used up (including video) for the remainder of the cycle.

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  5. Boost responded to the $30 Metro PCS plan with 2GB of data instead of 1 on auto-pay. I think it is LTE but it is not 100% clear.

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  6. Boost is adding subscribers due to its overall value, distribution channels and promotions. AT&T prepaid brands GoPhone and Cricket performed poorly throughout 2014, losing a net 775,000 customers. That included a net loss of 180,000 in Q4, when all other carriers gained prepaid customers. It takes a lot more than a coverage map and price table to be successful in prepaid cellular.

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    1. Cricket, at least, was unappealing until the end of 2014, when they did a sharp increase in their data offering. What you describe about value applied in 2014, but not 2015.

      I'm not surprised those AT&T brands did poorly in 2014. But it's a very different situation now in 2015 with Boost providing at least a somewhat inferior "overall value" (similar amount of data for the cost, but significantly worse coverage, and worse phone handset situation). Cricket also caught up in the "distribution channels".

      No idea on "promotions", I guess you'd have to count to measure it.

      " It takes a lot more than a coverage map and price table to be successful in prepaid cellular."

      If a company is "successful" by having much worse coverage, with the same cost, it is really smoke and mirrors.

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    2. I had Sprint for years (Boost's network). a real uncarrier with uncoverage: low bars, very low speed, islands of coverage in the middle of nothing. I looked for the Nextel merger to improve coverage (the local Sprint dealers promised it would). And when that was all said and done, the Sprint coverage was not better at all. Instead, the experience was actually slightly worse. A big debacle for that company, I think. You have to really mess things up to buy and absorb another carrier and have it result in worse coverage.

      I have since moved to a real carrier, and there's nothing "un" about it. Looking back, I just wonder now why I put up with significantly inferior Sprint coverage before for so long.

      Whatever the "price table", perception of "overall value", and distribution and promotions all might happen to be, the coverage map is king. The best "Value" plan and the snazziest promotions won't matter one whit if you turn on the phone and it shows an "X" instead of coverage bars.

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  7. Boost Mobile adds Miami-to-Cuba Calling Plan

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  8. We had Cricket and the reception was horrible! We were supposed to be getting excellant coverage too. Lies. The phones were overpriced and just as crappy as any prepaid company. I went tgrough 3 and so did my mother and this was less than a year into it! She switched to Boost and has great coverage! Even in places that she used to have really spotty connection! To each their own I guess.

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