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Boost Mobile Offers Miami Customers Lower Cost Calls to Cuba

It looks like the recent normalization of relations between the US and Cuba might make calling Cuba more affordable.  Cuba has always been one of the more expensive countries to call. Most operators charge a dollar per minute or more. Even on carriers noted for low international rates, calls to Cuba are expensive. Ultra Mobile seems to be the cheapest at 49¢/minute. Prices from other low cost international stalwarts are higher: Lycamobile 68¢, PTel 88¢ and Google Voice 98¢.

Sprint's Boost Mobile announced a lower cost alternative today. Called Cuba Monthly Connect, it includes unlimited domestic calls, unlimited global texting, 5 GB of high speed data and 15 minutes per month of calling to Cuba for $50/month. A $60 version of the plan increases the included high speed data to 10 GB with the same unlimited talk and text and 15 minutes of calls to Cuba. After 15 minutes calls to Cuba are charged at Boost's regular 99¢/minute rate

Those 15 minutes of Cuban calling aren't exactly free however. Cuba Monthly Connect Plans are $5 per month more expensive than Boost's comparable Data Boost plans. That means that if you make exactly 15 minutes per month of calls to Cuba, you are paying 33¢/minute which is less than anyone else charges for Cuban calling.

There is another catch, Cuba Monthly Connect plans are a limited time promotion that's only available at authorized Boost Mobile wireless dealers in the Miami, Florida area.

In addition to the Cuba Monthly Connect plans, until 5/31/15 new Miami area customers can get a free 4G LTE phone plus an additional free 25 minutes of Cuban calling during their first month of service if they port their number to Boost from any non-Sprint based carrier. Also, now through 5/31, current Boost Miami customers can add 50 minutes of Cuban calling and unlimited international texts for $15/month or 30 cents/minute they use all 50 minutes.

As part of the Cuba Monthly Connect promotion, Boost Mobile is also donating $10,000 to Roots of Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides technology training, cell phones and tablets to the youth of Cuba to help them build a better future for themselves.

Source: Sprint

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  1. Wow Boost is really being competitive these days. First was Mexico, now Cuba. Sprint's new CEO is really being aggressive. Good for consumers.

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    1. this deal doesn't have any big benefit to cubans.. they are offering only 15 minutes "free" that are not free.. then any plus time at the rate 98c per minute?? that is ridiculous.
      "After 15 minutes calls to Cuba are charged at Boost's regular 99¢/minute rate"

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  2. Now, if they could only work on improving domestic coverage from "bad".

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    1. People who are paying attention know that Sprint has already made big gains in call and text quality and reliability over the past 6 months (latest Rootmetrics study). Their LTE coverage is extensive now, covering more than 270M people. And they are continuing to deploy more LTE on their Clear towers this year, using the 2500 Mhz spectrum for Spark. Their challenges are changing people's perceptions about the Sprint network, and getting speeds up in many more places via the new spectrum deployment.

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    2. Jeez... What a company Shill...

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    3. Facts. Not FUD based on ignorance or malice.

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    4. BRS bands just .. don't penetrate buildings very well at all. Where is the 800MHz rollout? I was a Sprint customer for 14 years and got tired of having to walk outside to receive texts. I'm on AT&T now and enjoying HSPA+.

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    5. 800 Mhz is the previous Nextel frequency. If you really want to know, there is a long thread on HoFo. Sprint's 800 MHz voice 1x = band class 10. Their 800 MHz LTE = band 26. It's around in spots, and Sprint says they will continue to deploy it this year.

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    6. I've used Sprint for years because of my job. Let me tell you that I'm really surprised how well their network have gotten. For my personal use I have ATT and my wife and kids have tmobile and we have been to a lot of places where my att and Tmobile been out of serivce or only one bar but my sprint phone pretty solid with 3 and 4 bars with really fast Internet. If you live in an area where sprint have done their network upgrade then you will have a very reliable serivce.

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    7. The "shill" missed the biggest challenge: Sprint has half the coverage of AT&T and Verizon. I saw coverage get a little worse after the Nextel buyout, so I doubt it is getting better.

      The "covering people" stat the "shill" used is a misleading one. as it attempts to claim coverage only if people sit at home addresses. Missing from the list is that Sprint really covers about one-third or one-quarter of the country.

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    8. "Facts. Not FUD based on ignorance or malice."

      You can tell it is shillspeak when you get bogus references to 270M people possibly covered (which is dubious, and makes wild assumptions) and no mention of actual coverage. And such shillspeak leaves people ignorant, because it covers up (deceptively hides) one of the most important facts about comparing carriers

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    9. " I was a Sprint customer for 14 years and got tired of having to walk outside to receive texts. I'm on AT&T now and enjoying HSPA+."

      That's it. My experience with Sprint, exactly. The "front yard" carrier. Not good inside the house, or if you go down the road somewhere.

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    10. It is not hard to find details about Sprint coverage expansion plans if you actually look for them. For example, they plan to deploy LTE on 9,000-20,000 additional towers, according to this article: http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-expand-and-improve-lte-network-may-add-20000-cell-sites/2015-02-26 Another article reported their plans to spend $500M/year on new small cell sites alone to improve coverage. They are also adding LTE and CDMA to their 10,000 Clear WiMax towers this year.

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  3. Now if boost would get unlimited cell phone calls to the Dominican Republic, things would really be great.

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    1. They had it for years until last year. Now they only offer 1000 minutes to Landlines for $10 including unlimited text worldwide.

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  4. Just go to Marathon Key and either yell as loud as you can (90 miles to Cuba) or send a two-way radio to the party in Cuba and talk for free.

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    1. That's a great idea. I will try that lol

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  5. Do not get to excited. It is only offered to Miami dealers.

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    1. That's where most of the Cubans are. Maybe if they do well with this Promotion they might go to different markets.

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  6. I don't have anyone in Cuba to call but if I did I don't know what good 15 minutes would do me. International calls are almost always to family and friends, 15 minutes wouldn't be enough for the answer to how are you doing?

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    1. They are only giving 15 minutes because calling Cuba costs about $1 per minute. Some calling cards service might have it for $.89c with usually really bad voice quality.

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    2. Wow that's so expensive. The Castro brothers are really making a lot of money off the Cuban exile. No wonder they are like 100 years old and are still alive.

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    3. What??? $1 per minute, and the CEO from tmobile thinks that Verizon customers are getting violated.

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