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Boost Mobile Launches Mobile Broadband Service and the $49.99 NETGEAR Fuse Hotspot

Sprint's Boost Mobile has launched its first ever mobile hotspot in the form of the $49.99 NETGEAR Fuse. There are two new hotspot plans to go along with the device: $25/month for 1.5 GB or $50/month for 10GB (excluding taxes and surcharges). The plans are hard-capped, access ends when the plan’s data allowance is reached. Presumably the user can renew early if they run out of data.

Video streaming on Boost's new broadband service is limited to 3G speeds of approximately 600 Kbps. There's no word as to whether Boost broadband users can opt-in to get full speed video streaming like users on Boost's mobile phone plans can.

The Fuse mobile hotspot is available now at Best Buy stores, and on Friday, July 17, it will also be available at www.boostmobile.com. It will show up at Boost Mobile stores and select independent wireless dealers sometime in August.

The pocket sized, tri-band LTE capable Fuse supports up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled connected devices. It has a 2,500mAh battery for up to 10 continuous hours of use on a single charge.

Up to now Sprint's prepaid mobile broadband service has been offered under the Virgin Mobile brand. Virgin's mobile broadband service, which is still available, has different plans; $5/day 250 MB, $25/month 1.5 GB and $55/month 6GB. Sprint seems to be neglecting the Virgin Mobile brand of late with no recent plan updates, plans that are no longer competitive and an increasingly sparse device portfolio. Many devices, including the Virgin Mobile hotspot, have been out of stock for months. Some have speculated that Sprint will fold the Virgin brand into Boost or Sprint Prepaid but and I think that's unlikely. Sprint Prepaid Group has a history of alternately neglecting and promoting each its brands and I expect Virgin Mobile will eventually be rejuvenated into something worthy of consideration again.

Source: Sprint News Release

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  1. This device is LTE ONLY.

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    1. I agree, they won't have many takers at this price.

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    2. So tell us who charges less than $5/GB on a mobile device?
      Don't say Harbor Mobile because they are not activating new lines.

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  3. If they cap the data why should they slow the speed for video?? If i want to run out after a couple movies that should be my prerogative

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    1. i know right ... hopefully the opt-in for full speed will be an option.

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    2. Why? Network management / QoS of course.

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  4. Virgin mobile should just merge with boost mobile and call it a day. Sprint have too many sub carries

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    1. Exactly I don't get the point in having 3 but ok.

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  5. $50 for 10 GB/Month is not bad. However too bad its on a network that plane sucks. I'm sure Verizon will do something to compete with Boost. But if you can't get 4G in your area from Boost there is no need to consider Boost as a back up to my ISP which fails very often. Its why I bought my Verizon hotspot and all I need to do is buy a $90 card when I need 10 GB's for my Internet Radio station. You might get around the throttling by using BT Guard or a VPN with 128 bit encryption so their data shaping software can't detect what type of data your using.

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  6. you watch one show on Netflix and it's one gigabyte so if you pay 50 bucks and you watch 10 shows on Netflix you use 10 gigabytes so is not worth paying 50 bucks for it so save your money

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