Boost Mobile is adding two features that they have long needed to be competitive with the likes of Cricket and MetroPCS: off-network voice roaming and family plans. Boost is also discounting a bunch of phones by up to $100 and launching a new port-in promotion. Read on for the details:
Roaming; 50 minutes of off-network voice-only (no text, no data) roaming is live now but only for selected phones that are purchased at Walmart and used on Boost's current $35, $45 and $60 plans.
You can see the roaming coverage on the Boost coverage map by clicking a new "off-network roaming" box. It's very extensive and looks like it includes both Verizon and U.S. Cellular coverage. A page on the Boost site has more details about roaming including a list of roaming capable devices, which include most recent Boost Android phones, but no iPhones.
Family Plans: Boost long rumored family plans launch Jan 26 in all markets except Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They will definitely be available for Boost stores and independent dealers. I don't know if they will also be available online or through telesales.
There will be three family plan options:
- 3 lines with unlimited talk, messaging and data including 1.5 GB of high speed data per line for $90/month
- 4 lines with unlimited talk, messaging and data including 1.5 GB of high speed data per line for $100/month
- 4 lines with unlimited Talk, messaging and data including 5 GB of high speed data per line for $120/month
Phone Discounts: From Jan 26 to April 19 Boost Stores and independent dealers will be offering the following phone discounts to both new customers and existing customers who have been with Boost at least 120 days and have not purchased a new or CPO (Certified pre-owned phone in the last 120 days. Here's a list of the discounted phones:
$50 Port-In Promotion: From Jan 26 to April 19 customers porting a number from a non-Sprint based operator at a Boost Store or independent dealer get $50 off the price of ANY new or CPO Boost phone. The port-in promotion can be combined with the Q1 Phone Discounts but can't be combined with any other port-in promotion.
The port-in promotion requires activation on one of the following Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited Plans:
- $30/month with auto-pay - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Data including 2 GB of high speed data which grows to 5 GB
- $35/month - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Data including 2 GB of high speed data which grows to 5 GB
- $45/month - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Data including 5 GB of high speed data which grows to 8 GB
- $60 - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Unlimited, Unthrottled high speed data
Updated 4/9/16: Promos extended to April 19.