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New at Boost 1/26: Free Hotspot, 2 Line Plan, Auto Pay Discount on All Plans, Free Incoming

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Sprint is aiming to make a big slash with its refreshed Boost Mobile prepaid brand. The beleaguered carrier seems to be going all out to make Boost more competitive. There's a whole raft of plan improvements coming to Boost Tuesday January 26. The changes have been leaking out bit by bit, yesterday we learned of and covered new three and four line family plans, domestic roaming for phones purchased at Walmart, phone discounts, a $50 port-in incentive and a $5/month Mexican roaming add-on.

Today a reader alerted me that Boost send him a new Boost Zone message proclaiming "BOOST JUST GOT BETTER New offers and promotions launching 1/26" and listing even more goodies.You can view the whole message online. Highlights include:

  • Free Hotspot on all current Boost monthly plans. Hotspot usage is capped at 8 GB on the $60 unlimited plan.
  • $5 /auto pay discount on all current monthly plans. It's not clear if the discount is available on the new family plans.
  • A new two line family plan with unlimited talk, messaging and data including 5 GB of high-speed data per line for $70/month. Available at independent dealers only. Must sign up by 2/29, not available in Puerto Rico.
  • Buy one phone, get one free for family plan customers. Available at independent dealers only. Free phone limited to the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Elevate, Motorola Moto E, LG Tribute, LG Tribute 2 or ZTE Speed.
  • $5/month credit for downloading an Android app call Boost Dealz. The app must be keep active 30 days each month to receive the credit.
  • Boost Premier Program: Free incoming calls and texts for up to 60 days for monthly plan customers who miss their plan payments. 
  • Customers who meet "certain qualifying requirements" and sign up at a Boost store can make their monthly payment  up to 14 days late. Not available in Illinois and Florida.
Boost plans are keeping their Unlimited Music and Growing Data features. With Unlimited Music, a bunch of streaming music services don't count against the user's high speed data cap. Growing Data gives customers 500 MB going forward for every three on-time payments, which don't need to be consecutive.  Customers can earn a maximum of 3 GB of growing data after 18 on-time payments.

Effective 1/26, the Boost Mobile plan lineup looks like this:

  • $35/month ($30 with auto pay)  - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Data including 2 GB of high speed data which grows to 5 GB
  • $45/month ($40 with auto pay)  - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Data including 5 GB of high speed data which grows to 8 GB
  • $60  ($55 with auto pay) - Unlimited Talk, Messaging and Unlimited, Unthrottled high speed data
Some of these changes are pretty radical, especially the 90 days of free incoming for non-payers and the potential to save $10 a month by combining auto pay with Boost Dealz. But are they enough to lure customers away from Cricket and MetroPCS?

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  1. Can't locate Boost Dealz. Wondering if it will be added to the play store on the 26.

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    1. Maybe or maybe you can only see it if you visit the Play Store with an phone active on Boost.

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    2. Googling for it does not find anything. If it were available but not applicable to a certain network then you would still be able to find it via web search.

      I am guessing that it is not out yet.

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    3. GROWING DATA is a complete joke!

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    4. Boost dealz is available via their newsletter via the boost zone app which sends you to Google play

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  2. Its not 90 days, 60 days is correct.

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    1. Thanks, I'll change it. The Boost Zone message says 90 days from last payment which is the same as 60 days from the missed payment. Calling it 90 days is kind of missleading.

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  3. Does that mean the unlimited plan is $50 with the autopay and Boost Dealz discount? Good to seem them getting competitive, but why are the family plans limited time?

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    1. To encourage you to sign up NOW. They will probably be extended.

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  4. Is Boost and Sprint is same company? Like AT&T - Cricket and T-Mobile - Metro PCS.

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  5. These are offers and promos, not fundamental changes in the service. I think the word is Hype.

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    1. I agree. It is more hype than anything. The better deals are still at MetroPCS and Cricket. 50 minutes of off network voice/text roaming is no good deal. Metro and Cricket don't cap that. Their free incoming call is option is interesting but missing payments isn't a problem for me. If I cannot afford my plan for one month, I simply downgrade to avoid missing the payment altogether.

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    2. Its more than just hype to me. Im looking forward to that free hotspot

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  6. @ Dennis bournique re play store and boost dealz..I have a boost phone.

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  7. Free incoming calls and text for non payers? That's kind of weird.

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    1. That seems like a nice customer friendly add on. Parents can call their kids whether the phone is paid up or not. it would also be fairly hard to abuse it but I imagine someone will find a way. :-)

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    2. Sprint has been trying to attract customers with better credit records and reward subscribers with more consistent payment histories. Rewarding non-payers is a sign of desperation. And they probably will charge back payments when and if the customer does pay. I doubt it will pay off to be a deadbeat under this new "perk."

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  8. all the boost iphones that they are selling are basically sprint prepaid phones.

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  9. what exactly is boost premiere?

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    1. I don't have all the details but as I understand it Premiere is a program for long time Boost customers who are sometimes late with payments and who Boost can positively identify (so they can send them to collections if they don't eventually pay.)

      In addition, Sprint counts them as postpaid customers which looks good on financial reports.

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    2. I have the boost premier membership I got a email bout it today I have been with boost for a while nw

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  10. I never thought I'd see the day when a Sprint subsidiary would be competitive. However, I still don't see the point of growing data.

    If someone needs 5GB/mo then they'll just buy the $35 plan NOW instead of waiting 18 months. The same goes for 8GB and the $50 plan.

    Another problem is that they're still ignoring both light and sporadic usage.

    RingPlus will continue sweeping up the people who fall between the "I DON'T EVEN USE $25 WORTH OF SERVICE EVERY SINGLE MONTH" cracks.

    Then again, using both Boost and RingPlus to shore up the entire non-tethering market may be exactly what Sprint's trying to do.

    The only problem is that they'll have to slash prices down to nothing and practically give service away for free in order to overcome their reputation for poor coverage, poor data speeds and lack of coverage area.

    Oh wait...

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    1. "Boost Premier Program: Free incoming calls and texts for up to 60 days for monthly plan customers who miss their plan payments." this is great! Don't pay the bill, get service anyway!

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    2. I think it's brilliant. Incoming only, no data, probably no MMS. Boost has to handle and reject incoming calls anyway so letting them go through costs Boost next to nothing. It reduces Boost's churn and keeps subscriber numbers up. Plus it makes Boost and its dealers look like good guys to their paycheck to paycheck customers.

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  11. Free hotspot is finally here, that's progressive. Data is data, charging for hotspot is a money grab.

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    1. Yes, hotspot freedom is the most compelling change here.

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  12. I am sure that MetroPCS will have an answer to this and it will be interesting. I wonder if North America Unlimited will now be a free add-on??

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  13. Boost dealz is in the play store now.

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  14. Just as I was about to leave Boost Mobile for Metro PCS this morning I received the Marshmallow 6.0 update for my LG G Stylo and was pleased to see the new changes Boost is making. The selling point for me was the free hotspot as I already have the 60$ unlimited unthrottled plan (for you data hogs out there I highly recommend it, you don't realize how much data you use until you see it all on paper). Well played BM you just saved yourself a customer. :-)

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    1. Hot-spot for $60 plan is capped at 8g, but that's still an amazing amount!

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    2. Now just patiently waiting on marshmallow for my HTC desire 626s!

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  15. Has anyone found out if the 2 for 70 family plan is a fixed 5 gb or will it grow to 8 gigabytes too? Also is the boost dealz going to be an intrusive app or worth living with for the 5 dollar a month credit?
    would also like to know if the auto credit in the boost dealz can be combined or if there's a max limit of $5 off the plan price? AKA the 2 for $70 may be as low a price that they will go? And/or this is more
    a FIVE BUCKS OFF PROMO
    whatever plan you choose?

    There always seems to be something in the fine print that makes the deal not as good as it seems when it's first advertised!

    hopefully someone will go tomorrow and post their success with signing up for these plans!

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    1. According to a Wall Street Journal article Boost Deals displays a full screen ad when you unlock your phone. You can dismiss the ad by clicking a button.
      The original WSJ artical is paywalled but you can read it on Yahoo Finace: For some Sprint customers, watching ads cuts phone bill - Yahoo Finance.

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  16. Free hotspot not happening so far. Still a paid add-on and the hotspot won't activate on my phone. Says I don't have a subscription. I wonder what's up with that.

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    1. Are you on a current Boost Plan with "Shrinking Data"

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    2. I think you mixed up shrinking balance with growing data. I have been on the shrink balance plan in the past, but switched from that long ago. I'm on the latest "grow your data" plan.

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    3. Yeah, I meant Growing Data. Try doing a PRL update. One user reported he had to do that before free hotspot was available.

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    4. Actually I did a PRL update just prior for a different reason. I'm going to try updating the network profile next. I was mainly just wondering if others were seeing what I was seeing. I would have thought they would have removed the paid hotspot add-on option in favor of hotspot data packs. Thanks as always Dennis.

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    5. Has anyone been able to activate the hotspot without purchasing the add-on? My phone will not turn it on (says I do not subscribe to a hotspot or tethering subscription) and when I log into my account there are still options to pay for the add-on. I see nothing on the main Boost site about a free hotspot feature. I'm not looking for technical support here. Just wondering if something happened with this free hotspot deal or maybe this is just a byproduct of my phone not having the correct firmware. Is anyone able to get this to work?

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    6. On a different post "Anoymous" posted January 23, 2016 at 12:22 AM that they were able to use hotspot without the paid add-on.

      As for the hotspot not being on the Boost site, look a little harder, it's mentioned on the homepage with some details on the Plans page including "Available with select devices only".

      Try doing a PRL and Profile update and on iPhones check for a carrier update as well. New features sometimes take a few days to roll out so just waiting might work too.

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    7. On the Boost Mobile site's page listing phones for sale you can filter on "hotspot". It looks like like almost all of Boost's currently available smartphones are listed as hotspot compatible.

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  17. I'm on the Grow Your Data plan. I've been on it since it came out. In fact I’ve been with Boost since the iDen days.

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  18. anyone know how long its taking ultra to process orders?

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    1. I have no idea. You would be more likely to get an answer if you posted your comment on a post that at least mentions Ultra.

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  19. The Boost Dealz App is garbage, I haven't gotten anything yet. Had it since yesterday.

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    1. U won't get any thing from boost deals for a month

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    2. FYI for anyone with Boost Dealz ($5 credit); I did not receive credit for the past month, even though the app was running the whole time. When I called Boost they said I did not follow the instructions. I told them I turned the phone off sometimes while I was asleep; they said I can't turn the phone off - ever.

      This seems like a ridiculous requirement to receive a $5 credit per month (on top of having to view ads every time I unlock my phone)? Anyone else having problems receiving credit?

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