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Boom Mobile Adds New Plans With Unlimited Throttled Data

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Boom Mobile is a relatively new Verizon MVNO that's generated a bit of buzz with its low plan prices and because voice, text and data roaming are included with all plans. Until today the Boom Mobile prepaid plan lineup looked like this:

  • $19.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and no data. 3G phones only
  • $19.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 250 MB of data. LTE phones only.
  • $29.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 2 GB of data. LTE phones only.
  • $39.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and  5 GB of data. LTE phones only.
One complaint that I've heard from readers is that Boom's data was hard capped, meaning data stopped working when the plan's included data was used up. It's possible to add more data at prices of 1 GB for $10, 2 GB for $14 or 5 GB for $30. But plans that include an allotment of high speed data followed by unlimited throttled data are popular and are offered by several of Boom's competitors including Verizon Prepaid, Expo Mobile and TracFone's Page Plus, Straight Talk and NET10 brands.

Today Boom announced the addition of two new plans that include unlimited throttled data and are $5 more expensive than Boom's hard capped plans with the same amount of high speed data:


  • $34.99/month for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the 1st 2 GB at high speeds. LTE phones only.
  • $44.99/month for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the 1st  5 GB at high speeds. LTE phones only.
Boom's throttled data speed is 128 Kbps, which is the same speed as Verizon's throttled data and faster than Expo and the TracFone brands' 64 Kbps. Even with the $5 extra charge for throttled data, Boom's plans still offer more value than the competition. Boom's $34.99 plan includes 2 GB of high speed data plus roaming compared with Expo and Net10's 500 MB, and Page Plus' hard capped 1 GB with only 1500 voice minutes, none of which include voice or data roaming.  At $44.99, Boom's 5 GB of high speed data matches Straight Talk's $45 5 Gb plan and is less expensive than the 5 GB plans from Net10 ($50), PagePlus ($55) and Verizon Prepaid's ($60). It's not strictly apples to apple however as Verizon Prepaid's high speed data is delivered at up to maximum LTE speeds and data on all the Verizon MVNOs, including Boom, are throttled by Verizon to 5 Mbps. Still, 5 Mbps is fast enough for everything except big screen HD video streaming and online console and PC gaming. And Boom is $15 cheaper than Verizon and includes voice and data roaming, which Verizon Prepaid lacks.

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  1. Good for Boom! They are really fighting the fight.

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  2. Dennis,
    What can be done with 128kbps speeds? Im considering the plan but don't know if its worth the extra $5. I don't really exceed the 2GB but would like to have it just in case.

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    1. Standard emailing; iMessaging is important to iPhone users as the iPhone messaging starts to act goofy with no data; MMS, as it also uses data; Light internet browsing :: The important part is that your phone is still connected to data, which so many people are addicted to, and they don't realize how bad they need it until it stops working... completely.

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    2. It's good enough for things like very basic web browsing, email, and GPS navigation.

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    3. I think such slow speeds should be great for email, and also for the Myriad app notifications that you get and perhaps sometimes even want.

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    4. If you don't want to pay an extra $5 for non-capped data, you can buy a "top-up" plan for $10 that will carry-over three months if you need a little extra and don't use it all.

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  3. If an article comparing Verizon MVNOs doesn't have a single mention of Total, that's the point at which I toss it in the trash.

    5GB for $35, with 3GB for $10 addons to boot, is still a better value at that price point and beyond.

    Sure, there's no roaming.

    But roaming is postpaid's gimmick, and prepaid users have already gotten along just fine without it.

    When it comes to prepaid, pricing and data are all that matter.

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    1. Maybe the reason Total Wireless is not mentioned is because it's the worst service of all? I've had it and do not recommend it to my worst enemy. I can't even begin to tell you all the stress and aggravation I went through because of it. I would rather go with Verizon prepaid anytime before trying total wireless ever again. All Tracfone brands are bad but Total Wireless is the worst.
      I didn't hear the warnings of all the users who told me I would regret it. Boy were they right. Like someone said on another thread, no one who cares about someone else would recommend total wireless to anyone.

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    2. You forgot to say Total has no visual voice mail, no tethering, no voice or data roaming, no option for throttled data. They do have the worst customer service in the world, they do magic since data and PINS disappear mysteriously as well as random service interruptions and let's not forget longest wait for overseas support.
      I guess in the end they do offer something that others don't.

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    3. "When it comes to prepaid, pricing and data are all that matter."

      Coverage... then pricing and data.

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    4. Go ahead and go with Total. Test your luck, because I'm not going to. According to the reviews, Total has the worst customer service in the Verizon-MVNO lineup. So, some people don't put it on par with others. Go ahead and buy your 3cyl Geo Metro. Sure, it'll get you around, but it's no Lexus. And Lexus is what we are talking about here.

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    5. Boom's prices include tax, which total wireless's plans do not. I think BOOM is a better value, good find Dennis!

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    6. Any America Movil company?

      Into the trash it goes!

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    7. "If an article comparing Verizon MVNOs doesn't have a single mention of Total, that's the point at which I toss it in the trash."

      The article is clearly talking about unlimited throttled data, Total Wireless doesnt even offer that so why in the world would they be mentioned? Did you even read the article?

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    8. "You forgot to say Total has no visual voice mail, no tethering, no voice or data roaming, no option for throttled data."

      These features (or lack there of) are rather common in the prepaid world....

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    9. "These features ....are rather common in the prepaid world"

      My point is that Boom offers it and Total Wireless doesn't. As a customer if a provider offers those features, that's a plus over those who don't. To me as a consumer it doesn't matter if they are common in the prepaid world or not.
      Tethering is actually available on some MVNO'S. Maybe not Verizon's but other mvnos offer it.

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  4. Hotspot available on iPhone only? Why?!

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    1. I think it's just for now, as it's easier to set up on iPhones. Plus, with iPhones, there's no way to get Hotspot working without carrier support (unless one jailbreaks their phone). With Androids, there's myriads of programs out there that can do it for you; and it's not against Boom!'s TOS to tether, so you're good to go.

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  5. what if they offered zero lte and unlimited 2g(128 kbps) for $19?

    would anyone come on?

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    1. I wouldn't. I dont use a lot of data but would like it to be faster than 2g. To me 2g is only good as a supplement once you've exhausted all your high speed data.

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  6. They should done with 2G(---kbps) speeds. It is interrupting happiness of customers. Other countries offers better than this. Why only America being a piggy?

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    1. America is the land of the hambeasts.

      We eat pork chops, brush our teeth with bacon and pad out meals with bags of fried pig fat.

      But even a pig wouldn't dig into the literal turd that is throttled "Kbps" data.

      You can put shit before swine, but even swine can tell it's shit.

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    2. Wouldn't it be fun if we could get unlimited data for $10? Try telling that to our four main providers. Well, life isn't fair...

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  7. FYI: Spell check the word Boon's

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  8. I feel almost as if MVNO's want to get rid of dealers and deal directly with the customer.

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    1. Sorry, I just posted in the wrong thread. This was supposed to go in the Callingmart one.

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    2. Middle men bring pretty much nothing to the table except outstretched hands looking for their cut.

      Maybe they'd have a purpose if they came up with useful value-added gimmicks, bonuses and tie-ins (a la Tmo Tuesday), but that requires investing a lot more time and effort than just buying and reselling.

      With that being the case, dealers ultimately aren't hardcore enough to truly compete with carriers and retail.

      Otherwise, you'd see the rise of prepaid emporiums that sought to offer the best deals at all times, instead of just shysters overcharging for phones and service just to make a quick buck.

      In fact, it seems like every day there's a story about Metro trying to con people out of their $70 Zmax's.

      Anyway, that's basically why no deal-hungry prepaid enthusiast gives a damn about dealers.

      They're really just a bunch of glorified leeches who only care about the money, even when a more consumer-focused approach would attract more revenue.

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    3. Your stereotyping of all dealers as leeches who aren't interested in helping customers is unfair.

      Dealers are a needed part of the prepaid ecosystem. They serve customers who prefer to shop locally, those who aren't technically or internet savvy, are unbanked and need to pay cash for phones and service, or have limited English proficiency.

      Running a cell phone store is a tough business, margins are low, and customers can be very demanding even when they are wrong.

      Yes, you can save money by shopping online and at big box stores,but that's no reason to insult hard working men and women trying to make a living and providing a needed service to many.

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    4. "Yes, you can save money by shopping online and at big box stores,but that's no reason to insult hard working men and women trying to make a living and providing a needed service to many."

      For the most part, we are all middle men. There are very few who create jobs in the world in regards to the number of people on the planet. Everyone else is some sort of middle man. Would ANON @ 9-2-16 1:27am think it best if most people in this world were out of a job? And please don't go saying you work for yourself because it also highly you are the inventor, manufacturer, distributor and installer of your own product.

      Dale

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    5. "Middle men bring pretty much nothing to the table except outstretched hands looking for their cut."

      Middle men made the world great. Marco Polo was a middle man, after all. Do you like coffee? Thank a middle man. Without the middle men you'd be steeping dandelion leaves instead of enjoying your Maxwell House.

      And I will sit back and laugh while you shun middle men and fly to the factory in China to buy your Alcatel phone.

      Bon voyage!

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  9. Dennis, I wonder if you make an exception in your praise of dealers for that Boost dealer who insisted that Boost and Virgin ran on entirely different networks, and Virgin was run by a famous comedian.

    Pure willful ignorance... I've not been in a dealer since. Of course, it is kind of hard, with the limited storefront hours.

    (I could also mention the Cricket dealer too that took about 3 hours to try to figure out how to create an account... and they never did. They also gave me a SIM card for free only because they had no idea to charge for it).

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    1. There are good and bad dealers. My point is that it's wrong to attack all dealers based on the dishonesty or incompetence of some.

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    2. At the end of the day when everyone puts their axe-to-grind down, you are right.

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    3. There are good dealers and bad dealers same as there are good people and bad people from all cultural backgrounds but I agree with Dennis in that generalizing a group of people based on the behavior of some is unfair.

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  10. I'm real glad my MVNO wasn't mentioned here. Word of the day - "Obfuscation"

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