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Updated: Boom Mobile Adds Prepaid Plans With Roaming and Very Competitive Pricing on the Verizon Network

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Boom Mobile is a fairly new MVNO from Enhanced Communications Group (ECG), a provider of residential and business phone service since 1997.

Boom recently added two new prepaid plans on Verizon network that offer exceptional value and something no other prepaid MVNO does. That special something is voice,  text and LTE data roaming at no extra charge on plans starting at $29.99 per month. There are four prepaid plans to choose from:
  • $19.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and no data for 3G phones only
  • $19.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 250 MB of data for LTE phones only.
  • $29.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 2 GB of data for LTE phones only.
  • $39.99/month for unlimited talk and  messaging and  5 GB of data for LTE phones only.

The prepaid plans prices include all taxes and fees. Data is hard capped, but unlimited 128 Kbps throttled data is available with the $29.99 and $39.99 plans for an extra $5/month.  In common with all Verizon MVNOs, high speed data is throttled to a maximum of approximately 5 Mbps. Call forwarding is supported and hotspot and visual voicemail are supported but only on on iPhones.  SIMs are free when ordered with a plan but shipping is $6.99.

Additional data can be purchased at prices of 1 GB for $10, 2 GB for $14 or 5 GB for $30. Unused add-on data rolls over for up to 90 days provided the user's monthly plan payment is made every month.

Boom Co-Founder and President Jeff Holley that there are no stated limits on roaming use but that if a customer roams excessively Boom  "...will reach out to them with a solution", but so far that hasn't been necessary. I do have to wonder how much roaming data Boom can offer and still make money.

Boom also offers postpaid plans. The main advantage they have over the prepaid plans is that data is not hard capped. Customers have the option of continuing to use data, and being charged extra, when they exceed their plan limits.

  • $14.99/month 250 minutes, 250 texts, but no data. Overage is 10¢ per minute or text - Available on Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.
  • $24.99/month 500 minutes, 500 texts, 500 MB data. Overage is 10¢ per minute or text, $10/500 MB - Available on Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.
  • $29.99/month Unlimited minutes and messaging, 500 MB data. Overage is $10/500 MB - Available on Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.
  • $39.99/month Unlimited minutes and messaging, 2 GB data. Overage $15/GB - Available on Verizon only.
  • $49.99/month Unlimited minutes and messaging, 2 GB data. Overage is $15/GB - Available on  T-Mobile or Sprint.
  • $64.99/month Unlimited minutes and messaging, 5 GB data. Overage $15/GB - Available on Verizon only.

Boom has postpaid family/group plans too:

  • $89.99/month for 2 lines with unlimited talk and text and 4 GB of shared data - available on T-Mobile or Sprint.
  • $104.99/month for 2 lines with unlimited talk and text and 6 GB of shared data - available on T-Mobile or Sprint
  • $139.99/month for 3 lines with unlimited talk and text and 8 GB of shared data - available on T-Mobile or Sprint
  • $179.99/month for 4 lines with unlimited talk and text and 10 GB of shared data - available on T-Mobile or Sprint
  • $219.99/month for 6 lines with unlimited talk and text and 15 GB of shared data - available on AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint.

Overage data is $15/GB on all family/group plans. Additional lines, up to a maximum or 10 total lines, can be added to any family/group plan for $25 per line.

Auto pay is required and state sales tax plus a $1.35 Regulatory Fee and a $0.68 Admin Fee are charged on postpaid plans. Call forwarding is supported and hotspot is permitted on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint plans. but not with T-Mobile.

The stars of Boom Mobile's lineup are the prepaid plans on Verizon. Not only is Boom unique among Verizon MVNOs in offering both voice and data roaming but Boom also includes more data at the sub $30 price point than any other Verizon based operator.

 At the sub $40 price point, only TracFone's Total Wireless has as much data, 5 GB, as Boom. Total Wireless is slightly cheaper at $35/month ($33.25 with autopay) plus taxes and fees averaging about 10%. But there's no roaming with Total Wireless. Customer service is another difference. Total Wireless' off-shore support has a very poor reputation. Boom Mobile's support is US based and in my experience very responsive. You might even find Boom's co-founder and president handling chat support as I did today.

Updated 11-Aug-2016 5:20 PM PT:  Boom has added two new $19.99 prepaid plans (listed above) as well as add-on data options for prepaid plans.

Updated 30-Aug-2016 12:10 PM PT: Boom has added a $5/month option to get unlimited 128 Kbps throttled data on the 2 GB and 5 GB prepaid plans after the included data is used.

Source: Boom Mobile

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  1. Im so glad America Movil has finally some worthy competition. I love this offer as it forces others to rise up to the plate. The roaming alone and the price point with prepaid taxes and fees included is worth trying.

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  2. If Boom can afford to offer this much data at these prices, why can't any other Verizon MVNO do the same?

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    1. Desired profit margin?

      I wish them luck gaining traction and hope that they are still around with same or better rates in two years.

      Wonder if/when Selectel will feel the need to match price/features.

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    2. I think Boom has the advantage that it also runs a well established landline phone business and also manages post paid accounts. I think overall they must be profitable.
      On the other hand, many MVNO's rely only on their prepaid sales and that may make it difficult to stay competitive without severely cutting into their profits. Just my thoughts, I have no inside information into Boom's financial status.

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    3. To further your speculation. Even if your scenario is correct they wouldn't (for long) offer these plans if they are being subsidized by their other businesses.

      Many MVNO are part of businesses that offer other telco services. America Movil has varied telco offerings (not mobile) all over the globe, Locus offers other telco services, a few others but not off the top of my head ATM.

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  3. What network does the data roam on? Sprint?

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    1. Same as Verizon postpaid. Sprint, U.S. Cellular and regional CDMA operators like Cellcom.

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  4. Dennis, are they apple partners? The reason Im asking is because of the visual voicemail availability.

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    1. I don't know. Probably not as they don't sell new iPhones.
      As long as Verizon enables VVM of the account it should work.

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  5. #1. I'm not sure they are a MNVO, I've read they are a MVNE

    #2. "...and something no other prepaid MVNO does. That special something is voice, text and LTE data roaming"

    I believe selectel offers voice, txt, and data roaming for free as well.

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    1. Boom is an MVNE and an MVNO. Their MVNO is enabled by their MVNE. As an MVNE Boom can can setup custom MVNOs for dealers or anyone else who wants to run an MVNO and has sufficient resources.

      Selectel has voice and text roaming. Like most Verizon MVNOs it also has LTE roaming on the 21 regional operators that are members of Verizon's LTE in Rural America (LRA) program. Boom has the same data roaming as Verizon postpaid which includes data roaming that Selectel doesn't have, including on Sprint and U.S. Cellular and 3G as well as LTE data roaming.

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    2. "A mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) is a company that provides network infrastructure and related services, such as provisioning, administration and OSS/BSS, to enable mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to offer services to their own customers. The MVNE does not have a relationship with customers."

      If they are an MVNE all the better, seems they want to be an MVNO also.

      Selectel does not offer roaming off VZ network for data.

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    3. Data roaming is not Verizon postpaid, I just try out there services and tested in Verizon home network and than drove to us cellular coverage area where I know Verizon postpaid data works, but boom do not work and I call customer service and said data do not roam on other network. So I'm disappointed was hoping is would work out.

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    4. Dennis??? Wonder what Boom has to say about this. Assuming they were the ones informing you re their data roaming coverage.

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    5. I was told by Boom's co-founder and president that data roaming is included with Boom's prepaid plans. In addition the FAQ | Boom! Mobile page on the Boom Site states that:

      What do you mean "Postpaid network for prepaid prices"?
      Most carriers in the prepaid world give you limited access to the network. BOOM! Mobile gives you Voice and Data roaming in the U.S. What this means you will have full network coverage and BOOM! will give your better coverage!
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      Michael King's is the first report I've seen that data roaming isn't working on Boom. My experience with roaming on other carriers is that it usually works but sometimes it doesn't for reasons unknown. There are two carriers involved so there's more that can go wrong than with roaming coverage. I don't know what type of phone Michael King is using but with 3G CDMA phones a Prefered Roaming List (PRL) update is sometimes needed to get roaming to work.

      Can any other readers confirm whether data roaming is or is not working for them on Boom?

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    6. Hi, roaming is working for me. I have roamed unto Sprint while traveling.

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    7. Thanks Ted. Glad to hear roaming is working.

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    8. Roaming is working for me as well. My mothers house is in a roaming area and my S5 shows I'm roaming when I go there. I was there just yesterday.

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    9. Just to add to my previous comment, I used data to look up directions using my phone data and it worked. I'm not sure what roaming partner it's using though.

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  6. Does boom have voice text and data roaming?

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    1. According to the article, it does.

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  7. BOOM! Mobile Customer Service Hours - Monday through Friday Only 8 AM to 6 PM Central Time Zone.

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  8. I go to Walmart every month and buy ap pre paid total wireless phone card for 35. flat no tax and pay for the month. does total wireless charge tax if you pay other ways?

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    1. Which state are you in? I ask because both Total Wireless and Walmart stores usually charges tax on prepaid airtime purchases.

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    2. Yes, they charge taxes at the Walmart stores and Walmart.com as well. Here in CA you also pay the MTS tax which is up to 23% of the purchase.

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  9. The $30 plan fills a niche but the roaming is too hyped up.

    If you don't need much roaming then you probably didn't need roaming at all.

    If roaming is the main selling point for you, then you're probably going to hit it hard and fast enough to plow their profit margins straight into the dirt, at which point they'll discontinue roaming or just get rid of you.

    Roaming on an MVNO is almost never included free of charge for the sake of real world use. It's usually just about bragging rights, especially when it's implied that taking advantage of it is a "problem" in need of a "solution."

    In the end, all that matters is what services they offer WITHOUT strings attached.

    As for the >$30 plans, that $15/GB overage rate makes Total's plans and addons a lot more attractive to a DIY type who doesn't need their hand held by customer service (which is basically all early adopters of MVNOs).

    And if you broaden the pricing comparison outside of Verizon, then Boom's not even on the map.

    In the end, it seems like the only reliable thing Boom really offers is a $30/2GB plan for those who're stuck on Verizon and don't have much of a choice.

    Then again, at least it's something.

    Most MVNOs nowadays can't fill even a single niche.

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    1. Roaming aside, the reason everyone is so excited about Boom is because its the only Verizon MVNO that offers $30/2GB and $40/5GB plans that isn't owned by America Movil.

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  10. Total Wireless is horrible and should come with a warming like antidepressants do.
    I dislike people promoting atrocious America Movil services when they know how horrible they are. Just see the countless customer complaints in this site.
    Now we have a negative Nely saying how roaming of anything is really not that important and tries to up play the horrendous total wireless brand. Do what you need to do but remember if you go to total wireless you're on your own. I didn't listen to the many warnings and learned my lesson.

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    1. Total wireless is not that bad, just need a little know how. Last week I ported 2 lines to them and had no issue, I even had to talk to customer service because one of the providers I was porting from wasn't releasing the number. Resolved quickly, I just had to call the other provider. Then again, these are the 10th and 11th time I have ported numbers to mvnos in the last 6 years, so I probably have more porting experience than most

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    2. Im not speaking purely about porting. My number ported fine. Im speaking about losing service for no reason and out of the blue. Data not working when its supposed to and reps say you don't have any data left when you know you do and your balance shows 11GB. Spending countless hours being switched from one incompetent supervisor to the next and having to escalate matters to Legal in order to be heard. Waiting weeks to get a resolution. Pins that never load to your account etc.Thanks what I mean by horrible.
      I like many others fell into the trap of WOW 5Gb for 35?
      Believe me I know better now. The only thing I tell people is proceed with caution, there are much better options out there albeit a little more expensive. I have also been around the block with a lot of MVNO's and have never encountered that level of poor training mixed with incompetence and rudeness all rolled into one.
      Ive had cricket, H2o, Selectel, Ptel, Univison Mobile, TPO, Boost, Metro PCS and Republic and none of those companies compare to the lousy level of support from Total Wireless/AM

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    3. πŸ‘ To Anon @ August 10, 2016 at 2:09PM
      Right on! The "Total Wireless" fan fails to mention the lack of plans and the other downers of using "Total". πŸ‘Ž
      I'm using Net10 Verz towers here in Cali.
      However, after hearing about Boom, I'm ready to try them out, then after I use up all my Net10 minutes, and like Boom's services better- I'll go with them. 😊

      ~Carla

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  11. I need tethering and visual voicemail so Boom is a better fit for my needs. Total wireless does not offer either one.
    I do agree that AM has a long history of bad customer service which is getting worse and worse.
    Warning for Total Wireless and A/M: proceed at your own risk.

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  12. Chatted with them online, super nice, they are located in oklahoma and american owned. They have been in the telecommunication business for 20 years or more

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    1. To Anonymous August 10, 2016 at 3:26 PM, πŸ‘Œ
      You are referring to Boom- right?

      ~Carla

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  13. I'm confused. Is the Verizon plan $29.99 for 2GB data?

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    1. yes, they have two prepaid plans only
      29.99 for unlimited T/T and 2GB
      39.99 for unlimited T/T and 5GB
      taxes and fees included.

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  14. Looks interesting. It is too bad that the family plans are not on Verizon network . Hatf data cap I presume. OI would like to see a view of their OLAM interface.

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  15. About
    "$39.99/month Unlimited minutes and messaging, 2 GB data. Overage $15/GB - Available on Verizon only.
    $49.99/month Unlimited minutes and messaging, 2 GB data. Overage is $15/GB - Available on T-Mobile or Sprint."

    Am I reading this wrong? How come the same packed on the much smaller cheaper networks cost a lot more?

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  16. As one of the posters above has mentioned all ready, total Wireless appeal is the price, and little else, when comparing all the various MVNO's. Boom! Mobile will be getting my business very soon, having to deal with Total Wireless' piss poor customer service's the past 17 months has been an eye opener for certain. I was a page plus customer for about 6 years or so, even became a dealer for them, and was enticed by the Cost Savings of Total Wireless, and convenience of getting PIN refills at my Walmart, but it was a poor decision on my part. I've had all the headaches the other poster mentioned, data disappearing without being used, account not showing up online, deactivated devices, week long ports, etc., etc., and it's all because most of the CS Reps are overseas, and read scripts, and cannot answer any technical questions, or even care to go beyond what is on their screens to help. BOOM! is being heard, and I for one am listening...

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  17. boom states that if you go over the alloted data then you can either throttled or go and add more 4G data.

    What speed is the throttled at? 128 or 64 kbps?

    Also will the $19 4G lte plan allow throttled data? this will help those who want a cheap email plan on the go, while they use wifi at the office or home.

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    1. Although it looks like you can choose throttled data on any plan on the Boom website, throttled data is actually only available on postpaid plans. The throttled speed is 128 Kbps.

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  18. I just ported my TPO service over to Boom! the port was almost instant and all the features work like hotspot, visual voicemail and my reception is like night and day compared to TPO. The reps were super courteous and even called me to make sure everything was working properly. What a difference from what I had encountered up to this point. Sarah and Anthony were great, they even helped me set up my autopay.
    Thank you Dennis for digging into this company and sharing your finding with us. Im a happy camper.

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    1. To; Anonymous August 24, 2016 at 12:46 PM
      πŸ‘Œ Thanks for the info, good to know and actually hear from someone that has used Boom's services and the compare to "TPO."
      ~Carla

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  19. Dennis
    Since there are four new prepaid plans available now, it might be prudent to change the wording on the sentence above to reflect that.

    "There are two prepaid plans to choose from:"

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  20. Bestmvno.com just published an article about Boom Mobile that pretty much says the same thing as yours. I'm really glad you are very diligent in bringing us great news in a timely manner like this, Dennis. I think an operator profile might be in order since it seems Boom offers features others don't and may be useful for the thousands of customers looking to leave Total Wireless, Page Plus and the like.

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  21. what phones will work on BOOM? I have a Verizon PP LG Transpyre I never used on Verizon but instead used on TF for the past 9 months, but I'm done with TF and AM for all the reasons pointed out above. Since the Transpyre was never activated on Verizon, I'm not sure its got a clear ESN, or whitelisted for MVNO use, right?

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    1. I believe that a phone that was a BYOP on TracFone will probably work on Boom. Call Boom and give them the MEID and they should be able to tell you for sure.

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  22. Thank you Dennis Bournique for the news about Boom. I'm sold 😊

    ~Carla

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  23. Dennis, Profile on boom.us? hoovers.com said they had $.79M ($800,000) revenue last year?

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    1. Maybe read up on mother company - "Enhanced Communications Group (ECG), a provider of residential and business phone service since 1997."??

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