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Boost Mobile Starts Offering Unlimited Unhook'd Plan for Only $50 Per Month

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A few days ago, Sprint announced its new Unlimited Freedom data plan being offered to its postpaid customers. Under this new plan, customers can enjoy two lines of unlimited talk, text and data for just $100 per month ($60 for the first line and $40 for the second plan). If the two lines still aren't enough, customers may add another couple of lines bringing the total bill to just $160 per month. And if that's not all, customers may choose to add up to ten lines under the account so they can enjoy more savings.

In addition to the new Unlimited Freedom data plan offered, Sprint has introduced a similar prepaid plan through its prepaid arm Boost Mobile. Called the Unlimited Unhook'd plan, customers get to enjoy the following:
  • Unlimited talk, text and data. Most data is delivered at full speed, but video streaming is degraded to 480p resolution, audio streaming is restricted to 500 Kbps and online gaming data is throttled to 2 Mbps
  • Unlimited nationwide 4G LTE data (hotspot is throttled to 128 Kbps after 8 GB is used)
The Unlimited Unhook'd plan costs $50 per month for one line. Just like the Unlimited Freedom data plan, a second line can be added to the plan for an extra $30 per month. You have the option to add up to five lines to your Unlimited Unhook'd plan.

Boost also launched a new $30/month Monthly Unlimited Starter plan today that includes unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1 GB of data at full speed and the rest throttled to approximately 128 Kbps.

The new Unlimited Unhook'd and Unlimited Starter plans are available starting today, August 19th. With the new plans Boost's lineup looks like this:

  • $30 Unlimited Starter - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 1 GB at high speeds. 
  • $35 ($30 with auto pay) Unlimited With Growing Data - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 2 GB at high speeds. 
  • $45 ($40 with auto pay) Unlimited With Growing Data - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 5 GB at high speeds. 
  • $50 Unlimited Unhook'd - unlimited talk, messaging and data with throttled video, audio and gaming.
  • $60 ($55 with auto pay) Unlimited - unlimited talk, messaging and unthrottled data.

The $35 and $45 plans include Growing Data. For every three on-time payments, the customer gets an additional 500 MB going forward, up to 3 GB of growing data after 18 on-time payments.

All plans include hotspot (throttled after 8 GB on the $50 and $60 plans), 50 minutes of voice roaming and unlimited text roaming until voice roaming is used up.

Source: BoostMobile

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  1. Does the $50 plan keep the wifi hotspot

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    1. And I just noticed that it said it'll be throttled now, not capped. That's great. :)

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  2. Yes 8 GB of hotspot

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  3. I get that the unlimited unhooked plan is on Boost. Is the Unlimited Freedom data plan also on Boost or on Sprint postpaid?

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    1. The Unlimited Freedom plan is a Sprint postpaid plan.

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  4. $35/mo per line for 8 lines isn't bad, but the taxes and fees aren't worth it.

    Boost's 5 line plan cuts the average cost to an even lower $34, but native Sprint coverage is pretty much useless when you step outside and take a few steps.

    It's also useless if you have a home wifi connection.

    Honestly, I wouldn't pay more than $10/mo for unlimited Sprint service given the 3G hell I slogged through while using RingPlus.

    If you can only use LTE for a quarter of the time, it shouldn't cost more than a fourth of the price that real unlimited LTE goes for.

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  5. "Streaming is optimized with video streams at up to 480p+ resolution and music streams at extreme quality (up to 500kbps)"

    Am I not reading it right? Is 500kbps referring to the bitrate quality of the music (extreme quality) or actual download speeds of music and videos streams??

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  6. They reduced the data on the $30 plan from 2GB to 1GB and no growing data. The only deal is the unlimited plan at $10 off ($5 when you consider the auto-pay discount). Somehow Boost always manages to make things worse. How about announcing BYOD, WiFi calling, Canada roaming, or just about any feature that makes Metro and Cricket a better deal.

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    1. BYOD is hard to do for a CDMA-based carrier. I thought Boost allowed for a small number of devices?

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  7. Boost is still offering its 60.00 plan. I wonder for how much longer.

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    1. Most of the current plans will stay active until 7/30. Starting on 8/1 there will only be 2 Plans on Boost $30 Starter and $50 Unhook plans.

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    2. Sorry I a few month behind on time lol.
      Most plans will stay active until Sept 30. Starting October 1 there will be only 2 plans.

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    3. Didn't Boost introduce the "growing" data plans recently? Now they're getting rid of these plans so soon?

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  8. I have a fast question for you, Dennis? Between Boost and MetroPCS, which would you consider to have better coverage in the Northeast. I am a regional truck driver and I have MetroPCS now and the speeds and coverage are excellent. But, if the speeds and coverage would be better on Boost, I'll switch - especially because it is time for me to get a new phone.

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    1. If MetroPCS (T-Mobile) is working well for you now I wouldn't take a chance by switching to the Sprint network if I were you. Just wait a while I bet MetroPCS will match Boost's plans soon enough. In fact, MetroPCS was the first carrier to offer unlimited high-speed data for only $50 as a promotion sometime last year.

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    2. I haven't spent any time in the Northeast in many years so I have no personal experience with Boost or MetroPCS coverage there. You can check their respective coverage maps at Coverage Maps For All Prepaid Carriers.

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    3. I spend a good deal of time in the NE and I am surprised how good Sprint (native) network coverage is via Ringplus phone I have been carrying around. Way better in rural areas than when I had T-mo phone. Granted that was a few years ago so maybe T-mo has gotten better but a lot of the time my t-mo phone was roaming on at&t when between metro areas.

      My suggestion would be to get a cheap used Sprint phone and try it on Ringplus or get the cheapest Boost phone offered and give it a trial run for a month before you switch.

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  9. Good deal 2 lines unlimited for $80 a month. Prepaid keeps getting cheaper and cheaper.

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  10. This plan really is great. I can see no noticeable difference in videos..Youtube or Netflix..you can still adjust the quality on both of those. Not sure how that works with optimization, though, and web pages load quicker now.

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  11. I don't see a Net Neutrality violation with the video throttling. It's not like the T-Mobile policy of charging extra to watch videos from companies it dislikes.

    However, with Boost only giving 3g speeds at home while Verizon and AT&T laugh and dance circles around it, I'd not consider it.

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  12. I just walked into a Boost store and wanted to get a SIM for my 2015 Moto X. They wouldn't let me and said I had to use one of their phones.

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    1. That's Sprint for you. Boost BYOP is limited to a short list of mostly old Sprint phones.

      Boost losing a potential new customer by not accepting Sprint network compatible phones like the 2015 Moto X is one of many example's of Sprint management's incompetence.

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  13. Boost is getting so chaotic, expect them to start going the Ringplus route.

    Then they will have dozens of new plans named after either Banquet Frozen Dinner varieties or 19th century British rail ministers. You can look for them only being offered for an average of 37 minutes each.

    As with Ringplus, eventually the number of Boost plans would exceed the number of actual customers.

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    1. I know you're joking, but that's entirely possible.

      Unless they address the mismatch between their prices and network, it wouldn't come as any surprise if Sprint started getting crazy desperate as customers/MVNOs continue jumping ship to their competitors.

      Ironically, Sprint would've been more competitive if they just bought Ringplus and rebranded it as the new Boost.

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    2. Boost has a history of regular plan changes. Growing Data started in October 2015. Data Boost in September 2014. Select for a few months before that. Shrinkage in 2010.

      Earlier this year, RingPlus had quite a few flash sale plans that featured data at various fixed speeds and/or unspecified 'test' speeds. Perhaps those tests were related to the new Sprint and Boost plans.

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  14. My brother just migrated to Boost from Virgin for this plan. Looks like people who migrate over get to start a family plan with this for $25 a month instead of $30 a month.

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  15. Just wanted to double check, I don't think there is any text roaming at all, like it says there is at the bottom of this post. It'd be awesome if there was, I might consider Boost again then, but I double checked their 'FAQS' and domestic roaming says only the 50 voice minutes and no text roaming.

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    1. Boost needs full roaming free of charge just to compensate for their poor native coverage.

      Otherwise, you might as well go with Cricket, Total or Ultra.

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    2. No Total Wireless please. They are atrocious. Stay with Boost if that's the case. No A/M brands are good.

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    3. @Matt according to Boost PR Manager Danielle Babbington "SMS and MMS messaging is available and unlimited while roaming but only for the duration of the time the customer has the 50 minutes of domestic voice roaming."

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  16. Dennis, how does optimization work? I'm on the new $50 unhook'd plan which says it optimizes video to 480p. However, I am still able to increase my Youtube quality to 720p.

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    1. I don't know what technology Boost uses but I suspect they just throttle the data connection when they detect video streaming.

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  17. So this new $50 plan doesn't have any auto-pay discount? Would be nice to have so it offsets the taxes charged.

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    1. Hi..it does. $5.00 off with auto payment. And, if you are ok with looking at an ad each time you swipe your phone open, you can get another $5.00 off as well for just $40.00 a month. :)

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    2. Thanks! I can verify this, too. I asked them on Twitter and they replied saying it does qualify for $5 off with auto pay. That's a great deal.

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    3. You're welcome! And I forgot to mention it's the app Boost Dealz that gives you an extra $5.00 off a month. I think it may only work for Android phones, though..

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    4. Boost Dealz only works for android and you have to watch ads for 20 out of 30 days in a month to get the extra $5.00 dollars discount. Is it worth it? that depends on how much time available you have to watch sponsored ads.

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    5. Boost Dealz does not require that the customer interact with the ad. When you swipe the screen and a boost dealz ad shows you can close the ad and still get credit. New $50 and $30 plans do not have the $5 autopay discount.

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  18. It's Boost. Nobody expects that you will keep your plan longer than a month.

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    1. I wonder if they will grandfather those on the data grow plans once they go away.

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    2. Boost has always grandfathered users on discontinued plans, maybe not indefinitely but for multiple years. I expect they will again this time.

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    3. I just noticed on their website the new plans are the only ones listed. The others are not listed but may still be available? I noticed on my account info, they still have me with my data grow plan and my data is growing :) next month I get 500MB more than before :)

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    4. The old plans with Data Boost are still on the website. Choose Plans > Monthly plans from the top menu to get to this page: Monthly Prepaid Phone Plans and Deals| Boost Mobile

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  19. $40 for unlimited data blows $20 for a single GB out of the water.

    It would've been nice to see sub-$40 tiers that were actually competitive, like 3/5/10/Unl for $10/$20/$30/$40 (after the $10 discount).

    I actually would've switched from Cricket to Boost for a flat $10/mo, as long as the taxes and fees were included in that price.

    Unfortunately, Sprint is still trying to sell a sub-$30 network at above $30 prices.

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  20. In the past, if you bought a phone at a Boost Dealers' store, you could not return it. I do not know if they changed the policy, but you may be better off buying a Boost phone at store like Best Buy that allows you to the return phones.

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    1. Boost stores have very limited hours compared to Best Buy. Which shows a failure of customer service, of which the most important part is to actually be open to serve customers.

      I wish they just had them all at Wal-Mart.

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  21. Best Buy now charges a $35 fee to return carrier and unlocked phones.

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    1. Thanks! I will make sure to stay away from Worst Buy.

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    2. I returned an at&t go phone (zte zmax2) a month or two ago, full refund, no fees or charges.

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  22. Does anyone have an idea what speeds get deprioritized to when 23g is reached near congested towers?

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    1. I have not noticed any changes until I hit 110gb now I'm at 2g speed

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    2. Wow' you're definitely the first person I heard say that.

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  23. Deprioritized speed after 23g is 2g speed ... 128k bits. But there might be NO data up to 60 sec .. I have seen that.

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    1. This will be interesting to confirm. I am monitoring the data on a new boost mobile customer's $50 unhooked plan. They have been streaming on and off for their first two days of service approximately 1.5 GB of usage when compared to another Boost mobile customer's phone. However when logging into both accounts, one account is the 5GB plan for $45/month currently with 6GB allocated, the other is the new unhooked plan unlimited reduced streaming for $50/month. The $50 unhooked plan is showing 17.5 GB of usage instead of 1.5GB to the comparable $45/month plan. 17.5 GB of data usage after light streaming for two days? If the 17.5GB reaches 23GB and then slowed down at peak times then there needs to be some investigating on how 23GB was used in three days?

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    2. What does the data usage screen on the phone say?

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    3. I am monitoring the data usage remotely by logging into the two separate users boost mobile accounts with their phone numbers and pins. The check usage under the boost zone menus does not indicate the amount of data used. Both users are streaming the youtube concert videos for 5 to 6 hours a day and both devices have a few non data grabbing apps running. For ccomparison purposes both devices are equal in how data is being used and the amount of streaming on the 5GB $45 plan and the unlimited unhooked $50 plan at this point with three days of comparison both devices starting out at 0GB because both monthly plans were paid for at the same time at the same boost mobile retail store. The 5GB $45 plan is a user that has had boost mobile for 7 months and is at 6GB of 4GLTE data per month. His friend bought a phone and started service on the same day and time his friend paid for his monthly service which is why the comparison is fair due to both devices starting to use data at the same time. Did a remote check on both devices and data usage on the 5GB $45 plan is at 2263mb (2.26gb) and is now turning off the comparison to save data for the rest of the month. The unlimited unhooked user is now at 29173mb (2.91gb) used. 29.1GB vs 2.26GB? Boost mobile is not measuring data usage or reporting data usage correctly or is exaggerating the data usage on the unhooked unlimited $50 plan as a means to slow down the usage during peak times. Now in the third day the unlimited unhooked data streaming is above 23gb and twice the streaming was interrupted with buffering and the streaming video playback is not as sharp as prior to the excessive 23gb. For most of the usage however there have been no buffering slowdowns and the screen display hass not changed. The device is being used in one area not being moved around where the reception would be a factor

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    4. I understand what you are saying and understand that Boost's usage numbers are inflated for the Hook'd user.

      The OS data counters (Settings > Data usage on Android, iOS has something similar) on the phone will give you a true picture of how much data the customer actually used. That information will help you make your case to Boost that their data counters are wrong and that the user hasn't exceeded 23 GB and should not be throttled or de-prioritized.

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    5. Checked the data counters and were not able to line up the dates of usage from the device to the boost mobile website data records. Reset the OS data counter cycle dates to start on 9/2. Ran a 3.5 hour video on youtube and 5 hours of ESPN streaming. Data usage reported on the device is 0.46GB from the 3.5 hour youtube video and 2.6GB from the 5 hours of ESPN streaming. Boost mobile data usage (subtract new data from previous data) totals 3.1GB the same. No over reporting of data on the boost mobile website. After 4 days there are now 49GB of data used with the unhooked unlimited plan and only had two instances of buffering and non sharp display. Speedtest.net shows 21.6Mbps download and 7.8Mbps upload after using 49GB of data after 4 days, no throttling at all. At this rate a monthly total in excess of 400GB is possible for the $50 plan, which can be lowered to $45 per month plus taxes if Boost Dealz app is used.

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  24. On boost $60 unlimited plan... Boost just gave me a FREE month of service... Thru 9-22. Now who does that? On 8-25-2016 got text msg from boost. Boost has incoming voice calls and incoming TXT msgs for 60 days if you don't pay. I use that ... and was to pay a month of service by end of Aug... On 8-25 got text. Wow data and out going voice and text are working.. This is GREAT.. THKS BOOST !!!

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    1. Incoming voice calls do not happen as advertised all the time when the boost mobile customer has not paid their monthly service. There is sometimes an automated response to the caller that "the number you are trying to reach is out of service". Other times the calls go through and if the caller does not answer the call reaches voice mail where the boost mobile customer can retrieve their voice mail messages from another line

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  25. Dennis, thank you for the clarification on the domestic roaming from boost in regards to SMS and MMS. I appreciate it.

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    1. Bottom line is Boost Mobile is stealing and lying by exaggerating our daily data usage what can be done?

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    2. If there's a usage reporting error it's probably a bug, rather than something intentional.

      Contact Boost, report the error, preferably with a screenshot of your phone's data usage screen showing the discrepancy, and ask them to correct it.

      If you can't get any satisfaction from Boost your options include:
      Filing complaints with the FCC, FTC and BBB.
      Shaming Boost on social media.
      Taking Boost to small claims court.
      Switching operators

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    3. I think Boost can't be sham'd, and are proud of having high prices, poor coverage, and really stupid people manning the storefronts.

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  26. Does anyone know yet if the $30 family lines on the unlimited unhooked plan gets the autopay discount?

    Would it be $45 for the first line and $25 for the additional lines? (Plus taxes of course)

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  27. I don't think that only applies to the 1st line if I read it right. Could be wrong though.

    Just found out about these new options by accident. Boost offered no upcoming options information at all. Couldn't find any true unlimited data plans when I signed with them. Discounts with autopay and ad viewing from Freemo or Boost Deals do help. Not sure I want to pay a little less for even shakier area coverage and reduced speeds, especially if Boost is inflating data usage to compensate for it. Boost/Sprint isn't exactly known for it's superior coverage. I do like that the one user said he didn't notice in any real difference in actual performance. Still this has me worried.

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  28. Meant I think that only applies to the first line.

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  29. Have been tracking two boost mobile accounts and the account with the new unhooked $50 unlimited plan now has 137gb of usage after 1.5 weeks, when the coverage is out of range of 4g LTE the device switches to 3g and the video streaming continues with a non crystal clear image but there is no buffering and waiting for the buffering to load. When reentering a 4G LTE area of coverage the crystal clear videos work again.

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    1. Wow at $60 unlimited, I usually average slightly less than that doing pretty much whatever I want. Of course I don't usually watch a lot of movies all the way through, so I don't know what the true difference would be, but damn that seems unnecessarily added on, again as if to make up for the slight discount. My monthly payment is coming up.

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  30. The reason for the high usage amounts is that the boost mobile unhooked unlimited plan is being tested to find out if Boost Mobile will at any point drop the $GLTE speed down to 3g or 2g due to high data usage. The testing involves having several people use the phone as each person watches their streaming on youtube or espn or tbs and other streaming apps. One person using a phone for regular streaming of a half hour a day to two hours a day would not be able to have 137gb of usage in 1.5 weeks. If there is no reduction in speed on the $50 plan then there are two choices $30 for 1gb 4GLTE or $50 for 400GB+ 4GLTE.

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  31. Question. I'm on the $60 Prepaid. I'm still paying that. I just read that there is only two plans now the $35 and $50.... Why didn't my rate reduce to the $50 considering the $50 seems like a better deal. My current plan caps my hotspot at 8gbs while the $50 is throttle after 8gbs.

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  32. I didn't know they dropped it to only 2 plans until now. I'm also still on the $60 unlimited. Maybe they'll allow us existing customers to stay on it. If not, they'll probably slowly phase it out. I think you should be able to change to the $50 unhooked plan if you want to. You should be able to do it manually on their website, or simply have them change it over the telephone. May have to wait until your due date, but I'm not sure. I think the $50 unhooked plan is a better deal if you don't need the unlimited unthrottled data.

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    1. Boost grandfathers users on existing plans. You can keep the $60 plan if you want or you can switch to the new plan online or by calling support. At one time you had to switch at the end of your current month to avoid losing service days but I don't think that's true any more. Check with Boost to be sure.

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  33. It appears Boost still offers data boosts at $5 per gigabyte from the $30 plan. So other options are still there, I guess you just have to acquire the additional data differently now, now sure hown it works now. Didn't notice an option when I looked this afternoon, but I may have missed it since I wasn't really looking for it.

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  34. I just called to add a line. I don't think it is fair I'm on a family plan with 10GB of data each for 2 phones and when I wanted to add a line they wanted to change my plan to 1GB data per line? I want sure I heard the girl right. I said I will have to look over the website and call back, she said it's there in print, 2plan choices to choose from. What? So I lose my original plan again? In the last 10 years they've how many plans?😀

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  35. I think that might be their new, lesser deals. I think the 1GB is the starter plan. Their family plans don't sound that great to me. I think they offer a unhooked family plan, but it looks to be a lot higher cost.

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