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PSA: Sept 28 is the Last Day You Can Activate Boost Mobile Data Boost and $60 Unlimited Plans

Grandfathered Plans - Boost Mobile on Facebook

When Boost announced its new Unlimited Unhook'd and Unlimited Starter plans last Thursday, it didn't say anything about those plans replacing all of Boost's current plans. But according to a response by the official Boost Mobile Facebook account  to a question posted in the Boost mobile Facebook page, it looks like that's what's going to happen.

David: Hey Boost. Is the growing data and $60 unlimited still going to be offered right along with the new plans?

Boost Mobile: Hello David. Thanks for contacting us. Those plans ($35 & $45 growing data, and $60 unl) will be grandfathered on 9/30/2016. If you have the plans and would like to keep them, you can do so as long as you don't switch from them after that date. -Edmund M.

Also on it's Facebook page, Boost Mobile revealed that its $5 discount for using auto pay does apply to the Unlimited Unhook'd and Unlimited Starter plans.


So to recap, here are the plans that are going to be discontinued Sept 30:

  • $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. 
  • $60 ($55 with auto pay) Unlimited - unlimited talk, messaging and unthrottled data. Hotspot is throttled to 128 Kbps after 8 GB is used.
The Growing Data feature of the soon to be discontinued $35 and $45 plans is bonus data for paying on time. For every three on-time payments, the customer gets an additional 500 MB going forward, up to a maximum 3 GB of extra data after 18 on-time payments.

The current "Build Your Own" Family Plans are also going away. These plans let customers combine up to five lines of any combination the $35, $45 or $60 plans and get a discount. Two lines get $5/month off, 3 lines get $15/month off, 4 lines get $40/month off and 5 lines get $75/month off. The last day to start a new Build Your Own plan is Sept 30 28. After Sept 30 28, existing Build Your Own plans will be grandfathered. Customers on grandfathered family plans will still be able to add new lines, but only at dealers or by calling customer care, not online. 

Effective October 1st Sept 29 Boost will only offer its two newest plans.

  • $30 ($25 with auto pay) Unlimited Starter - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 1 GB at high speeds. Up to 15 GB of additional high speed data can be added to the Starter plan for $5 per 1 GB.
  • $50 ($45 with autopay) Unlimited Unhook'd - unlimited talk, messaging and data. Video streaming is degraded to 480p resolution, audio streaming is restricted to 500 Kbps and online gaming data is throttled to 2 Mbps. Hotspot is throttled to 128 Kbps after 8 GB is used
The only family plan option available after Sept 30 28 will be with the Unlimited Unhook'd plan. The first line is $50, each additional line (up to 5 limes total) is $30.

The changes are a mixed bag. Plans now start at $30 instead of $35. Unlimited everything for $50 is better than any other carrier offers, even if video and audio streaming and gaming are throttled. But Growing Data and a plan with truly unlimited and unthrottled data won't be available  to new users after Sept 30 28. 

What Boost is doing with the new plans is offering less data for less money. The benefits to Boost are more competitive pricing and less pressure on their available data bandwidth. For users it means a lower monthly bill, but also fewer choices and less data. 

If you want  a plan with Growing Data or a plan with truly unlimited and unthrottled data you have until Sept. 30 28 to sign up for it.

Updated 9/16: Build Your Own Family plans not available after 9/28.

Updated 9/26: According to The Playbook, Boost's internal dealer newsletter, the last day to activate the $35 and $45 Growing Data plans and the $60 Unlimited plan is Sept 28, rather than Sept 30 as announced earlier.



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  1. The intentionally illiterate misspelling is annoying. Shouldn't the first one be "Unlimited Start'r" ?

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    1. I think Boost is aiming entirely for 7th grade drop-outs.

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  2. So the growing data plan wasn't even around long enough for anyone to accumulated the maximum data. Wow. Too bad Boost doesn't include sales tax.

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  3. I'd switch to Boost if they'd offer Canada roaming, WiFi calling, and full BYOD. Until then Metro and Cricket are better deals

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    1. we offer canada and mexico calling and roaming as well, and we do offer full byod for any sprint or verizon iphone can now come to boost

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    2. As far as I know Boost Mobile does not offer roaming in Canada. There's a $5 Todo Mexico Plus add-on that includes Mexican roaming but nothing for Canadian roaming.

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  4. I wonder if MetroPCS will soon follow suit. I won't be changing my plan or switching carriers anytime soon.

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    1. Nothing but bad news on unlimited lately. Looks like I will never be getting unlimited. Has to be some good news on the way. If this keeps up, Cricket will be the best alternative. How will Metro and Boost survive?

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  5. I normally shit on Boost and Sprint, but now that I think about it, Boost isn't that bad of a deal.

    Unlimited talk, text and 1GB for $20/mo with $5/GB addons, all without any multi-line discounts, is a lot more flexible than most other prepaid plans.

    And unlimited data for $40 is even cheaper than it is on a Cricket group plan, although you sacrifice coverage and speed to save $10 and keep control of your number.

    A $30 Warp Elite (with a port in), and a cushy retirement onto RingPlus (after a year of active duty on Boost) sweeten the deal even more.

    I'm still disappointed there's no 5GB/$30 tier, or the option to unthrottle your data for an extra $5, but Boost is still a lot more accommodating towards one-liners with unpredictable voice, text and data usage than Verizon, AT&T and T-mobile.

    After all, there's nothing more painful than paying $30+ during any month you use less than 150/150/500, or more than $45 for 4GB because of a sudden change in plans.

    That shouldn't even be a thing anymore.

    With that said, I might sign up for a radical, totally whack Boost Mo' starter pack in the coming days, providing Cricket won't cut my bill down to $20 or unlock my Idol 3.

    I'd love to keep AT&T coverage, just not for $35/mo.

    I also loathe the thought of having to social network on reddit just to give up control of my cell service.

    Restricting multi-line plans to a single account shouldn't even be a thing, either.

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    1. Thank you anonymous, this is an outstanding analysis of the prepaid market.

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  6. I agree, the pricing is decent, if still not as low as Ring Plus "Mad" plans even when there's no promos running. Fine for 1yr to pay off a cheap Boost phone,

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  7. No matter what device you are using on the Boost network once your alloted 4G LTE data is at its limit the throttled data is too slow to make it useful. For example opening the mobile CNN website on the chrome browser with Boost 4G LTE with all photos loaded amounts to 3 - 7 seconds depending on the device. With the throttled data the same CNN mobile website loads in 14 - 53 seconds on those same devices. No videos play at all on the throttled data so Boost is actually forcing its users to pay $50 for their unlimited unhooked plan and with autopay will be $45 and with the Boost Dealz app then lowered to $40 per month plus local sales taxes. The $30 plan can equate to $20 per month plus local taxes but data not usable after 1GB of 4G LTE used.

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    1. The same is true of most carrier's throttled data. It's only good for email without images and attachments. If throttled data was fast enough for general use, there wouldn't be much reason for anyone to purchase higher priced plans.

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    2. Boost Dealz does not take $5 off regular bill, It can only take off add on like insurance or data add on or mexico calling. The bill cannot be lower. Only the Auto enrollment of credit card take extra $5 off bill

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    3. "Boost Dealz does not take $5 off regular bill"

      If it can't be used to pay the bill, then Boost is still worthless.

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    4. Boost Dealz does lower your monthly bill because the $5 is given as a credit on your account. If you receive Boost Dealz credits for 5 months in a row then your account is credited with $25, each month is $5 credit on your account. That credit can be used to lower your monthly bill. If your monthly bill is $50 and you have a $25 credit in your account for five months of Boost Dealz you will only have to pay $25 for that months service.

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  8. Boost mobile will not allow any non 4G LTE capable devices onto the two new plans. Those with 3G devices (moto G, blackberry and others) must remain on the old plans. If you have a 3G device on Boost Mobile and want to switch to any of the 2 new plans you must switch your 3G device for a 4G LTE device.

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  9. Are we sure the new $50 unlimited plan can be discounted to $45 with autopay?

    The reply from Boost isn't clear. It appears to say that the $50 plan price already includes the $5 autopay discount.

    Boost never says the $50 plan costs $45 with autopay.

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    1. Boost's reply is a ambiguous but I understand it to mean that the $5 autopay discount applies to the $50 plan.

      The $50 plan doesn't require auto pay. If the $50 price included the auto pay discount, the Unhook'd plan would be $55 without auto pay and it's not.

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  10. Boost has actually reduced the amount of data included with the $45 plan.

    The old $45 plan included 5GB. The new $45 plan only includes 4GB. Hasn't anyone else noticed this?

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    1. There's no new $45 plan. Do you mean the $30 GB plan with a $10 2 GB and a $5 1 GB add-on?

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    2. Yes, the new combination offers less data for the same money.

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  11. "◾$30 ($25 with auto pay) Unlimited Starter " has this been confirmed 100%. I want to change my plan to this one only if there is a $5.00 auto-refill discount. When I called Boost CS they told me the 30 plan doesn't qualify for an auto-pay discount. Im really confused...

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    1. Boost mobile will not be offering $5 auto pay discounts on the 2 new plans. The monthly $5 credit from their Boost Dealz app can be used to lower the $30 per month to an effective $25 per month before taxes. However the Boost Dealz app can useup 250mb - 650mb of the 1000 mb available on the $30 plan depending on if the customers know how to bypass most of the Boost Dealz ads. So for $25 per month plus taxes and 350 - 750mb of data is what is being offered. The Boost Dealz ads are also sometimes difficult to deal with for example you open swipe your phone to take a quick photo and instead of your camera being ready the Boost Dealz ad arrives on the phone screen instead and you have to deal with that ad and then try to take your photo.

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    2. I am not interested in watching ads for $5.00 off but I am interested in the auto pay. I guess there is so much misinformation out there that one gets confused.
      I called Boost again today and they said the auto-pay discount that people used to get for other plans does not apply to the $30 1GB plan.

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  12. I so wish I had put a Boost Moto E on R+ before the clampdown.

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  13. I have been on the grow plan since it started, and it hast grown since it started I have had to call them twice to go from 2-3 gb and now still waiting for the next bump which is over due so I guess I have to call them again....yes I'm grandfathered in been with boost over 10 years and it's a struggle

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