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Boost Mobile Changes $50 Port In Promotion - No More Free Phones After Instant Rebate

Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand has made a change to the $50 Port-in promotion that's available through Boost dealers.

Up until September 1st, customers porting a number to Boost got a $50 instant rebate on any new or CPO Boost phone. That meant that dealers could offer a free Alcatel OneTouch Elevate, Huawei Union, Motorola Moto E, Kyocera Hydro Reach, ZTE Prestige, LG Tribute K3, LG Volt 2, Alcatel OneTouch Conquest or ZTE Warp Sync phone or a $50 CPO iPhone 5c or $100 iPhone 5s to customers switching to Boost.

Effective September 1st, the $50 instant rebate has been replaced by a $50 account credit which is applied to the customer's account after their second monthly payment.
That means no more free phones for switchers and makes it harder for Boost dealers to compete which MetroPCS which offers a free Samsung Galaxy On5 to customers porting in. In addition the new $50 account credit is only available with six phones, the $29.99 Huawei Union, $39.99 Alcatel Dawn, $49.99 LG K3, Alcatel Conquest or Kyocera Hydro Reach or the $79.99 LG Tribute 5.

As before, the port-in promotion is only available to customers porting from a non-Sprint based carrier or MVNO. In addition, the customer's number must have been active on the non-Sprint carrier for at least 15 days to be eligible for the promotion. The $50 port-in promotion is only available through Boost dealers, not online or at big box stores.

Sources: Wave7 Research, Boost dealer newsletter

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  1. Honestly the free phones and promotions were the only reason people were switching to boost.Unfortunately Sprint's coverage and service just don't work for some people and that will be there downfall in both postpaid and prepaid.

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    1. Maybe they will lower their plan prices now

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  2. Sprint just keeps trying to put itself out of business.

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    1. Why all the hate? Not just from you, but from so many. Sprint may not be perfect, but if you get good service, they are great. I am using the new Boost Unhook'd and I am at 26000 gb and I am speeding along. That's why there are 4 carriers, so people can choose.

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    2. "26000 gb"? If you're at ~25TB of usage and they haven't booted you, then you MUST know somebody on the inside! Even if the little "b" actually means "bits," that's still well over 3TB! How much are you paying a month? $10K?

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    3. LOL ooops 26000 MB! My bad haha

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    4. The new unhooked unlimited plan for $50 -$5 for boost deals app is working. As of 9/3 after 5 days with this plan have accumulated 56,000mb of usage that is 56gb and there has been no throttling at all. Speed test.net download and upload speeds have not changed. At this pace the monthly amount of data usage may exceed 400gb all for a low price when compared to other carriers.

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    5. Isn't the Unhook'd great? I love it!

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    6. I was a boost customer a long time ago when they were the first to offer 50.00 for unlimited calling back in 2009. Where is that innovative spirit now? Metro is still the better deal with truly unlimited data and better coverage; videos can be watched at HD quality. I guess we'll have to watch for the relaunch of Virgin.

      I don't expect much for Virgin either. They will most likely offer the same plans as Boost but charge more for premium phones. In other words, this will be a flop. Sprint must offer the postpaid network to Virgin in order for this relaunch to be a success. I would gladly pay a 15 dollar premium per month over Boost to have this. In fact, should Virgin offer this, it just might be enough to make me switch.

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  3. They have lowered them.

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  4. Use boost as a nice backup phone 2 month of incoming calls and SMS and unlimited use of Pandora for free..every two month just re active it... Priceless

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  5. I know it's a crime to mention this, but I get better service from Boost than I did with T-Mobile. Both home and work.

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    1. It depends on where you live, work, and the places where you regularly go. For me, Boost Mobile would not be as good as MetroPCS.

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    2. Add to this "where you might go"... venturing off the tiny spatters of coverage dots in a map that you get with Sprint and T-Mobile.. and losing coverage. Study the coverage map well before going with the small networks .

      With the much better networks, they will just cover you where you go...much less worries about coverage maps. You pay more (sometimes), but you get peace of mind.

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    3. In this case, T-Mobile/MetroPCS has excellent coverage. Their map has not been fully updated to reflect the improved coverage.

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    4. T-Mobile coverage is still poor in the contiguous 48 states. Verizon and AT&T are hugely better. There is still a vast gap.

      Their current maps (T-Mobile) actually show far better coverage than they actually have. They are deceptive and that they show AT&T coverage as native T-Mobile coverage. This is very bad, because you just don't really have T-Mobile data usage outside of the Native T-Mobile footprint.

      The good thing is that T-Mobile is showing signs of aggressively expanding. They could become a true national network in a few years.

      Before this they had been wasting too much energy on upgrading existing Towers, instead of taking care of the real problem which has been a huge part of the country that lacks any T-Mobile at all.

      Sprint in contrast seems to be collapsing in on itself since T-Mobile actually pulled ahead of it recently.

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  6. Is Boost the only one that requires the port in number to have been active for 15 days or do Cricket and MetroPCS have a similar requirement?

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    1. AFAIK, only Sprint brands have that requirement but I haven't read the T&C's of every carrier's port-in promotions.

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  7. Boost Mobile phones can't be unlock like cricket and metropcs. Boost mobile has no resell value what so ever and this will put on the bottom on the totem poll.

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  8. How's total wireless compared to boost

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    1. Hugely better network and coverage with Total.

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    2. Much better coverage than sprint and T-Mobile

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    3. Be careful with Total. Their service is horrible. Please look into the countless complaints about data disappearing, lost PINS, service interruptions and other really bad issues they are dealing with. Like with everything else, do your homework and research customer satisfaction. They are at the bottom of all including the rest of the America Movil brands.

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    4. It doesn't matter how good a network Total Wireless uses, if it's customer service is useless and their are continued service problems.

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  9. Total Wireless also has legendarily bad customer service. But I don't hear Too Much good about boost either.

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  10. At least with boost you can go into a store and speak to someone face to face. Total wireless...if they pick up your call, your calling the Philippines to people who are not only poorly trained and have no idea about technical issues, but whose first language is not English so it's even harder for you to get your point across.

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  11. Those are all low end phones that tend to get glitchy after just a few weeks or a month or two at most. Internal storage space issues is another problem. Better to take the $50 credit to offset the cost of a better phone by that $50 amount. The Warp Elite can be had for $79 or less most of the time. So you end up with a decent phone that's more likely to last a while for about $29 or less. I don't see the big loss here.

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    1. This promotion is dead, Jim.

      The Warp Elite doesn't even qualify for the $50 credit.

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  12. Good bye Boost. High prices, misdirected incoming calls, slow LTE and no BYOD.

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  13. alot of misguided comments. i work for Boost/Sprint plus we have a Metro store. Boost Coverage is alot greater. Metro is wonderful if you are not going to leave the city.Metro signal can switch just by crossing the street.
    Plan is cheaper by $15. Boost $50 amonth w/8gb hotspot. Metro $65 w/10gb hotspot.
    Majority of Metro Phones are only compatible with Metro, that's it.
    Boost coverage is the exact same as Sprint, which is within 1% of Verizon.

    Not to mention your coverage is partially based on the antenna in your phone.

    We have free phones, several if u switch.

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    1. ... comments like the one above are why Boost dealers have such a reputation for being fanciful. And that is putting it generously.

      The commercials about Boost being within 1% of Verizon have nothing to do with coverage. They are about reliability of signal in a few special locations cherry-picked to benefit reporting in favor of Boost. In fact most of America's cities and towns lack Boost coverage.

      "Can you hear that?"

      "Not in most places."

      Sprint coverage remains a very distant fourth. Half of that a Verizon. More like 50%, NOT 99%.

      Sprint is not even in the same league as T-Mobile anymore.

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    2. Coverage generalizations based on one person's experience are really only valid for that one person. Nationwide, Sprint and T-Mobile coverage in both square miles and in population covered are virtually the same size, with T-Mobile's slightly larger. But they don't both have coverage in all the same places. There are markets were T-Mobile coverage is good and Sprint coverage is poor or non-existent and there are markets where Sprint coverage is good and T-Mobile coverage is non-existent or poor. Arguing over whether Sprint or T-Mobile has better coverage nationwide is pointless.

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    3. Population is a meaningless statistic for mobile phones. It's only reliable for landlines. Because people move around a lot.

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    4. I don't agree that population covered is meaningless. When people move around they generally go to places were there are other people. Population covered is an important part of the overall coverage picture. A network that covered all the sparsely populated areas of the country but none of the more populous ones would mot be very useful.

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    5. I do agree on that last part; that's why the good networks will cover everywhere regardless of population.

      Because you find out that a lot of the most sparsely populated states in the United States still have tens of millions of people passing through them and staying in them for multiple days and needing cell coverage.

      And then it comes down to the fact that two-thirds of cellphone customers need the extensive coverage of AT&T or Verizon. They don't want to have to carry two phones with them everywhere they go.

      Where population really does matter is in the ability of a network to handle congestion and heavy traffic.

      Also, I looked at T-Mobile native coverage which included band 12. The territory covered was much larger than what's on the Sprint native Network at this time. I know band 12 is controversial. But if you have a phone with this, the T-Mobile experience is definitely much better than the Sprint experience.

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  14. Friends don't let friends go to Boost dealers. If you must, go to a big box store or order a Boost phone online instead. I have only seen nothing but very tall tales from boost dealers. The lack of information you get at a Walmart is much better than false information that you get behind a Boost storefront.

    But before you do, compared the coverage to the other three networks. There is such a stark difference. And then you probably won't even get a Boost phone, you will get something from Metro or Cricket or some other company with a much better Network.

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