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Boost Mobile Bringing Back Free Phones for Switchers and Launching New $35 2 GB Plan

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According to an anonymous tip and confirmed with additional details by Wave7 Research, on November 1st, Boost Mobile will resume offering free phones to customers who port their numbers to Boost at a Boost Mobile dealer. Switchers can chose between an Alcatel Dawn (list $39.99) or an LG K3 (list $49.99, currently $29.99 to switchers), subject to availability. The free phone promotion requires activation on Boost's $50 ($45 with autopay) unlimited plan and the switching customer must have been on the non-Sprint carrier they are switching from for at least 90 days.

Free phones for switchers is a marketing tactic that AT&T's Cricket and T-Mobile's MetroPCS along with Boost have been using for years. It does drive activations but reportedly quite a few customers have been accumulating free phones by frequently switching from carrier to carrier, which has little benefit to any of the carriers. Boost stopped offering free phones for port-ins on September 1st.  I believe that Sprint hoped that Cricket and MetroPCS would also drop the practice but they didn't. The 90 day rule, which is new, seems designed to slow down jumping from carrier to carrier. I wonder if Cricket or MetroPCS will also start requiring customers to be on the losing carrier for 90 days?

In other Boost News, Sprint's prepaid brand will also launch a new $35 ($30 with auto pay) plan on Nov. 1. The new plan will include unlimited voice, messaging and data with the first 2 GB at high speed. The $35 plan will be available as a family plan at $60 for two lines, $90 for three lines, $120 for four lines and $150 for five lines. The family plan prices quoted are with auto pay, prices are $5 higher without.

Boost's current $30 ($25 with auto pay) unlimited plan with 1 GB of data will be deemphasized and dealers will no longer receive a commision for selling it, essentially killing it in the dealer channel.

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  1. unless boost provides roaming for iphones, we cant trust their network.

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  2. They should do $30 (w/auto-pay $25) for 2GB. However, Spint no.

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  3. The carrier-jumping phone collectors must be related to the bunch that changes their RingPlus phone numbers 8 times a month.

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  4. I agree. Sprint service is spotty here in east central Indiana. If providers want to increase their customers they need to LOWER their rates.

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    1. Sprint native coverage is for about a third of the contiguous 48 states, and doesn't meed the needs of the vast majority of Americans. You will find that it has spotty coverage.... or worse... in all but a few states.

      They charge less than Verizon, and still get far fewer customers.

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  5. How does Boost determine you meet the 90 day rule?

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    1. Boost dealers have a web based validation tool. I imagine it checks a database of phone numbers' history that's part of the number portability system.

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    2. So, it's widely known in the Boost community that the checker IS REAL to ensure the customer wasn't with Boost within the last 90 days (to avoid "double dipping". So, fear not if you were w Metro for 30-60-80 days and want to port in...you'll show as eligible
      Now, if you were w Boost within 90 days...you won't be

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    3. How about if I just activated a Verizon prepaid flip phone (on VZ prepaid) I have laying around within the past week?

      I have a few Gusto 2 that I got new sealed for $3/ea. just for these kind of deals. Have worked fine in the past but there was no stated 90 day active previous account condition.

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    4. Whats going to happen with other carriers is if the number is under 90 days active it will show not eligible to port. It already happens sometimes in my market when a customer has cricket then ports to metropcs and then try's to port right back.

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  6. $35 gets you 5GB on Virgin Mobile but only 2GB on Boost??
    Here's an idea, just offer two plans on one brand.
    5GB $35
    Unlimited $45
    Both on Boost and just drop the Virgin and Sprint Prepaid brands. T-Mobile has already gotten rid of their unnecessary prepaid brands. Sprint should learn from their more successful competitors.

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    1. Boost has a certain ... urban ... appeal.

      Virgin isn't so tainted.

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  7. I don't understand the point of a $35 plan. That's just $5 more than the $30 plan and they already offer extra data at $5/GB. They're just forcing you to pay an extra $5 even if you don't need the data. Those free phones are a joke too. Metro and Cricket have very nice mid-range phones for less than $100. Heck, Metro gave away the K7 for free and all Boost can offer is the K3?

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  8. You can to give better free phones then these two garbage phones to get my attention.

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  9. Why does the 4th line on the 2GB family plan cost $40 while all the other lines only cost $30?

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  10. $130 for 4 lines was a typo. It's actually $120 or $30/line.

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  11. Best plan is the get 1st line at walmart $50 unlimited then you can add up to 4 additional unlimited lines at $25 each. Just buy used galaxy s6 off ebay or swappa for $199 each and get free roaming on verizon across the country 50 minutes each month of free roaming. Best Deal In my opinion

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  12. So, i recommend everyone use the Boost eligibility tool to verify the customers eligible for according. Because of a customer walks in your store and makes a comment to you that they've been with another carrier for only 7 Days 20 days 40 days just take their phone number and run it through the eligibility tool and verify it's not that the customer needs to be with another company for 90 days Lucy just making sure that that customer wasn't with Boost within the last 90 days and they do this to avoid the customers that are gaming and jumping from one carrier to another to get the free phone and then jumping back

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  13. The Boost Mobile $30 plan ($25 with auto reboost and 1GB of Data) is no longer available. Boost has a $35 and a $50 plan to choose from

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