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New Boost Mobile Switcher and Family Plan Promos

Boost Mobile WalMart Family Plan Promotion
According to Wave7 Research and tips from readers, Sprint's Boost Mobile launched a couple of new promotions recently.

First, there's a new WalMart-exclusive family plan offer. Customers who purchase a new Boost Mobile phone from a WalMart store or walmart.com can can add up to four additional lines for $25/month each instead of the usual $30. To qualify, you need to purchase a phone from Walmart on activate it on the $50/month ($45 with auto pay) Unlimited Unhook'd plan. When activating you must ask customer support to activate the phone on the "Walmart plan code". Then you can add up to four additional lines of Unlimited Unhook'd for $25/month per line. Only the first $50/month phone needs to be from Walmart, the add-on line phones can be Boost Mobile phones from any source. For reasons known only to Boost, BlackBerrys and feature phones are not eligible for this offer.

The other new Boost Mobile promotion is available at Boost Mobile stores and independent Boost Mobile dealers only, not online or at big box stores like Target, Best Buy or Walmart. It gives customers porting from a non-Sprint based operator a discounted phone. This is a bit of a flip-flop for Boost. Up until September 1st Boost gave a $50 instant discount on any phone to customers switching from another operator. That made a number of phones free for porting customers. Beginning Sept 1 instead of an instant discount, Boost gave switchers a $50 account credit, but only after they had made two monthly payments. The $50 port-in account credit offer was supposed to run until 1/11/17 but Boost ended it prematurely on Oct. 6, replacing it with this new instant port-in discount on selected phones.

The port-in discount is available on the following phones:

  • LG K3 LTE Android phone $19.99 with port-in (reg $49.99)
  • LG Tribute 5 LTE Android phone $24.99 with port-in (reg $79.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE Android phone $24.99 with port-in (reg $79.99)
  • LG Stylo 2 LTE Android phone $69.99 (reg $149.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 LTE Android phone $79.99 with port-in) (reg $149.99)
I believe that Boost made changes to the port-in promotion to better compete with AT&T's Cricket and T-Mobile's MetroPCS, both of which give instant discounts to customers porting a number from another operator. Unfortunately for Boost dealers, Cricket and MetroPCS' instant discounts are large enough to give porting customers free phones while Boost's are not. I really don't understand Boost's strategy. With the smallest network and a dysfunctional BYOP system, they need to offer switching customers the best deal, not the worst. The new rebates for port-ins are supposed to be available until November 9. Maybe Boost will bring back free phones for switchers in time for Black Friday.

Sources: Wave 7 Research, Boost Mobile on Facebook

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  1. That's sprint for you, not much they do makes sense this isn't the first time and it won't be the last time.

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  2. Boost Mobile aka Prepaid Sprint, I'm good, I'll pass

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    1. Actually, Sprint has its own, actual Sprint Prepaid brand.

      It's barely advertised. And the pricing is just a match for ATT GoPhone at 3GB and 6GB.

      Obviously with their crappy network, they should have better pricing than GoPhone. But I think they just prefer to push people to Boost.

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  3. I own a couple boost stores and I am so sick of customers buying phones at walmart and coming into our stores asking us to help for free.
    We are independent dealers so every time we help with walmart phones we waste hours of our time and we make exactly zero. thanks Sprint

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    1. put a board " boost phones bought from walmart will be activated for $24.99.

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    2. Hardly being open at all compared to Walmart drives plenty of customers away from Boost stores, so don't worry.

      The terrible coverage of Boost takes care of most of the rest.

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    3. Wow, that's really bad news for small business people. Hope Sprint realizes the value of Boost retail stores and provide compensation of some kind.

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    4. like most corporations there is little concern for their dealers. It's all about maximizing profit for them.

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    5. Boost stores I have visited have such poor customer service that I feel better served at Wal-Mart. If I need help with a Boost device I usually go to Radio Shack, although there is usually a line at the shack, at least the person who finally gets to me is usually helpful.

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  4. Google voice number port out is eligible for Boost's promotion?

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    1. but google voice numbers are rediculous and hard to port as port in departments don't have correct tools for those numbers, You got to ask for manager right away when you port a number like that

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  5. A bunch of crap phones for a $5 discount, no thanks. Boost needs to bring BYOD. Does Sprint not employ a single competent manager?

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    1. The problem is that Boost could only implement BYOD if Sprint did. And Sprint definitely doesn't want to do that, because forcing subscribers to buy Sprint-specific versions of phones locks them into the Sprint network.

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  6. Sprint / Boost Do have BYOD, I activate BYOD devices everyday, Any iPhone 5s 5s 6 6 plus 6s 6s plus unlocked can be used on sprint / boost, It is just the galaxy phones which sprint will not resku to boost. Sprint and Verizon have almost the same unlocked phone policy, A verizon s6 s7 should tecnically work on sprint, and vice versa. they verizon sprint just choose to only accept iphones on byod. So lets not just blame sprint here, This is a issue for verizon and sprint.

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    1. Verizon BYOP isn't perfect but it's light years ahead of Boost's.

      Any of the thousands of different Verizon phone models that can be activated on Verizon postpaid can also be activated on Verizon Prepaid. The customer can activate a BYOP themselves online or by calling CS.

      Officially, Boost will only activate the three dozen or so Sprint phones listed here: Activate a Sprint Phone | Boost Mobile. It that list is incomplete, as some claim, that's a problem in itself. Boost BYOP activations are officially dealer only although CS will sometimes do it if the customer is persistent enough. Plus there's no BYOP at all on Virgin Mobile.

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