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Boost Mobile Announces S8 Pricing and Availabity and Starts Allowing the Motorola Moto G5 Plus


Sprint's Boost Mobile made two announcements to its dealers today.  The first is that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available on Boost starting tomorrow, April 21 for $649.99. That's $100 less than what Sprint is charging its own postpaid customers.  The Boost version is SIM locked and Boost will only unlock it after 12 months of paid service on Boost.

There's already been tons written about S8 so I'm not going to bore you with a lot of specs. It's the latest Samsung small form factor flagship with a very bright high resolution screen and one of the best cameras found on any phone. If you want to know more about the S8, I like the reviews by Walt Mossberg on The Verge and Eric Zelman on PhoneScoop .

This year's signature Galaxy S feature is a wrap around "infinity" screen with no side bezels. Samsung has also eliminated the physical home button and given the S8 very small top and bottom bezels. The minimal bezels combined with a new taller and narrower 18.5:9 aspect ratio results in a phone with a 5.8" screen that has about the same overall dimensions as the 5.1" screened Galaxy S5, S6 and S7.


Boost's other announcement is one that really shouldn't be necessary. Boost has notified dealers that they can now activate the unlocked Motorola G5 Plus for customers. The announcement shouldn't be necessary because the G5 Plus is a universal unlocked phone that's fully compatible with all four US national carriers, including Sprint. The G5 Plus should have "just worked" on Boost since the day it was launched, but it didn't until now. That's because Sprint has decided to pick and choose which Sprint network compatible phones it will allow on Boost and which it won't.  You can find the list of allowed phones here and it's very short.  It doesn't even include the Moto G4 series, Moto X PE or any of the Nexus and Pixel phones that can be activated on Sprint postpaid or Sprint MVNOs.  Sprint is losing out on potential new activations and doing a disservice to Boost customers and dealers with their pointless restrictions on which compatible phones they are allowed to activate.

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  1. i see zero comments from the anonymous trolls

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    1. FACTS ≠ TROLLING.

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    2. Hard to troll cause I can't use the internet while speaking on my shiny new Galaxy 8 on the Sprint network.

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    3. it's ok. I can't walk and chew gum at the same time either, so the Sprint network is more my speed.

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    4. You can't go wrong with Sprint, the best carrier of 2007.

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  2. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS ABOUT TIME! #MOTOG5PLUS #BOOSTMOBILE

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  3. $650 locked down paper weight outside of Boost/Sprint dead-last "network."

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    1. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT AREA YOU LIVE IN. I GET GREAT SERVICE IN MY AREA. STO HATING!!!!!

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  4. eBay selling unlocking service for Boost Virgin. The price is not bad.

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  5. Off topic question, can LG G5 and V20 works on Boost?

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    1. Does anything really 'work' on Boost?

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  6. Of the commentators who have good things to say about Boost, most work at Boost storefronts. The rest think it is some sort of energy drink.

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    1. It's the Red Bull of running away.

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    2. The Mountain Don't.

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  7. It's as close to FREE as you can get, if one doesn't "qualify" for the "lifeline" FREE service, commonly referred to as the ObamaPhone.

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    1. US Mobile is $2/mo without minutes or messages.

      But if that's all someone can afford, people are better off not hearing from them.

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    2. If we pay them $2 a month, will they go away?

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  8. Question: how much is a phone permanently locked to Boost actually worth?

    Answer: I'm really not sure, but if you throw in 5 bucks it will probably get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

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    1. TRUTH. FACT.

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    2. If you even try to exchange a Boost phone for coffee, with or without $5, they'll ban you from the Starbucks for life.

      True story.

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    3. Not so sure there... I hear Starbucks uses Boost phones as coasters.

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  9. still waiting for iPSE 32gb/128gb go on sale

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  10. The S8 is only worth $100 with a port-in, and you'd have to be a complete moron to piss away $550 in lost value.

    Anyone actually looking to buy the S8 should just splurge on the unlocked version instead.

    As for activating the G5, it's a case of pearls before swine.

    "Activate not that which has an ESN on Boost, lest the network not afford you coverage wherever it may be needed." ~ Anonymous 6:37

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  11. For anyone who is planning on using Boost service anyways, saving $100 for an S8 makes a lot of sense. I don't think it takes a moron to realize saving money might be a good idea.

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    1. But then the question is, what kind of person would actually choose Sprint.

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    2. "But then the question is, what kind of person would actually choose Sprint."

      The kind of person who puts ketchup on steak, takes off his shirt to go to the bathroom, refers to himself in the third person, and wears a Members Only jacket.

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    3. "The kind of person who puts ketchup on steak, takes off his shirt to go to the bathroom, refers to himself in the third person, and wears a Members Only jacket."

      Trump's public friendship with Masayoshi Son doesn't mean he'd ever actually use Sprint in private.

      The Donald demands only the best, most overpriced service America has to offer.

      And given his political love affair with rural Murica, only Verizon postpaid would have him covered for all those late night tweets in the middle-of-nowhere that he comes up with over a rousing tray of Mickey D's.

      Sure, his native coverage is actually better than theirs.

      But he also overlooked the workers striking against them, because The Donald is loyal to a fault...except when he's not.

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  12. A Samsung Galaxy might be a good choice for a Boost user, considering the poor cellular coverage. There's a good chance it will spontaneously combust and put out smoke signals, anyway.

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    1. That won't be much of a consolation if the Grenade S8 blows off half their face.

      I'm surprised their not giving those things away for free...to the US Military, given the potential upcoming conflict with the company's northern neighbors.

      We can even drop barrels of 'em on Best Korea.

      You know, to "introduce them to western culture" or something.

      They're totally safe for use.

      Definitely.

      Just give it a few months before buying one...just in case.

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    2. Sanctimonious ApeApril 23, 2017 at 8:32 AM

      I'm so tired of reading about "exploding" phones - they DON'T explode! They catch fire and burn. Why is this simple fact so hard to get right? Must just be a cellular industry brain malfunction since they can't seem to understand the word "unlimited," either.

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    3. Even Ape brains learn if motivated.
      "Curtis Sathre said it was like a bomb going off. His 13-year-old son Michael stood stunned, his ears ringing, hand gushing blood and body covered in black ash.

      In a split second last August, fragments from Michael's exploding cell phone had hit him between the eyes and lodged in the ceiling of the family's home in Oceanside, Calif."

      This is just one report. There are many others. Don't be lazy. Do your homework before you rant.

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    4. Christine busted Ape's myth more than 5 years ago when she posted this at Android Authority:
      http://www.androidauthority.com/busting-the-myth-yes-cell-phones-can-explode-42582/

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  13. Saving money? Yes. But in this case, it's like taking two steps forward, and ten back considering the proven dead-last standing of the "network," and the horrid resale value of the hard-locked device.

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    1. That doesn't matter to Boost's target demographic.

      They're primarily clustered in the more urban parts of America where Sprint coverage is somewhat adequate.

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  14. It's like using Dixie cups and string but with one end being Waterford Crystal.

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    1. Matt - Pretty funny, and sadly true!

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    2. But, being Boost, the string is cut in the middle.

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    3. It's still embedded in the crystal, which means you can't just yank it out and use a better string that actually works.

      That's why it's better to stick with strings that let you bring your own cup.

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  15. The advantage of buying this expensive phone from Boost is that the unlimited plan of $50 which can be lowered to $43 with autopay and boost dealz app enables the user to actually use the phone all day while those on non unlimited plans carry around these expensive phones to make a few phone calls, send a few texts and carefully watch their data usage

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    1. My $43 Gophone plan with 6GB of rollover data never has me worrying about running out.

      But if I ever do go over, I can just pop in a Metro sim and, get this, get coverage both inside AND OUTSIDE wherever I go.

      I even get 4G coverage on the road, which is something that oftentimes can't be said about Boost.

      The best part is that any unlocked phone will do, so there's not even an advantage to paying $700 for a phone if I can only use it on one single carrier.

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    2. "The best part is that any unlocked phone will do, so there's not even an advantage to paying $700 for a phone if I can only use it on one single carrier."

      It'd be unwise to do this even on a great carrier like Verizon. But getting a super expensive phone that only works on the worst carrier is like using greasy old pizza boxes as floor mats for your Mercedes.

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  16. Tempting, but I have been Boosted by Boost in the past. I hope that Sprint gets their act together.

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  17. TheCatDetectorVanApril 21, 2017 at 3:05 AM

    "greasy old pizza boxes as floor mats for your Mercedes" just got a little cheaper.

    Sprint has a Two-fer-One sale April 21st - 28th on Galaxy S8, but you have to lease them at 24 month rate instead of an outright BOGO purchase.

    Lease is $31.25/month for both Galaxy S8 phones combined & you can upgrade after 12 monthly payments. Must activate at least one new line to get the deal.

    Unlocked S8 & S8+ selling at Best Buy after May 9th. $725/$825. Perfect greasy pizza boxes for my TracFone sim.

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  18. Not worth paying $650 for a locked prepaid phone, especially Boost. I still don't know why they don't just sell sim cards online so you can activate on your own. I don't want to go to shady Boost stores.

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    1. You're safer inside the stores than in the surrounding areas.

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  19. I have used at&t, metro and now I am on Boost. Boost has worked fine in my area. Only thing i miss from metro was being able to use internet while on a phone call.

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    1. The internet? Is that thing still around? Al Gore's invention won't last...

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    2. You can't use data during a call, and you won't get LTE before or after one.

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  20. I am a Boost suscriber. I'm on the unlimited plan and pay $45 a month. I use about 30 gigs of data a month and almost always have LTE coverage. I purchased a LG X power for about $80. The Boost version has an excellent octa-core processor. Please explain to me Sprint haters: what isn't to like about this great deal and good service.

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    1. T-mobile's unlimited plan is $50 and it always (not "almost always") provides coverage in the areas it's supposed to.

      The X Power is also locked to Boost, where as T-mobile phones can be unlocked and brought onto any GSM style carrier.

      Then there's Sprint's horrid building penetration, terrible on-the-road coverage, near-zero 3G speeds and the fact that I literally saw a guy running around in the street trying to get cell coverage.

      Funny thing is, the three other networks (H2O aside) are rock solid in the area.

      The point is that Sprint doesn't exist in a vacuum, and it'd suck even if it did.

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    2. The T-Mobile prepaid unlimited data plan is $75, not $50. Do you mean MetroPCS?

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    3. Yeah, Metro's.

      Sometimes I forget about T-mobile proper because of how much of a non-presence they are in the competitive landscape.

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    4. "Then there's Sprint's horrid building penetration, terrible on-the-road coverage, near-zero 3G speeds and the fact that I literally saw a guy running around in the street trying to get cell coverage."

      More likely he was running in terror from a Boost store because the Boost clerk gave an awful answer to a question.

      "Umm, yes, our phones work on the moon, and Boost's 6G technology covers twice as many Americans as Verizon."

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  21. I'll grant you the poor 3g speeds and occasional poor building penetration.Beyond that, Boost is the least expensive and been a good service for me.

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  22. Any idea when Boost will allow Samsung's unlocked galaxy s8 plus on the network? Or can I just have someone at best buy play with the software and activate?

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