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.