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Boost Mobile Teases "Something Big" Coming Soon. Here's What We Think it is

Boost Mobile - Something Big Coming Soon!

Boost Mobile customers received texts from Boost today today reading, "You're hearing it here 1st! Boost is flipping the switch on something big for our customers on Sept. 8th! Save every month. Better yet, you don't have to do a thing. Just a thank you from us! Check it out at http://msg4u.us/Qh22U". Clicking the link takes you to a page with the graphic above.

Boost Mobile Teaser textWhen I saw "something big" my first thought was Samsung Note 8. Bringing Samsung's latest outsized flagship to Boost would perhaps cause a little buzz but I can't imagine Boost would sell many of the $930 phones. But a new phone release didn't fit the "...you don't have to do a thing" part of the of the text. So maybe a price cut or more or faster data? I really had no clue.

Fortunately a reader with better detective skills than me found some clues in Boost's teaser web page.  The first clue is that the URL in the text is a shortened url that redirects to a longer URL that includes the string TaxesIncTeaser.  Secondly, if you're using the Chrome desktop browser, right click at the top on the orange background of the image on the teaser page and choose Inspect to view the page's generated source code and you will see in the code, div id="taxes-included". While it's possible that some web designer at Boost is misdirecting us, I think Boost is going to take a page from competitors Cricket and MetroPCS and start including all taxes in the plan prices. Depending on where you live, not having to pay taxes can amount to a substantial savings. In parts of California, the MTS tax on prepaid airtime can be as high as 19.6% and taxes in many jurisdictions around the country are nearly 10%.

Including taxes makes a lot of sense, especially in the dealer channel where "taxes included" is a strong selling point for MetroPCS and Cricket dealers in high tax markets.



Sources: Boost, reader tips

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  1. No Taxes = B-I-N-G-O. It only makes sense. Everytime I think of switching to Boost Mobile, I think of those extra taxes. Boost has finally done what we all know and believe. We all know that if Cricket Wireless/MetroPCS can do it,then Boost Mobile can and MUST. Boost finally will join in on "something big" of what THEY KNOW we feel, think and believe.

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  2. So exciting... not.

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  3. Doesn't this just basically cancel out them dropping the $5 auto pay credit? Besides, they don't need cheaper prices, they need better coverage. I'm waiting for them to include unlimited voice roaming. "$50 roaming" is not an option and they won't even let you buy more. I can't invest in a phone service that could basically go out halfway through the month (sprint native coverage is limited to the cities here in North East Wisconsin). Anyone know a sprint MVNO that includes any kind of roaming?

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    1. Ting and Twiggby have no extra charge voice and text roaming.
      Virgin Mobile Inner Circle has unlimited voice, text and data roaming in "Extended Coverage" areas and 800 minutes, 100 MB of roaming in the rest of of the roaming areas.

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  4. Will those with grandfathered $5 auto pay discount and grandfathered plans be included in the switch to taxes included?

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    1. The taxes included should apply to all plans old and new and if not then boost mobile can lose their old customers. Auto pay discount is available for new plans and is available on old plans as long as there are no changes to the old plan accounts.

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    2. If you plan has $5 auto pay discount then you will still be getting the $5. If you change your plan then $5 auto discount credit gets cancel.

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  5. No taxes would be a welcome change, but frankly they're years too late. Metro and Cricket have been doing it for years. Sprint is always playing "me too" after the fact. Bring some WiFi calling and Canada data roaming. You can't just drop these changes when you're desperate for customers.

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    1. Better signal for data would be good

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  6. Boost Mobile competes only with metropcs and cricket on their website so no taxes and fees is expected

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    1. Taxes are included already in New York.

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  7. Dennis, I'm already on the Sprint free plan. Does it make sense to switch to the Virgin Mobile $1 Inner Circle plan?

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    1. Probably not. The Sprint free plan includes 10 GB of hotspot. Hotspot is $10 extra on Inner Circle.

      On the other hand, you get some Virgin perks (discounts on the wine club, free companion tickets on Virgin Atlantic and 3rd night free at Virgin hotels) with Inner Circle.

      Only you can decide which is better for you. Also, I don't know if Sprint will even allow you to take your iPhone to Virgin.

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    2. The discount is also valid for flights operated by Virgin America and Alaska Airlines.

      The airfare discount is valid for select airfares on flights operated by Virgin America and Alaska Airlines, subject to blackout dates with all travel completed by January 2, 2019.

      The discount is either 10% to 20% off, depending on the day of the week you travel - and does not apply to discounted first class fares.

      Since Virgin America goes away as of December 31, 2017, Alaska Airlines gives you the option to use the discount throughout 2018 for Alaska Airlines flights.

      HELLS_BELLS

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    3. "I don't know if Sprint will even allow you to take your iPhone to Virgin."
      Easy to know. Virgin has a BYOD iPhone check on their Inner Circle page now, below the iPhone list.
      Taxes cost 8c/month on Inner Circle, taken out of your initial $1. We pay $3.27/month to Sprint for taxes on each free line.

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    4. Wish Boost would up their hotspot to 10g a month, even 9.. My son and his friend use it and it would help.

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  8. I got the text about dropping the $5 discount for auto pay. It also said that since I'm a loyal customer (or some wording like that), I'd still retain the $5 discount. So, if what happens on September 8 is dropping taxes, then my monthly Boost bill will be the before taxes of $30.

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    1. Loyal customers can lose their $5 autopay credit when making a change to their account.

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    2. I get 10g every month and i get roaming. I have boost mobile. I'm on the family plan I pay $75 each month

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  9. The no taxes is misleading. All companies have to charge taxes so the ones that don't average the taxes based on how many users are in the higher tax cities and states, throw in a little extra to cover underestimating, then charge everybody the same rate so those in the higher tax areas wind up being subsidized by those in the lower tax areas. You also have to watch out for so-called taxes levied by providers who want to say certain fees are taxes when they are simply a means to pad the bill on the part of the provider. Easy way to figure it out is to compare different cell phone companies for your area that charge taxes and see which ones are charged by all companies and which ones are only charged by some companies. You will need to compare prepaid or monthly plans in your comparison since some locations charge differently based on prepaid vs. monthly plans.

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    1. "The no taxes is misleading"

      Not really. Companies like Cricket DO have taxes, but they fold them into the total cost of the plan, which is really a lot more honest: they advertise a certain amount per month, and that is exactly what you end up paying.

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  10. Junk. Poor coverage (abysmal roaming "allowance"), no VOLTE simul voice/data, SMS delays...

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    1. Too funny that you mention SMS delays... I only just a few minutes ago received the text (that this article is discussing) that everyone else received on Monday apparently.

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    2. Yes, the junk guy usually hits the nail on its head. Short posts are easy to read too.

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  11. I currently have a family plan of two phones with 3GB of high speed data and unlimited talk and text for $50 a month with tax and fees included. I got two phones for free and each phone had 16GB of space which is more than MetroPCS and when I checked back with MetroPCS they had changed their policy. Now if you want to switch to them you have to pay $133.00 and that means you have to pay for their unlimited plan for two phones which is $80 plus $35 activation fee and $15 for switching numbers and a $3 service fee. They give you two 32GB phones but they were tired of losing phones by what they call "phone fishers," these are people who switch phones based on phone offers.

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  12. I'm on the old $60 unlimited plan with $5 auto pay discount. Today I received the text about the upcoming announcement. We'll see if they stop charging me local taxes on top of the plan.

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  13. Boost mobile customers that have the $30 1gb plan that was a short promotion are still receiving their autopay $5 credits but have not been notified of any announcements so that plan will probably continue to pay taxes

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  14. I used to be able to get boost refills for less than the dollar amount with online refill companies like callingmart but then they all dried up and no longer offer them. And the places the offer boost refills now charge either tax or a $3 fee. It is good they become more competitive again.

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  15. Unless they're tossing in roaming on Verizon and the ability to activate any paid off prepaid phone on any Sprint subsidiary or MVNO, then I'm fine with them not charging taxes and fees anymore.

    Otherwise, they've still got a long way to go before anyone will give them a second look.

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  16. I switched to boost for the cheap iPhone price without doing any research and found out the hard way that there's still companies that don't allow voice and data at the same time go figure it's almost 2018 now I'm stuck in 3G not able to take calls while at work or I'm logged out on an "unlimited" 4G network lol anyone want to buy a iPhone SE???? ��

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