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Boost Mobile Confirms No Taxes on Plans Starts Sep 8, Grandfathered Plans Included

Boost Mobile Taxes Included

Last week Sprint's Boost Mobile sent teaser texts to its customers promising Something Big was coming next Friday Sept. 8. The texts included a link to a web page with a countdown clock. A PrepaidPhoneNews reader discovered hints in the url and source code of the page that suggested the Something Big was that Boost would be paying customer's taxes and fees. Boost competitors Cricket Wireless from AT&T's and T-Mobile MetroPCS have been covering their customers taxes for many years so for Boost to do the same makes competitive sense.

In its latest The Playbook internal newsletter for dealers, Boost confirmed that its plans are going taxes inclusive. The newsletter includes more details about the new no taxes and fees policy including that:

  • Boost will be covering all taxes and government fees including sales taxes, e911 fees and California's MTS fee.
  • The taxes included policy will apply to all Boost monthly and daily plans including grandfathered plans. There's no mention of whether it applies to grandfathered feature phone only pay as you go plans or not.
  • Boost's own fees are not included in the no fees deal. That means customers will still pay a $3 fee for making a plan payment at a Boost Mobile store, the $10 device reactivation fee and the $25 device setup fee that independent dealers are allowed to charge.

I know a lot of Boost customers will be happy to hear that the no taxes policy will apply to their grandfathered plans. Presumably, this includes plans with the grandfathered $5 auto pay discount.

September 8th looks like it will be a big day for changes at Boost Mobile. Most of Boost current promotions end Sept 7 including the:

  • Add-A-Line Promotion - customers who add a line get a free month of service.
  • 4 lines of Unlimited Gigs for $100 when you port a number to Boost.
  • 4 lines of Unlimited Gigs with the Todo Mexico add-on included for $110 when you port a number to Boost.
  • Bring your own iPhone and get every other month free.
  • Current in-store phone deals including free and discounted phones for port-ins and phone discounts for new activations and replacement phones.

In the past Boost has often extended promotions beyond their original end dates so it's likely that some of these offers will be extended. It's also likely that Boost will launch new promotions on the 8th including new free and discounted phone deals. However if you want one of deals ending on the 7th, I recommend signing up for it ASAP in case it's not extended.


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  1. Does this include the purchase of the refill cards?

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    1. Probably not. i added a cricket $40 refill card to both a Bestbuy and Walmart shop basket and both added the 7% local,state,municipal tax AND the e911 1% fee. probably gonna be like Cricket Stores and cricket Auto-pay or thru thge cricket app .

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    2. I agree. It's to Boost's advantage to cut out the middlemen. Boost is already paying a commission to retailers. I doubt that they would also agree to reimburse the retailers for the taxes that the retailers are liable
      for but didn't collect from customers. Not to mention the cost of the accounting software changes required by both the retailers and Boost to handle the billing and collection of the tax reimbursement s.

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    3. It does include replenishment cards.

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    4. What's your source for this information? If true then buying
      tax free cards on sale at Target for 5% off plus another 5% off for using Red card is the way to go. However Target collects tax on Cricket cards so I expect they will do the same for Boost.

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  2. Is auto-pay discount valid?

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    1. Effective 8/22/17, Boost no longer offers the $5 auto pay discount to new customers. Customers who enrolled in auto pay before 8/22/17 can keep the discount as long as their account remains active and they don't change plans.

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  3. Hello i just bought a reboost card does anyone know where the pin is.
    I havent bought an airtime card in years.

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    1. Scratch off the silver bar on the back to reveal the PIN.

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  4. Sub-par service really means sub-par service.

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  5. It's a price drop AND it makes for more honest advertising.

    (because you know it's a lie when a retailer say you are going to pay %5.99 for something and the till rings up $6.43, no matter what the reason).

    Good for Boost!

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  6. The boost retail stores will always have their stream of cash paying customers where taxes are not collected only the $3 fee is. The retail cards will not be bought as much and those retail card buying customers will now go to the retail stores instead so overall this new no taxes no fees will bring more business to retailers

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    1. Currently (until Sep 8), the $3 payment fee at Boost stores is in addition to taxes, not a replacement for them.

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  7. No boost mobile retail stores have ever charged sales taxes for cash payments. Only credit and debit card payments have sales tax added on. Boost mobile customers avoid retail cards if there is a boost mobile retail location closeby. Simple mobile is the same no sales tax for cash payments. Many boost mobile retailers have added simple mobile, Lyca, Ultra to their payment systems. The payments made by cash to these retailers are held and not processed until the customer's due date so most cash paying customers pay on their due dates so they know their cash payments were processed

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    1. I am a boost mobile dealer and it is illegal to not collect tax on any payment cash or credit, I know an mvno dealer who was not collecting tax last year and he was audited by state and owes 12,000 in back tax not collected for simple mobile and h20 payments. So yeah its illegal to not pay tax.

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  8. This change is years too late. Another copy cat move that doesn't change the value proposition. Coverage is still a huge problem. When you're still selling 3G service, you need to charge 3G prices. $50 is to much for Sprint service.

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    1. In most of the country, Sprint is selling 0g service, which makes for very low average data speeds nationwide... So, what's a fair price for a service that gives you voice and text but no data in most places ?

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  9. Boost (Sprint) is probably doing this to; first compete with their prepaid competition; and second to avoid retailer commission costs on the retail front end of getting prepaid services paid for. Currently, I have Virgin Mobile and live in California and I buy all my Virgin Top-Up cards with cash at Lowe's in Las Vegas .

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