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SPG Deals: $220 Off Virgin Mobile Galaxy S 5, Boost and Virgin iPhone Price Cuts

The Sprint Prepaid Group (SPG) cut prices on a number of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile phones today.

Virgin has the Samsung Galaxy S 5 on sale today only for $449.99. That's $150 off the regular $599.99 price. In addition, if you buy the S 5 today and activate it on a new account, Virgin will give you a $70 account credit within 30 days after you activate. To get the credit you must activate the phone on a new line of service, with a new phone number by 10/11/14.

The $70 credit is also available if you purchase of the HTC Desire 816 LTE Android Phablet . before 10/6 and activate it on a new account by 10/18. You can use code 8169CJ60 to get the Desire for $239.99. The code expires 10/2, after that the Desire will cost you $299.99.

Virgin has also cut the prices of its previous generation iPhones.
Boost Mobile has also cut its iPhone prices:
The iPhone price cuts are likely permanent and no surprise as Apple cut the list price of the 5c and 5s by $100 when the iPhone 6 was launched earlier this month, Boost Mobile has announce that it will be getting the iPhone 6 soon. Virgin Mobile hasn't announced the iPhone 6 yet but I'm confident that they will eventually offer it.

For more deals on Boost, Virgin Mobile and other operator's phones see: Prepaid Phones On Sale This Week Sep 28 - Oct 4


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  1. Nice find but virgin mobile credits in my experience are a pain and you have to harp to get what was promised. On another note when will virgin increase their data allowances like boost !?

    1. Good question, Zach.

      I participated in a nearly identical deal a couple of months ago and ended up sending the phone back.

      I have a Galaxy S3.... and I still have it.

      The S5 screen is noticably better than the S3 screen. But the S3 screen is already great. The S5 has much better camera specs. But the S3 already has a great camera. The battery life in the S5 was disappointing... like in the stock S3.

      The fingerprint thing seemed dodgy, and the touted pulse scanner in the S5 seemed no better than the pulse scanner in the S3 that uses existing camera hardware.

      In summary, something a little nicer, but not enough to justify the cost. I might consider such a deal, though, when the S5's drop below $299. But I am sure by that time I will have left Virgin.

      To Virgin's credit, the return process and refund credit to my account was quick and painless.

      I suppose someone currently with a much worse phone (like a Samsung Intercept or LG Optimus Prime) might see a night-and-day difference if they got this Galaxy S5 deal.

      I was not eligible for the $70 account credit, so I can't speak of my experience on that.

      In tangential experience possibly of value to those who read this. I recently purchased one of the ANKER batteries that is supposed to increase the battery life of my S3 to be so it last a couple of days.

      I was requesting a return on this battery within minutes of installing it. Why? The battery did the following:
      - It completely blocked the cell phone 3G/4G/LTE radio. No bars any more.
      - It completely blocked the WIFI radio. No WIFI reception, even from my router which was 2 feet away from the phone.
      - It blocked GPS.

      No, I didn't check to see if it blocked Bluetooth. But by this time it turned my smartphone into the equivalent of a 2005 iPod. I didn't see the point.

      I think the problem has to do with their careless design. Instead of using the existing footprint of an S3 battery and making it thicker, they chose to make the footprint much larger and wider so the battery covered the radios, having an effect similar to what lead does to Superman's X Ray vision.

      I suppose it is another symptom of the design lemmings touting "Thin !" to the detriment of actual functionality. Making a battery thin instead of thick, with the trade-off being the loss of all radio-related functionality is a prime example of this.

  2. a Today only sale on that Galaxy s5 are they really not wanting to get too many new customers or what?
    and likewise if those VM and Boost are permanently blocked from sprint and their MVNO's (and cann't be flashed elsewhere anymore, right?) and even if the gsm bands are usable elsewhere for talk if and when they will unlock it for you... it looks like the only value (i.e. even if sold really must be used on) is on VM Boost whichever branded..
    so why wouldn't Sprint Prepaid really discount ( by rebate after x months to get back their $) the limited use units to try to gain some new customers???
    but maybe overthinking it.. maybe they're not pushing for gains....rather trying to hold on by more or less....more of the same... being disruptive stirs the competition too!

    But Thanks Dennis for the morning post... where else would many learn of a Today ONLY..
    and with price reductions as well as the $$ credit.. some might want to check it out!

    haven't seen a review but that HTC 816 with 13 and 5 mp camera 5.5" and 1.6 quad processor might be of interest to some in VM coverage... if new customer also gets the $70 credit as well as $60 code discount.. effectively $170....
    now 70 off Galaxy s5 would be $380... ???

    so which would Dennis choose to be his Tuesday prepaid phone of the day? :)

    50-50 odds he might go with the Samsung Flagship used for the post title lead with the biggest price cut...yet the HTC remains $210 cheaper,,,(could buy two and still spend less) ...
    Are there some other spec/ band differences that would matter?..
    Decisions, decisions....... good thing it'll be Dennis's Call for the Tuesday deal of the day.. lol that is it he even chooses to make one .. ;{)

    1. HTC 816 supposedly is another model with a NON removable battery...
      a deal beaker for some of us

    2. Put an asterisk by "Today Only". As VM keeps trotting out and repeating this same deal, with little or no variation, time and again. If you miss it this time, you will see Virgin trot it out again in a few weeks... perhaps better, even, the next time.
      HTC 816 Anon: Yes. a "sealed" battery (like lack of removable micro-SD) is a design flaw/deficiency, and worth pointing out.

      It is especially important with the inferior, low-life "last barely a day" batteries that are the rule now even in top flagships smartphones... from companies that want us to forget those rugged old Nokia dumbphones of a bygone generation that could last a week on a charge. That's because in their minds having a super thin, even bendable phone is more important than having a long-lasting battery that doesn't have someone seeking to upgrade/replace the phone's battery immediately upon unboxing... or spend too much of the day seeking a place to change their phones.

      Make an inch-think smartphone that lasts a week on a charge, and the world will beat a path to your door. Then I won't have to worry about prying open the back of the phone to replace the bad, inadequate battery they ALL ship with now.

      Until then, the ability to easily remove and pop out the battery (always missing on the overall harder to use, less friendly Apple models) is a deal -breaker.

    3. yes, a micro-sd slot is still a usable feature..

      And find it hard not to think of any phone with a "sealed" non user removable battery as nothing but a intended "Throw Away" one...
      even when costing hundreds of dollars.. that old "planned obsolescence" thing,

      So that Flagship sinks when the sealed battery dies and has to be dry docked for days or weeks till service center gets around to repairs.... $$$ when after warranty expires maybe in your use, but eventually...
      likewise some days those heavy users after likely throwing up a SOS can find themselves looking to again being anchored by their cables close to the charging port.... while those with removable batts in their perhaps cheaper phones can have an extra tanker of charged electron fuel at their ready while in midstream,..

      Likewise some still think that purchasing a current phone can provide adequate service for years not months.... like the commentator above even the differences between a couple of upgrade cycles might not warrant the cost of replacing it any sooner.

      Despite manufacturer wishes: unless it's clearly meant to be a cheap-o or fully waterproof unit, then doesn't user replaceable batts to allow easier heavy and or multi year phone use seem like a more reasonable expectation...

      .. besides. nobody has to ever change a battery if they don't want to..
      .pay someone else to do it.. or throw (recycle, give) it away,,
      and didn't striving to give the consumer more Freedom of Choice use to be the acceptable way to do business.....

      Nevertheless, with Freedom of Choice in mind ; some may find this HTC with these specs at this price meets their needs and they're willing to deal with battery if necessary or other limitations (internal storage whatever)... isn't there always some compromise in selecting a phone...

      And Thankfully, Dennis has bought it to our attention
      for consideration when it's on SALE..
      May he keep up the Good Work!

    4. "yes, a micro-sd slot is still a usable feature.."

      Using your nautical analogies, the micro-SD is also a good lifeboat. You put all your photos and data on it, and if (WHEN...) your phone up and dies, you can take the card out and save your data. Otherwise you lose all with the phone. All iPhones are like Titanic's with no lifeboats.

      You mention cheapo. It's amazing that $700 iPhones have a cheapo aspect about them (no removable memory or battery) that puts them in line with $9.99 dumbphones you find at Walgreens.

      If you are paying a premium, they shouldn't scrimp on features.

  3. The only way I would go back to Boost is if they allowed voice roaming.

  4. Someone wrote earlier: "Make an inch-think smartphone that lasts a week on a charge, and the world will beat a path to your door. Then I won't have to worry about prying open the back of the phone to replace the bad, inadequate battery they ALL ship with now."

    My first android device was the Moto Triumph with VM on their $25 plan. It was a decent phone at that time with 4" display. However, the battery life was only about 3.5 hours when surfing the internet. That poor battery life forced me to use juice packs. Buying a spare or back-up battery had limited utility.

    There is simply no reason in today's mass market for the average cell phone user to carry a brick or have a battery that will last one week. I kept a juice pack in my car and another one in my briefcase or backpack. Juice packs today are smaller, have as much as 6,000 mAH, and can charge a tablet. A small juice pack of 2,000 or 3,000 mAH is more than enough to double the battery life of an average cell phone.

    I like small phones and after a number of android devices, I finally turned to the iPhone 5S and never looked back. It's portable, has a 64-bit processor, and is easy to use. I will never go back to android again. However, if someone ask me for a recommendation for a smartphone, android devices are plentiful and cheap and makes for a great starter smartphone.

    To get to the original comment, yes I am more than happy to trade-off a light-weight, well designed phone with a non-removable battery and whose battery life doesn't last the whole day against a heavy brick. The good news for me is I have the juice packs from the days of android so I am safe. If I need to carry any brick, it will be the juice packs.

  5. I find IOS phones to be good starters before someone moves up to Android :)

  6. Anyway, I know the first thing to go on my phone will be the USB port due to all the wear and tear of plugging something in and out of it several times a day just to keep the phone alive. Having a battery that last a week, or even a few days, would greatly reduce this wear and tear.

    (I'd never use a 5S because the keyboard is simply too small. If Apple wasn't such a cheapo cost-cutting company, they'd have included a slider keyboard option with it).

    Juice packs are a stopgap solution, but really all they do is make up for the fact that the battery in the phone isn't adequate. It's an ugly, bulky, clunky kludge.

    "Inch thick" is a exageration.... Imagine an iPhone 6+ that is twice as thick as what just came out. They'd be able to have a battery with 3+ times the life squeezed into this thicker case. It would still be very thin, and on top of that would be a lot less likely to bend.

  7. Apple making limp phones is a blunder on a scale with them forcing users to use that Apple map system with the wavery roads.

  8. dumping the horrible cricket and going back to virgin. why was i ever tempted to try cricket? never again. back to virgin. really want the S5 but will probably go back to using my old S3 on virgin.

    1. Very close to dumping Virgin for Cricket. What is bad about Cricket??? A very good time for me to find out...

  9. only the old cdma metro pcs had gave me service so i could make and receive calls. Not verizon or sprint or tmobile or Att. I tried them all and none of them worked only the metro pcs before their merger with Tmobile. Is anything out there that uses what metro pcs used last year. Metro pcs has no answer for me.

    1. "only the old cdma metro pcs had gave me service so i could make and receive calls. Not verizon or sprint or tmobile or Att. I tried them all and none of them worked only the metro pcs before their merger with Tmobile"

      hard to understand why.. except if no towers for anybody else works where you're at.. and tmobile hasn't used that particular tower that you seem to be using by converting it from the old cdma to T mobile gsm yet..
      and surely you're not the only person in the area who could use it...

      but good example when other posters complain about some brands lousy service.. it's all about your reception at home, work, etc.. and that depends on how the towers are where you want to call...

      > and if some distance from a tower... doesn't your phone's antennae reception have to likely be some of the issue (i.e. some phones simply have better reception than others.. and don't understand why nobody wants to talk about that.. or no reviews really do factual checks as to how this model phone compares to that on the same network from same places...

      It's bound to make a difference, especially when in the outer fringe areas..

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