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.