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Boost Mobile adds $2/day unlimited plan

Boost Mobile announced a new version of its unlimited plan, a $2 per day option that allows users to truly pay as they go. At midnight each day the customer will have the $2 deducted from her account, after which she can take advantage of unlimited voice, messaging, and web for 24 hours. The cycle then repeats. Boost is billing this $2 charge as “regardless of usage,” so it will apply even if you don’t use the phone. So what might be the advantage to this type of plan, which will cost between $10 and $12 more than the $50 unlimited plan?

For some people, having money up front is an issue. I know a lot of people who choose prepaid because they can’t justify spending so much money on a postpaid account. Most of them, then, go for pay-as-you-go, since they can buy top-up cards at a frequency that fits their budget. Some of them would like Boost’s unlimited plan, but might have a tough time coming up with $50 at the beginning of every month. The $2 plan helps remedy that.

This is, in a way, a regressive tax. If someone can afford to pay the $50 up front he’d be wise to do that. But if he can’t he then has the option to pay $2 at a time. He’ll end up paying more overall for the service, which is surely a bummer, but he’ll also be able to get the service in the first place. That’s the point, I guess.

You can sign up for the $2 daily unlimited plan at Boost Mobile’s website.

9 Responses

  1. Gary Says

    I was about to buy a Boost phone, and use Pay-as-you-Go minutes @.10 per. Since they’ve scrapped that in favor of $2. per day, Pay-as-you-Go-or-don’t-go, I definitely won’t be a Boost customer. I think this new plan sucks, and I’ll bet I’m not the only one.

    Posted on September 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm
  2. Ivan Says

    After reading the previous user comment, which said that Boost Mobile is scrapping its pay-as-you-go plan, I became concerned and went to the Boost Mobile web site.

    My only concerns only grew when I noticed that the pay-as-you-go plan is no longer listed on the main “plans” page. You have to do a little bit of digging just to find it.

    So, I called Boost Mobile to ask about this. The customer service rep denied that Boost Mobile is getting rid of its pay-as-you-go plan, but he did say that Boost Mobile IS getting rid of its “$1-per-day Chat Plan” as of September 13th.

    This makes me nervous because the $1-per-day Chat Plan got the same treatment that the pay-as-you-go plan is getting now… still offered, but buried on Boost Mobile’s web site instead of being prominently displayed on the main page like it used to be.

    I hope this doesn’t mean that Boost Mobile will also be getting rid of its pay-as-you-go plan in the coming months, because I just bought a new Boost Mobile phone from Best Buy for $60 and that would really suck.

    Posted on September 4th, 2010 at 12:17 am
  3. mike freeman Says

    Pay as you go has not been scrapped.

    Posted on September 5th, 2010 at 3:06 am
  4. Frank Says

    whats the point? $2 a day no matter if you use your phone or not,I left boost a year ago and went to simple mobile,it is way better than a lot of others and it is cheaper than boost.

    Posted on September 7th, 2010 at 1:55 am
  5. Tman Says

    50 bucks for an unlimited plan is pretty good. Beats contract phones in my opinion and beats straight talk because their phones pretty much suck. With boost you also have access to 3g network and their phones are waaaay better than ST. I use my phone everyday as it is my primary and boost offers contract phone quality in a prepay, so in my opinion, you can’t beat it.

    Posted on September 9th, 2010 at 11:45 pm
  6. Lowndes Says

    Boost will now operate on Sprint phones, if you can find someone that knows how to unlock it. I have an HTC Tilt (Touch Pro 2)”Sprint” on Boost with the $60 unlimited everything working well. I understand that Boost was modified to work on Sprint’s main system now.

    Posted on January 7th, 2011 at 7:29 am
  7. BoostMobile8530 Says

    And now with the “shrinkage” plan Boost is only getting better.

    Sent from my BlackBerry® by Boost mobile

    Posted on May 4th, 2011 at 2:24 pm
  8. Chris Says

    The $2/day unlimited plan actually does have a benefit, although it doesn’t make much sense as a long-term plan. Better to go with the $50/month plan if you need all day, every day unlimited usage.

    Where the plan comes in handy is for Pay As You Go customers who are expecting a few days of heavy usage. The Pay As You Go plan is normally more than enough for those people, but if they need to temporarily use the phone quite a bit, they can switch to the $2/day unlimited plan and not worry about blowing through a ton of money at 10 cents per minute or 10 cents per txt msg. So if you’re going on a 5 day road trip or vacation, you could enable the $2/day plan at a total cost of $10 and use the phone all you want for the week. Surely that would be cheaper than paying per minute/per msg.

    Sometimes you’ve just go to think out of the box! ;)

    Posted on September 13th, 2011 at 11:13 am
  9. Elz Says

    Does anyone know if you can activate/deactivate $2/day plan as you go? Then it would make sense.. Say you won’t be using your phone for the next 5 days, you can simply deactivate $2 per day charge and save instead of paying $50 unlimited.. Any input?

    Posted on October 6th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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