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Prepaid Faceoff: Boost Mobile vs. Chit Chat Mobile

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With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.

Today, we’ll look at Sprint-owned Boost Mobile, and MVNO Chit Chat Mobile. Both companies, obviously, use Sprint’s network and both have been around for a while.

Here’s how they compare:

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Get a Free Month of Boost Mobile Service

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Sprint has been working hard to keep its prepaid customers with various promotions during the last few months or so. And it looks like its prepaid carrier Boost Mobile is running a promotion in conjunction with Best Buy which could land eligible customers with a free month of service.

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ZTE Warp Elite Comes to Boost

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In the prepaid market, phones that retail for less than $200 tend to be pretty much the same. No matter how many I write about, at the end of the day they are all designed specifcally for consumers who want a decent smartphone that can do basic things but doesn’t cost in the $500 range that flagships run. However, if you’re looking for a smartphone that can do just a little bit more, then the ZTE Warp Elite definitely is worth a look.

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Boost Mobile Introduces Trio of New Promos

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Sprint’s prepaid brand Boost Mobile has always been one of the more aggressive companies as far as the pricing war and switcher credits goes. Today, the company continues that trend with a trio of promotions that will give virtually every potential and current customer an opportunity to save money.

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Boost Adds New Phones to Lineup

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Sprint’s Boost Mobile announced yesterday that it has added two new devices to its lineup including the Alcatel OneTouch Conquest and Elevate. Both low-cost devices have budget specs but the Conquest (shown above) is the one that really caught my attention with high ratings against water and dust for people with more active lifestyles.

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Boost, Virgin Offer Data Add-Ons

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The main downside to monthly plans is that most of the larger companies don’t offer top-ups if you have a month of heavy use. You either have to renew early or just wait out the last week or so with no data. Well, Sprint-owned Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile both debuted some new data packs that can be purchased to help customers get through the last little bit of their mobile bill.

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Boost Mobile Adds Hotspot Plans, Netgear Hotspot

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While Sprint-owned prepaid brand Boost Mobile has offered mobile hotspot plans for several months, the company did not offer any other way to get data to other devices. Well, it looks like Boost has finally stepped up with the recent announcement of its first-ever hotspot plans and a NETGEAR hotspot device which is available from Best Buy right now.

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Boost Updates Eligible Phone List

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Boost Mobile is owned by Sprint and thus is subject to Sprint’s ridiculous and complicated policies for activating devices on its network. The Sprint blacklist is constantly changing, and it looks like the most recent changes are mostly to remove WiMax devices from the lineup, with one surprising exception: the Samsung Galaxy SIII. I’m not sure what prompted Boost to remove this popular device from their list, as it’s not exclusively WiMax like many of the others.

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Prepaid Faceoff: Boost Mobile vs MetroPCS

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With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.

Today, we’ll look at Boost Mobile, a Sprint-owned prepaid brand, and MetroPCS, a T-Mobile brand. It’s worth noting that both companies—Boost Mobile especially—have a habit of changing their plans around significantly, so I will be including links to both sites just in case.

Here’s how they compare:

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Boost Allows Disable of Video Throttling

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For those of you who didn’t actually read all of the Terms and Conditions for Sprint’s prepaid company Boost Mobile, it might be a bit of a shock to hear that Boost Mobile formerly included a notice that all video streaming, regardless of the amount of data used, was throttled to 3G speeds of around 600 Kbps. This little clause has been around for a while, but never really got all that much fanfare. And now, fortunately, it’s gone. Kind of.

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UPDATED: Boost to Add LG Tribute 2 and LG Volt 2 Soon

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Update: Both phones are now available from Boost Mobile! Check them out at Boost’s site.

Rumors suggest that Boost Mobile will soon be adding the successors to two of its devices in the coming weeks: the LG Tribute 2 and the LG Volt 2. Prepaid Phone News suggests that both devices should hit Boost Mobile on June 29. These low-end devices are a slight upgrade over their predecessors, but still lack some of the solid mid-range specs that we’d all like to see.

Here are some of the specs you can expect on these phones:

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Sprint Stops Some Throttling Thanks to Net Neutrality

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Despite the best attempts from several different companies and organizations to block the stronger Net Neutrality rules propositioned by the FCC, Net Neutrality went into effect two weeks ago. And, as of last Friday, we saw the first obvious shift in carrier policy since the new rules went into law. Effective immediately, Sprint has announced it will stop some of its throttling practices.

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Boost Mobile Offers to Slash Prices

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Sprint has been all about the “Cut your bill in half” promotion for a little while now, and it looks like it has finally moved the popular promotion over to the prepaid sector. Sprint’s Boost Mobile announced on Friday that it will cut plans in half for all MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless customers who port to Boost between now and July 20, 2015.

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Boost Mobile Offers $10 TV Streaming

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Sprint’s Boost Mobile announced earlier this week that it will now be offering customers a Sports TV streaming add-on so that customers can stream their favorite sporting events from their Boost Mobile phones. Called boostTV, this is the first TV service to be offered by a prepaid company and is available both to new and current Boost Mobile users.

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Boost Offering More Discounted Devices

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Boost Mobile, the Sprint-owned prepaid brand, has debuted a new promotion available at its national retail locations. Now through July 9, 2015, customers who are looking to buy a new phone with new activation can get up to $80 off of select phones. The discount is not available to customers looking to port and cannot be used with any porting promotion. New customers will be eligible for this discount, provided that they have been with Boost Mobile for at least 30 days.

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Boost Mobile Doubles Data Again

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If you like oodles and gobs of data, then Boost Mobile is undoubtedly for you. The Sprint-owned prepaid brand announced earlier this week that it will, once again, be doubling the available data on several of its monthly prepaid plans. This new promotion is aimed at customers who are looking to port a number to Boost Mobile and the company has promised customers who take advantage of this deal that they will be grandfathered once it has expired and will be able to keep the massive amount of data.

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Verizon, Sprint Companies to Issue Refunds

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Verizon and Sprint and their assorted companies (including Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Prepaid and Assurance Wireless) have been ordered to provide a refund to customers who were charged for premium SMS messages without proper notice or consent. The FCC, state attorneys general and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have charged the companies a total of $120 million.

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Sprint to Add LG G Stylo to Boost Mobile, Sprint Prepaid

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For whatever reason, right now phablets (or phones larger than 5 inches) are all the craze, and Sprint recently announced that it will be adding a new phone and stylus option for customers looking to get a larger handset. Set to be released in June, the LG G Stylo is a pretty good-sized phone which includes a handy stylus for drawing and note taking. The LG G Stylo is expected to be available on Boost Mobile and Sprint Prepaid on June 7, 2015.

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Boost Mobile Offers Cuba Connect Plans

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In response to the slightly calmer and more relaxed political environment between the United States and Cuba, Boost Mobile introduced a new plan today designed for Miami residents only. The plans, called Cuba Monthly Connect offer consumers a way to keep in touch with their friends and loved ones in Cuba.

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Boost Offering Free Phone

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One of the most expensive parts of a prepaid plan is actually purchasing the phone.  So, in an effort to lure more customers, Sprint-owned prepaid company Boost Mobile has introduced a new promotion that could land new customers with a free phone or a discount on a phone.

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8 Best Boost Mobile Phones

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Boost Mobile runs on Sprint’s network and is owned by them as well, but unlike a lot of other prepaid companies, you have to have a Boost Mobile phone in order to access Boost Mobile’s service. If you’re looking to switch to Boost, but are not sure what phone to pick, here are my picks for the best Boost Mobile phones on the market right now:

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Galaxy S6 Coming to Boost April 10

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Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile officially announced yesterday via Facebook that it will be carrying the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S6 starting April 10. While it isn’t news that the prepaid carrier will have the S6, I was a little surprised that they will be getting it so early–April 10 is the same day that the postpaid carriers will be selling the new device.

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Boost Mobile to get Galaxy S6

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According to the guys over at Prepaid Reviews, Boost Mobile has announced via Twitter that it will be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy S6 when it is released at the beginning of April. I can’t say I’m super surprised by this, as Cricket has already announced that it, too, will carry Samsung’s new flagship. An official date for Boost (and Cricket) has not actually been announced, but I assume it will likely be sometime in late May or early June.

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Sprint Prepaid Brands Get New Moto E

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You might remember we published some rumors a few weeks ago that that the second generation Moto E, which includes LTE capability, was coming to Sprint prepaid brands including Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. Well, I’m happy to report that those rumors were totally true. The Moto E is available immediately from Boost Mobile and other brands as of today.

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Boost, Virgin add Monthly Hotspot Add-On

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Being able to use your smartphone as a hotspot device is incredibly useful, especially if you travel a lot. However, if you use Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile your only option of taking advantage of the hotspot capabilities built-in to your phone was to pay $5 for each day you wanted to use it. It’s not only outrageous but ridiculous. Well, as of earlier this year, both Boost and Virgin have finally begun to offer two new monthly hotspot add-ons, and the daily add-on has been reduced.

Here are the three hotspot options as of today:

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Boost Adds Unlimited Calls to Mexico

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Since AT&T acquired the Mexican cell provider lusacel, it has added unlimited calling to Mexico for next to nothing on both Cricket plans and GoPhone plans (not to mention AT&T postpaid plans). Well, it looks like Sprint will be the first to continue on this trend with the optional addition of unlimited calling to Mexico for $5 on select plans.

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Boost Offers Free Month of Service

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Boost Mobile, a Sprint-owned MVNO, has launched a new promotion after the recent end of their discounted phones deal. With this new promotion, new customers can get one month of Boost Mobile service free–a value of up to $55 dollars, depending on which plan you purchase.

In order to qualify for this promotion you must:

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Boost Mobile Free Phone Promotion Ending

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Update: Boost has extended the promotion to end on 3/31/15

Boost Mobile has been running a deal for the last few weeks aimed at customers who port from any non-Sprint carrier. Now through the end of January, consumers who open a new account, purchase a month of service and port over a number can get a free phone or a discount on a more expensive phone.

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Boost Increases AutoPay Data

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As the prepaid price war heats up, Sprint-owned Boost Mobile has announced the upcoming launch of a new Data Boost plan that is sure to get more reliable auto pay customers to their doorstep. Launching on Feb. 3, this low-cost plan is currently one of the best on the market. While the plan requires auto pay to sign up, it rewards customers with more high speed data than other similarly-priced plans every month.

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Boost Mobile Launches Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE

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Boost Mobile has introduced a new LTE phone this week: the Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE. This third generation low cost phone launched on Monday and is aimed at the growing LTE prepaid market with an affordable price tag and functional hardware that will get the job done without all the extra bells and whistles.

The Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE is on sale now for $130. Here’s what the hardware looks like:

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Boost to Carry Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE

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The Samsung Galaxy line is probably one of the more popular phone lines, and Boost recently announced they would be carrying a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail. Starting on January 19, the new Samsung Galaxy Prevail will have 4G connectivity as well as a few other improvements such as increasing the screen from 4 inches to 4.5 inches; increasing the battery size slightly and upgrading the operating system from Android 4.1 to 4.4. 

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Boost Adds Phones to Whitelist Months Early

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When it comes to allowing phones to be activated on their prepaid networks, Sprint is something of a bully and requires that everyone wait at least a year before ‘whitelisting’ the phones. However, Prepaid Phone News reported earlier this week that Boost has added several new phones to their whitelist.

Phones that were recently added to the lineup of acceptable BOYD include:

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ZTE Debuts Two Prepaid Phones

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ZTE has two new low-end prepaid phones available through two different carriers this week, so I thought I’d cover it all in one post to save on some time and reading. The ZTE Speed can be purchased through Boost Mobile, and the ZTE Zinger is available through T-Mobile prepaid. They have pretty similar specs and, to be truthful, nothing too spectacular or noteworthy. Here’s a quick comparison:

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Boost, Virgin Mobile to get Lumia 635

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Sprint and Microsoft seem to have worked out their differences. Yesterday, Sprint announced that Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will carry the Windows Lumia 635 starting December 23. This will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 available to Sprint customers and the first Lumia device available for Sprint prepaid brands Boost and Virgin Mobile. The phone will become available to postpaid plans on January 16.

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Boost Mobile Wallet adds eGift Cards

Just in time for the gift-giving season, Boost Mobile has announced that the Boost Mobile Wallet will now support the purchase of eGift Cards right from your cell phone. Here are some of the companies that you can purchase eGift Cards from:

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Boost to Permanently Offer Double Data Plans

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In September of this year, Boost Mobile debuted a new “Double Data” promotion where all three unlimited plans were reduced by $5 and the data was, as the name suggests, doubled. Originally promoted to end in October, the promotion was so popular it was extended to January. Now, leaked internal documents state that the double data plans will become a permanent fixture of Boost Mobile plan pricing.

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Virgin Mobile and Boost Black Friday Deals

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Sprint’s MVNOs Boost and Virgin Mobile have released some of their prepaid phone deals for Black Friday and, while they aren’t quite as spectacular as the deals we found last year, you can still get some pretty nice phones for far cheaper than normal. Here’s what you can expect to find:

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Boost Mobile to Offer LG G2 Friday

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According to Boost Mobile marketing materials, they will be offering the LG G2 starting this Friday, November 21. Expected to cost around $280, this smartphone has some pretty sweet specs and a cool-sounding sliding feature that allows you to quickly swipe between up to three running apps.

Here’s what it looks like under the hood:

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Boost Extends Data Boost Promo

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For the last two months, Sprint owned MVNO Boost Mobile has been conducting a “Data Boost” promotion which, as the name suggests, gives customers additional data for a cheaper price. Originally set to end on November 3, Boost has extended the promotion an additional two months. It is now scheduled to end on January 5, but consumers who purchase the lower-priced plans can be grandfathered in after the promotion ends.

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Sprint Prepaid, Boost to offer Sharp AQUOS Crystal

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There are tons of stylish smartphones on the market today, but if you’re really looking to turn heads, then  the Sharp AQUOS Crystal definitely deserves a close look. This eye-catching edge-to-edge smartphone design is pretty unique and bound to make your apps, games and pictures look fantastic, and it’s available now.

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Boost Mobile to Sell iPhone 6 Oct. 17

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Well, after a month of waiting, it’s finally here! The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available via Boost Mobile on October 17, 2014. I couldn’t actually find the official announcement on the Boost Mobile page, but Phonescoop reported that they made the announcement early Friday morning. And, as expected, the phones will retail for $100 less than their normal market price.

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iPhone Price Cuts for Boost, Virgin

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As expected, Sprint’s prepaid brands Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile have announced price cuts on the older iPhone models. This reduced price is labeled as ‘limited time’ on Virgin Mobile’s website, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the prices to drop permanently soon following the recent release of the popular (and maybe slightly bendable) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year.

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Sprint Removes iPhone 5c, 5s from MVNO Blacklist

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When it comes to MVNO policies and such, Sprint tends to be a little dictator-ish and frequently limits exactly which phones you can have on their MVNOs. Newly released phones can’t be activated on any Sprint MVNO until they have been out for a year, undoubtedly an attempt to push consumers to the more lucrative postpaid offerings.

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Boost to get iPhone 6, 6 Plus ‘Soon’

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So, I wasn’t going to actually write about this until there were some solid details. But, with all of the news about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, I just couldn’t resist. Sprint-owned prepaid Boost Mobile has actually had an announcement up on their main page for about a week claiming that they will be getting the iPhone 6 ‘soon.’

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Best iPhone 6 Prepaid Plans

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Yesterday, Apple finally pulled back the curtain to reveal the next generation of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. These flashy new devices have caught the attention of both Apple lovers and phone enthusiasts across the internet, especially with their affordable on-contract price. For the prepaid market, the unlocked no-contract cost can be a little harder to swallow, but never fear–our trusty companies are sure to be offering deals in the coming months so you can get your hands on one of those fancy phones soon.

So, in preparation for the celebration of this exciting new phone, we’ve rounded up some of the best money-saving iPhone 6 prepaid plans for each main carrier network. You’ll want as much data as you can get for the lowest price, and of course, unlimited talk and text is a must so you can tell everyone all about your snazzy new phone.

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Boost Mobile’s New Data Boost Plans

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Sprint’s MVNO Boost Mobile has introduced the data boost plans, which are not only cheaper than the previous offerings but, as the name suggests, double the data allowed. These new plans are available to both current and new customers, and are only going to be around until November 3.

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Sprint Adds Avatars to Visual Voicemails

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Sprint announced today that they are making leaving and receiving voice mails more fun. Available to both postpaid Sprint customers and prepaid Boost Mobile and Virgin mobile customers, the new avatars are free and can be shared with anyone, on any network or via SMS, email or Facebook.

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ZTE Warp Zync Debuts on Boost Mobile

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ZTE has debuted their newest phone on Boost Mobile today. The Warp Sync is the fourth in the popular ZTE Warp series and features some pretty good specs for the asking price–$179.99.

The device will be running Android 4.4 Kitkat and features a 5 inch touch-screen with Gorilla Glass to withstand life’s little scratches. The smartphone is 3G/4G LTE capable and has a pretty sizable battery, so you probably won’t find it dead in the middle of the day with normal use. It has HD voice, Doby Digital Plus Sound and an 8 MP back camera with a 1.6 MP front camera. The Warp Sync also has 2 GB RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor.

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Sprint MVNOs Launch AQUOS Smartphone

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Cellular phone maker Sharp has selected Sprint to launch its first AQUOS Crystal phone  available in the U.S. in the coming months. An exact date hasn’t been released yet, but the specs for the phone compared to the price aren’t half bad and the phone looks pretty cool with a sharp, edgeless look and a large screen. The device will be available for Sprint postpaid customers via Easy Pay and for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers for $149.99 plus tax.

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Boost Adds LG Realm to Prepaid

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Boost Mobile has added a new inexpensive Android smartphone to their prepaid lineup. The LG Realm is a lower-end smartphone with some decent specs and a very nice $80 price point. PhoneScoop reports the device was also sold under the name Optimus Exceed 2. You can purchase the phone at Walmart, select retailers and online. It doesn’t look super feature-packed, but has enough that light smartphone users will definitely get their money’s worth.

The specs for the phone include:

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