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Boost Mobile Prepaid Cell Phone Review

Overview

Boost Mobile got its start as an MVNO of the Nextel network, where it gained notoriety for providing walkie talkie service. Nextel eventually bought Boost, and Sprint in turn bought Boost along with Nextel. Now Boost focuses more on Sprint's CDMA network.

Pros: Boost offers a unique promotion for its monthly unlimited customers. For every six consecutive on-time payments, customers pay 5 dollars less per month, for a maximum 15-dollar monthly discount. That can bring a 50 dollar unlimited plan to 35 dollars, or a 55 dollar Android plan to 40 dollars.

Cons: In an attempt to focus on its unlimited offerings, Boost has increased its pay-as-you-go rate to 20 cents per minute. The per-day plans are also expensive, particularly the BlackBerry and Android one, which costs 3 dollars per day.

Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.10
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
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Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10  

Plans: Boost Mobile's pay-as-you-go plan offers service at 20 cents per minute all day, every day. The pay as you go plan also offers unlimited push to talk for one dollar per day, and wireless web available for 50 cents per day of use. The Boost unlimited plan costs 50 dollars per month and comes with unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messages, unlimited MMS, unlimited walkie-talkie, and unlimited mobile Web. Android service costs an extra 5 dollars per month, BlackBerry service costs an additional 10 dollars per month. Boost also offers daily unlimited plans, 2 dollars per day for unlimited, 3 dollars for Android and BlackBerry. For every six consecutive on-time payments, Boost reduces a customer's monthly bill by 5 dollars, for up to 15 dollars in total savings per month.  Read more about Boost Mobile plans

Customer Service: Customer service is available by phone (via a toll free number) or email (however, Boost states that email support may take up to 48 hours to respond to).  

Free Nights: Available with unlimited plan  

Credit Check: None  

Free Weekends: Available with unlimited plan  

Contract: None  

Daily Access Fee: With daily unlimited plans  

Payment Options: You can apply extra minutes to your phone via buying a refill card or charging your credit card and can be done by phone, online, at retail locations, certain supported ATMs, or automatically (based on scheduled charges).  

Text and Picture Messaging: Text messaging is available on the pay-as-you-go plan at a cost of 20 cents per message to send and receive. Audio and picture messaging are both available for 25 cents, both to send and receive.  

Data Plans: Web access is available with the pay-as-you-go plan for 50 cents per day. Mobile Web is included with the unlimited plan.  

Downloads: Ringtones, wallpapers, games, applications, etc are available for Boost Mobile phones. Prices vary.  

International Calling: Boost has two International Connect plans that allow customers to make overseas calls. The 5 dollar plan includes calls to landlines in over 150 cities in Mexico, unlimited calls to Canada, unlimited outgoing international text messages (CDMA phones only), and unlimited walkie talkie to many countries (iDEN only). The 10 dollar plan adds unlimited calls to landlines in Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru, plus calls to China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and other Asian countries. For other countries, rates vary.  

Text Messaging Available: Yes  

Roaming Charges: There are no roaming charges with Boost Mobile phones.  

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Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes  

Calling Features: Voicemail, and caller ID are available with the pay-as-you-go and Premium Plus plans. Those features, plus 3-way calling and call waiting are available with Boost Unlimited.  

Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes  

Activation Fee: There is no initial activation fee for new Boost Mobile users. However, there is a 10 dollar re-activation fee if service is terminated (by either the user or Boost Mobile).  

Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance calls are charged the same as regular calls.  

Unlimited Plan Available: Yes  

411 Calls: Yes, for $1.29 per call plus airtime.  

Earliest Minute Expiration: You need to recharge your account every 90 days to stay active. If you go inactive you have 60 days to recharge or your account is terminated.  

911 Calls: Yes.  

Phones: Boost Mobile caters to the younger crowd who want feature-rich phones. As a result, all phones are color screen and have downloadable ringtones, PTT, and speakerphone. Most of the models they offer are also flip phones. In addition, camera, video, and MP3 phones are also available. The prices start at $29.99 and range up to $179.99.  

Standard Calling Features: Voicemail, and caller ID are available with the pay-as-you-go and Premium Plus plans. Those features, plus 3-way calling and call waiting are available with Boost Unlimited.  

Some Available Cell Models: Motorola i1 (shown) Motorola Bali Motorola L296 Sanyo Incognito Motorola i290  

Coverage Map: Boost Mobile Map  

Cheapest Phone Model: $39.99  

Read Full Review: Boost Mobile Review  

Visit Website: Visit Boost Mobile  

Activation Guide: Boost Mobile Activation Guide  
Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.10
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
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Boost Mobile Reviews
Average Rating by Users:
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2 stars of 5 based on 20 reviews

jon 8/29/2013
so far so good i have boost for more than a year and is beter than metro pcs i bouth the lg optimus f7 and i activate by my self and is prity good i recomended

50 Gram Bar 8/18/2013
I used Boost in 2008 and while doing the math I found that 250 to 350 minutes at 10 cents a minute and subscribing to web access for a couple days a week kept my cell phone charges at or below 40 dollars a month. I am just recently returning to Boost and find the new network provides good call quality and reception. The style of the flip phones I liked being offered back in the days of the IDEN network seems to have come to an end for now. I used to count on Motorola to be offering a Boost handset that had the most appeal to me, but to my knowlege the i410 is the most current phone they made in that category and it is quite lacking compared to what the current Kyocera Coast brings to the table when taking a quick glance at their specifications. So, I put my money into Kyocera this time. I am pleasantly surprised at the speed of my web browsing experience from this 3G flip. My experimentation with the vitual QWERTY of a touchscreen based smartphone has shown me that it takes just as long as or even longer to manually type/spell words and whole messeges compared to this standard alphanumeric keypad. I expect the Blackberry Q10 to be my next favorite smartphone and the carrier that is smart enough to offer great PAY AS YOU GO prepaid service (including WEB/DATA at a reasonable 1 cents per MB rate?) with it will be winning my money when that happens! Make new TOUGH AND RUGGED phones too. Plenty of the flip phone fans are into that too.

rod 3/28/2013
good service in my area and the new lte zte force phone is awesome alot better than some of my old phones do your research before you buy boost wont work everywhere and yes they do have a cap on the data 2.5gb is enough for just about anyone

Brian 3/10/2013
I am quite satisfied with Boost mobile prepaid. They don't have as good coverage as Verizon, so there are quite a few places my cell phone is dead while my son's phone is fine.

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: $0.10
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
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