Boost Mobile started off as an MVNO on Nextel's network, where it gained notoriety for providing walkie-talkie services. Nextel eventually bought Boost, and Sprint in turn bought Nextel. Now Boost uses Sprint's CDMA network and functions as one of Sprint's main prepaid companies.
Pros: Boost has a wide range of phone options and they frequently have promotions and referral programs where you can save additional money on your plans or get money back.
Cons: Boost customer service has a reputation for refusing refunds and not helping consumers at all. To use Boost Mobile, you must buy a phone from them, but that phone cannot be unlocked for other networks.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.10
Boost Mobile only has two types of plans: monthly and daily plans. Both include unlimited talk, text and data. The monthly plans have a limited amount of high speed data and range from $40 - $60. Daily plans for smartphones are $3 while daily plans for feature phones are $2. They no longer have a pay-as-you-go option. There are several add-ons available such as international calling and daily hotspot. Read more about Boost Mobile Plans
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Customer Service: The customer service department can be reached by a toll free number which has an auto answer menu to handle most issues. You can also send an email and expect to receive a reply within 12 hours.
Free Nights: Available with unlimited plan
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: Available with unlimited plan
Daily Access Fee: Monthly plans do not have access fees. Daily plans are available for $2 - $3
Payment Options: You can apply extra minutes to your phone via a refill card or set up an autopay with a credit or debit card. Refills can also be purchased via phone, online or at a Boost Mobile store using your credit or debit card.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messaging is unlimited on all of Boost's plans. Sending text/picture messages to international numbers will cost $0.10/message unless you have an international add-on.
Data Plans: Web access is included in all of the plans. Unlimited lower speed is included with a set amount of 3G or 4G available.
Downloads: Ringtones, wallpapers, games, applications, etc are available for Boost Mobile phones. Prices vary.
Boost Mobile has a few options for International calling, depending on what country you need to call. For $5, you can purchase unlimited calling to Mexico, most of Canada and unlimited worldwide texting. For $10, you can get 1000 minutes to call Mexico or Dominican Republic landlines, and unlimited calls to more than 70 countries, plus reduced per-minute rates for other countries. Boost also offers International Minute Packs which include a limited amount of minutes to a select country. Rates and amounts vary by country. Read more about international services
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: There are no roaming charges with Boost Mobile phones.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Only for international messages without an international plan
Calling Features: Boost plans include voice mail, call waiting, three-way calling and caller ID
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: Monthly plans include free 411 calls. Daily plans charge $1.29 plus airtime if applicable.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Boost's monthly plans expire in 30 days. They also have daily plans available which are good for 24 hours and renew at 12:01 a.m.
911 Calls: Yes.
Phones: Boost Mobile caters to the younger crowd who want feature-rich phones. As a result, nearly all of the phones are touchscreen smartphones with varying price and quality. They have a decent phone selection and carry everything from the newest iPhones to older flip phone models. Prices range from $30 - $600. Boost Mobile will not unlock phones to move to other carriers.
Standard Calling Features: Voicemail, and caller ID are available with all plans.
Some Available Cell Models: Kyocera Hydro, HTC Desire 510, Motorola Moto G, LG Volt, Samsung Galaxy S5, Apple iPhone 6
Cheapest Phone Model: $29.99