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Boost Mobile Prepaid Cell Phone Review


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  

Plans: 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.  Read more about Boost Mobile plans

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  

Contract: None  

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.  

International Calling: 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.  

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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  

Coverage Map: Boost Mobile Map  

Cheapest Phone Model: $29.99  

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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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.

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