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Boost Mobile to boost unlimited plans for Android phones by $5 starting October 6th

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Boost Mobile to boost unlimited plans for Android phones by $5 starting October 6th
Pre-paid carrier Boost Mobile is planning to, uh, boost the cost of monthly unlimited plans for its customers using Android phones. Starting October 6th, those Boost Mobile customers using a phone powered by Google's open source OS will have to pay $55 a month for all the talk, text, messaging, e-mails and calls for information that they can eat, up from the previous $50 rate. The new plan will still offer shrinkage (no, not what you're thinking) with 6 on-time payments reducing the bill by $5. The lowest that the bill can get down to is $40 a month and no, the payments do not have to be consecutive. That is only a $5 difference from the current $35 bottom that the carrier previously offered Android users making on-time payments.

And lest you think that Boost Mobile doesn't have a heart, existing Android users with a $50 monthly unlimited plan as of October 6th will be allowed to keep their current plan as long as they don't let it expire. And those current customers who upgrade to a CDMA Android device on or after October 6th will have a $5 charge added to their monthly rate but they will not lose any of the shrinkage savings that they have already qualified for.

via: PhoneScoop

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posted on 16 Sep 2011, 04:30 2

1. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


If you think about it, the $5 increase will bring Boost in line with Virgin's current $55 Beyond Talk plan. The major difference between Boost is shrinkage while Virgin has the 4.1" Triumph.

I got lucky with the Triumph at the $25 plan -- unfortunately, Boost is raising the $5 fee on Oct 6 before the new Samsung Transform Ultra that is launching on Oct 7.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 06:22 1

2. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Actually, existing customer don't have to pay the extra $5.00, unless they switch phones and then go back to an Android phone.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 20:09

4. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


You may not know this but the $55 Virgin plan refers to new customers. Therefore, my comments regarding Boost also refers to new customers as well since I am making an apples to apples comparison between Boost and Virgin, respectively. I don't know how you overlooked this basic fact.

posted on 16 Sep 2011, 19:38

3. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Clarification--what i wrote earlier applies mainly to new customers. Therefore, for new customers to either Boost or Virgin, it's $55 a month for similar service except with Boost you can participate in the Shrinkage program meaning your monthly bill can be as low as $40 a month over time while the monthly price remains the same for Virgin customers. However, if you like to surf the web, the Triumph has a wonderful 4.1" screen that is not currently available for Boost customers.

Here's the punchline, both Boost and Virgin uses the Sprint network and Sprint (the parent) makes it so hard for the customers to choose. Consumers want great handsets, great plans, and great service at a fair price. Personally, I would have allowed customers a one-week window on the new phone for Boost BEFORE raising the rates. With the Triumph, Virgin gave its customers 3 days before the $10 increase.

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