Samsung Galaxy S5 coming to Boost and Virgin next quarter
0. phoneArena 28 Feb 2014, 13:03 posted on
Pre-paid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile both announced on Friday that they will be adding the Samsung Galaxy S5 to their respective lineups. Both carriers are owned by Sprint, which comes into play since the Galaxy S5 offered by both Boost and Virgin will support Sprint's tri-band LTE service known as Sprint Spark. This service use circuitry in the phone to determine which of three LTE bands is more suited to your task...
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1. Kishin (Posts: 695; Member since: 30 May 2013)
F*ck it their CDMA...Same fate with the iPhone5s..
2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
yeah, 3g and 4g lte with $55 a month no contract save you more..
3. Kishin (Posts: 695; Member since: 30 May 2013)
The problem is their 30%LTE in the country and the phone is too expensive for 3G..
11. lsutigers (Posts: 795; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Except Sprint has waaay more than 30% of the country covered with LTE and the speeds have been consistently good. This is a big deal for a prepaid carrier to carry a high end flagship like the GS5 and iPhone 5S / 5C.
They have over 66% covered using their recently announced 200 million pops figure out of a total of 300 which is about what their 3G network covers. Not to mention this phone will be Sprint Spark capable which our company recently tested hotspots for and it flies.
19. rallyguy (Posts: 611; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I have had 4G for about a year now, and it's not a location Sprint lists as having 4G.
5. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
I hate when this happens. Makes the phone seem less valuable when it lands on prepaid networks.. Screw the s5 I'll wait on something else
7. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Whatever you wait for will probably end up on pre-paid as well. Boost and Virgin offer the 5S and 5C now so don't see them holding back on any other flagships. You might luck out with the new HTC One since they are selling the mid and lower end Desire lines.
13. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Your right and I have an HTC one and it still hasn't made it to a prepaid carrier..
16. gorkapr (Posts: 71; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
what do you mean "less valuable"? is the same situation if you buy a GS4 on ATT at full price and put a $60 pre-paid plan..
6. newbey123 (Posts: 512; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)
Not surprised, how else are they going to sale those things.
8. downphoenix (Posts: 2621; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
I wished Sprint would open up their devices to their other networks. I understand them not wanting to allow their devices on competing MVNOs, but why cant I take a sprint phone to boost or a virgin phone to sprint, etc. etc.? I think that point hurts their retention and churn a lot.
9. RodStiffington (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)
Woot! You can also score an iPhone 5s (16GB) for $439.99 and pay $30/month for 300 min or $40/month for 1200 min. Let them bathe in the savings!
12. cripton805 (Posts: 1131; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I believe its $45 & $35. And when you sign up for auto pay, you get $5 off.
10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I wish they would put the Note 3 on Prepaid, now that is something I would consider.
14. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
While this is going to be an excellent addition to the Virgin Mobile lineup, it's going to be too expensive. Most people go on prepaid either because they can't afford it or they don't want to pay for the expensive data plans. Since Virgin charges almost MSRP, the S5 is going to be more than most people can afford, though they do offer "Buy now, pay later," which will offset cost.
15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3046; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
VM and BM have great deals on cell phones. Yea sure, if you buy the phone DAY ONE that it's released, you MIGHT be right. When VM released the SGS3, it was 399, which wasn't a terrible price. However, they have had it as low as 270 on holidays events. I got mine for 299 through Radioshack(again not bad considering it was 199 on contract originally).
A lot of people have spent 500+ on iPhones through VM and BM. You think people won't do the same for the S5?
18. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
You realize that the S3 was already a year old when it can to Virgin, that's why the price was that "low," and even then it was still a but much. A brand new flagship is coming there, something that is entirely new to the market, it's going to be expensive, like at least $500, and probably $600. I'm not saying it's not worth the money, just as the 5S is worth the money. And, FYI, the 5S isn't going like crazy, same as the S3, that's why they're always on sale.