iPhone 4S might come to Boost Mobile in September
0. phoneArena 01 Jun 2012, 05:06 posted on
According to a "trusted source", the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available on Boost Mobile later this year. That is expected to happen in early September, the tipster clarifies. Surely, this is good news for iPhone fans who prefer the convenience of pre-paid plans...
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1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Yet Sprint keeps spending more $ on this thing. Why?
2. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I think that apple charges different prices to carriers depending on WHEN you want to start selling it after it launches. Sprint payed the big guy premium to get them at launch, while the smaller carriers get a discount for waiting till the next one is almost out.
Thats my best guess, because there is no way they could afford the Apple noose at their price ranges.
4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I used to be on Sprint and there coverage well....sucks. I get 7mbps down 2mbps up on tmobile in the middle of the North Carolinian Mountains which is a feat lol
5. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yup. And I know for a fact there is 4g through the SC/NC/TN mountain passes.. or at least the ones i traveled. That was very surprising.
20. lsutigers (Posts: 765; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
That's because nobody else uses Tmobile (jk). All kidding aside, Sprint better get this Network Vision done quickly because the more iPhones they sell the slower it gets.
10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
theyll be selling the iphone close to retail like cricket. At that monthly price its actually cheaper buying the iphone retail and paying the super low monthly rate. This will hurt T mobile even further.
19. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
i doubt it taco, sprint's network blows.
27. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
pre paid SUPPOSE to help save money. NOT SPENDING 500-600$ on a iPhone when some people CAN'T EVEN pay their own bills.
13. greathero1 (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
I dont think Sprint paid a premium, the figure is high because of the amount of phones purchased over the term of the contract. Everybody is dissing Sprint but I can all but guarantee that AT&T and Verizon's long term contract with Apple are probably the same or a little more since both carriers sell more iPhones than Sprint and readily have stock available. Boost Mobile and all the other prepaid carriers are probably not going to get any discount either. They will pay retail just like everybody else but they won't loose any money because there is no subsidy for them to factor in. Or maybe this was included in Sprint's contract and we will see iPhones on Boost and Virgin. What do you think? It definitely makes sense but who knows.
17. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I think Sprint kinda got screwed. They need to sell all of those iPhones, or they are out millions, so that's what their sales associates push. On the other hand Verizon representatives push the Droid RAZR because they want to alleviate traffic on their 3G network and put more people on their 4G Lte network.
21. lsutigers (Posts: 765; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Actually Sprint is beating all sales expectations metrics regarding iPhone, they will be fine as long as their network upgrade goes through quickly. Once word gets out later this year and next year that Sprint's network has been upgraded with fast LTE, faster 3G and much more capacity, a lot of people will be switching IF they keep unlimited data.
22. lsutigers (Posts: 765; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
That may have been part of Sprint's original agreement with Apple, to begin carrying iPhone 4 / 4S at launch of iPhone 5.
3. Birds (Posts: 1027; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Yeah, I thought the same. Boost is becoming quite the prepaid carrier.
6. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The timing is suspect given the iPhone 5 launch.
Since Boost offers shrinkage, these phones will cost more than Cricket. I estimate Boost will charge $60 to $90 higher than Cricket's MSRPs, respectively, to account for the lower monthly payments.
14. greathero1 (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
I don't think so. Since there is no subsidy for Boost or Cricket to factor in, I think Boost can still run with this promotion. If they sell the phones at cost or with a 10% mark up, they win either way. The only concern I can see is how many people are going to spend $500 for the phone. Its nice and all but I think I would shoot for the EVO Design and save $200.
23. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Recall Boost starts at $55 a month for android devices and shrinks down to $40 a month. Cricket charges $55 a month period. Therefore, Boost has to make up the money somewhere, and that means a higher priced phone at the getgo.
By the way, if you checked Sprint devices on Ting or other virtual carriers, you will see the same pattern, low monthly phone bills but HIGHER phones.
7. Loafninja (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)
I doubt Boost would start at $50 per month if it did get the iPhone. Android plans on Boost start at $55, and Blackberry plans start at $60. Shrinkage still applies to either one, but it can only go down by a maximum of $15.
9. BREvenson (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Exactly. And having one of the most expensive phones out there (if not,; THE most expensive) on prepaid means either the price of the plan goes up or the customer pays more for the phone.
To be honest, I couldn't imagine paying nearly $500 for a prepaid phone, no matter what phone it is. Some people might have the means, but definitely not me. :p
11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
it actually comes out cheaper in the long run. They did the math on the cricket article yesterday and you break even at 6 months compared to having Verizon or ATT.
12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You are correct sir. An actual intelligent, thought out, mature response from you. Well done
15. BREvenson (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 May 2012)
Good point. If it balances out to a better deal on a decent prepaid network, then more power to you. Not a bad idea after all, if you have the means to pay for the phone.
26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I accidentally thumbed you down. Your post was actually right.
16. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1009; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Since Boost and Cricket are the poor man's wireless carrier service and there are more people on them vs in the past..........Why wouldnt Apple cash in on it
18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6727; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I thought pre paid phones was suppose to help you save money/ Why would anyone want to spend on a 500$ phone? when u can buy it with out contract. Some people would do stupid things just to buy a iphone when they can't even pay their bills.
24. kindlefireowner (Posts: 443; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
The only company making money on the iphone is Apple. Google PC Mag network speed test. Anybody that pays $400 dollars to use and iphone on the slowest 3G nationwide network is an idiot. I read it will roam on Sprint. Wow. The iphone is on 2 slowest 3G networks. Where do I buy. Oh. Only available in 60 markets.
25. WhyNotRadioShack (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)
Wow I don't think this a good idea for Apple to finally release their name into the "Wild". This must mean that Sprint paid a bunch of money to Apple for them to do it. Yes you may pay less for the monthly plan but think about the type of service Boost gives you. You call them and it takes what 20 minutes just to finally talk to human well I mean an Arabic person and you can barely understand them. And on top of that the network speeds of Boost is pretty bad. Ask somebody about their internet speeds and its terrible!!!
28. fistigons (Posts: 263; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Would you have to buy a Boost Mobile phone in order for this to work on their network or could you get an unlocked Verizon IPhone and have it work?
29. WhyNotRadioShack (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)
@Fistigons...you would have to buy the Boost Mobile version.
30. fistigons (Posts: 263; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Darn I guess I will have to go with getting an unlocked ATT iPhone and getting a Simple Talk sim card.
31. LooLoo (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)
Wow, So "boost mobile" is coming out with the I-phone...There's no way in hell that I would pay a lot of money for an I-phone when you can get it for free with an contract and Plus+, Boost mobile service really SUCKS...Their service is complete trash and they're always saying that boost is nationwide but when I had service with them, I went to "Pennington Gap, VA" for about three days and my phone would not work at all, so I doubt that the I-phone would be any different' being that the service is provided through boost mobile....It's going to be more mad customers than happy and satisfied ones, SMH....Hopefully, boost mobile service will get better but in the meantime, It's Horrible.....SMH!