Today's fight in the prepaid market
is fought by the major carriers - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint - so their virtual MVNO offshoots had to reinvent themselves. Each one is now targeting a certain niche, either geographically, or with unorthodox amounts of data at rock bottom prices, too, in a way to differentiate from the big four.
The little guys usually ditch a few added features in the process, but those are of the type you might not be using on a regular basis anyway. One of those unsung prepaid warriors - Boost - is a Sprint offshoot and a pretty popular one at that.
It is using the carrier's network to offer a $60 unlimited plan with the whopping 30GB of hotspot data at full speed to boot. Then, again, it's Sprint's network, so if it has good coverage in your area or the places you frequent when traveling, you are golden. Here is an overview of Boost's current plan prices and features, compared to the rest of the prepaid gang.
Best Boost prepaid plan? Unlimited Plus for a single, and Gigs for a family plan
The $60 a month Unlimited Plus
option is a sweet upgrade over the $50 one, as it sports a 30 GB hotspot and HD streaming. The $80/month Unlimited Ultimate ups the hotspot ante to 50GB, but if you don't need that much sharing and aren't planning on traveling abroad, it's not worth shelling out the extra twenty for it. If you need more lines, for $30/month on four lines, you will get all that the $50 single line plan offers, too.
*All prices are with included Auto Pay discount
|Cricket Wireless||Metro by T-Mobile||Straight Talk||Boost||Project Fi|
|Unlimited 1||$50 (max. 3Mbps)||$50 (w/ 5GB hotspot)||-||Gigs|
$50 (12GB hotspot and SD streaming)
|$60 (w/ 15GB hotspot)||$55||Plus/Ultimate|
$60/$80 (30GB/50GB hotspot and HD streaming)
|Networks and caveats||AT&T|
- 22GB throttling cap on the $50 unlimited plan, the $55 plan only gets throttled in times of congestion
- $10/10GB hotspot
- During congestion, Metro customers may notice reduced speeds vs. T-Mobile customers
|T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon|
|Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular|
- 15GB throttling cap
- Goes with high-speed hotspot