But is Boost really worth the savings? There are some big changes that you’ll want to consider.
What Is Boost Mobile? Here’s What You Need to Know!
In this article, I’ll review those changes and everything you need to know if you’re thinking about switching to Boost Mobile. Let’s get started!
Table of Contents:
- Network Coverage
- Plans and Pricing
- Phone Selection
- Customer Service
- Boost Mobile vs. T-Mobile Connect
1. Network Coverage
Boost Mobile was previously owned by Sprint and used its network, but now customers have access to T-Mobile’s network.
Here’s why: Dish Network acquired Boost Mobile as part of the Sprint and T-Mobile merger. The deal gave Dish access to T-Mobile’s nationwide network for seven years.
During those seven years, Dish is expected to build its own standalone 5G network.
But for now, Boost Mobile customers will use T-Mobile’s network. So if you’re thinking about switching, make sure that T-Mobile offers strong coverage where you live, work and travel.
2. Plans and Pricing
Boost Mobile offers a number of affordable prepaid plans with both unlimited and fixed data options.
Shortly after Dish acquired Boost Mobile, it launched five new plans under $50. The best deals are for light data users. There are options for $10, $15 and $25 per month. Taxes and fees are included.
Here are the five prepaid plans that are available as of this writing:
- $10 for 1GB of high-speed data (capped)
- $15 for 2GB of high-speed data (capped)
- $25 for 5GB of high-speed data (capped)
- $35 for 10GB of high-speed data (capped)
- $45 for 15GB of high-speed data, then 2G speeds
The $45 a month plan is unlike the others. Boost refers to this as the “Shrink It” plan because the monthly price drops to $35 after six on-time payments.
All five plans include unlimited talk and text, plus a fixed amount of data. They can be stacked to create a family plan.
Boost Mobile’s unlimited plans start at $50 a month for a single line. That’s competitive, but not an extraordinary deal. Pricing for the unlimited plans improves with multiple lines — like two lines for $80 a month.
3. Phone Selection
Boost Mobile gives customers the option to bring an existing device or purchase a new one.
If you want to keep your phone, it must be unlocked. Just enter the device ID on Boost Mobile’s website to make sure that it’s compatible with the network.
For customers who want to buy a new phone, Boost has plenty of options for purchase in-store and online.
More than two dozen phones were for sale when I last checked Boost Mobile’s website. They included 10 phones under $100 and 12 phones over $500.
Many devices were on sale. You can check the deals page for the latest offers.
4. Customer Service
Boost Mobile has more options for customer service than many low-cost cell phone service providers.
If you need to contact Boost Mobile by phone, the number is 1-866-402-7366. Live chat is also available. You can also search Boost’s website for a store location near you.
5. Boost Mobile vs. T-Mobile Connect
For light data users, Boost Mobile’s $10, $15 and $25 plans are some of the cheapest around. When I first saw the plans, they reminded me of T-Mobile Connect’s prepaid plans.
The table below compares the plans and pricing as of November 2020:
|Boost Mobile||T-Mobile Connect|
- Taxes and Fees: Boost Mobile’s plans include taxes and fees, but those are additional with T-Mobile Connect.
- Data Caps: These T-Mobile Connect and Boost Mobile plans include high-speed data caps. If you go over your limit for the month, you’ll lose access to data unless you pay extra.
- Annual Data Upgrade: With T-Mobile Connect, customers get an additional 500MB of monthly data every year for five years after the plans launched.
If you’re a light data user who doesn’t mind monitoring your usage, Boost Mobile’s cheapest plans offer a great way to lower your cell phone bill. It’s hard to beat $10 a month!
And since Boost now has access to T-Mobile’s network, its coverage map is looking better than ever before.
If you want to explore other low-cost cell phone service providers that utilize T-Mobile’s network, check out Mint Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Republic Wireless. They’re featured in our guide to the best cell phone plans and deals!
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