Boost Mobile originally was a subsidiary of Sprint, but they were sold to Dish in July 2020 as part of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. As part of the government's approval of the merger and sale, Dish is required to have a network that covers 70% of the U.S. by June 14, 2023.
As of June 1st, 2021, Boost no longer activates customers on the Sprint network, instead activating directly on T-Mobile's network.
Currently Available Plans
- Go Unlimited
- 35GB highspeed with 30GB mobile hotspot data - $60/month
- 35GB highspeed with 12GB mobile hotspot data - $50/month
- Mix & Match Capped Data Plans
- 10GB - $35/month
- 5GB, 2GB, and 1GB plans - $10-25/month
- Bring Your Own Phone Plan
- 35GB - $40/month
- 35GB - $50/month (Must purchase the Boost Mobile Coolpad Stream data device)
Taxes and fees are not included in prices.
- Carrier Networks Used: Previously Sprint, but as of June 2021 new activations are on T-Mobile, but will be on Dish's network once it is built
- Carrier Relationship: Owned by Dish Network
- Plan Types Available: Phone, Data
- Device Types Permitted: Phones
- Unlimited: Yes, but with high-speed data caps
- High-Speed Mobile Hotspot Use:
- $60 Unlimited Plans - 30GB
- $50 Unlimited Plans - 12GB
- All other plans - all data can be used as hotspot
- Throttling: Yes
- Network Management: Yes
- Video Streaming Resolution:
- $60 Unlimited Plans - video up to 1080p, music up to 1.5 Mbps, gaming up to 8 Mbps
- $50 Unlimited Plans - video up to 480p+, music up to 500kbps, gaming up to 2 Mbps
- All other plans - 480p
- 5G Access: Yes, but unclear on which plans have access to it
- Device Purchase Required: Yes for hotspot plan only
- Plan Period: 30 days
- International Roaming: No. Mexico data services can be added at an additional cost.
- Domestic Roaming: Voice services only
- Data Roll Over: None
- Overage Charges: None
- Lines permitted per account: 5
- Some plans come with KHealth telemedicine services.
- Boost Perks reward program
- Boost TV offers various networks to stream via your device. The basic service is free, but you can access premium content add-ons for a fee. (Android phones only.)
- Unlimited music streaming if using one of the providers Boost has partnered with.
- A 6-month subscription to TIDAL music streaming service is included with the phone plans.
- The Privacy Premium add-on costs $5.99 per month and is available to customers only with Android smartphones and with data plans on Boost’s Expanded Data Network. Provides tools for encrypted Wi-Fi, visual voicemail, and spam call blocking.
News, Videos, & Status
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- Boost Mobile Running Promotion on $50 Go Unlimited Plan Posted on: January 12, 2021
- Boost Mobile Plan Changes Include a New 35GB High Speed Data Cap on Go Unlimited Phone Plans Posted on: August 13, 2020
- Cellular Carriers Add Extra Data in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Posted on: March 24, 2020
- Virgin Mobile Ends USA Service Plans - Migrates Customers to Boost Mobile Posted on: January 7, 2020
- Shifting Landscape at FreedomPop, UNREAL, Ting & RedPocket Posted on: July 9, 2019
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