Boost Mobile is a prepaid wireless service that is owned by Sprint. They are headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas with Sprint and their brand headquarters are in Irvine, CA. Boost Mobile focuses only on cellular phone service, meaning that they have no tablets or cellular modem. However, it is possible to turn a phone into a mobile hotspot, but this feature is pretty expensive, costing $5/day. Boost Mobile was designed to spark sales within the teen and young adult demographics. Boost Mobile makes it possible to listen to a ton of music, having music downloads available for their phone. Their phones and plan options allow for streaming which is a common practice with popular apps and other services. However, Boost Mobile does a pretty good job with customer care in an effort to solve any and all issues.

 

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#1
$60/3GB
None
6.7
#2
$15 - $50
month-2-month
6.2
#3
$9.99-$199.99
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6.1
#8
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$45/5GB
None
5.6

The Good

Boost Mobile places a heavy emphasis on their Android selection. They have over 32 of the best Android phones that are on the market. The Samsung Galaxy and other major brands that feature the KitKat and HoneyComb versions of Google Android are available for Boost Mobile customers. Boost Mobile is one of the most popular carriers of the Android operating system and their service makes for a smooth phone experience.

Boost Mobile also still supports the iPhone 4. This is a great entry-level phone if you want an iOS driven phone. Other companies had either discontinued the iPhone 4 or only provided the SIM card to use it. Boost will likely continue honoring the iPhone 4 as long as Apple still continues to ship it.

While Boost Mobile doesn’t sell individual mobile hotspots, it is possible to turn your phone into a hotspot for a day. While this feature is expensive, it is great if you are going to be in an airport or traveling somewhere without regular Internet access.

Customers also enjoy Boost Mobile’s wallet feature and have viewed it as a good investment. Many people who might not have the credit for a regular bank account can use their Boost Mobile wallet to deposit their paycheck. It is also possible to pay your monthly phone bill with your Boost Wallet. The Boost Wallet is also compatible with PayPal and other online payment technologies.

Another great feature of Boost Mobile is their cell phone insurance. Boost Mobile has made it affordable to insure your phone from accidents. Many contract phones cost more than the price quoted on Boost’s website.

Current customers have also expressed appreciation for scalable international plans that Boost Mobile offers. While these are included in some data plans provided by other carriers, the scalable plan makes it easy for the Boost Mobile user to match the services with their individual needs. For $5 a month, you can call people on landlines in Canada and Mexico and text freely in these countries. The higher end service levels let you call and text people in as many as 70 different countries.

The Bad

There were some limitations with Boost Mobile’s service. For instance there are not that many phone operating systems available. If you are interested in BlackBerry or Windows phones, Boost Mobile is not going to work for you. Windows phones, while not hitting the market like some other operating systems, are great for PC users. Windows 8 and 10 makes it possible for clients to “integrate” their computing, tablet, and phone experience.

There have also been concerns regarding the daily hotspot fee. Boost Mobile does not provide tablets or mobile hotspots, but the hotspot feature makes it possible to turn your phone into a hotspot. Compared to other carriers, the $5 per day price was a little bit on the pricey side. Many people like to turn their phone into a hotspot on a daily basis. Boost Mobile’s hotspot feature costs almost as much as, if not more, than the other hotspot charges offered by Verizon, T-Mobile, and other contract providers.

As of right now, Boost Mobile does not sell tablets along with their phone services. Most of the other non-contract and contract providers offer data plans for tablets, making it easy for a user to take their product “on the go.”

Another thing prospective customers should look into is the international texting option available through Boost Mobile. If you only wanted texting, there isn’t a plan to send text messages only. If you want to send a text message to someone in another country, you will have to pay ten cents for every text message that you send. A text conversation could end up costing a lot of money, even though text messages from another country are free to receive.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Boost Mobile provides a quality service for a niche customer-base. Even though there are no BlackBerry and Windows phones, there is a large number of Android phones available to choose from. Some customers also like the fact that they still carry the iPhone 4, which some contract carriers have dropped.

Since Boost Mobile is providing a relatively basic service, there are limits to what technologies they interact with. There are no tablets, and most carriers of contract and non-contract phones do offer tablets. There also isn’t a family plan with Boost Mobile. Family plans are a great way to attract customers by lowering the monthly cost of service, but at this time, Boost Mobile does not provide that option. The hotspot issue has also kept some customers from using Boost Mobile’s services. The $5 daily hotspot fee is one of the most expensive in the industry.

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    September 25th, 2015

    I totally agree with jay conboy, I have never had a company where you can’t call and get someone on the phone..nothing but problems…you send them a payment then they message you and say it didn’t go through so a day later I make another one DUH now I check my bank account and yup theres 2 payments. Get some live people that we can talk to

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    September 1st, 2015 Longview, WA

    I ordered a preowned Samsung S 3 on July 302015. I never received the phone. After about 20 calls to Boost Mobile and Fedex, I finally was told the phone was delivered 2 weeks later to the wrong address. I am still waiting for my refund! I would NEVER order a phone online from Boost Mobile. The WORST customer service ever!!

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    July 17th, 2015 Sulphur Springs, TX

    I really think Boost is great

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    July 16th, 2015 New York, NY

    My experience with boot was horrible. When i first joined, they charged me for 2 moths instead of 1, then had to fight for my free month that I was suppose to get. Trying to get in touch with customer service is almost impossible. They sent me a defected phone and on top of all my Inconvenience refused to give any type of credit or compensation. They told me they we are not responsible for defected phones that i need to contact the manufacture of the phone. Boost is the worst of the worst and wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. I was with them for three months only because they were paid for ( inc the free month ). I left boost, and still NO CREDIT OR COMPENSATION…

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    July 14th, 2015 Highland, CA

    bad signal ,poor cover,internet too slow ,bad experience

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    July 12th, 2015 Miami, FL

    Been with them 2009 and I have never had a problem!!!

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    July 11th, 2015 Lenoir, NC

    they was very bad i had like 3 months and after they done away with towers in caldwell and they would not work and no serivce on the phones and called and they told us we had to get another phone so we did and still would not work for us and they would not give us our money back or thing else we would not have them ever again it sucked very bad . . thanks Barbie Turnmire

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    July 10th, 2015 Denver, CO

    bad company

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    July 9th, 2015 Walla Walla, WA

    these guys are great been very happy for years now wouldnt switch if someone paid me too.

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    July 9th, 2015 Lubbock, TX

    I was a customer of yours for several years til within the last couple of months. I have changed to Tmobile.. As time went on.. you customer service reps became rude and unhelpful. your service stinks.. i would hardly get reception. Also, I can’t tell you the number of times. I was unable to receive calls or msgs. I would call for assistance and it took several calls before I could get someone on the line who was willing to help instead of just say oh its your area. Also your in store rep’s are even ruder. Do you not have an application process.. These people don’t greet you as you walk in.. They don’t know anything about the product’s and service’s they are selling. When I would ask about a phone or try to get a comparison on a couple of phones everyone would just memory.. smh are you kidding me. I don’t know what happened to your company I went from being a 100% loyal customer.. to warning everyone i see not to do business with you. but i guess thats what happens when you become so large.. your customers don’t matter anymore.
    Look my old account up… see how long i was your customer and then you didnt even fight to keep me.. boost mobile sucks.. Amy Guzman

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