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.
- Large Android selection
- Supports older technology
- Great features
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.
- Limited operating systems
- Daily hotspot fee
- No tablets
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.