Boost Mobile Throws a Curve — Offers Contract-Free BlackBerry


Earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show, Boost Mobile announced new unlimited calling plans using Sprint’s (s s) network. Those plans seem a dime-a-dozen today, but tucked in the press release was mention of special unlimited plan for BlackBerry (s rimm) devices. Sounds great, except for one small problem — Boost Mobile doesn’t carry any BlackBerry devices. Or at least they didn’t. As of today they do — while the BlackBerry Curve 8330 isn’t the latest and greatest ‘Berry out there, you can scoop one up from Boost for $249.99 with no long-term contract. The same device on a Verizon (s vz) month-to-month plan is $429.99 as of last check.

Of course, the upfront cash outlay is only part of the equation and that’s where the new BlackBerry Unlimited Monthly plan from Boost comes into play. For $60 each month, Boost offers nearly unlimited everything: 3G data access for the web, email, voice minutes, and texting. But if you need beefy hardware, this might not be the BlackBerry for you. The 8330 doesn’t offer Wi-Fi and only sports a meager 2 megapixel camera. The Verizon version also mentions that it’s an EVDO Rev 0 radio, not the faster EVDO Rev A. But for small business owners or productive-minded consumers, the no-contract deal might trump some hardware shortcomings, no?


xavier taylor

i been looking for one of these phone i real hope someone give it alway or sell it


Another reason why I switched to Boost instead of Sprint itself when I decided to give this whole 4G network a try. I mean not only does Boost keep coming out with these great deals, they are able to keep them low enough on the Sprint network to attract Sprint customers on the same network over. Why would you pay $50 more a month for unlimited service when you can have it for only $50 and without a contract? As a Sprint customer and tied into a two year contract, its a question I ask myself. I acutally decided to pose the same question to the President of Sprint himself so I emailed him from website and let him that one network should mean one united plan price. A customer can dream…

Jack from Michigan

I’ve been with Nextel, on the same plan, for 9 years. (300 minutes with free incoming, $85/mo. with extra line an phone insurance.) Nextel has served my technology businesses very well since people call me, and coverage is great. Another company went with Verizon but their employees had so much trouble that they bought their own Nextels, and went back to Nextel. Now that they bought Altel, I would guess that’s a lot less of a problem. For us, no phone means no business so I love the idea that a phone can be fixed in 20 minutes at any of the many Nextel service centers. I have a second line for another business on my phone, but I may have to find a way around that. Today I feel I’m paying too much for simply voice and not having Exchange and POP mail on run is getting to be more and more of an issue. If I go Boost, it appears that I can keep my phone (i870), and I get unlimited minutes, but I cannot buy a phone maintenance contract, I lose the second line, and I still don’t have e-mail. I hear about Boost CDMA options. Does that mean any Sprint phone? Does it get me the other services I need? Sprint does not have phone service plans in Michigan like Nextel has, but at this rate I can buy a second phone a simply swap SIMS. I see MetroPCS out there too. In any case, for what I’m paying now, I can have an unlimited plan from Verizon and have a Droid or Imagio. What would you do?


Phone, features, plan, is hands down AMAZING. The best the industry has to offer, HANDS DOWN!!! I’ve had iPhones, and Blackberrys with post paid services. This HANDS DOWN takes the cake. I would recommend NOTHING else. I MUST have for all smartphone users.

David McDougall

Best Buy is selling the Boost Blackberry 8330 for a sale price of $229 this week. 2/7-2/13


I had an iPhone before and although it was very easy to use and had a lot of cool features you just can’t beat the price of Boost Mobile’s unlimited plan. The only downside with this phone is its initial price. Although considering the price of the plan I will without a doubt be saving money in the long run. BTW it run on Sprint CDMA networks!!! Fast text, good reception!


I’m not technically minded when it comes to this stuff. I thought all smart phones could browse the web if they have a data plan. Does this mean that this phone does mobile web? What does the phrase ..doesn’t offer WiFi mean in relation to that?


It means it can’t hook up to your wireless router, or McDonalds, or Starbucks, or anyone else with WiFi…..too bad I prefer using WiFi where available, it’s faster than any wireless data service even 3G IMO.


Thanks – I have a Boost phone already..the i465. They advertise unlimited web but it is just Boost’s web. That is probably something I would have realized had I of educated myself. Anway, does this Blackberry with Boost have the capability of regular mobible web outside the Boost web? I’m so not technically minded.


if i understand i should be able to get an old sprint blackberry(or other cool smartphone) and than activate on boost PAYGO(not the flat rate unlimited) and just pay $0.35 a day for unlimited data(possibly with tethering). can anyone confirm this?

i have done a bit of reading could not seem to find the answer if these CDMA phones can be used with PAYGO pay by the minutes and data by the day or only on the flat rate unlimited.


Chris Smith, DZ:

Boost Mobile has had CDMA service for almost three years in limited areas; later coverage was expanded to nearly eveywhere Sprint has service, though you needed to claim to be in one of those areas to activate service. However, they haven’t been offering new CDMA phones for about a year (and said they wouldn’t offer new CDMA services or phones).


It’s possible to get Boost Mobile on Sprint phones, but its a bit complicated, do a search for an explanation. Tethering was possible with Sprint Blackberrys used on Boost, using the same methods people do it on other networks, presumably will work with the Boost Blackberry, however tethering is against Boost’s service agreement.

Chris Smith

I see. Well it still doesn’t make sense to me that a Sprint phone receives calls and has service in the same room that a Boost Mobile phone is dead in. I think that there is more to that story of Boost’s service.


Oh, most people with Boost Mobile have iDEN, not CDMA, and iDEN (Nextel) service is definitely not available everywhere Sprint’s CDMA service is available.

I was just pointing out that CDMA service has been available for some time, what’s new is that Boost has changed its mind about phasing it out and introduced new phones (the 8830 and two Sanyo models) and new plans (unlimited Blackberry and Pay As You Go CDMA)

I’m really quite tempted to get a Boost CDMA phone on PAYG as a backup.


so can i get a used sprint phone(such as a palm pre) and use it on boost mobile?


No, Boost uses the Nextel frequencies. And the month or so I had them, customer support was atrocious. I’d stay far away.


as long as its a cdma phone its possible it will work… for those who do not know.. sprint and nextel are the same company but nextel operates on the iden freq and sprint on the cdma….cdma has a better voice network than nextel

Chris Smith

This is a good deal, but in my area Boost mobile coverage is worse than Sprint coverage. It doesn’t really make any sense to me considering they say that they run on Sprint’s network.

My friend has a Boost Mobile phone and has really terrible service. It may be the Motorola’s lack of a decent radio but I was very surprised considering Sprint has decent coverage around NW Pennsylvania.


Additionally: you can use Nextel devices on Boost Mobile, though if you activated a Nextel Blackberry 8830i, you don’t get access to BES or BIS.


I don’t think I’ve seen any specific comments about it, but in the past, Boost Mobile CDMA users had access to many of the services available to Sprint customers, e.g. Sprint Navigation, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint TV, etc.

Also, for the first time on Boost Mobile, Pay As You Go is available for CDMA phones (except for Blackberry), so you can get a contract free phone (cheapest new phone @ $79, you might be able to find one of their older phones used for less) and pay only for airtime you use at 10 cents/minute, 35 cents/day for mobile web, and $10 is good for 90 days. This is quite good for a backup phone.

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