Boost Mobile prepaid phone plans review

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Unlimited plans start at $35 a month with a wide range of budget-friendly options.

Boost Mobile wants to simplify how you pay for your phone service through prepaid no-contract unlimited plans.

Provided through Sprint, Boost’s network boasts 99% service coverage through the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Details

DataStarting at 1 GB
MinutesUnlimited
TextsUnlimited
Can I bring my own phone?Yes
Cell phone plans starting at:$10

What services does Boost Mobile offer?

Boost Mobile offers a variety of individual and family plans that come with unlimited talk and text. Each plan comes with a data package that ranges from 2GB to unlimited. All plans come with 4G LTE speeds until you reach your monthly data allowance.

Capped data options

The following plans all come with unlimited talk and text, but capped data. And they’re available to new customers only.

Data planMonthly cost
1GB 4G/5G$10
2GB 4G/5G$15
5GB 4G/5G$25
10GB 4G/5G$35
15GB 4G/5G$45*

*Monthly price drops to $35 after six on-time payments.

Unlimited data options

Looking for an unlimited talk, text and data plan? You have two options:

Unlimited 4G LTE — $50 a month

  • Unlimited talk, text and data at 4G LTE speeds until 35 GB, then drops to 2G data speeds.
  • 12GB mobile hotspot that counts towards your 4G LTE data allotment.
  • Add a line for $30 per month.

Unlimited 4G LTE — $60 a month

  • Unlimited talk, text and data at 4G LTE speeds until 35 GB, then drops to 2G data speeds.
  • 30GB mobile hotspot that counts towards your 4G LTE data allotment.
  • Add a line for $40 per month.

Family plan options

Boost Mobile offers three ways to build a family plan if you need multiple lines:

  • 35 GB 4G LTE for 3 lines — $90 a month after your first payment of $100.
  • Add lines to its $50 or $60 unlimited plans.
  • Mix and match any capped data plans to create your own family plan.

    How do I sign up for Boost Mobile?

    To sign up for Boost Mobile, visit your nearest Boost Mobile retail store or authorized dealer, or browse their available plan options online.

    Pros and cons

    Boost offers a variety of prepaid plans to fit every budget and lifestyle. Check out a few perks of Boost Mobile and consider its drawbacks before signing up.

    • Unlimited music streaming. Boost Mobile users can enjoy music through popular music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio — without using your data.
    • No hidden fees. Since taxes and fees are rolled into the cost of a Boost Mobile plan, you can expect a simple phone bill with no surprise charges.
    • Keep your phone number. When you switch to a Boost Mobile plan from a different carrier, you don’t have to change your number.
    • Slow data speeds. While Boost Mobile’s plans offer unlimited data, it doesn’t necessarily mean fast data. Using more than 35 GB in one billing cycle will slow your connection speed.
    • Limited mobile performance. Boost Mobile relies on the T-mobile network for mobile service, ranking lower than AT&T and Verizon, according to Global Wireless Solutions’ 2020 US Nationwide Test of Mobile Networks.

    Compare Boost Mobile with other prepaid plans

    Name Product Plans start at: Data Autopay discount Keep your phone numbers Rollover data Mobile hotspot
    Verizon
    $40/per month
    5GB, 15GB, Unlimited
    Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    AT&T
    $25/per month
    5GB, 8GB, 15GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
    Yes, $15/mo. for new customers, and $10/mo. for existing customers
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
    Cricket
    $30/per month
    2GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited + 15 GB mobile hotspot
    Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
    Yes
    No
    Yes
    Mint
    $15/per month
    4GB, 10GB, 15GB, Unlimited
    No
    Yes
    No
    Yes
    Boost
    $10/per month
    1GB, 2GB, 5GB, 10GB, 15GB, 35GB
    Yes
    Yes
    No
    Yes
    T-Mobile
    $15/per month
    2GB, 5GB, 10GB, Unlimited, Unlimited plus
    Yes, $5/month off monthly bill
    Yes
    Yes
    Yes
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    Bottom line

    Boost Mobile offers a variety of prepaid phone plans for a range of data appetites. You’ll see competitive rates if you add lines to its unlimited plans or after six timely payments on its Shrink-it plan.

    But if you want consistently fast speed, you might want to compare a few other cellphone plans.

    Frequently asked questions

    We break down even more answers to your Boost Mobile questions here.

    How do I add more gigs of 4G LTE data to my plan?

    If you need more 4G LTE data, you can purchase a data pack. Choose a one-time or ongoing data pack, which gives you more data every month until you remove it.

    How do I pay my phone bill?

    There are three options to pay for your Boost Mobile prepaid service using cash, credit or debit card:

    • Pay your bill in-person at a Boost Mobile store.
    • Pay by phone by dialing #233 from your Boost Mobile phone.
    • Pay online by logging into your Boost Mobile account.

    Can I bring my own phone to sign up for Boost Mobile?

    You can, but not all phones are eligible. If you’re thinking of switching, take your unlocked phone to a Boost Mobile store or input your phone’s device ID on its website for more information.

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