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    Default Sprint vs Boost

    I've got some friends thinking about switching from other carriers to either Sprint or Boost and they asked me to explain the difference between them.

    I had never heard of Boost Mobile before so I checked them out. Truthfully I can't see much difference between the plans. I use and EVO 4G and one of the friends just bought a new EVO and had it flashed to work with Boost.

    Has anyone had experience with this and why would we stay with Sprint if the cost savings is there?

    Thanks, Randy
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    Main difference is that Boost has no contracts.
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    Sprint owns Boost. Literally. Same with Virgin Mobile. No contracts, cheaper phones...Upside is you can use a Sprint phone on Boost, so you could buy an Evo3D off contract and use it on Boost. They won't let you keep your Sprint phone number though.
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    I heard that 4G is not available with Boost. But they offer $5 off your bill every 6 months when you pay on time (up to $15 off within 18months). My understanding is that the initial plan is $50/mo. for unlimited everything (no 4G) with the potential to get to $35/mo. after 18/mo. of no late payments. I also heard that phones like the EVO can be made to work on the Boost network.
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    Typically the non-contract variants also do not have *ANY* roaming.

    Like sprint has excellent roaming tables , while Boost and Virgin have jack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RkyMtnHigh View Post
    Sprint owns Boost. Literally. Same with Virgin Mobile. No contracts, cheaper phones...Upside is you can use a Sprint phone on Boost, so you could buy an Evo3D off contract and use it on Boost. They won't let you keep your Sprint phone number though.
    good luck getting an evo on boost
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    Quote Originally Posted by skife View Post
    good luck getting an evo on boost
    ????
    Works just fine, a guy at work got an eVo off Ebay and is running it on Boost. Everything works just fine, except 4g of course.

    Plus the OP stated in his post that he knows of someone how has an eVo flashed to boost.

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    It can be done.
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    no 4G
    no roaming
    no contract
    cheaper per month.

    anything else?
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    That about sums it all up. If you consider the potential of being at $35/mo for unlimited talk/txt/data, then this seems to be a huge plus for me. The loss of 4G is no biggie really, since I don't use 4G much, if at all, anyway. If I didn't have to pay early termination on 4 lines for my current Sprint plan I'd already be a Boost customer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPhilly View Post
    ????
    Works just fine, a guy at work got an eVo off Ebay and is running it on Boost. Everything works just fine, except 4g of course.

    Plus the OP stated in his post that he knows of someone how has an eVo flashed to boost.

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    Getting an evo on boost isn't as simple as calling boost up and telling them you want to put your phone on their service. Most likely your EVO's ESN isn't in their database.

    also a con of not having sprint service is no insurance or service plan, so when you drop your evo and the screen shatters, your screwed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skife View Post
    Getting an evo on boost isn't as simple as calling boost up and telling them you want to put your phone on their service. Most likely your EVO's ESN isn't in their database.

    also a con of not having sprint service is no insurance or service plan, so when you drop your evo and the screen shatters, your screwed.
    true...but if you dont need ins.. win-win

    playing devils advocate...
    for those that do need ins...
    6months savings = $30x6 = $180
    ins savings for not paying it = ($7x6) + $100 copay = $142

    total savings in 6 months = $322
    you can get another evo on craigslist
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan330 View Post
    no 4G
    no roaming
    no contract
    cheaper per month.

    anything else?
    The monthly unlimited plan shows that roaming is included.

    Are you sure it isn't? That's a deal breaker for me.

    Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan330 View Post
    true...but if you dont need ins.. win-win

    playing devils advocate...
    for those that do need ins...
    6months savings = $30x6 = $180
    ins savings for not paying it = ($7x6) + $100 copay = $142

    total savings in 6 months = $322
    you can get another evo on craigslist
    This made me chuckle..... Thanks!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan330 View Post
    true...but if you dont need ins.. win-win

    playing devils advocate...
    for those that do need ins...
    6months savings = $30x6 = $180
    ins savings for not paying it = ($7x6) + $100 copay = $142

    total savings in 6 months = $322
    you can get another evo on craigslist
    El Oh El...I think I might switch to Boost.

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    it costs about $150 to flash your phone to boost.
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    Default Pro's and Con's on Boost

    Boost Pros: Lower monthly service IF you pay on time, Miss a payment your going back to $50! $60 for Blackberry!

    Cons: NO customer service, call them and see for yourself, they might answer in an hour!

    NO roaming, no sprint tower NO service!

    NO Current model phone! Great selection of 2009 discontinued models!

    Not all markets have 3G some still working in 2G, and Never will you see 4G!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blakerandy View Post
    The monthly unlimited plan shows that roaming is included.

    Are you sure it isn't? That's a deal breaker for me.

    Randy
    Its true, no roaming fees.

    Because there are no roaming towers to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan330 View Post
    no 4G
    no roaming
    no contract
    cheaper per month.

    anything else?
    great summary.
    this is it.
    itís not that complicated.
    it is up to each individual to figure out what features are important to him/her and then decide if the price difference outweighs those features
    for me it was very easy -
    i could care less about 4g
    i obviously would like to pay less and not be on contract
    however, i live in Tennessee and if you look at the boost/virgin/native sprint map there is coverage only in cities and on the interstate
    go off the interstate or leave a city and you have an expensive brick
    i chose to pay more on contract with sprint so that i can roam off of Verizonís network
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    i have an evo, i am in pittsburgh, and unless you are in the little 2 mile radius, there is no 4g here either. only 3g and it is scattered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RkyMtnHigh View Post
    Sprint owns Boost. Literally. Same with Virgin Mobile. No contracts, cheaper phones...Upside is you can use a Sprint phone on Boost, so you could buy an Evo3D off contract and use it on Boost. They won't let you keep your Sprint phone number though.
    they do let you port your number...I went from spint to boost and then back, as long as your bill is paid up to date there is no issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydubfresno View Post
    they do let you port your number...I went from spint to boost and then back, as long as your bill is paid up to date there is no issue.
    The official Boost/Sprint stance is that they don't do it. I can only go off what they print and what they say in my area. I'm on Sprint, and have been for years, but I work with people who have switched to and from, and had to change their numbers. Yes, it CAN be done though.
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    You can run Sprint Android phones on boost? Since when? I thought it couldn't be done? I know people have flashed Evos onto Cricket and MetroPCS but never heard of high end Sprint phones running on BM.
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    Default Re: Sprint vs Boost

    Yes it is true Boost has no contracts and low fee but, sprint isn't foolish just try a little experiment with a sprint and boost phone next to each other, you'll see a huge difference, you thing they are on a "true" 3g network, well it is but throttled way back, and for good reason, overage. sprint phone fly compared to boost and yes there are roaming charge and certain other things they will charge for as well. they will never give the package that you get with sprint and by the way, sprint gives free navigation, not Boost. you want info on the truth look it up, yes it is a great price if you just text and email. but if you do business or other stuff like playing graphic games, Sprint is the clear winner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blakerandy View Post
    I've got some friends thinking about switching from other carriers to either Sprint or Boost and they asked me to explain the difference between them.

    I had never heard of Boost Mobile before so I checked them out. Truthfully I can't see much difference between the plans. I use and EVO 4G and one I'd the friends just bought a new EVO and had it flashed to work with Boost.

    Has anyone had experience with this and why would we stay with Sprint if the cost savings is there?

    Thanks, Randy
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