Boost Website on LG G8Source: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

Boost Mobile is a great deal for people that use a lot of data. It offers great rates on data plans, including a large amount of hotspot data, Boost Mobile has earned a reputation as a great, low-cost, MVNO. Boost Mobile is owned by DISH and runs on both the Sprint's LTE network and the new T-Mobile network. Bringing multiple lines can bring down the cost making Boost a great deal for your family. You can even bring in an unlocked phone or buy one from Boost to get connected. Here's everything you need to know if Boost Mobile sounds like a good fit for you.

Big on data

Boost Mobile

Big on data

Boost Mobile plans have a ton of data at competitive prices for people looking to save and even comes with hotspot on every plan.

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Boost Mobile Buyer's Guide Expanding the network

Sprint's network doesn't have the coverage of its competitors and on its main service, it relies heavily on extended LTE from other carriers to fill in the gaps. This isn't available on Boost Mobile so if you're used to Sprint's coverage, be sure to check out Boost Mobile's nationwide coverage map before signing up. If you are covered, you can expect a solid LTE service.

DISH, Boost Mobile's new owner, has started to offer some network improvements to Boost Mobile customers with the T-Mobile network. In most areas, this means improved coverage and speed including access to 5G. Check out the expanded network on Boost's site to see if it will work better for you. Keep in mind that a 5G phone that supports standalone 5G such as the Galaxy S20 will have the best possible coverage.

Boost Mobile Buyer's Guide Boost's plans

Boost Mobile plans start at just $35 per month for 3GB of data and unlimited calling and texting. This plan also comes with 6GB of data if you're willing to sign up at Walmart. This can be upgraded to unlimited data with more speed and features going up. Unlimited starts at $50 per month, but with two lines it's only $80 or $40 per line. This plan comes with 12GB of hotspot data. If you need more hotspot data, 30GB is available for $10 more per month.

With Boost's Nationwide network, one of the best ways to save is to bring more lines.

Boost Mobile Nationwide PlansSource: Boost Mobile

The Expanded network has a few more plans starting at 1GB if you sign up in a store and are a new customer. In fact, the 1GB, 2GB, and 5GB plans at their presented rates are only available to new customers. The 1GB and 2GB plans need to be set up in a Boost Mobile store as well. Moving up there is a 10GB plan for $35 per month and a 15GB plan. The 15GB plan is a Shrink-It! plan which means the price comes down to $35 after six on-time payments.

Boost Mobile Expanded Data PlansSource: Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has two unlimited plans which offer 35GB of high-speed data before throttling the connection to 2GB speeds. It's really a 35GB plan that doesn't cut you off completely when you use up your data. The $50 plan only offers SD video streams which will be plenty for many people. If you want HD, you'll need the $60 plan. Additional lines are $30 and $40 per month respectively and are the best way to save money with your plan.

Boost Mobile Unlimited Expanded PlansSource: Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile Buyer's Guide International service

Boost Mobile has several plans for getting you connected around the world. A Todo Mexico plan helps people stay connected in Mexico with unlimited calls and texts to and from Mexico, as well as 8GB of data when roaming in Mexico. The plan also allows for unlimited calls and texts in Canada. Boost Mobile is one of the strongest MVNOs around when it comes to international service.

Screenshot of international add ons November 2019Source: Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile Buyer's Guide The phones

Boost Mobile sells a wide range of phones from cheaper offerings like the Samsung Galaxy A10e to the S20 5G. You can also get an iPhone 11 Pro down to the iPhone 7 depending on your budget. If you want to bring your own, it will need to be compatible with the Sprint CDMA and LTE network to work properly. That doesn't necessarily mean that all Sprint phones will be able to be transferred to Boost Mobile, so be sure to double-check if you're a Sprint customer thinking about switching.

Even if your phone is technically compatible with Boost Mobile's network, it still might not be able to be activated.

Moto G7 Play on TabletSource: Android Central

If you want to take advantage of the expanded network, you will need to choose from a compatible phone. This includes most new iPhones as well as some common Androids like the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G or the Moto g7 Play.

Boost Mobile Buyer's Guide The prepaid advantage

Even if you've checked the coverage maps, it's still possible that you're not satisfied with service on Boost Mobile. Thanks to being a prepaid provider, you aren't locked into a contract and are free to try out more options. Just be sure to transfer your phone number before you let your contract run out or you could lose it.

If you're not happy with Boost Mobile for one reason or another, there are plenty of alternative carriers to choose from.

Learn more about alternative mobile carriers

Big on data

Boost Mobile

Big on data

Boost Mobile plans have a ton of data at competitive prices for people looking to save and even comes with hotspot on every plan.

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