Best answer: Boost Mobile now supports the T-Mobile and Sprint networks for coverage. Most unlocked phones will work on one of Boost's networks, though many Sprint devices aren't compatible.
New plans use T-Mobile's network
With T-Mobile's purchase of Sprint, Dish now owns Boost Mobile and has begun pushing customers toward what it's calling the Expanded Network based on T-Mobile. For most people, this network will offer greater speeds and more consistent coverage than its old network. It also comes with T-Mobile 5G support with a compatible phone.
Boost Mobile now supports most unlocked phones compatible with T-Mobile's network which includes most of the best Android phones. Still, if you're unsure, you can check your IMEI on Boost's website before signing up. Boost Mobile will also be able to tell you which network will work with your phone in a Boost Mobile store if you're still unsure.
What does this mean for the Nationwide Network?
Boost Mobile was formerly owned by Sprint and its older Nationwide Network still uses Sprint's infrastructure. Still, most Sprint phones will not work with Boost Mobile. Some phones can be ported out by request but Boost Mobile will not guarantee any services will work besides voice, SMS texting, and data. If you are looking to make the switch to Boost Mobile and don't want to buy a new phone, you'll need a fully unlocked phone. If you are looking for a new phone, there are a lot of great Android phones to choose from.
If you already have a phone that you know is unlocked, you can check its compatibility on Boost Mobile's website or by bringing it into a Boost Mobile store.
Phones must be unlocked
If your phone is locked to a carrier but compatible with Boost Mobile, you have to get it unlocked before you can activate it on Boost. You need to contact customer support to get it unlocked. You should do this while you still have an active account if at all possible.
- Sprint customer care: 1-888-211-4727
- Verizon customer care: 1-800-922-0204
- T-Mobile customer care: 1-877-453-1304
- AT&T customer care: 1-800-331-0500
Simple plans with plenty of data
Boost Mobile offers some great data options on the T-Mobile network with support for older phones on the Sprint network.
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