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Prepaid Wireless Tracker #112, Oct 2017 - Boost Mobile Comes Full Circle With All Inclusive Plan
October 01, 2017

Prepaid Wireless Tracker - October 2017, Issue #112


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Boost Mobile Rolls Taxes & Fees Into Overall Price...Again!

DSL Reports
Here's an interesting topic!  I'm not even sure if the people who still work at Boost/Sprint even realize that their Unlimited by Boost plan from 2007/2008 (I can't recall the exact date) actually was an ALL INCLUSIVE plan.  The main competitive advantage of that veryBoost Mobile Prepaid Wireless successful plan was to include taxes and fees so that what you see is what you get.  At the time no one else was doing that, so it was a massive customer benefit with a great marketing story.

Wireless competition since then became so fierce and price competitive, that carriers had to strip out these costs in order to advertise lower base plan prices.  Needless to say, this is highly confusing for customers when trying to compare plans, or understand their true monthly out-of-pocket costs.  So now Boost has come full circle.  This is definitely a good thing, however, making it sound as though it's some kind of new innovation, particular for Boost, makes me shake my head.

Entry Level ZTE Tempo X Debuts Available at Boost MobileBoost Mobile ZTE Tempo X

Android Geeks
If you're looking for an inexpensive smartphone, this is a new option from ZTE for $80.  It's a good size screen at 5", however, the resolution is quite low.  It has a quad-core 1.1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot.  There's are 5MP and 2MP cameras on the back and front, respectively.  ZTE has been putting in a lot of effort into expanding its U.S. market share, primarily competing in the low and mid-range, so keep your eyes open for even more options later this year.

iPhone 8 Series Now Available at Boost Mobile

IT Business NetBoost Mobile iPhone 8
If you want to pay top dollar for iPhone's flagship phone, and get features that are virtually the same as phones that cost hundreds less, you'll be happy to know that you can now get it on Boost Mobile ;-).  You can also get some reasonable discounts on older iPhone 7s and 6s.  Unless there's a feature (or status) that you REALLY need in the latest generation, I recommend that given how smartphone evolution has slowed, being a generation behind is definitely worthy of consideration.  The good news is that more options is always better, and new smartphone launches always drive down prices of older phones!

New Apple Watch Doesn't Work With Prepaid Wireless Plans

Mac RumorsApple Watch LTE
This news literally made me laugh out loud!  The Series 3 LTE Apple Watch that was supposed to free people from older generations that only work when your iPhone is in proximity, actually has so many restrictions.  Not only do you still have to own an iPhone, but you have to pay an additional $10 per month to use it.  In addition, it doesn't work on prepaid, as the watch requires NumberSync, which is currently not available on prepaid plans.

Maybe it's worth it to some people that really don't want to have to pull their phone out of their pocket to use the awesomely large screen, in favor of using the ultra tiny watch screen ;-).  Or perhaps it's worth the cost to be able to leave your phone at home once every few months, which is the number of times you might actually forget it at home.  Needless to say, early commentary reveals that even hardcore Apple fans are disappointed with this new product.

US Mobile Announces World's Largest Unlimited WiFi Plan

Cellular NewsUS Mobile Prepaid Wireless
With their unlimited WiFi access in more than 120 countries, including 19 airlines, US Mobile is trying to differentiate itself.  This is particularly intriguing for those who frequently travel internationally.  After chatting with them, US Mobile clarified that they have partnered with iPass, and offering it as an add-on for $10 for 30 days.  The app is designed to "seamlessly" transfer you between hotspots by automagically logging you in.

My personal experience with iPass, however, hasn't been so slick, and I have never successfully authenticated my account on an aircraft.  Perhaps the app has improved.  Here's a direct link to this service:  This is definitely a good way to differentiate their service without having to worry about any capital expenditure.

US Cellular Offers Rugged Android LG X Venture SmartphoneLG X Venture Prepaid Rugged Smartphone

Android Headlines
With the number of people who walk around with cracked and damaged phones, I'm surprised there aren't more ruggedized smartphones out there.  Perhaps cases are meant to fill that void, though many people walk around sans protection.  Perhaps those are the users who are concerned about phone girth?  Anyway, for those that want a more sturdy phone, the LG X Venture actually looks pretty sleek.  For $300, or $12/month for 2.5 years, you get a mid-tier smartphone with a 5.2" HD screen, 8-core 1.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, and expandable microSD card slot.  You also get 16MP and 5MP rear and front cameras, respectively.

This is a military spec phone, with a large battery, as well as USB Type-C port, thus your old micro USB cables won't work without adapters.

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