Boost Mobile iPhone: 5 Facts to Know Before Buying

The Boost Mobile iPhone is an option for anyone that wants lower monthly plans than you can find on Verizon or AT&T and still wants 4G LTE. A Boost Mobile iPhone is a very attractive option for many users, but there are several things you need to know before you run out and buy your first Boost Mobile iPhone.

Boost Mobile is a good value for users, but there are several catches that users need to know about before spending money on a Boost Mobile iPhone. There may be some Boost Mobile iPhone facts that are deal breakers for users who are looking for a cheaper iPhone plan.

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Boost Mobile iPhone plans start at $40 a month with unlimited talk, text and data, but there is a big asterisk on this plan and the other Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited Select plans that many iPhone users may be tempted to choose.

Here are the Boost Mobile iPhone facts you need to know.

Here are the Boost Mobile iPhone facts you need to know.

When you buy a Boost Mobile iPhone you can save considerably over Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint even with a higher price for the iPhone up front. There are some trade-offs when you choose a Boost Mobile iPhone over one on a major carrier, or even a Straight Talk iPhone 5s.

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You can buy a Boost Mobile iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c or iPhone 4s. There is no Boost Mobile iPhone 5 on sale, but the iPhone 5c is essentially that same device in a plastic shell. When you buy a Boost Mobile iPhone 5s you will pay more than if you bought an iPhone on contract at another carrier, but you’ll still save over buying unlocked from Apple. Here are the Boost Mobile iPhone prices, which occasionally go on sale up to 20% off.

  • Boost Mobile iPhone 5s – $549
  • Boost Mobile iPhone 5c – $549
  • Boost Mobile iPhone 4s – $299

No matter which of these Boost Mobile iPhone options you buy, these facts are part of the purchase. Keep reading for the Boost Mobile iPhone facts you need to know before you buy.

Boost Mobile 4G LTE

With Boost Mobile you get 4G LTE data, which is significantly faster than 3G connectivity that some pre-paid services used to limit you to. Most pre-paid iPhone carriers now support 4G LTE. There is no 4G LTE support for the iPhone 4s, as it does not include the hardware needed for 4G LTE on any carrier.

The video above shows a 4G LTE speed comparison between the major carriers. In this video we see just how fast 4G LTE is. Before you get too excited about using 4G LTE on your Boost Mobile iPhone, keep reading for the various catches.

Limited Unlimited Boost Mobile iPhone Options

If you decide to buy a Boost Mobile iPhone on the Monthly Unlimited Select plans that are $40, $50 or $60 you get unlimited data, but there is actually a very important limit.

All of these plans limit the amount of high-speed data you can use, which means your 4G LTE data. After you go through the cap of 500MB, 2.5GB or 5GB you’ll see slower speeds.

The good news is you are not cut off from data completely. Also 2.5GB and 5GB options are more than enough for many users, especially if they also plan to use WiFi.

The slower speed is 2G, which is a fancy way of saying nearly unusable on an iPhone.

Boost Mobile iPhone Video Limits

When you decide to use a Boost Mobile iPhone to stream video you’re in for a lackluster experience unless you are connected to WiFi. Tacked on below the plan information is a small disclaimer that video streaming on Boost Mobile is limited to 3G. That is slow which means poor quality and more time spent buffering.

If you love to watch YouTube, Netflix and other streaming video on your iPhone, you may want to look elsewhere.

Boost Mobile iPhone Uses Sprint’s Network

The Boost Mobile iPhone coverage map contains some holes.

The Boost Mobile iPhone coverage map contains some holes.

Boost Mobile iPhone owners will connect to Sprint’s network. Sprint’s 4G LTE offers less coverage than Verizon and T-Mobile and in some areas Sprint coverage is not as prevalent as the other carriers.

Sprint’s network is improving, but you need to check with others in your area to see if they can use Sprint reliably or if it is a hassle.

Boost Mobile iPhone Hotspot

You can use your Boost Mobile iPhone hotspot to connect other devices to the Internet while you are traveling or away from WiFi. This is an easy way to get your laptop or tablet online or even a portable game system, but there is a catch.

You can use a Boost Mobile iPhone hotspot, but there are some catches.

You can use a Boost Mobile iPhone hotspot, but there are some catches.

You can add the Boost Mobile iPhone hotspot to your plan on a daily basis for $5. But you don’t get to use all of your data that you already pay for. A daily Boost Mobile hotspot unlocks one day or 250MB of data. When either of these is done the hotspot is over.

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For tethering, 250MB is not a lot of data. You can check your email and do a little web surfing, but you won’t want to listen to music, stream any audio or upload many photos to the web.

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