If you are a Blackberry fan that doesn’t want to be strapped down with a new contract for a smartphone, Boost Mobile has a new offering you might find interesting. The pre-paid carrier has announced that it has a new Blackberry in its line of smartphones with the unveiling of the Curve 8530 on its network.
It wasn't too long ago that pre-paid cell service wasn't all that enticing. People would tend to go out of their way to try and sign that two, or three-year (depending on your location) contract, just to make sure that they got the cheapest price for their phone, and the full power of the wireless carrier's network. Now though, services like Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile are stepping up their game, providing not only the price to become competitive, but also the features that people look for. This time, Boost Mobile has introduced a brand new pricing scheme for their International Connect feature.
Whether or not Microsoft's KIN handsets have GenUpload appeal or not, one thing just about everyone outside of Verizon agrees on is that the carrier has priced the featurephone's data plans too highly. Ideal time for Sprint to leap in with some massively impressive prepaid offerings, using its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile acquisitions to target the youth market, those looking for affordable, contract-free unlimited service, and even those wanting cheap BlackBerry BIS support (from $35 all-in, voice and text included).
Boost Mobile is one of the better known providers of pre-paid wireless service in the country. The company offers full line of handsets that will appeal to many buyers looking for text centric and feature phones without a contract.
Sprint have announced their Q2 2009 financial results, and while there are glimmers of hope in the shape of ongoing prepaid customer growth and stable post-pay revenue, the take-away figures are a loss of 257,000 customers over the three month period and a net loss of $384m on revenues of $8.1bn. That revenue is down 1-percent from Q1 2009, and down 10-percent on Q2 2008, though Sprint did manage to pay off $700m of debt (although it still owes $16.4bn).
Virgin Mobile has followed suit with every major carrier (and apparently the American automakers too) in the rush to offer deals to consumers in this time of economic crisis. Virgin has announced a new Unlimited minutes plan for $49.99 and "Pink Slip Protection" which waves up to three months of phone bills if you lose your job. Pretty sweet deal for those of you who shy away from contracts and aren't concerned with having the latest and greatest phones.
Details of Boost Mobile's upcoming 2009 handset lineup have leaked, confirming that the carrier will be offering the "distinctive" Motorola i465 QWERTY messaging-phone. It's one of at least four new devices, including a candybar, a clamshell and a slider form-factor, with several of the handsets looking to be supplied by Motorola.