Android Now Available On Prepaid Plans Through Boost Mobile

Android Now Available On Prepaid Plans Through Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile created quite the stir in the mobile phone industry when it announced its $50 Unlimited Everything Plan back in January 2009. Now, the company is shaking things up again, this time by offering the Motorola i1 Android-powered smartphone to prepaid customers. This phone is the carrier's first walkie-talkie enabled touchscreen phone powered by Android. This phone has plenty of features too, including a 5MP camera, 3.1-inch HVGA display, and GPS. The phone is available at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores.


Boost Mobile Brings Android to Prepaid with Launch of Motorola i1

National distribution at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, all Best Buy
and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning June 20

IRVINE, Calif.--In a world of “firsts,” the Motorola i1 from Boost Mobile® brings new meaning to the word. Available nationally at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores, i1 is the first walkie-talkie enabled touchscreen phone powered by Android™ from Boost Mobile.

“Last year Boost disrupted the wireless marketplace with the $50 Monthly Unlimited offer, and we are doing it again with the launch of the Motorola i1,” said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer, Boost Mobile. “Together with Motorola, we are able to offer the Android experience to those customers who enjoy the walkie-talkie feature. And with 1,100 Best Buy locations, 80 Best Buy Mobile stores and exclusive Boost Mobile stores nationwide, customers will not have to search far to find this hot handset.”

The i1 has an industry-leading 5MP camera, a vivid 3.1-inch HVGA display, and is one of the first devices to feature the new optimized Opera Mini 5 Web Browser. Combined with the Boost Mobile 'Monthly Unlimited' service, with unlimited nationwide talk, text and Web for $50 per month, staying connected has never been easier. The i1 also comes equipped with Wi-Fi and is one of the first Android phones to integrate new SWYPE® technology for quicker-than-ever messaging.

“Best Buy Mobile is excited to be the first national retailer to bring a prepaid Android smartphone to customers who are looking for greater payment flexibility when it comes to their smartphone,” said Scott Anderson, senior director at Best Buy Mobile. “One of our promises to customers is to provide the best options and choices available in the mobile marketplace. Exclusively bringing great products like the Motorola i1 to consumers helps us make good on that commitment. ”

“Motorola remains focused on delivering differentiated Android experiences within our product portfolio,” said Jeff Miller, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With the Motorola i1, we’re excited to offer Boost users the opportunity to enjoy a feature-rich Android smartphone with walkie-talkie capability.”

Motorola i1 Features

  • Touchscreen smartphone powered by Android™
  • 5MP camera with autofocus, flash and video
  • Wi-Fi capable
  • Access to Email Exchange, Gmail®, MSN®, Yahoo!® and more
  • Instant Messaging (Google Talk™ preloaded, supports additional messaging clients via download such as Yahoo!®, AIM® and more)
  • Nationwide walkie-talkie
  • Opera Mini 5 & Android browsers
  • Stereo Bluetooth® capable
  • 2GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
  • GPS enabled
  • Optional SWYPE™ virtual keypad

 

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How much does it cost?

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Much as I use my phone, I am thinking about going with one of these prepayed phones! Guess I'm just old school, and like to talk to people in person!

Probably cheaper than 65 per month, when I only use around 200 minutes:P

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If you must have it now, then go Boost; however, Android on iDEN..."yuck"...for lack of a better term ;-). Slow, slow data speeds. And keep in mind that iDEN can't handle a simultaneous data and voice session, so if you've got any apps running in the background, you'll find that you'll miss your voice calls, which will be directed to voicemail. For $350, I think you're better off waiting for the Cricket Android phone! I'm sure more devices will follow, and I expect Virgin will come out with something before too long as their plans are touted to be geared towards data users. Though if you want an unlimited voice plan with it, you're going to have to pay a $10 premium over Boost.

To compare current prepaid smartphones, feel free to check out:

www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/smartphone-comparison.html

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