It's a subtle movement, but an important one. Americans are slowly but surely growing tired of the same 'ole politics involving conventional two-year mobile contracts. New flagship phones are hitting the market every six months, but users have to wait 24 months for a discount. And, of course, getting out early results in major sticker shock. Hence, the rebooting of the prepaid / off-contract franchise. What was once small business is now raking in far more customers, and all the while, both the handsets and technologies are improving.
Boost Mobile has been offering no-contract wireless to U.S. residents for years now, and Virgin Mobile much the same. Now, the two are taking a major leap forward by adding LTE
-equipped handsets to their prepaid arsenal. The HTC
One SV and Boost Force have both been unveiled, and both will operate on Sprint's 3G and 4G LTE networks, bringing 4G LTE to Boost Mobile customers in more than 50 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas and Houston, and will be available in nearly 170 additional cities in the coming months.Both Android-powered smartphones pair the speed of 4G LTE with the value of Boost Mobile's no-contract $55 Android Monthly Unlimited with Shrinking Payments plan. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile's Android Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text messaging, Web#, email and calls to 411.
The One SV can be had for $299.99 off-contract, while the same price is being placed on the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE over on the Virgin Mobile side.