By Joe Paonessa Apr 18, 2016
Starting on April 20th, Boost Mobile's current family plan rates are set to go up, but there's not all bad news as the Sprint owned MVNO is also releasing unlimited LTE family plans and a new family plan offering 2 GB of high speed data per line. The prepaid provider is also increasing the number of lines allowed per account from four to five.
First the bad news.
5 GB Family Plans
One of Boost Mobile's family plans currently consists of offering up to four lines with 5 GB of data each line. Pricing is set to increase by as much as $20 depending on the number of lines that you have. Boost Mobile's new plans will be priced as follows:
- 2 lines $80 (previously $70)
- 3 lines $115 (previously $115)
- 4 lines $120 (previously $135)
A 5th line can now be added at a cost of $145.
Now, the good news.
2 GB Family Plan
Boost Mobile is upping the data on it's 1.5 GB per line family plans. Data will increase to 2 GB per line, with prices falling in most cases. The new plans will be priced as follows:
- 2 lines $60, previously $70/month
- 3 lines $90, no price change
- 4 lines $95, previously $100
Five lines will now be available for $95 as well.
Unlimited LTE Family Plans
Unlimited LTE family plans are priced as follows:
- 2 lines $110
- 3 lines $160
- 4 lines $195
- 5 lines $220
All the prices I have listed for all the different tiers of data include a $5 auto pay discount.
All data tiers include mobile hotspot, and unlimited music streaming. The plans without unlimited LTE data have unlimited data that gets throttled to 128 Kbps once the plans high speed allotment is used up.
As mentioned earlier, customers will now be able to mix and match different data plans per line on a multi line account. Base pricing for each data tier is as follows:
- 2 GB, $35/month
- 5 GB, $45/month
- Unlimited, $60 month
Boost Mobile is discounting plan rates based on the number of lines in an account as follows:
- 2 lines, $5 off the total price
- 3 lines, $15 off
- 4 lines, $40 off
- 5 lines, $75 off
An additional $5 can be taken off your bill by enabling auto pay.
Unfortunately, these plans will only be available through Boost Mobile stores, and independent dealers, not online or through big box stores such as Walmart.
Those looking to switch from a carrier other than Sprint or a Sprint MVNO are eligible to receive a $50 bill credit for porting in. It will be interesting to see if and how T-Mobile's MetroPCS brand as well as AT&T's Cricket brand respond to Boost Mobile's new plans and port in deal.
What do you think? Time to switch to Boost?