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When you look for a prepaid cell phone, it's important to find a service provider that gives you options. Some people want the newest and hottest phones, and others want contract-free, unlimited service plans. Boost Mobile is the best prepaid cell phone provider we reviewed, and it gives most contract-based plans some stiff competition.

Boost Mobile has unlimited monthly and daily service plans, and its pay-as-you-go plans are reasonably priced. Every monthly service plan comes with Shrinking Payments – a deal that rewards long-time users with $5 off every six months for a year and a half. Lastly, the company has several great phones available in several styles. For its excellent plans and phones, Boost Mobile is our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner.

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Boost Mobile offers three types of plans: monthly, daily and pay-as-you-go. Only the monthly plans come with the Shrinking Payments reward program, but none of the programs require an activation fee or contract. If you decide that you do not want the service plan you've selected, you can buy a different one or cancel your account.

Boost Mobile has four monthly plans, each with the Shrinking Payments reward system. Each monthly plan includes unlimited nationwide talk, text, voicemail, long distance and 411 directory assistance. If you pay your bills on time and use the same plan, you'll get $5 off every six months for up to a year and a half, or a total of $15 off the original price. Unfortunately, if you use mobile web, Boost Mobile only provides 2.5GB of high-speed data per month.

If you know you won't use your phone every day during the month and you want to pay for usage only, you can buy one of the daily unlimited plans. These plans include nationwide talk, text, web and more, for as little as $2 per day.

Finally, users can put money on their accounts for a pay-as-you-go plan. This plan protects you from overages by deactivating your phone after the account runs out of money. Boost Mobile charges twenty cents per minute and message for talk and text, respectively. Multimedia messages cost twenty-five cents per message. If you want to use mobile web, Boost charges fifty cents per day, which is a great deal for heavy web users. Instant messaging and emails cost $1 per day. If you need to add money to your account, you can buy minutes online or in a Boost Mobile store.

Boost Mobile has great coverage through the Sprint Network, and its Android phones have 4G speeds.

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Contract-based phone providers still have an advantage over prepaid phones in selection. However, Boost Mobile has some excellent last-generation phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III. Several of the phones include 4G capabilities. If you prefer a basic phone for calls and text messages, Boost Mobile sells flip and QWERTY phones at low prices. Unfortunately, Boost Mobile does not have the iPhone, and its major name brands are limited to Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola.

Boost Mobile rarely runs deals on its phones, but it does have one of the easiest websites to navigate. You can either find the phone that you want and see which plans are available for it, or select a plan to narrow the phone selection.

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Boost Mobile's plans come with a full set of features. All of the unlimited plans include 411 directory assistance as an included feature. Thanks to the nationwide Sprint network coverage, you get free long distance and roaming. Phone plans include caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling, as well as free voice mail.

Some features change in the pay-as-you-go plan. For instance, 411 assistance costs $1.29 per call plus airtime. Fortunately, other standards are included, such as voicemail, long distance, call waiting and call forwarding.

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Boost Mobile's online offerings are fantastic, and you can complete all of your shopping without ever stepping into a store. However, if you prefer to speak to a person, Boost Mobile's website has a store locator. Before you buy a phone, you can browse the website's FAQs section with helpful links to service information and terms. Customer service agents are available by email and phone. Unfortunately, Boost Mobile lacks online chat. Also, the Community tab links to commercials and social media pages rather than forums or other discussion platforms.

Boost Mobile Summary:
9.9/10

Boost Mobile offers the best prepaid cell phone plans on the market and has a large list of available phones. All of its monthly plans include the Shrinking Payment program, which takes up to $15 off your monthly bill if you keep your plan for 18 months and pay your bill on time. The daily and pay-as-you-go plans provide more options for saving money. Unfortunately, Boost Mobile throttles data speeds after 2.5GB, and it does not have the newest phones. Still, if you're ready to get out of your mobile contract, Boost has excellent phones and plans.

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Boost Mobile

Pros
Boost Mobile offers Shrinking Payments, which rewards customers with discounts for paying their bills on time.

Cons
Internet speeds are throttled after 2.5GB of data usage.

The Verdict
: 9.93/10

Boost Mobile makes a strong argument for prepaid plans with its Shrinking Payments, large phone selection and various contract-free plans.

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