If you’ve been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and wishing you could buy it without a contract, you’re in...
If you’ve been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and wishing you could buy it without a contract, you’re in luck. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have both just announced on their respective Facebook pages that the new smartphone will be coming to both prepaid phone companies. That means you’ll be able to use the smartphone without signing a two-year contract, like that which Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T are requiring.
How soon will the phone be available? For customers of Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in April. For no-contract carriers Boost and Virgin Mobile, the wait will be a little longer, but not much. Both companies have announced they will begin selling the smartphone to customers during the second quarter of this year, which translates to sometime between April and June. So the release may be concurrent, or there may be a delay of a couple of months. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also headed to a couple of other providers, US Cellular and MetroPCS.
What kinds of plans will be available for no-contract customers at Virgin and Boost Mobile? Customers who decide to order service through Boost will need to pay for their phone up-front (this is also the case over at Sprint). Both Virgin and Boost offer month-by-month pay-as-you-go plans. So at the beginning of each month, customers will pay the cost for that month. Since there is no contract, they are free to walk away at any point.
In order to compel customers to stick around, Boost has a plan which begins at $55 per month, but drops $5 every month for six months. That means customers who stay with the company for six months and longer will be rewarded with a lower monthly rate of $40 over the long term. Virgin is straddling this price by offering a cheaper plan which runs $35 a month (from the start), and offers 300 minutes of voice time, and a more expensive plan which costs $55 per month and offers more talk time. Which plan is better? It depends on the customer’s needs.
Both Virgin and Boost Mobile use the Sprint 4G LTE Network. So if you have used Sprint, you know the quality of service you can expect if you sign up with either brand. This is very good news for anyone who has been thinking about getting the Samsung Galaxy S5, but does not want to sign up for an absurdly long phone contract. The rates are quite reasonable considering the kind of service you get to enjoy on the smartphone. This is a great option for customers who are in search of flexibility. Those who need a lower long-term rate and more minutes may want to consider signing up with Boost. Those who are looking for something basic and are fine with just 300 minutes a month can save money by going with Virgin.