Boost's new unlimited plan boasts 'shrinkage' for 3 phones

A new nationwide unlimited plan brings Boost Mobile customers talk, text, and nothing else for $45 a month on three feature phones.

LG Rumor Reflex
LG Rumor Reflex Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile is the king of shrinkage, and proud of it.

The no-contract carrier, a Sprint subsidiary, is offering a new $45 nationwide unlimited plan for three of its feature phones: the LG Rumor Reflex , Motorola Theory , and Sanyo Innuendo, from March 29 through May 31.

Boost's plan, which gives you all the voice minutes and texting you can use -- but which does not include Web surfing or e-mail -- also incorporates the carrier's Shrinkage Plan, a scheme that rewards on-time payments.

After every six cumulative payments, your bill drops another $5 a total of three times. Therefore, in as soon as a year and a half, you could drop the $45 monthly plan down to $30 for unlimited talk and text. The same principle applies to Boost's other unlimited plans as well as for feature phones, Android phones, and BlackBerry devices.

A Boost Mobile spokesperson told CNET that more than 1 million customers have seen their monthly bill drop on the Shrinkage Plan.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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