Boost Mobile, a pay-as-you-go subsidiary of Sprint, is set to add yet another Android-powered device to its lineup: the Samsung Transform Ultra. Like most other Boost phones, the Transform Ultra isn't as powerful as something that you'll find a post-paid carrier, but the lack of a required agreement makes this a very attractive product nonetheless.

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While some of the more detailed hardware specs were left out of the official press release (see below), here is what we do know about the Transform Ultra:

  • 1GHz processor
  • 3MP rear camera, VGA front
  • Slide-out QWERTY
  • Android 2.3.x

As I said, it's far from a powerhouse, but it's nothing to scoff at, either. For anyone looking to grab a decent mid-range QWERTY device and leave the contract behind, the Transform Ultra is definitely the way to go.

It will be available on October 7th for a mere $230.

IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 15, 2011 - Boost Mobile, ranked Highest in Customer Service Performance and Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers by J.D. Power and Associates1, once again enhances its smartphone lineup of Android™ devices with the launch of the Samsung Transform™ Ultra. The Transform Ultra complements the existing Samsung Galaxy Prevail™, which in four months has become the best-selling no-contract smartphone in Samsung’s history. The Transform Ultra is the perfect device for the consumer who desires an Android touchscreen along with a text-friendly full QWERTY keypad.

“If you have been sitting on the sidelines considering no-contract plans or Android smartphones, it’s time to upgrade with the latest Samsung Android devices paired with the award-winning Boost Mobile plans and customer experience,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “The Transform Ultra device includes the innovative Mobile ID platform, allowing customers to get a running start in exploring Android applications and widgets based on their personal interest.”

The Transform Ultra, powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, features access to Google Mobile™ services and more than 250,000 applications through Android Market. The device has a 1GHz processor, a 3MP rear-facing camera, and VGA front-facing camera for video chat while on the go.

Mobile ID

The Transform Ultra is Boost’s first Android-powered smartphone to come preloaded with Mobile ID, an exclusive service from Boost that allows customers to download and install “ID packs.” The packs deliver a complete mobile experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, in a couple simple clicks. ID packs are designed to meet a customer’s individual lifestyle or interests, such as sports, entertainment, fitness and music.

As only one example, the MTV Music pack is a complete music experience, bringing together the best music and pop culture apps, widgets and content on your Boost smartphone. The MTV Music pack gives customers access to the biggest stars and newest artists around the clock. Plus MTV has selected the best music apps to stream, download, identify, search and discover all your favorite music.

Other ID packs that can be loaded on the device include: E!, Socially Connected, Professional, Entertainment, Lo2Yo Latino, Lo2Yo Mujer and Lo2Yo Futbol.

Other Transform Ultra features include:

  • Android 2.3 with Access to Android Market™
  • Touchscreen
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP camera with video
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

Samsung Transform Ultra will be available Oct. 7 for $229.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. The Transform will be rolling out in select retails nationwide later this year.

Android Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage Offer Coming Oct. 6

Effective Oct. 6, Boost Mobile will add an additional $5 monthly charge for unlimited data and messaging services offered on Android-powered devices. Like the existing Monthly Unlimited plan, the new Android plan includes unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, email and calls to 411. In addition, the new Android Monthly Unlimited plan will still come with shrinking payments where the longer you stay, the less you pay. For every six on-time payments, the cost of a new customer’s Android Monthly Unlimited plan will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month, only $5 more than the current Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.

For our current Monthly Unlimited customers, we hear you! Existing $50 Monthly Unlimited customers with Android devices as of Oct. 6 can keep their current price plan as long as they don’t let their account expire. Existing Monthly Unlimited customers upgrading to a CDMA Android-powered device on or after Oct. 6, will add a $5 monthly charge on their current monthly payment without losing any of their accrued Shrinkage savings.

Phone Insurance

Customers can also protect their Samsung Transform Ultra with Phone Insurance that is now available for Boost Monthly Unlimited customers. For $5 per month customers are covered if their device breaks, is lost, stolen or damaged – even by liquid. Go to www.boostmobile.com for more information.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Derek S Dominos

    I applaud Boost for finally offering a true QWERTY phone for their users, and while it is not as impressive as Virgin's Triumph, it is a marked improvement over Virgin's Intercept phone.

    However, I don't like the $5 hike in their prices. At least when Virgin upped their rates, they allow grandfathered customers to upgrade to the Triumph and stay at the $25 rate. For Boost, not so much.

    Also, does this mean that subscribers will have to make two years of regular payments to get their monthly bills down to $35/mo, or is $40 now the new bottom line price?

  • aweifub

    the moto triumph (from what ive read on forums and reviews) seems to be plagued with problems and the difference between boost and virgin is that virgin has a fixed rate of 55 dollars for unlimited everything whereas yes the 55 on boost is unlimited everything, but it comes with shrinkage which scrapes 5 dollars from your bill for every 5 on time payments until it reaches to 40$

    also i think the keyboard is gr8 feature considering that the triumph doesn't even come with swype ... and i think that using the virtual keyboard on an adroid without swype will be a pain

  • mekaone

    It is "6" on time payments you get a $5 dollar price decrease.
    Yes. Boost is grandfathering in preexisting customers. I called boost. If you already have a Android account with them, as long as you do not change your account or have a lapse in payment you won't be charged that additional $5.00 dollars. If you are just going to switch phones and keep the existing account you won't get charged that extra $5.00 Bucks.
    All of this info is per a Boost Mobile phone rep I talked to yesterday.
    For the new rate as I know it:
    After 6 months $50.00
    After 12 months $45.00
    After 18 months $40.00 (Lowest Limit)
    For the old rate as I know it:
    After 6 months $45.00
    After 12 months $40.00
    After 18 months $35.00 (Lowest Limit)
    As the Boost Mobile rep told me, in another 6 months I'll be down to $35.00 dollars plus tax for unlimited everything. Awesome!!!!!!
    On the 7th of October I'll also have that new phone as long as it has more internal ram than the Prevail.
    Hope this helps someone.

    P.S. I did find a report that the Samsung Transform Ultra does have 1GB of internal ram but as of yet is to be confirmed.

  • Jackie Drake

    Help!!! I just got the Samsung Transform Ultra yesterday. When I make or receive a call that requires me to choose "1, 2, 3, etc." it does not recognize it. Like when my son calls from jail I have to hit "1" to accept the call and it will not recognize it and I can't accept his call. HELP....

    • Jade123

      Hi Jackie, did you ever figure out how to fix that problem? Thanks

  • The Drake

    ahh.. Your Son is in jail? Put some pen to paper and keep it old school. Try pulling your battery and restarting that sliding candy bar you bought.