Anyone looking for a solid smartphone on the cheap got a new option today as Boost Mobile announced it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy S III with access to 4G LTE through Sprint's small, but growing LTE network.


The Boost Mobile S3 will will cost $399.99 up front with no contract required. The device will get LTE coverage in 88 markets where Sprint has LTE, with the remainder being limited to EvDo 3G. In case you need a refresher, this is the same basic Galaxy S III that dominated Android in 2012. It has a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen, Snapdragon S4 dual-core clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, NFC, and it runs Android 4.1.2.

Boost Mobile will allow GS3 users to get on the $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan, although the definition of unlimited is debatable. This plan comes with a feature called Shrinking Payments, and I bet you can't guess what it does. Yes, for each six on-time payments, the monthly bill goes down $5 to a minimum of $40. That's a pretty good deal.

[BusinessWire, Boost Mobile LTE (PDF)]

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  • Daniel DS

    Such a great price, so similar to the Nexus 4, and in my opinion it's well worth the extra 50$

    • fixxmyhead

      Yes but not on sprints garbage network.

  • Fifth313ment

    Why is Sprint letting Boost and Virgin mobile users on the LTE network
    when even Sprint users get crappy LTE speeds already! I can't imagine
    what the LTE network will be like in 3 years, probably similar to their
    3G network, overcrowded and pimped out to over 15+ MVNO's and other
    carriers. Sprint blows! Sprint's 3G is unusable in South Florida (it
    literally times out most of the time) and LTE is getting 3G type speeds
    even with a perfect LTE signal. Sprint is horrible. They never cease to
    amaze how greedy they will get. Sprint users who pay almost twice as
    much to three times as much should have first shot at the new "slow" LTE
    network. Other MVNO's should be limited to 3G or WiMAX as the Sprint
    users have been paying twice as much and living with it for years now.


    • Dave C

      Actually I live in Pinellas County and get awesome 4G LTE on Boost Mobile.

    • m4ruk4

      Because Sprint and virgin mobile are part of sprint... :)

  • Greg Nelson

    When is T-Mobile going to get realistic with their pricing?

  • RvLeshrac

    "On the cheap." I can get a solid used car for $400.

    • Zahir_SMASH

      where? I would love to get one.

      • RvLeshrac

        Craigslist has plenty, you just have to be intelligent about which you purchase. If you don't live somewhere with mandatory emissions testing, even better.

  • Jenny Voyeur

    well this is cool I just received a free Boost Mobile Card Code and it worked! I got it at freeboostmobileminutesâ—Ź com

  • R V

    What this article doesn't mention is that the unlimited plan slows down considerably after the 2560 MB monthly broadband/internet usage. But they do send a text warning when 85% of that monthly allowance has been used.