This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.
So the generous folks at Boost Mobile have sent us two phones to try out with their Reboost data plans. The phones are the Android based Motorola i1 and the BlackBerry Curve 8330. What is Reboost you ask? It’s Boost Mobile’s sweet pay-as-you-go phone plans. I know I’m sick of being stuck in 2-year contracts with a phone that is horribly outdated now, and if you want to upgrade to a new device you’ll have to sign another contract. I’ve always loathed this about most phone carriers. I want to have a nice phone but not be tied down forever and also possibly change up my phone, service, etc. more often than a set of Olympic games comes around.
That’s where Boost Mobile really shines. Here’s the details with Re-Boost. You can pay as you go, paying a certain amount for each different option you use (phone calls, data, email, text, etc.) or for $50/$60 a month you get pretty much unlimited everything. The great thing is you can pay in person at a Boost Mobile store, pay online at www.boostmobile.com or just pay through your phone. You can also use your debit or credit card to add funds and if you’d like you can even add an auto-payment.
For most phones the following plan is $50 and for the Blackberry it is $60 (or if you only use your phone certain days, you can get this for $2 a day):
Nationwide Calling Unlimited
Multi-Media Messaging (includes picture, audio & video) Unlimited
Nationwide Boost Mobile® Walkie-Talkie (available with iDEN Series phones) Unlimited
Instant Messaging Unlimited
411 Directory Assistance Unlimited
Call Waiting, Call Forwarding Included
Voicemail, Long Distance & Nationwide Network Included
They also offer the Samsung Seek, Samsung Rant, Motorola Rambler, Motorola Bali, Sanyo Juno, Motorola i296, Sanyo Incognito, Sanyo Mirro, Motorola i856, Motorola Clutch i465, Motorola Stature i9, Motorola i290 and the Motorola i776. They all look like pretty sweet phones and range in price from $29.99 to $249.99, so there is something for every budget. I think my favorite is one that we got to try out, the Motorola i1.
Modes: iDEN 800
Weight: 4.63 oz
Dimensions: 4.65″ x 2.28″ x 0.5″
Battery Talk: 3.5 hours max. (210 minutes)
Standby: 96 hours max. (4 days)
Display Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels – 3.1″ diagonal
Colors: 262,144 (18-bit)
Processor 600 MHz Freescale ARM11
Memory 230 MB (but came with 2GB MiniSD card)
The other phone, the Blackberry Curve 8330 has the following:
Enhanced Web Browser
3G Speeds (where available)
Full QWERTY Keypad & Trackball Navigation
2MP camera with Flash, 5x Zoom and Video
Access to BlackBerry Apps, Games, & More
Media Player with Standard Audio Jack
1GB microSD™ card Included
Stereo Bluetooth Capable
Both phones are terrific in their own right and offer different features and advantages. For the younger crowd I would recommend the Motorola and for someone wanting a more business-like phone I would go with the Blackberry. I wanted to try some of their cool “social” apps which they feature prominently. The best of which are the uses for Twitter and Facebook. Both phones have applications which make it extremely easy to update statuses, Tweet, send messages, etc. I’m wasn’t much of a user of either service prior to using these but I wanted to give them a shot (I hear they’re all the rage with kids these days)
The great thing about the integration is how easy it was to post to either of them. I had no problems setting them up on the phones and letting everyone know what I was up to (even if I was just sitting on the toilet, but isn’t that the pleasure of being able to Tweet from anywhere?). It’s a nice way to stay in touch with my “social group” even when I’m away from the computer. Another cool thing about the Boost Mobile Reboost service is that they offer a per month price option for Facebook if that is something you’re super jazzed about.
I know this sounds like a lot of hoo-raa and hyperbole but it really is nice to be able to have a phone option where I’m not tied down but still has all the capabilities of the great smartphones, especially the ability to connect to all my social networks. These phones with the Reboost service do it seamlessly and at a price I really can afford (and change up as my needs change). Yeah they provided these phones for us to try but I really do stand behind the fact that they are fantastic and there are certainly great options for everyone out there. Soon you’ll be tweeting about your recent meal, bowel movement or updating your relationship status as it happens (mine seems to always be “Single”, oh well).