Boom Mobile is a relatively new Verizon MVNO that’s generated a bit of buzz with its low plan prices and because voice, text and data roaming are included with all plans. Until today the Boom Mobile prepaid plan lineup looked like this:
- $19.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and no data. 3G phones only
- $19.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 250 MB of data. LTE phones only.
- $29.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 2 GB of data. LTE phones only.
- $39.99/month for unlimited talk and messaging and 5 GB of data. LTE phones only.
One complaint that I’ve heard from readers is that Boon’s data was hard capped, meaning data stopped working when the plan’s included data was used up. It’s possible to add more data at prices of 1 GB for $10, 2 GB for $14 or 5 GB for $30. But plans that include an allotment of high speed data followed by unlimited throttled data are popular and are offered by several of Boom’s competitors including Verizon Prepaid, Expo Mobile and TracFone’s Page Plus, Straight Talk and NET10 brands.
Today Boom announced the addition of two new plans that include unlimited throttled data and are $5 more expensive than Boom’s hard capped plans with the same amount of high speed data:
- $34.99/month for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the 1st 2 GB at high speeds. LTE phones only.
- $44.99/month for unlimited talk, messaging and data with the 1st 5 GB at high speeds. LTE phones only.
Boom’s throttled data speed is 128 Kbps, which is the same speed as Verizon’s throttled data and faster than Expo and the TracFone brands’ 64 Kbps. Even with the $5 extra charge for throttled data, Boom’s plans still offer more value than the competition. Boom’s $34.99 plan includes 2 GB of high speed data plus roaming compared with Expo and Net10’s 500 MB, and Page Plus’ hard capped 1 GB with only 1500 voice minutes, none of which include voice or data roaming. At $44.99, Boom’s 5 GB of high speed data matches Straight Talk’s $45 5 Gb plan and is less expensive than the 5 GB plans from Net10 ($50), PagePlus ($55) and Verizon Prepaid’s ($60). It’s not strictly apples to apple however as Verizon Prepaid’s high speed data is delivered at up to maximum LTE speeds and data on all the Verizon MVNOs, including Boom, are throttled by Verizon to 5 Mbps. Still, 5 Mbps is fast enough for everything except big screen HD video streaming and online console and PC gaming. And Boom is $15 cheaper than Verizon and includes voice and data roaming, which Verizon Prepaid lacks.
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