Anyone who has been put off by no-contract smartphones in the past due to the initial upfront cost should take a look at the Galaxy Prevail LTE from Boost Mobile. It’s a full-featured Android smartphone using Sprint’s nationwide 4G LTE network, but it costs about $100 plus as little as $35 per month.
The Galaxy Prevail LTE runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. It’ll also accept up to a 128 GB microSD card for extra storage space.
The phone provides excellent video quality on its 4.5″ touch screen and exceptional sound quality as well. Measuring 5.16 inches by 2.68 inches by .35 inches and weighing 4.59 ounces, the Galaxy Prevail LTE is small enough to fit nicely in a purse of pocket.
Games like Words With Friends and Angry Birds look spectacular on the Prevail LTE’s gorgeous screen, with bright, vibrant colors. YouTube videos play smoothly and look and sound fantastic.
The Prevail LTE’s 5 MP camera (2 MP front-facing) takes nice photos and videos. HD voice makes phone calls sound clear and easy to understand. The device’s keyboard with multi-function keys makes entering text a breeze. Rather than using the keyboard, though, try Android’s amazing voice recognition technology, for composing emails and texts, conducting web searches and much more.
The Galaxy Prevail LTE offers impressive battery life, lasting through long spells of playing games and watching YouTube videos. It probably won’t require a daily charge for light usage such as periodic email and texting.
Very low monthly cost
One of the biggest advantages to a no-contract (sometimes called prepaid) phone is its low monthly nut. Not only is there no lengthy contract, but the cost is just $35 per month for 1 GB of full-speed 3G/4G data, $45 for 5 GB or $55 for 10 GB, with unlimited talk and text.
Boost Mobile doesn’t start adding fees for customers who go over their monthly data allotments, but they do reduce data speeds to 2G for the remainder of the billing cycle. Boost Mobile’s mobile Wi-Fi hotspot option starts at $5 per month.
Great for kids and teens
The low cost and lack of overage charges make Boost Mobile a fantastic choice for kids and teens. Adding a kid to the family’s standard mobile plan may not be the cheapest or best route for various reasons.
It’ll probably add $30 or $40 a month to the bill, plus the cost of the phone, plus the two-year contract. Plus, kids and teens tend to lose or break their phones, and mobile phones with standard carriers are often very costly to replace, even with cell phone insurance coverage.
Teens are more likely to hit their data caps, too, since they’re probably not as diligent about using Wi-Fi whenever possible. If they’re sharing a data bucket with the family, they’re using up everyone else’s data, too.
All new Boost Mobile phones purchased online are shipped and activated free and include a 14-day return policy, plus current phone number porting, if desired. The author received a demo device for the purpose of this honest review.