Prepaid Faceoff: Boom Mobile VS. Boost Mobile


With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at Boom Mobile, and Boost Mobile. Both companies run on Sprint’s network, although Boost is owned by Sprint. Boom, on the other hand, is a newer company which offers competitive pricing and multiple carrier options. Here’s how they compare:

Plan Prices  Price range? What is included?

Boom Mobile – Plans range from $20 – $45

Boom Mobile offers a variety of both prepaid and postpaid plans on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. There are also AT&T business plans available. All plans include unlimited talk and text, with a variety of data options, including no data. View all plans here.

Boost Mobile – Plans range from $30 – $50

Boost Mobile offers very simple plans; users can get 2 GB of data and unlimited talk and text for $30 – $35 (depending on if its an individual or family plan) with data top-up available per GB. $50 unlimited data plans are available for both families and individuals. View plan details here.

Unlimited Talk/Text  Is it offered? What is the lowest price?

Boom Mobile – Yes, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint plans all offer unlimited talk and text for $20. All plans also come with 250 MB.

Boost Mobile – Yes, $35 plan also comes with 2 GB of data.

Data Ranges  What is the most and least data available?

Boom Mobile – The prepaid plans range from zero data to 7 GB on one of the Verizon plans. Data add-ons are available.

Boost Mobile – Boost offers 2 GB to unlimited GB, with data add-ons available.

Pay-As-You-Go Rates  What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates?

Boom Mobile – N/A

Boost Mobile – N/A

International Calling  What options are available? What does it cost?

Boom Mobile – International messaging options are available for AT&T business plans, but cost extra. There are no specific international add-ons available for prepaid individual plans. Rates vary by country.

Boost Mobile – International calling is available; rates vary by country, and users are charged standard airtime rate and international rate. Check rates here.

Activation Fees  How much do they cost?

Boom Mobile – N/A

Boost Mobile – N/A

BYOD  Can you activate your own device?

Boom Mobile – Yes, you can activate a compatible unlocked device, although you must purchase a SIM card for $6.99.

Boost Mobile – Yes, sort of. Boost can technically activate a handful of devices, but the majority of phones are not compatible. A SIM card is required. See details here. Most people will have to buy a Boost phone.

Network/Coverage  What network does it use?

Boom Mobile – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile | Coverage Maps

Boost Mobile – Sprint | Coverage Map