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Boost Mobile Gets A Pair, Makes Plan-Price Cuts Permanent

Irvine, Calif. – Sprint prepaid no-contract brand Boost Mobile began offering two new smartphones and made permanent its Data Boost service plans, launched in September as a limited-time promotion.

The phones are the $99 Lumia 635 Windows Phone 8.1, which is the prepaid brand’s first-ever Lumia phone, and the $99 Android 4.4-based ZTE Speed, both with triband enhanced LTE.

With the now-permanent Data Boost plans, Boost reduces monthly prices by $5 and doubles the amount of high-speed data customers receive compared to Boost’s previous plans.

Three Data Boost plans offer unlimited talk and text starting at $35. The $35 plan also includes 1GB of high-speed 3G/4G data. The $45 plan offers 5GB of high-speed data, and the 10GB plan offers 10GB of high-speed data. After the 3G/4G data caps are reached, data speeds slow to 2G, but 2G data is unlimited.

The two phones are available on Boost’s website. Lumia 635 distribution will expand Jan. 9 to retailers that exclusively sell Boost and prepaid sister brand Virgin Mobile. Select independent wireless dealers will also offer the Lumia phone on Jan. 9, followed later in January by select national retail locations.

ZTE Speed distribution will expand in early January to Boost/Virgin-exclusive stores and to select independent wireless dealers, followed in February by sales through select national retail locations.

The Lumia 635 features 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4.5-inch ClearBlack touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, 128GB MicroSDHC slot and removable 1,830 mAH battery.

The ZTE Speed features a 4.5-inch LCD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, HD voice, 2,000 mAh battery and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Lumia phone also became available at $99 through the website of Virgin Mobile, another Sprint prepaid brand.