It’s hard to imagine a Pay-as-you-Go carrier like Boost Mobile getting a nice higher end phone like the LG Marquee. Yes I know a lot people think badly on LG, but look at how beautiful that device is. Anyways, Boost Mobile will be selling it for $280 starting January 23rd. And yes it is the same LG Marquee that Sprint currently sells for $0.00 on a new contract or upgrade, I’m almost certain they will stop selling it very soon. By the way Sprint owns Boost Mobile, so a lot of Sprint’s older phones usually head to Boost Mobile after some time.
The good thing about this deal is there is no contract, but you are forced to buy the Android plan which is $55 month (if you pay your bill on time it decreases by $5 every month), pretty good plan right? I’d go for it, but Boost doesn’t have as much coverage as Sprint does.
The LG Marquee is sporting a 4-inch NOVA display, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB on-board storage, microSD card slot, 5MP rear shooter, 2MP front facing camera, and Android 2.3. Who’s going to go pick this one up on the 23rd? Who’s hoping that Boost Mobile gets maybe the Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch soon, since we’ve been hearing alot of Galaxy S3 rumors lately? Let us know what you think in the comments.
IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 12, 2012 - Boost Mobile, ranked Highest in Customer Service Performance and Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers by J.D. Power and Associates1, and LG Mobile today announced the upcoming release of the sleek and stylish Android™ smartphone, LG Marquee™.LG Marquee, previously available only with a two-year contract, will now be paired with Boost Mobile’s award-winning, no-contract $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinkage, which includes unlimited nationwide talk, text messaging, Web, email and calls to 411.
LG Marquee, previously available only with a two-year contract, will now be paired with Boost Mobile’s award-winning, no-contract $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinkage. (Photo: Business Wire)
This ultra-thin smartphone is only 0.36 inches thick, yet it packs an aggressive list of features that quickly make other no-contract Android phones last year’s news. The LG Marquee features an impressive 4-inch clear and bright 700-nit NOVA display. The 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and the 2-megapixel front-facing camera offer maximum versatility in creating and sharing photos or videos with family and friends. Equipped with a 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage, LG Marquee makes downloading, posting, commenting, watching and playing faster and easier than ever.
“We are thrilled to partner with LG to add one of the best-kept secrets in the Android smartphone category to Boost Mobile’s device family,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “The LG Marquee demonstrates the growing evolution of no-contract device options and pairs perfectly with Boost Mobile’s award-winning monthly plans where the longer you stay, the less you pay.”
LG Marquee features include:
Boost Mobile and LG present “Party Like a Celebrity” sweepstakes
To celebrate the launch of LG Marquee, Boost Mobile and LG today announce the “Party Like a Celebrity” sweepstakes (official rules atwww.PartyLikeACelebrity.com). Beginning Jan. 18 through Feb. 2, consumers can enter for a chance to win two grand prizes, which include a trip to Los Angeles, an LG Marquee with two months of Android Monthly Unlimited no-contract service, a celebrity makeover, and a Hollywood shopping spree (see official rules for entry details and conditions).
Pricing and availability
LG Marquee will be available Jan. 23 for $279.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. LG Marquee will be available in additional national retailers by the end of the February.
LG Marquee customers also have the opportunity to take advantage of Boost Mobile’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinkage. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Android Monthly Unlimited plan will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text messaging, Web, email and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.
Customers can also protect their LG Marquee with Phone Insurance that is now available for Boost Monthly Unlimited customers. For $5 per month customers are covered if their device breaks, is lost, stolen or damaged – even by liquid.
Mobile ID and Boost Zone
LG Marquee also comes preloaded with Mobile ID, an exclusive service from Boost that allows customers to download and install “ID packs.” The packs deliver a complete mobile experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, in a few simple clicks. ID packs are designed to meet a customer’s individual lifestyle or interests, such as sports, entertainment or music. ID packs that can be loaded on the device include MTV Music Pack, E!, Socially Connected, Professional, Entertainment, Lo2Yo Latino, Lo2Yo Mujer and Lo2Yo Futbol.
Additionally, LG Marquee features ‘Boost Zone,’ a centralized place on the device where Boost Mobile customers can access their account, pay their bill, get assistance with their phone, and stay up-to-date on Boost Mobile’s products and services. Boost Zone will be coming soon to all Boost Mobile Android devices.
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In regards to your statement that it is hard to imagine a pay as you go (prepaid) carrier getting a nicer high end phone like the LG Marquee, one does not have to imagine for too long to recall that in October 2011 MetroPCS came out with the LG Esteem, a phone “nicer” than the Marquee.
I have been using the LG Esteem since October, and before that I had every high end phone with T-Mobile, so I do have a foundation for comparing these phones.
In terms of how “nice” the LG Esteem is, Verizon debuted the exact same phone in April 2011. Verizon sells it as the LG Revolution for $560 retail. MetroPCS sells the LG Esteem for $250 (after a $100 MIR). Interestingly, one can buy LG Revolution parts and accessories and and use them on the Esteem (e.g., I bought a Verizon OEM extended battery with cover and it works great on the Esteem).
Anyway, all the prepaid operators are now getting impressive handsets, now that the manufacturers are willing to make such phones for prepaid carriers (prior to March of last year the top carriers would contract for high end phones and require in the contract that the manufacturer would not make phones with similar specs for the prepaid carriers. Post-;aid carriers knew that the one thing that kept customers from switching to prepaid was the lack of “nice” phones.
Now that those restrictions are over millions of people are flocking to prepaid. (E.g., MetroPCS has almost 10 million subscribers, nothing to sneeze at.)
The bill doesn’t go down by $5 every month for on time payment. It goes $5 for every 6 on time payments Until it hits $40 for the androids or $35 for the other phones or $45 for the blackberries (if they still are $60 a month).
(Boost customer for 3 years)