There are very limited options for anyone looking to avoid a 2-year contractual commitment that is required by network carriers in the US. While there are prepaid carriers around, the selection of devices is limited and decidedly “last year.” Unless you’re willing to shell out over $700 for an off-contract unlocked device that is.
Boost Mobile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprint Nextel, is one such prepaid wireless service, and, as expected, does not feature the latest devices in its lineup. The kind-of-good-news is that Boost Mobile will soon be selling the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Touch, which is Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S2 variant. Sprint is known to sell it’s previous flagship devices with Boost, once they are replaced by newer phones. And the Epic 4G Touch can definitely be replaced, with the HTC EVO 4G LTE (One X variant) and the Samsung Galaxy S3 taking over the mantle.
Phandroid noticed the Boost Mobile Epic 4G Touch in a User Agent Profile that surfaced on Sprint’s servers, that showed a device code-named SPH-D710BST. SPH-D710 is the code for the Epic 4G Touch, with the additional BST most likely standing for Boost Mobile.
As a refresher, the specifications of the Epic 4G Touch are exactly identical to the Galaxy S2, and include:
The Epic 4G Touch is Sprint last year’s flagship device, but it’s still a great option for anyone who is not looking to shell out big money for the latest high-end Android releases, or just doesn’t need or want a very powerful quad-core device. Even by today’s standards, the specifications of the phone are still really good, and the Samsung Epic 4G Touch should definitely be in consideration for anyone on the Boost Mobile network. Stay tuned for the final pricing and release date information, which should be available soon.
What are your thoughts? Will you be looking to buy the Samsung Epic 4G Touch from Boost Mobile? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Can I take a sprint GS2 to boost for service???
No. While the phones are the same, the subsidy model is completely different and Sprint does not allow its postpaid phones on prepaid. There’s a case for doing so when you’re out of contract, however, as far I understand, they don’t support that either.
Yeah, as long as they don’t charge $700 for the phone. I have the ZTE warp and this would be an upgrade
i can’t wait i’m so happy that boost is coming out with samsung epic4g as long it not over$400.00
I already use the GS2 on boost. The sprint version tho. I had it flashed.
had a samsung epic 4g flashed to boost and love it james
Screen is 4.52″ super amoled+ not 4.3″ super amoled
is this reliable? when you say “soon” what is “soon” ? Thanks.
so which phone is better the htc desing that boost already have or the samsung epic 4g touch????
Is this Finally a 4G LTE device :) or is it Wimax? :( We do NOT have 4G Wimax and will be ONLY getting 4G LTE when we get 4G so I need a 4G LTE device on Boostmobile… it is rumored we will get 4G LTE in Late Jan or Early Feb 2013… a month or 2! :) BUT BOOST HAS NO 4G LTE devices YET! :(
I have this phone, and it is nice, but I want the jelly bean OS for it. I’m running out of patience waiting for Samsung / Sprint / Boost mobile to release it over the air or via Kies. And I’m ready to try flashing the phone myself. I am a bit uncomfortable as I have never flashed a phone before, but I have been using, building computers for the last 15+ years. I have not found as of yet, a step by step guide for flashing this phone (boost mobile version) to the Jelly Bean OS. If anyone has a link to a step by step guide, or has done this please post any pertinent information here. Thanks in advance for any help. Grees
price in india ??