Great news for those looking for pay-as-you go service in the United States, Sprint is preparing to bring 4G LTE to its prepaid subsidiaries. While Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile already offer 4G WiMAX, LTE is considerably faster and more reliable in most cases.
For now the launch is just a rumor, but a new Boost Mobile poster has been leaked to the net, advertising 4G LTE, as seen in the left half of the above image. The source behind the leak also states LTE will come to Virgin Mobile, too.
Right now both of these prepaid carriers offer “unlimited” plans that have throttling in place once you reach a certain amount of data consumption. These plans are quite reasonably priced, around $35-$55. Hopefully similar pricing and plans will exist for their 4G LTE services as well.
Unfortunately, this news only applies to a few lucky markets that happen to have access to Sprint 4G LTE service. The good news is that Sprint is aggressively working to bring LTE to over a 100 new markets in the coming months, all of which will work with Boost and Virgin Mobile’s 4G LTE service as well.
Should you consider Boost or Virgin for your high speed needs? It depends. If you happen to be in one of the few areas that has solid 4G LTE coverage, it might be what you are looking for. Otherwise, you can probably find better service with another prepaid carrier.
If you do choose one of Sprint’s prepaid subsidiaries, keep in mind that you will be required to buy a locked phone, as unlocked devices are not supported. What do you think, interested or not?