Boost Infinite – a new service from Dish Wireless – has been promising to shake up the mobile network scene in the US for some time and has now launched in beta form, so you can decide whether to sign up and see if it’s the right plan for you.
Boost Infinite costs just $25 per month (plus variable fees and taxes) and offers unlimited calls, texts, and data; and not only is that a low price, but Dish Wireless promises it will stay at $25 forever if you sign up now with Boost Infinite’s site (opens in new tab).
The caveat with that is that you must maintain your Boost Infinite account and keep it in good standing. And that $25 price is only offered for signups through the end of December — it’s not clear what the price will change for new customers then.
This is also described as a “restricted early access beta”, and in a tweet the network specifically said “space is limited”, suggesting there are limits to the number of people who can currently sign up.
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But to those who can get it, this sounds like a bargain, and it’s open to customers who have their own device, those buying a new device, and those funding one through Boost Infinite.
There’s some fine print – most notably that while this is a 5G plan, you’re only promised 5G speeds for the first 30GB of data used each month. Then the speeds can be slowed down.
Still, at least 5G coverage should be good, as Boost Infinite users can access not only Dish’s own 5G network, but also those of T-Mobile and AT&T.
Boost Infinite is expected to leave beta in early 2023 and after that there will be no limit to the number of people who can access it. But whether the price will remain as attractive is unclear, so it may be worth signing up now if the plan appeals.
Analysis: how valuable is Boost Infinite?
On paper, Boost Infinite seems to be extremely good value at $25 per month. Go to T-Mobile, for instance, and you’ll pay a minimum of $60 a month for unlimited data – although for that money you’ll get a beefier 50GB with 5G speeds.
With Verizon, you’re looking at $70, albeit with no data throttling, and with AT&T, you’ll pay at least $65 for unlimited data — with the vague claim that speeds may drop when the network is busy.
However, these networks also have some advantages over Boost Infinite. Those prices are for customers taking one line, but if you take multiple lines there are usually discounts, something Boost Infinite doesn’t offer.
There are also multiple unlimited plans with different limitations and perks – with Boost Infinite you just get that one option, which keeps things simple, but isn’t for everyone. But if nothing else, maybe the big networks will look at their prices.
If you’re not sold on Boost Infinite, check out our guide to the best unlimited data plans for a selection of alternatives.