First Lumia Windows Phone for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA launches on Dec. 23 on no-contract plans; available Jan. 16 for Sprint postpaid customers
IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 16, 2014 - Sprint and Microsoft will proudly showcase a renewed partnership with the announcement of Lumia 635 arriving across multiple Sprint brands beginning with Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile on Dec. 23. It will be available on Jan. 16 to Sprint postpaid customers. This is the first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone to launch on Sprint’s network and the first Lumia Windows Phone available to Sprint’s prepaid customers.
Both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA offer budget-conscious, no-contract wireless plans, including unlimited talk, text and data options. Lumia 635 will be available in cyan at www.boostmobile.com/lumia635 and in white at www.virginmobileusa.com for $99.99 (excludes taxes). Starting Jan. 9, Lumia 635 will also be available at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealers nationwide and later in the month at select national retail locations. Sprint pricing will be shared at a later date.
Lumia 635 is a powerful device for the smart shopper looking for something new. Cortana, your personal digital assistant, helps manage daily tasks and can set reminders based on time, location and people – so you know if traffic is backed up before your appointment across town. The nimble Windows Phone 8.1 operating system combined with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1.2GHz quad-core processor and enhanced LTE access (where available) make for fast browsing and multitasking capabilities on the Sprint 4G LTE network, currently serving 540 cities.
The Windows Phone home screen provides a smooth overview of your life, keeping all emails, upcoming appointments, websites and contacts front and center. Windows Phone 8.1 offers a revamped notification system, people can set up custom shortcuts within the Action Center for everything from Bluetooth to music to the camera, and certain alerts can easily be previewed without opening the app in question. Familiar Microsoft services are also available, including Office, Skype and OneDrive.
“We are excited to welcome Lumia 635 as our first Windows Phone on our two no-contract brands – Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA – providing customers the ultimate in financial flexibility and choice,” said David Owens, senior vice president, Product Development. “This device is the showpiece for our reinvigorated relationship with Microsoft, and we know our customers will appreciate all they can do with the powerful Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. Our Sprint postpaid customers will experience this device right after the new year.”
“We are pleased to partner with Sprint and offer even more U.S. customers the opportunity to choose Lumia smartphones,” said Matt Rothschild, head of North America sales for Microsoft Mobile Devices. “The Sprint, Boost and Virgin brands have great synergy with the value represented by the Lumia 635 – a great, affordable smartphone that delivers uncompromised experiences to help people do more.”
On Boost Mobile
The Data Boost Plans provide an affordable way for consumers to match their specific data needs. At $35 per month, Boost Mobile provides one of the lowest prices for an unlimited talk, text and full-speed data prepaid plan among major carriers.
|Device Type||Any Boost Phone||Any Boost Phone||Any Boost Phone|
|Talk & Text||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Unlimited – Includes 1GB of high speed 3G/4G data||Unlimited – Includes 5GB of high speed 3G/4G data||Unlimited – Includes 10GB of high speed 3G/4G data|
- Boost is the only domestic prepaid unlimited carrier to offer 1GB of high-speed 3G/4G LTE data for as low as $35/month, regardless of a customer’s choice in payment method
- On T-Mobile, customers have to spend $50/month for 1GB of high-speed data2—customers can save $180 a year with Boost
- On the $45 plan, Boost gives 66 percent more high-speed data than MetroPCS’s or Cricket’s $50 plan3
- For $45, Boost gives two more gigabytes of full-speed data than Straight Talk
For more information on the Data Boost Plans visit www.boostmobile.com/databoost/?ECID=PR:REL:20140903:databoost_announcement.
On Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile gives customers tons of options and flexibility, offering great no-contract wireless plans that are easy on the wallet. Choose from unlimited voice, text and data to Wi-Fi only plans, and everything in between.
|Talk & Text||
300 minutes, Unlimited Text
|Unlimited OR 300 minutes/ Unlimited text||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Data||Wi-Fi access only||
Unlimited – Unlimited talk/text option includes 250MB high-speed 3G/4G data; 300 minute option includes 2.5GB high-speed data4
|Unlimited – includes 1GB high-speed 3G/4G data5||Unlimited – includes 3GB high-speed 3G/4G data5|
|International||Unlimited international text, 100 international minutes5||Unlimited international text, 100 international minutes5|
|1||Video streaming limited to 3G speeds. 3G/4G speeds subject to coverage/device availability. Once plan’s applicable 3G/4G data allotment reached, speeds (including video) reduced to 2G speeds for remainder of plan cycle & restored when new plan cycle begins.|
|2||T-Mobile’s $50 Simple Choice plan also includes unlimited data & text in 120+ countries and destinations, unlimited texting from the U.S. to certain other countries and unlimited music streaming on select services.|
|3||Cricket’s $50 plan also includes unlimited texting from the U.S. to 35 countries.|
|4||Includes respective 3G/4G high-speed data allotment applicable to monthly plan. Video streaming may be limited to 3G speeds.|
|5||$45 and $55 monthly plans include unlimited international text plus 100 international landline minutes to more than 70 countries.|
About Boost Mobile:
Established in 2002, Boost Mobile, part of the Sprint Prepaid Group, redefines value for wireless consumers with more data for less and no long-term commitment to a subscription contract. Operating on the Nationwide Sprint 3G Network for data and the Nationwide Sprint Network for voice services, both reaching more than 281 million people respectively, as well as the nationwide Sprint 4G LTE Network which reaches more than 250 million people. Its award-winning customer service has been recognized more than eight times. Learn more about Boost Mobile online on Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter.
About Virgin Mobile USA
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, offers customers control, flexibility and connectivity through no-contract unlimited wireless plans on the Nationwide Sprint Network. Virgin Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets ranging from entry-level to Android™-powered and iOS smartphones available at more than 40,000 retail stores throughout the country, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy, RadioShack and hundreds of convenience and electronics stores. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations. Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products at www.virginmobileusa.com and www.virginmobileusa.com/custom.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of Sept. 30, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About Microsoft Devices
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