With T-Mobile’s older CDMA network outages looming and no signs of slowing down, Boost Mobile customers looking for a new 4G phone have just gotten a very affordable new option: the Wiko Ride 3. It is currently discounted to $ 34.99 from a full store. price of $ 99.99.
As Phone Arena points out, that promotional pricing applies somewhat unusually to existing customers rather than new ones. It’s unusual but not unexpected: the CDMA network shutdown may cause many Boost customers to need a new phone. These customers can also shop for a new carrier, so Boost has an extra incentive to offer current customers a good deal. Meanwhile, anyone switching from another carrier can get the Wiko Ride 3 for free.
It’s not unheard of to find a phone at this price, especially through MVNOs, but they are often refurbished devices or run on an earlier generation of Android OS. The Ride 3 sets itself apart by offering Android 11 right out of the box – the current generation, at least for a short while, as Android 12 arrives this fall. Other specs include a 6.09-inch 720p screen, 13-megapixel main camera and a 3,400 mAh battery.
Boost Mobile was acquired by Dish Network as part of last year’s T-Mobile / Sprint merger agreement, and it runs on T-Mobile’s networks – including an older 3G CDMA network that Dish says many Boost customers still have. trust. T-Mobile plans to close this network in early 2022; Dish claims the shutdown is earlier than expected and calls it an anti-competitive move that could leave many of its customers without service and accuses T-Mobile of trying to poach those customers in the process
Dish has called on federal and state governments to step in and delay the shutdown, but in the meantime, it seems to be stocking up on cheap options for customers who may soon need a new 4G device.