Boost Mobile To Launch Android-Powered ZTE Warp November 2nd For $249

Boost Mobile is diving into the Android pool with their new ZTE Warp device, set to launch on November 2nd. Andre Smith, vice president of Boost Mobile, praises the device as a “powerful Android… for Boost Mobile customers searching for a big screen experience…” The Android 2.3 Gingerbread running handset  packs a 4.3-inch display, 1GHz processor, 5MP camera (the highest in their line) and expandable memory slot for up to 32GB (with 2GB card already included).

The ZTE Warp will be available at $249.99 off-contract and is the first to be loaded with Boost Zone, which gives customers a centralized location to do things like access their account, pay their bill and more.

Hit the break for Boost Mobile’s full press release.

IRVINE, Calif. & RICHARDSON, Texas (BUSINESS WIRE), October 19, 2011 – Boost Mobile, ranked Highest in Customer Service Performance and Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers by J.D. Power and Associates1, and ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today introduced ZTE WarpTM, ZTE’s first smartphone offering for Boost Mobile.

Boasting a large 4.3-inch display, 5MP camera and Boost’s exclusive Mobile ID service, the addition of ZTE Warp complements Boost Mobile’s existing lineup of Android smartphone devices. Customers will benefit from a large screen that offers a vibrant viewing experience delivering great picture quality and rich content all powered by the Sprint Nationwide Network.

“Boost Mobile is very excited to partner with one of the fastest growing and largest handset makers in the world, to introduce the ZTE Warp,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “ZTE Warp delivers a powerful Android device for Boost Mobile customers searching for a big screen experience to capture and view higher quality photos and video.”

Featuring Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz processor and an expandable memory slot that supports microSD cards up to 32GB (2GB card included), ZTE Warp’s chipset and memory configuration supports everyday functions, multitasking and data-intensive applications. Its 5MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash allows for user-friendly, point-and-shoot photography.

Additional key specifications on ZTE Warp:

  • GPS-enabled
  • Stereo Bluetooth® technology
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Wireless Web enabled
  • Mobile ID and Boost Zone

ZTE Warp also comes preloaded with Mobile ID, an exclusive service from Boost that allows customers to download and install “ID packs.” The packs deliver a complete mobile experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, in a few simple clicks. ID packs are designed to meet a customer’s individual lifestyle or interests, such as sports, entertainment, fitness and music. ID packs that can be loaded on the device include MTV Music Pack, E!, Socially Connected, Professional, Entertainment, Lo2Yo Latino, Lo2Yo Mujer and Lo2Yo Futbol.

Additionally, ZTE Warp is the first Android device in the Boost Mobile lineup to feature ‘Boost Zone,’ a centralized place on the device where Boost Mobile customers can access their account, pay their bill, get assistance with their phone, and stay up-to-date on Boost Mobile’s products and services. Boost Zone will be coming soon to all Boost Mobile Android devices.

“ZTE knows there is a market for customers who want to explore the benefits of a smartphone but do not want to make a significant cost commitment to a device or service plan,” said Lixin Cheng, CEO, ZTE USA, and president, North America Region, ZTE. “Boost Mobile, with its award-winning service and customer experience, is an important partner for us as we work to put the most popular technologies into more consumers’ hands.”

Pricing and availability

ZTE Warp will be available Nov. 2 for $249.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country and with free shipping.

ZTE Warp customers also have the opportunity to take advantage of Boost Mobile’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinkage where the longer you stay, the less you pay. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Android Monthly Unlimited plan will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.

Phone insurance

Customers can also protect their ZTE Warp and other Boost Mobile Android devices with phone insurance that is now available for Boost Monthly Unlimited customers. For $5 per month customers are covered if their device breaks, is lost, stolen or damaged – even by liquid. Go for more information.

About Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands and recently recognized by J.D. Power as Highest Ranked in Customer Service Performance and Purchase Experience Among Non-Contract Wireless Providers, offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts. Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage no-contract service where the longer you stay the less you pay with on-time payments for unlimited voice, text messaging, Web, email and calls to 411. Boost Mobile offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, reaching more than 278 million people, and on the Nextel National Network, reaching more than 278 million people, with no activation or long-distance fees. Boost Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets from Motorola, Sanyo, Research In Motion (RIM) and Samsung, ranging from entry-level to high-end devices available nationwide at nearly 20,000 major retail stores, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target, Family Dollar, Walgreens and Walmart, Sprint retail stores, independent wireless dealer locations, and on HSN, a leading TV home shopping network. Re-Boost® cards are available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the United States. Experience Boost Mobile on the Web at MySpace, Facebook and Twitter; and purchase products at


ZTE USA is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions. ZTE USA is dedicated to making quality communications technology accessible to all. The company draws on more than 25 years of experience and research investment to deliver smart, affordable, quality choices for infrastructure and mobile data device customers nationwide. For more information, visit

About ZTE

ZTE is a publicly listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every sector of the wireline, wireless, service and terminals markets. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to more than 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while achieving continued revenue growth. ZTE’s 2010 revenue led the industry with a 21 percent increase to USD10.609 billion. ZTE commits 10 percent of its revenue to research and development and takes a leading role in a wide range of international bodies developing emerging telecoms standards. A company with sound corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, ZTE is a member of the UN Global Compact. ZTE is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer, publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit

Boost Mobile ranks highest in Customer Service Performance among no-contract service providers, with an overall score of 763, and performs highest in phone contacts that originate in the automated response systems channel and are then transferred to a live service representative and through phone calls made directly to a customer service representative. The 2011 Wireless Customer Care Non-Contract Study – Volume 2 is based on responses from 1,460 wireless customers who contacted their carrier’s customer care department within the past six months. The study was fielded from January through June 2011.

About the Author: Justin Routhier

Justin is a New England native, blogger, author and all-around Android fanatic. After leaving the world of RIM behind for the bright green Android nation there has been no looking back. As a devoted handset tech junkie and Android spokesman in his own mind, Justin takes great pride in converting friends, family and anyone within ear shot or viewing distance to the best platform around. Ever the multi-tasker, he also enjoys taking strangers money around the poker table, traveling, and spending long weekends with his fiancé, who somehow puts up with it all.

  • Emilio

    Today I went to buy the new ZTE Warp android phone from Boost Mobile to the store and they pretty much ripped me off.

    I paid for the phone (the ZTE Warp) following a promotion of $55 discount credit if this is activated before the 8th. This promotion has been announced in many website including boostmobile twitter, but none of their representative supposedly have any knowledge of it.

    At the store, the representative replaced my previous Samsung Galaxy Prevail (an android phone). Then all of the sudden when I get home I noticed that they changed my monthly plan to a more expensive one without letting me know and they did not credited me for the $55 promotion. In addition, they changed my billing date to reflect today and pretty much wiped my credit money out of my account that I had already paid for the rest of the month. Now I have a brand new phone and no service. I also wasted my whole only free day from work talking on the phone with boost mobile. No help. Avoid this company!

    The ZTE Warp also feels very cheap!!! And the default speaker cannot handle regular full volume, the sound distords and the speaker makes a squicky noise as a cheap speaker. The screen is also a magnet for dirt.

  • Lars

    Not sure why this guy above had so many issues. It must be a dud! Take it back to Boost Mobile store or where you purchased it call them.

  • Emilio

    Lars, the people in the store and the ones in the 888 lines did not have any knowledge of the $55 discount, I actually had to proof it to them and wasted 2 days on the phone with them to get my service back and some credit. I had to seriously be on top of them for them to fix the mess, and even after all that time wasted, they hardly wanted to compensate for their mistake. If you check the boostmobile facebook page. You will notice that they were making similar mistakes with other people. but in my case they killed my service for 2 days because they messed up on their end while swapping the phones when I bought the new ZTE. I even had to get in contact with their big boss. Trust me, each of them was trying to clean their hands. Now I got my service back, but they really messed up.

  • Emilio

    there are countless of stories of how boost mobile had screw people over. but since they are a huge corporation and the phone plans are targeted to the low income, the majority of customers just stay shut and take it as it is given to them because they find that there is not much that they can do about it. after all they did, they only ended up giving me $5 compensation by the big boss. check that out. $5 from someone that makes over $100,000. I got the recordings of how various managers screwed up big time in our phone conversation. If the competition is interested in moving ahead by exposing some true colors, get at me!

  • Paul

    I had a Motorola Triumph for a short month after purchasing it for $300.
    People on the other end during phone calls, said I sounded muffled. One
    person even said I sounded like I was under water. This is a complaint
    about the Triumph on other reviews as well. After searching for another
    Droid phone through a prepaid service, I stumbled upon the ZTE Warp with
    Boost Mobile shrinkage plan. I was hoping that this phone would be the
    answer and have clear phone conversations on both ends. I bought the
    phone for $218.00 including shipment through Boost Mobile online. I got
    the phone in the mail and activated it with my existing number and I am
    now using it for going on the 3rd week! I normally don’t ad comments or
    reviews but i felt for the people out there that are skeptical and
    unsure, this is the phone for you. I love it because it is fast on the
    net and I can use or load whatever apps I desire!! I have not one
    complaint and definitely recommend !!! Enjoy…………………….  

  • The Other David Cook…

    Only thing I miss over the Prevail is the Voice Recognition for texting. I can Voice Search, and Voice Command call, but no mic icon on the text keyboard so no talk to text.

    Is there a free app that will add this wedge into the system?