Top Boost Mobile Carrier Phones

Boost Mobile might not be as large as the biggest players on the market, but that hasn’t stopped them from growing a large following. They operate on the MVNO operating on the Sprint CDMA and LTE network. They offer prepaid services and due to them being a CDMA carrier, they only allow other CDMA phones onto their network (much like Verizon and US cellular).

This makes finding a Boost Mobile compatible smartphone especially tricky. They have a decent selection of current smartphones available for both those on a budget and for those looking for high end phones. While their coverage is reliable for the most part, be sure to check out Sprint’s coverage map here and compare it to other network providers just to be sure you are covered, and if you aren’t which network provider would suit you best.

Budget-friendly Options

LG Stylo 3 16GB

LG Stylo 3 16GB

The LG Stylo 3 is a 2017 smartphone that is budget-friendly and offers a good overall performance. It comes with an embedded stylus that can be used on its large 5.7-inch display. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 and the 2GB of RAM work together to drive decent performance, but you may find that it slows down noticeably when you have too many apps open. The front facing 5MP camera is average at best, and the 13MP rear camera does well in good lighting. It does not have image stabilization, however, so a steady hand will give you the best results when taking photos. It runs 7.0 Nougat and has a removable 3,200mAh battery, which should last you the day when used moderately. The 16GB of internal storage is rather limiting, but you can up that by inserting a microSD to up your overall storage.

       Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435
       2GB RAM
       Internal Storage: 16GB
       Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
       Cameras: Front 8MP, Rear 13MP
       5.7 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels (IPS)
       Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx

Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx has a 5.5-inch 720p HD display and packs a 2.2 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood, which is an improvement over the original Galaxy J7’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. It offers a respectable mid-range performance, coming with 2GB of RAM and a modest 16GB of memory, and the inclusion of a microSD card slot means you can further expand the memory up to 256GB. Some owners reported some slowdown when there were multiple applications running, so the 2GB of RAM does reach its limits fairly quickly. It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,300mAh battery that packs plenty of juice for a full day’s use. The rear camera is 8MP and the front is a 5MP, both of which perform decently overall.

       Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
       2 GB RAM
       Internal Storage: 16 GB
       Removable Storage:MicroSD, up to 256GB
       Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 8MP
       5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels
       Android 7.0 Nougat

High End Options

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy 8 is Samsung’s newest edition to the Galaxy family, and it is the best one yet. It has incorporated the cascading screen design of the Edge and Plus, sporting a 5.8-inch QHD AMOLED display that is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset delivers a stellar performance, but it should be noted that the international version comes with the Exynos 8895 processor that is quite a bit faster. It has 4GB of RAM, which further ensures a solid day-to-day performance and the dust and water resistant IP68 rating makes it suitable for use in the most demanding environments. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat and comes with a 3000mAh battery, which reportedly runs around 16 hours. It charges fast both wirelessly and wired, although charging it wired through its USB Type-C port will be a little quicker, taking around an hour and a half for a full charge. The camera quality of the both the front camera and the rear camera are great. The rear camera is dual-pixel 12MP and the front camera 8MP. The 64GB of internal storage should be enough for most, but the microSD card slot allows you to further expand it.

       Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 [View Benchmarks]
       4GB RAM
       Internal Storage: 64GB
       Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
       Cameras: Front 8MP, Rear 12MP
       5.8 inch, 2960 x 1440 pixels
       Android 7.0 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 phone

The Samsung Galaxy S7 may be Samsung’s 2016 flagship, but it still outclasses many of the top-tier phones of 2017. It is designed using metal and glass and has 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display that is stunning. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM drive a great performance, and while it may only have 32GB of memory, inserting a microSD card will ensure that you never run out of space. While it comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it is upgradable to 7.0 Nougat. It is rated IP68 for water and dust resistance, and it comes with a 12MP dual-pixel rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera, both of which are said to be great. The battery is a non-removable 3000mAh battery and it supports both wireless and quick charging.

       Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.15 GHz
       4GB RAM
       Internal Storage: 32GB
       Removable Storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
       Cameras: Front 5MP, Rear 12MP
       5.1 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels
       Android 6.0 Marshmallow


Again, if you are unsure of your coverage in your area, check out their coverage map to make sure Boost Mobile is available in your area. Boost Mobile have limited support for smartphones which is why it’s so important to do your research when searching for the best boost mobile phone. The list of phones above is based on hours of research finding the best value for money phones based on reviews and technical specs.

T-Mobile And Sprint Are In Active Talks About A Merger

T-Mobile And Sprint Possible Merger Logo

Both companies and their parents, Deutsche Telekom and Softbank, have been in frequent conversations about a stock-for-stock merger in which T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom would emerge as the majority owner.

People close to the situation stress that negotiators are still weeks away from finalizing a deal and believe the chances of reaching an agreement are not assured. The two sides have not yet set an exchange ratio for a deal, but are currently engaged in talks to hammer out a term sheet. T-Mobile and Sprint have had a seemingly endless dalliance over the years since Softbank took control of Sprint, pushed by the prospect of billions of dollars in cost synergies that a merger would bring.

The last time the two companies held meaningful talks earlier this year, Softbank's Masayoshi Son indicated a willingness to sell Sprint to T-Mobile. This time, given the all-stock nature contemplated, Softbank would emerge as a large minority holder in any combination. While T-Mobile CEO John Legere is expected to lead any combination that results from a merger, Son has made it clear he wants a say in how the company is run. That desire adds another layer of complexity to an already difficult transaction.

T-Mobile has not begun due diligence on Sprint, yet another step that could change current price expectations or the willingness to move forward. The biggest issue is whether any merger between the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers in the nation would be approved by antitrust regulators. The risk of rejection by the Department of Justice will play an important role in the final decision made by both sides as to whether they will proceed with a deal.

How Well Will the Apple Watch Hold a Cellular Signal?

Apple Watch Antenna is the Screen
Apple Watch Antenna is the Screen Itself

Do you remember how bad the signal was when the first iPhone launched?  That is one of the main reasons why we started  I would anticipate that the Apple Watch will likely drop more calls than your cell phone due to the smaller antenna.

I am having a serious deja vu, as this reminds me of when the first iPhone launched back in 2007 and our web site traffic on spiked huge for years. As we all know AT&T had nightmares for years after the iPhone launch. Will history repeat itself again?

If you didn't see the recent Apple Event in September of 2017 watch the demonstration of a live call on Lake Tahoe.  Apple executives call this a windy lake and were excited about how clear the call was despite the wind.

We would love your feedback below in the comments as you start using the Apple Watch.  Please compare your signal to you cell phone and see which one holds calls better.

This cellular watch will also create a lot of demand for power and extra battery life.  How long will the batter last?

Apple Watch Demonstration on Lake Tahoe
Apple Watch Demonstration on Lake Tahoe

Roof Top Antenna Locations Database

Cell Phone Roof Top Antennas
When you see these locations driving around town. Please add them to our map below.   
You can search for these locations as well in red. 

How to Add New Cell Phone Tower To Map

cell phone tower map
New Map to Compare Dead Cell Zone Complaints & Cell Phone Towers recently launched a new map to compare cell phone tower locations and coverage problems.  The map on the left is our traditional dead cell zones map.  The map on the right is a database of 170,000+ cell phone tower locations provided by the FCC.

If a cell phone tower is not on our map (right side) you can now add it by clicking on the + icon on the upper right corner of the map.  Please add new DAS antennas as well if they are not on the map also.

Here is an example of Telluride, Colorado where we discovered a new cell phone tower on top of the mountain that was not included in the data provide by the FCC.  We don't know who owns the tower so that information is left off of the map.  However, we assume the ski resort of Telluride likely owns the tower since it is located on top of the mountain.

What is most shocking is that T-Mobile provides better coverage at 13,000 feet on a hike than they do at 9,500 feet in the town of Telluride.  Go figure.  When we were on vacation in Telluride, CO during our vacation there was zero coverage in town.  There was adequate coverage in the Mountain Village.

These two tweets were sent to T-Mobile to alert them of this potential safety hazard.

How to Search for Cell Phone Tower Operators

Here is a list of the top 100 cell phone tower operators and owners in our cell phone tower database. Here is an example of how to search for cell phone tower operators.  
how to search for cell phone tower operators
How to Search for Cell Phone Tower Operators

American Towers, LLC. 10140
SpectraSite Communications, LLC. through American Towers, LLC. 3779
Global Tower, LLC. through American Towers, LLC 2774
SBA 2012 TC Assets, LLC 2682
Vertical Bridge Towers, LLC 2464
Crown Castle South LLC 2257
SBA Towers II LLC 2211
Crown Castle GT Company LLC 2206
Alltel Communications, LLC 2125
Pinnacle Towers LLC 1960
Verizon Wireless (VAW) LLC 1745
AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC 1702
Cellco Partnership 1648
SBA Structures, LLC 1599
SBA Properties, LLC 1556
SBA Monarch Towers II, LLC 1537
SBA Towers, LLC 1537
T-Mobile West Tower LLC 1447
STC Five LLC 1351
New Par 1053
Crown Communications LLC 1000
STC Two LLC 921
SBC Tower Holdings LLC 853
T-Mobile USA Tower LLC 825
Crown Atlantic Company LLC 762
SBA Towers III LLC 744
T-Mobile West LLC 724
Alltel Communications Wireless, Inc. 594
American Towers, Inc. 577
Los Angeles SMSA Limited Partnership 565
T-Mobile Northeast LLC 556
Affiniti, LLC 539
BNSF Railway Co. 537
SBA Infrastructures, LLC 527
Crown Castle Towers 05 LLC 518
Pinnacle Towers Acquisition LLC 516
Crown Castle PT Inc 488
SBA Towers IX, LLC 471
Verizon Wireless Personal Communications LP 468
InSite Towers, LLC 462
SBA Monarch Towers I, LLC 444
Crown Communication LLC 443
Crown Communication Inc. 402
Cellular South Real Estate, Inc. 387
Branch Towers, LLC 374
Industrial Tower and Wireless, LLC 363
SBA Towers V, LLC 348
Dallas MTA, LP 332
US Army Corps of Engineers 322
Norfolk Southern Railway Company 311
WWC Texas RSA LLC 311
Nextel South Corp. 306
Verizon Wireless of the East LP 304
Sprint Spectrum, L.P. 303
San Antonio MTA, L.P. 280
IWG Towers Assets I, LLC 276
New Towers LLC 272
SBA Towers IV, LLC 271
Cumulus Radio Corporation 268
Horvath Towers III, LLC 264
T-Mobile Central LLC 262
Capstar Radio Operating Company 253
SprintCom, Inc. 249
Cellular Inc. Network Corporation 247
Verizon Wireless Tennessee Partnership 245
SBA Towers VI, LLC 240
GrainComm III, LLC 234
American Tower Limited Partnership 226
Global Signal Acquisitions LLC 225
K2 Towers, LLC 225
Clear Channel Broadcasting, Inc. 222
Nextel West Corp. 222
Crown Castle Towers 06-2 LLC 221
American Towers Iris 1, LLC 219
Skyway Towers, LLC 219
SBA 2012 TC II, LLC 216
The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co 214
The Alaska Wireless Network 205
Pinnacle Tower Acquisition LLC 204
CSX Transportation 203
Crossroads Wireless, Inc. 199

Don't Forget To Check Your Coverage Before Leave For Vacation

Cell Phone Reception on a Lake?

It is amazing how many people are searching to see if they might have cell phone coverage in areas they are vacationing this summer.  If you are headed to the lake, mountains or desert it is probably a good idea to see if your destination has cell phone reception.  We see daily searches on for locations like Yosemite, Tahoe, Lake Powell, Aspen.   

We launched a new map recently that will show you cell phone towers in the area as well.  We recommend that you check this map side by side with our dead zones complaint map.  This should give you an idea who has coverage in the area or NOT.  

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New Weather Channel App Notifies You When Cell Networks Are Down

New Weather App Can Spread Urgent Alerts Even When Cell Networks Are Down
New Weather App Can Spread Urgent Alerts Even When Cell Networks Are Down. 

The Weather Company’s new Android app uses mesh networking to spread data between phones over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. IBM, The Weather Company launch mesh-powered app for internet-poor regions.

Having a wealth of up-to-the-minute climate data at our fingertips is something most of us take for granted. Thanks to a reliable cell connection, our smartphones, and the work of hundreds of meteorologists and climatologists around the globe, keeping abreast of an incoming storm isn’t so much a matter of how, but how quickly. Unfortunately, though, that isn’t the case for everyone.

In developing countries, cellular connectivity is congested, intermittent, and in the worst cases inaccessible. That’s why IBM, in collaboration with developers at The Weather Company, introduced Mesh Network Alerts, a new technology that provides a peer-to-peer means of facilitating communications between residents of underserved nations.

Mesh Network Alerts work by linking mobile devices directly to one another, daisy-chaining handsets in a sort of node network. Using a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, each connected smartphone stores and propagates messages to devices within a 300- to 500-foot radius, creating a mesh that can effectively reach more devices. Read more

SiriusXM Raises Rates $1 Per Month 3 Consecutive Years In A Row

SiriusXM Rate Increase $1 Per Month for 2015 & 2016
Rate Increase $1 Per Month for 2015 & 2016

Here is the new notification I received below . . . 

Effective April 27, 2016, the price of SiriusXM Select and Select Family Friendly packages increased by $1 per month. Effective this same date standalone SiriusXM Internet Radio increased by $1 per month. 

I think this rate increase would be justified if SiriusXM made some concerted efforts to improve coverage and reduce the amount of SirusXM signal interference in areas areas.  We get hundreds of people per day reading and comment on this blog who are having reception issues.

Comments appreciated below. 

Verizon Says OpenSignal Data Is "Not Valid"

OpenSignal vs Verizon Wireless
Why Does Verizon Think Rootmetrics Data is More Valid Than OpenSignal?  
They both stink & don't deal with the real problems!  Fixing coverage!  

Verizon dismissed OpenSignal’s data as “limited and non-scientific”, after a new report said rival T-Mobile US was “within a stone’s throw of matching” the market leader on 4G availability.

OpenSignal’s Q4 State of Mobile Networks: USA report, based on 4.6 billion network measurements for the period, said its testers found a Verizon LTE signal 88.2 per cent of the time. T-Mobile, meanwhile, closed the gap, reaching 86.6 per cent. It also said the companies were neck and neck on overall 4G speed metrics.

Verizon, in a post on Twitter, questioned the validity of OpenSignal’s data.

OpenSignal said in the report its availability metric measures the proportion of time users can access a particular network, rather than tracking geographic coverage.

Verizon said: “OpenSignal provides crowdsourced data. Crowdsourcing favours downtown areas – that’s where the majority of the tests come from – so it doesn’t reflect the depth and breadth of the 2.4 million square miles of our 4G LTE coverage, by far the most in the industry.”

The company continued: “In addition to limited, non-scientific testing, with OpenSignal not getting a signal – the inability to perform a test is not counted against the results.”

Verizon then pointed to other studies from third party testers including RootMetrics, J.D. Power and Nielsen, which it said “do a better job of reflecting the actual customer experience.

“And in those tests, there is no real comparison”. RootMetrics, for example, ranked Verizon top in every category they tested in the first half of 2016, including speed.

Unsurprisingly, T-Mobile’s reaction to OpenSignal’s latest report was more favourable. The company released a statement hailing the results.

“When you combine T-Mobile’s value with great speeds and a coverage map that’s virtually indistinguishable to the big guys, well, let’s just say ‘its on’,” said Neville Ray, the company’s CTO.

Does Rootmetrics & OpenSignal Drain Battery Life & Memory?

OpenSignal, Sensorly, Roortmetrics, MyMobileCoverage
SensorlyOpenSignal, MyMobileCoverage or Rootmetrics apps basically turn your cell phone into a signal meter so you can measure your 3G & 4G LTE signal strength.  These apps run in the background of your phone and send data to the provider.  They all aggregate the data and provide a theoretical coverage map.

There is one big limitation to all of these apps.  They don't take into account direct customer feedback and map it similar to  Most people know 3 or 4 areas where they persistently drop calls or cannot get a signal. allows you to contribute to a map direct customer feedback in a particular area WITHOUT downloading a app the might drain your resources and battery.  If you search for dead cell zones on your phone using a browser it will automatically redirect you to our dead zones mobile friendly site that does not require a download.

Reading these two blog posts and comments might indicate that these apps use resources and battery if you keep it running in the background constantly.  CBS articleLifehacker article

Would love any technical feedback below.

Does The Sensorly App Drain Your Battery?

Sensorly App Screen Shot & Users

Do any of our readers use the Sensorly, OpenSignal, MyMobileCoverage or Rootmetrics signal measure apps the run in the background on a regular basis? I have been reading some blog posts that indicate that these apps drain battery.  Would love your feedback on the added benefit if you like it or not?

Apparently they have getting a lot of user feedback and have updated the app. Here’s what you can expect in the newly updated Sensorly 3.9.6: On the Sensorly blog post they stated the following.

- Added Refresh Map Cache button to the settings page
- Fixed bug caused by switching networks on the map
- Tweaked max battery settings
- Fixed issue with the periodic wake timer resetting
- Improved Battery life

"User feedback centered around two main aspects of the app: battery life and the map. Some devices were not displaying mapped coverage and speed tests correctly, so we added a clear cache setting to reload map data and address this issue. Other map related changes will ensure that all map buttons function properly. We’re confident that these changes will provide a better overall map experience to our community."

"The team also made improvements to help optimize battery life, including making sure that maximum battery discharge for passive mapping keeps values set by the user. Changes to the way Sensorly performs check-ins and background tasks were also tweaked to aid battery longevity."

Pandora Data Network Not Availability Problems

Do Android phones stream Pandora content better over cellular LTE than iPhones?  I switch from an Android phone to a Iphone today and was listening to Pandora on a run.  It kept cutting out saying network was not available. This has never happened using an Android phone. Anyone familiar with the issue? All other data and apps were working fine and my data plan was current.  

T-Mobile Digits Is Huge Carrier Game Changer!

One Phone Number on Multiple Devices

One phone number for multiple devices: Works Android Phones, iPhones, iPads.

With DIGITS, your T-Mobile number works across virtually all your connected devices—phones, tablets, wearables and computers. And, in another Un-carrier first, DIGITS lets customers put multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device, so you can combine work, home and personal numbers on a single smartphone.
For example:  You can text on your phone, iPad or PC or Mac all at the same time.  The messages are all synced on every device.  You call also make phone calls on every device.  No longer do you have to depend on quality cell phone coverage if you have great wifi.   Sign-up Now! 
DIGITS marks the first time customers can get a complete solution that lights up numbers on virtually any Internet-connected device, lets you use multiple numbers on one device and delivers carrier-grade calling. DIGITS prioritizes calls from your phone over other data so calls are more reliable with crystal clear HD voice quality and full mobility. That’s because DIGITS is your real wireless number with real wireless calling – not a best-efforts data connection like you get with over-the-top (OTT) Internet calling services. Sign-up Now!

Unified Blue Tooth Speakers by Tempow

Tempow - Unified Blue Tooth Speakers
Cool startup Tempow listen to multiple Blue Tooth devices at once synchronized.  Discovered this at CES 2017. 

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Long Range Wireless Intercom for Remote Job Sites

Long Range Wireless Intercom for Remote Job Sites
Discovered this product at CES 2017.  At last, I can talk to my colleagues in my field operations: saving time and improving safety when no cell phone coverage is available!  Startup Appi Technology from France that showcased at CES 2017.

Watch the interview with Appi about half way through.  

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Behind the Scenes Interview at CES 2017

@JohnLegere LIVE on Periscope @TMobile CEO Behind-the-scenes of interview with @ABC!!

New things I have learned about him:  He is a runner! 

Laundroid Folding Machine Is Awesome!

Laundroid Folding Machine
Laundroid is the world’s first fully automatic laundry folding machine, was achieved from the harmonization of three core technologies: image analysis, artificial intelligence, and robotics. laundroid will bring a major change in our lives.  Laundroid   Future products will wash, fold, clean and sort.

Insta360 VR Live Stream 360 Degree Camera is Awesome!

$99 Insta360 VR Camera
What a great way to broadcast a your kid's game or an event to family and friends who cannot attend?  Would love to hear your feedback on the camera quality.

You can stream the video on a 4G network and also using WiFI.  4K video at 25 to 30 frames per second.  Available for Android, iPad and iPhone.

Here is a video of the Director of AR and VR for Twitter talking about the product.  

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