Sep 15 AT 1:24 PM Dustin Earley 9 Comments

Samsung Transform Ultra coming to Boost Mobile October 7th

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Boost Mobile and Samsung have teamed up today to announce the Samsung Transform Ultra–a mid-range to high-end Android device with a full slide-out physical keyboard.

With Android 2.3 and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat, the Samsung Ultra aims to cover a wide range of consumer needs in one device. By utilizing a full physical QWERTY keyboard and a 1 GHz processor, the Ultra should be able to tackle everything from email to mid-range gaming without a problem. Other key specs include:

  • Touchscreen
  • 3MP camera with video
  • WiFi, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Easy access to Gmail and Google Talk
  • Bluetooth capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

The Samsung Ultra will usher in a new premium for Android phones on Boost Mobile. An extra $5 charge will be added to the usual $50 a month for totally unlimited service. Fortunately, Boost’s newest Android plans will still be eligible for “shrinkage.” Customers who pay their bill on time for six months will see a shrinkage in their bill, eventually lowering their cost of service to $40 a month. Current customers will not have to pay the $5 premium. Still, Boost seems to have picked a bad time to announce the premium, given that Verizon will be launching their own $50 unlimited plan sometime next month.

The Samsung Transform Ultra will be available on October 7th, one day before the $5 premium goes into effect, for $229.99.

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”Transform” Your Communications with the new Android-Powered Slide-Out QWERTY Phone from Boost Mobile and Samsung

The new Samsung Transform Ultra marks another industry first with Boost Mobile as the first no-contract smartphone to include the innovative Mobile ID platform

IRVINE, Calif. — Boost Mobile, ranked Highest in Customer Service Performance and Purchase Experience among Non-Contract Wireless Providers by J.D. Power and Associates1, once again enhances its smartphone lineup of Androidâ„¢ devices with the launch of the Samsung Transformâ„¢ Ultra. The Transform Ultra complements the existing Samsung Galaxy Prevailâ„¢, which in four months has become the best-selling no-contract smartphone in Samsung’s history. The Transform Ultra is the perfect device for the consumer who desires an Android touchscreen along with a text-friendly full QWERTY keypad.

“If you have been sitting on the sidelines considering no-contract plans or Android smartphones, it’s time to upgrade with the latest Samsung Android devices paired with the award-winning Boost Mobile plans and customer experience,” said Andre Smith, vice president-Boost Mobile. “The Transform Ultra device includes the innovative Mobile ID platform, allowing customers to get a running start in exploring Android applications and widgets based on their personal interest.”

The Transform Ultra, powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, features access to Google Mobileâ„¢ services and more than 250,000 applications through Android Market. The device has a 1GHz processor, a 3MP rear-facing camera, and VGA front-facing camera for video chat while on the go.

Mobile ID

The Transform Ultra is Boost’s first Android-powered smartphone to come 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 couple simple clicks. ID packs are designed to meet a customer’s individual lifestyle or interests, such as sports, entertainment, fitness and music.

As only one example, the MTV Music pack is a complete music experience, bringing together the best music and pop culture apps, widgets and content on your Boost smartphone. The MTV Music pack gives customers access to the biggest stars and newest artists around the clock. Plus MTV has selected the best music apps to stream, download, identify, search and discover all your favorite music.

Other ID packs that can be loaded on the device include: E!, Socially Connected, Professional, Entertainment, Lo2Yo Latino, Lo2Yo Mujer and Lo2Yo Futbol.

Other Transform Ultra features include:

· Android 2.3 with Access to Android Marketâ„¢

· Touchscreen

· Full QWERTY Keypad

· 3MP camera with video

· Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled

· Front-facing VGA camera

· Easy access to Gmailâ„¢ and Google Talkâ„¢

· Bluetooth® capable

· Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing

· Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)

· Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

Samsung Transform Ultra will be available Oct. 7 for $229.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. The Transform will be rolling out in select retails nationwide later this year.

Android Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage Offer Coming Oct. 6

Effective Oct. 6, Boost Mobile will add an additional $5 monthly charge for unlimited data and messaging services offered on Android-powered devices. Like the existing Monthly Unlimited plan, the new Android plan includes unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, email and calls to 411. In addition, the new Android Monthly Unlimited plan will still come with shrinking payments where the longer you stay, the less you pay. For every six on-time payments, the cost of a new customer’s Android Monthly Unlimited plan will shrink by $5, eventually getting down to as low as $40 a month, only $5 more than the current Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone.

For our current Monthly Unlimited customers, we hear you! Existing $50 Monthly Unlimited customers with Android devices as of Oct. 6 can keep their current price plan as long as they don’t let their account expire. Existing Monthly Unlimited customers upgrading to a CDMA Android-powered device on or after Oct. 6, will add a $5 monthly charge on their current monthly payment without losing any of their accrued Shrinkage savings.

Phone Insurance

Customers can also protect their Samsung Transform Ultra 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 to www.boostmobile.com 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 $50 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 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 www.boostmobile.com.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Coolbreeze

    But Verizon prepaid will only include basic phones, so there is really no comparison.

    • Dustin Earley

      To anyone seeking out a prepaid Android plan, I imagine it won’t matter. To the average consumer who is looking to save money… well I guess we’ll see how it plays out.

  • DownSouthLivin

    They picked the wrong phone to try and start charging a premium data fee for. The Transform is a garbage phone on Sprint, one of the worst I ever had the displeasure of using. Granted this version has some bumped up specs but there is no way I would ever recommend that phone to someone for any price.

    • Lauren

      That phone was actually one of the best for 3g anyways. Had good service even in the middle of no where. Sorry if u didnt like it.

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  • BiGMERF

    its like a comet on tmo.. yuk

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    This phone is basically a nerfed Samsung Epic 4G.

  • Uzziel Stewart

    To Samsung and Boost Moble Hear’s an Idea the New Samsung Transform Andriod Phone 4 Boostmoble is 2 Small as a SMARTPHONE 4 one & 2nd Your Unlimited Compitition Has Bigger Larger Screen Face 4G Flat Touch Screen Phomes Which is More Appealing as Smartphones go,U all Can Do Better than that I’m Sure of it Bcus Sprint The Big Brother Associate to Boost kusy came out with there New Samsumg Galaxy S ll Phome with it Massive HQ Screen 4.5″ I Believe it has with all the Features it has,why not offer the same phone with the same package,Unlimited…paying $60.00 a month even if U had 2 make it a 4G HQ 4″ TouchScreen with the Sprint Service Networks at the sell’s price of $249.99 & I only say this Bcus of Metro PCS a Competitor of Yours Has a Massive Large 4G Lg Andriod Phone that just came Out 4 Sell with all the Bells & Whistleses…so Step Your Game up with the help of your Provider Samsumg Bcus I’m a Paying Customer of Your’s & a Preveil Phone Owner & to C that your Phone Compitition of all Carriers R coming out Big & Stromg 4G Style With all the Bell’s & Whistles Boost Follow Suite…but do it BIGGER & BETTER Than the Compitition with the Help of the Sprint Service 4G Style 2 Push the Phome 2 Greatness as a Unlimited Powerhouse,Just My Idea,Uzziel Stewart and thanks 4 reading & hopefully U’ll push it.

  • brian

    my boost mobile transform ultra not recognized in windows 7 allupdates done on windows all .up-to-date firmware kernal profile everything bought phone at bestbuy

  1. CoolbreezeGuest 4 years ago

    But Verizon prepaid will only include basic phones, so there is really no comparison.

  2. DownSouthLivinGuest 4 years ago

    They picked the wrong phone to try and start charging a premium data fee for. The Transform is a garbage phone on Sprint, one of the worst I ever had the displeasure of using. Granted this version has some bumped up specs but there is no way I would ever recommend that phone to someone for any price.

    • LaurenGuest 3 years ago

      That phone was actually one of the best for 3g anyways. Had good service even in the middle of no where. Sorry if u didnt like it.

  3. its like a comet on tmo.. yuk

  4. This phone is basically a nerfed Samsung Epic 4G.

  5. Uzziel StewartGuest 4 years ago

    To Samsung and Boost Moble Hear’s an Idea the New Samsung Transform Andriod Phone 4 Boostmoble is 2 Small as a SMARTPHONE 4 one & 2nd Your Unlimited Compitition Has Bigger Larger Screen Face 4G Flat Touch Screen Phomes Which is More Appealing as Smartphones go,U all Can Do Better than that I’m Sure of it Bcus Sprint The Big Brother Associate to Boost kusy came out with there New Samsumg Galaxy S ll Phome with it Massive HQ Screen 4.5″ I Believe it has with all the Features it has,why not offer the same phone with the same package,Unlimited…paying $60.00 a month even if U had 2 make it a 4G HQ 4″ TouchScreen with the Sprint Service Networks at the sell’s price of $249.99 & I only say this Bcus of Metro PCS a Competitor of Yours Has a Massive Large 4G Lg Andriod Phone that just came Out 4 Sell with all the Bells & Whistleses…so Step Your Game up with the help of your Provider Samsumg Bcus I’m a Paying Customer of Your’s & a Preveil Phone Owner & to C that your Phone Compitition of all Carriers R coming out Big & Stromg 4G Style With all the Bell’s & Whistles Boost Follow Suite…but do it BIGGER & BETTER Than the Compitition with the Help of the Sprint Service 4G Style 2 Push the Phome 2 Greatness as a Unlimited Powerhouse,Just My Idea,Uzziel Stewart and thanks 4 reading & hopefully U’ll push it.

  6. brianGuest 3 years ago

    my boost mobile transform ultra not recognized in windows 7 allupdates done on windows all .up-to-date firmware kernal profile everything bought phone at bestbuy