Dec 12 AT 2:29 AM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

First videos of the Android-powered Motorola Opus One for Boost Mobile

The Motorola Opus One.

The Motorola Opus One.

Someone at Motorola needs to call the plumber. I’ve never seen so many leaks from a handset company. Or maybe all of this is staged for hype? Who knows?

Last week, the first pictures of the Motorola Opus One were revealed. BGR reported the device would support Sprint Nextel’s iDEN network and which lead us to speculate it is headed to Boost Mobile.

Boost Mobile offers no contract, pre-paid plans including the popular Monthly Unlimited Plan at $50. The Opus One would be the first Android phone for Boost Mobile and be marketed as their flagship device.

The Story

Imagine you are walking down the beach and you pick up a phone. The device is a shiny new touchscreen phone that you have never seen before. You rush home to search for the phone on Google, but are not coming up with any relevant results.

This is exactly what happened to our friend Jay. He found the new Motorola Opus One and just happened to have a working Boost Mobile SIM card. Here is his story:

I was in South Beach the other night and found this phone. I then notice it was a Nextel. I don’t own a Nextel but I put my Boost sim card on it and it worked perfectly then I notice that this phone has not been released yet. I wrote to Nextel letting them the situation and they replied the following.


Jay claims he actually got a response from Sprint and they confirmed it was a new phone. I find this a little hard to believe since carriers will never comment on unreleased products. Read it and see what you think. Real or fake?

Dear *******,

Thank you for contacting Sprint and showing interest in our products & services.

We are testing on it and hope to introduce this phone soon. Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional media.

Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with anything else.

Perry K.Sprint

He then proceeds to upload four videos to YouTube of him playing with the phone. The device is identified as the upcoming Motorola Opus One and it is running MotoBlur powered by Android 1.5. The phone boots up with the Nextel logo, but most Sprint Nextel phones with direct connect are marketed under the Boost Mobile brand.

Watch his first video as he recaps his story and plays with the phone. I don’t think he has ever heard of Android, but he obviously thinks the phone is very cool.

In later videos he goes on to demonstrate fully working Push to Talk, shows off the 5 MP camera, reveal all the system info, and gives multiple shout outs to his boys. None of the data features of the phone are working and I assume he had a calling plan only.

To watch the rest of his videos, visit his YouTube page.

After making the videos, he then goes on to say he put the phone up for sale on Ebay and he thinks it was purchased by the person who lost it (for around $200-300 $850). I couldn’t find the Ebay auction, but maybe someone with some more time on their hands could locate it.

As crazy as the story sounds, I think the entire thing is actually believable. While some parts of it may have been exaggerated, this guy did find a Opus One and demonstrate it working on the Boost Mobile network. It looks like the device is pretty close to a final build and I would expect it to launch in the next couple of months.

Would anyone switch to Boost Mobile to get a cheap Android phone and their $50 unlimited service?

Update (12/12): Well I guess these videos were real because they just got removed from YouTube. I saved the video files to my computer, but I’m choosing not to upload them. I also added a via link for IntoMobile who I found out was all over this story earlier today.

Update 2: The phone sold on Ebay for $850.

Here is a gallery of screen caps from one of the videos:

[Thank you Nelson for the tip]

Via: IntoMobile

Source: YouTube

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  • ciso

    The video has been deleted (I think).

  • http://Website JAG

    Video was deleted

  • malcolm wilson

    To answer your question, yes, I would switch to boost mobile to save money. But, it has to have 1.6

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    You should’ve backed it up first D:

  • http://Website Chris F

    The weird thing for me is…Last night I had a dream where I found a cell phone on the ground. It was a Sprint Nextel phone and was running android….It’s creepy that I wake up today to find that someone really did find a phone with android that’s connected to a Sprint/Nextel network

  • owen

    dam i’m always late for this stuff. but still it could be just another android phone in a shell.

  • http://Website tim

    wait, so he just found some random dude’s smartphone on the ground and proceeded to sell it on ebay?

  • Pat

    Boost and Sprint don’t use SIM cards. iDEN and CDMA phones don’t use SIM cards. This is stupid. You’ve been had.

    • http://Website LilSmurf2009

      Pat: Your wrong they both used sim cards. Sprint doesn’t but Nextel and Boost does.

    • http://Website modern

      Actually, Iden do use sim cards. Sprint Cdma are the ones that don’t uses a sim.

  • http://Website JayinNJ

    Android on iDEN? What are you f*ckin nuts????

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    This is all so ironic, I have Boost Mobile and I was just discussing with my hubby that if Boost Mobile had a smart phone I would stay with the company. I love that Boost Mobile is the most economical cell phone company out there right now. Having an Android is exactly what they need. Get ready to purchase your stocks. I’m going to stick with Boost and everyone around me is slowly, but surely switching over to Boost. It makes since!

  • http://Website adam

    i would buy the android if boost came out with it, for sure! I am a loyal boost mobile customer and have been for the last 4 months, and if they came out with a android i would buy it the same day it released! Please boost get this phone and show these other networks who’s Boss!!!!!

  • http://Website saaabaa

    well here is the video i found the link to the video

  • http://Website cameron

    wow a crappy iden phone that looks cool it should be cdma bye bye texting problems in fact im gettin the boost blackberry

  • javier p

    cuando va a salir ala venta si algien sabe mandenme un texto

  • http://Website JoMamma

    I hope they come out with an android phone for cdma. From my understanding web browsing will be terrible on the iden network, you would basically have to find a wifi spot to actually do anything. Please Boost tell me u will offer it on cdma as well……

  • http://Website Galane

    My Verizon contract just ended. If Boost Mobile has an Android phone with unlimited everything, including web, for $50 a month, no contract – sign me up!

    I’ve already checked their coverage in my area and it looks like it’s as least as good as Verizon’s. There’s a Sprint antenna on top of a building right across the street from my house. (Actually owned by Ubiquitel… oh, Sprint bought them out so it really is a Sprint antenna.)

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  • http://Website rob

    does the droid x phone work with boost mobile? what will i need to make it work?

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    my Ai dont go the internet at work it look like its powerd by opera its slow and i cant use it much i dont no no one to walki talkie to i only can seem to make phone calles and cant do that some time what can i do? please help

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