Originally Posted by Hawaiian Tater
I very much like that first one there and it is definitely within my price range. As long as I don't go over $500, I'll be okay. Forgive the noob questions. It's an unlocked phone, meaning I can use it with any service, including Boost? I always just bought Boost phones before. Also, I noticed it does not have an external storage to plug my sd card into. I don't know that it would specifically be a problem but one of the main things I use my phone for is connecting to my car with bluetooth and playing music while I am out driving Uber. As long as this phone has plenty of internal storage space and I can transfer all my mp3 from my computer to the phone, I don't specifically need the sd card. Also, can I play mp3s on these new phones or are they set up now where you can only play music you buy through a service? Cause that would be an absolute dealbreaker. Gotta have my tunes and I do not want to pay for the thousands of mp3s I already have.
Unfortunately Boost is owned by Sprint uses mostly CDMA Frequencies, and a very limited range of LTE bands. Although many unlocked phones will have some compatible LTE bands, not many have compatible CDMA frequencies. In fact, you will have a hard time buying any unlocked phones that work with CDMA ( Sprint and verizon)
Here is something else that you should know. There is a federal mandate which is making Sprint and verizon switch to LTE and leave CDMA so the CDMA bands can be used specifically for government use such as Police, Firefighters ambulance etc.
Read about that here : https://www.verizonwireless.com/supp...e-base-218813/
and more here: https://www.quora.com/When-are-mobil...-a-large-scale
Boost currently uses these bands:
- B25 (1900 +)
- B26 (850 +)
- B41 (TD 2500)
BC1 (1900 PCS)
The Global version of the Xiaomi Mi 9 is called Battle Angel : It only supports 1 band for Boost. So Yes, it will work. but not very well.
If you would like to get away from the crappy locked, overpriced phones offered by current CDMA carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and their subsidiaries such as Boost, Virgin etc, Then Migrate to Tmobile of ATT.
Not only do you have the option of At&T and Tmobile. But there are countless subsidiaries and "MVNO" carriers that use their network. You can find pricing just as good as what you are currently paying and you will have a lot more options with what phones you can use, whether or not they are unlocked ( meaning working with any carrier) and whether or not the bootloader is unlockable. Which allows you to use custom roms, or improved custom versions of the stock software.
Absolutely the Mi9 is a fantastic phone, just not on the Boost network.
Use the frequency check page that I linked above to help you. Always check that the bands are compatible with your carrier and if buying a Xiaomi, or any other brand make sure that it is a Global device, and not made specifically for Asia. Global devices have Frequencies for the US, Canada, South America, Europe etc.