Getting a prepaid cellphone service could be an attractive option – thanks to its affordability and convenience. Unfortunately, not all services are built the same. Boost Mobile customers should be aware that their phones may soon stop working.

Boost Mobile has announced that it will no longer activate CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) devices, meaning those users will be in low-coverage areas sooner rather than later. To prevent any further inconveniences, users must be proactive in their decision-making. Here is what you need to know if you are a Boost Mobile customer.

What Is CDMA?

CDMA has been around since 1985 as a second-generation analog cellular service. CDMA networks operate on a different system to that of GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks. GSM networks are much more prevalent in the US, and most of the newer phones now come equipped with GSM radio.

CDMA networks are not as widely used, but the technology is still available. It allows for a greater range and easily switched between providers. Unfortunately, Boost Mobile has announced that it will no longer be activating CDMA devices.

Boost Mobile Phones That Will Soon Stop Working

Boost Mobile is no longer activating any CDMA devices, and this affects a variety of popular models. This list includes but is not limited to:

• Apple iPhone 6s
• Apple iPhone 7
• Sony Xperia X Performance
• Alcatel A50
• BlackBerry PRIV
• Google Nexus 6
• HTC 10
• LG G6
• Motorola Moto G
• Samsung Galaxy S7
• ZTE ZMax Pro

What to Do if Your Phone Is Affected

If you own one of the above mentioned phones, your phone will no longer be able to connect to the Boost Mobile Network. The only way to stay connected and avoid any further inconveniences is to switch to a new phone and provider.

Boost Mobile offers a wide selection of new and refurbished devices to choose from. You may also consider switching to another network carrier with GSM capabilities.

Note: Even if your device is a GSM-enabled phone, you may still have trouble connecting to the network if it does not meet the Boost Mobile standards.

Preparing to Switch Carriers

Before switching to a different carrier, there are a few things you should consider.

• Check Carrier Coverage Areas: Not all carriers offer the same coverage. Be sure to research the coverage maps of different service providers to see which one has the best coverage in your area.

• Compare Prepaid Plans: Compare various prepaid plans to find the one that works best for you.

• Check Your Phone: Is your phone compatible with the new carrier? Check with the carrier to make sure and confirm if your phone is compatible.

• Confirm Your Number: Check if the new carrier has the option to transfer your current phone number. This option may not be available in all cases.

• Consider Data Rules: Different carriers have different data rules. Make sure to read the rules for data transfers and overages.

• Check Your Bill: Before making a switch, be sure to check your bill to make sure you understand all charges and have a reference for any discrepancies.

What Happens When You Switch

Once you switch carriers, the process should be straightforward. You’ll need to have all information on hand such as your account information, device information, credit card details, etc. Once this is done, your new carrier should be able to set up your new service.

Boost Mobile has made the decision to no longer activate CDMA phones, but customers should not worry as there are many other options. Before making a switch to a new provider, it’s important to consider all factors such as coverage, features and cost. If you take the necessary steps and do your research, you’ll make the right choice and stay connected.