Huge news on the prepaid front this evening, as BGR reports that Boost Mobile will be receiving the BlackBerry Curve 8330 later in the month.
The Curve 8330 will join the Boost line, along with the Sanyo Incognito and Mirro, on January 13th. Pricing will be $249, $149, and $99, respectively. Boost Mobile plans will offer unlimited calling, text messaging, and web browsing, and will be $70/monthly for Curve users. The standard $50/month charge will apply to the Incognito and Mirro.
I'm not a fan of Boost Mobile's iDEN offerings due to past (and present) issues with text messaging and slow data connectivity, but with the BlackBerry Curve 8330 being a CDMA device, I would be more than willing to pick up one myself. Unlimited (reliable) calling, text messaging, and web sounds like a good deal to me. Why spend $99 monthly on a Sprint Curve 8330 when you can spend $70 monthly on a Boost Mobile Curve 8330?
We've seen prepaid BlackBerry devices appear on T-Mobile and MetroPCS in the past, but a third prepaid carrier being added to the mix shows a continued push by RIM into the consumer market. With pricing like $70 per month, it also throws the theory that "prepaid is more expensive than postpaid" on its head. Yes, the price of the device is costly upfront, but the value of no contract and $240 in yearly savings is worth it to me. What say you?