Boost Infinite finally adds the latest iPhones. On Friday, the Dish Network-owned carrier announced it would begin selling Apple’s iPhone 14 line, giving it another device as it looks to compete with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Boost Infinite is Dish’s answer to the traditional three wireless carriers, offering a subscription service as opposed to the prepaid option its sister brand Boost Mobile is known for. With Friday’s news, Dish is also taking Boost Infinite out of beta and expanding its offerings from a single $25 per month unlimited plan to also include a $50 per month “Unlimited Plus” option.
The $50 per month Plus plan includes the same 30GB of high-speed data and unlimited talk and text, but also includes talk, text and data in Mexico and Canada, and the ability to call or text “over 200 destinations” from the USA.
Those on the Plus plan will also be able to get a free iPhone 14 on Boost Infinite with an old phone trade-in, as long as that older device turns on, “works” and hasn’t been lost or stolen. Boost Infinite is not sold in Boost Mobile stores, so your carrier will send an exchange kit to users.
Like Verizon and AT&T, Boost Infinite will require you to stay with the provider for 36 months, and those who opt out before that period is up will be on the hook for the remaining balance owed on the iPhone.
Like its Boost Mobile service, Boost Infinite runs on a mix of wireless networks that includes AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a new 5G network being built by Dish. The latter has promised to build a wireless network since it acquired T-Mobile’s divested Boost Mobile during its 2020 merger with Sprint.
While Boost offers service on all three networks, the actual list of devices that can connect to Dish’s 5G network remains extremely limited. The iPhone 14 line technically has support for Dish’s 5G spectrum (known as Band 70), but the band isn’t yet enabled on Apple’s phones.
For now, Boost Infinite users will connect to AT&T and/or T-Mobile wireless service, with a Boost Infinite spokesperson telling CNET that the carrier “will continue to work with Apple to bring their great products to our network.” .
The addition of the iPhone 14 to Boost’s subscription lineup comes ahead of a potentially busy week for Dish. The satellite TV provider faces a June 14 deadline from the FCC to cover 70 percent of the US with its 5G network.