Boost is already known for offering up one of the more aggressive prepaid unlimited plans in the industry, pushing all-you-can-eat voice, messaging, and web for $50 a month -- but it's upping the ante just a tad today on news that customers of both its $50 plan and its $60 BlackBerry plan now have free access to 411 information, instant messaging, and email. Then again, it seems like we're past the point where carriers should be differentiating between types of data, but the fact that Boost offers dumbphones almost exclusively across its range gives it more leeway than most for this sort of stratification. Oh, and to take advantage of the new hotness, Boost would like to cordially invite customers to take a look at the Samsung Rant, a device that actually launched a good long while ago on Sprint but now makes its way over to Boost on May 19 for $149.99 (contract-free, of course). The landscape slider's got full QWERTY, EV-DO, a 2 megapixel cam, microSD support up to 16GB, and an analog of Sprint's own One Click UI. Like red? Good, 'cause it's launching in red. Follow the break for Boost's full press release.

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BOOST MOBILE $50 'MONTHLY UNLIMITED PLAN' KEEPS GETTING BETTER - 411, EMAIL AND INSTANT MESSAGING NOW INCLUDED

Take full advantage of new features and the Samsung Rant®, Available online May 19, the first slider QWERTY handset offered by Boost

IRVINE, Calif. -Boost Mobile® keeps value alive and well by adding unlimited calls to 411, email and instant messaging today to its popular $50 'Monthly Unlimited' plan for no additional fee. Customers on the $60 BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan, which includes unlimited email and instant messaging, will also have the benefit of unlimited calls to 411.

Monthly Unlimited customers also have another handset to choose from with the launch of the red Samsung Rant®, the first slider QWERTY phone from Boost Mobile available at www.boostmobile.com on May 19 for $149.99. With the Rant consumers will get fast and easy access to multiple messaging options with a full QWERTY keyboard, making it the perfect match for the recently enhanced no-contract nationwide Monthly Unlimited offer.

"Boost Mobile is staying true to our offer of superior value with the Monthly Unlimited plan enhancements," said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer for Boost Mobile. "Paired with the Samsung Rant, we make it even easier for customers to get unlimited access to some of their favorite Web-based email services while on the go-without breaking the bank."

Boost Mobile is the perfect option for nationwide cell phone service without a long-term contract because it provides great value on a dependable nationwide network with fewer dropped calls than MetroPCS and Cricket*. Experience the Sprint 3G Network with the Samsung Rant, featuring true nationwide 3G coverage compared to Cricket's regional 3G coverage.

The Samsung Rant from Boost Mobile is available on May 19 for $149.99 (excluding taxes) with free shipping when purchased at www.boostmobile.com. In the coming weeks, the mobile phone also will be available through Boost Mobile exclusive retail stores and select independent wireless dealer locations.

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Boost Mobile sweetens unlimited plans with free 411, adds Samsung Rant this month