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Samsung Transform Ultra (Boost Mobile)

by Samsung
205 customer reviews
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  • No-contract, 3G-enabled Android 2.3-powered smartphone with 3.5-inch touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard from Boost Mobile
  • Choose from Monthly Unlimited or $2 Daily Unlimited plans with unlimited talk, text, e-mail, and web
  • GPS for navigation; 3-MP camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion; full HTML browser
  • Up to 7 hours of talk time; runs on Sprint's nationwide network; released in October, 2011
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.57 inches, 2.4 inches, 0.55 inches
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
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Product Description

Product Description

Samsung Ultra Transform (Boost Mobile) Android Touch Screen Prepaid

Combining the power of the Android OS and Boost Mobile's no-contract cellular service, the Samsung Transform Ultra smartphone is designed to provide an uncompromised Android experience while maintaining the great value of Boost's $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with no hidden fees and no contracts required. And you'll save money the longer you stick with Boost Mobile, with your monthly payments lowered by $5 for every six on-time payments.

The Samsung Transform Ultra features a brilliant 3.5-inch touch-screen display and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy typing of e-mails, text messages, and social networking status updates. And the Transform Ultra has dual cameras so that every angle of your mobile life is covered. Snap photos with the primary 3-megapixel camera or fire up the front-facing VGA for video conferencing.

Other features include Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB (with 2 GB card included), music player, full HTML browser, access to both personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).

Vital Statistics

The Samsung Transform Ultra weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 4.57 x 2.40 x 0.55 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7 hours of talk time. It runs on Sprint's 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.

What's in the Box

Samsung Transform Ultra handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, 2 GB microSD card, quick start guide

About Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage no-contract service where the longer you stay the less you pay with on-time payments for unlimited voice, text messaging, web, e-mail, IM and calls to 411. It offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network, reaching more than 278 million people, with no activation or long-distance fees.

Plans include:

$55 Android Monthly Unlimited for unlimited nationwide talk, text, web, e-mail, and 411 with no contracts on an Android powered device. Includes access to Android Market. Voicemail, long distance and call waiting included. And you'll reduce your monthly payment the longer you stay with Shrinkage.

android monthly unlimited

$2 Daily Unlimited provides all the value of Monthly Unlimited and nationwide coverage at a low daily rate. The $2 subscription charge is automatically deducted from your Boost account each day after midnight, regardless of usage, unless the you cancel the subscription. Recharge at least once every 90 days to keep your account active (after 90 days any credit balance will expire).

Daily Unlimited

Boost lowers your monthly payment by $5 for every 6 on-time payments ($50 Monthly Unlimited example illustrated above).

International Connect provides unlimited international talk and text with family and friends around the world. It can be added to Monthly Unlimited and Android Monthly Unlimited plans for an additional $5 per month, and added to the BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan for $10 per month.

Boost Shrinkage

All Monthly Unlimited plans include Shrinkage and unlimited nationwide talk, text, web, e-mail, and 411. Shrinkage reduces your payment by $5/month for every six on-time payments, up to $15/month in total. Monthly Unlimited shrinks to as low as $35/month, Android Monthly Unlimited to as low as $40/month, or $45/month for BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited.

On-Time Payments

On-time payments are made on or before the monthly payment date. Your monthly payment date remains the same every month as long as you successfully make your monthly payment. However, if you make a late payment, your payment date will be reset to the day of the month before the date your service is restored (e.g., if your service is restored on February 15th, your monthly payment date will be reset to March 14th).

Missed Payment

While it's best to make regular on-time payments each month, payments do not have to be consecutive. If you miss a payment you don't have to start over. The on-time payments made to the account will still be available as well as any savings milestone achieved.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The Samsung Transform Ultra runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread)--the fastest version of Android available for smartphones yet. It features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Transform Ultra also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination


  • 3.5-inch touchscreen display (480 x 320 pixels)
  • Side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity includes communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming Bluetooth profiles.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 2 GB included microSD card
  • 3-megapixel camera with flash and 3x digital zoom
  • Video capture capabilities
  • Front-facing camera for video chats
  • Multimedia player compatible with MP3 and AAC music formats, and MPEG4 and H.263 video formats
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Web browser with Google search and support for Adobe Flash 10.1
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync accounts.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing Aid Capable rating M4


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Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), also known as CMAS, is a part of a national alerting system called IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) that enables emergency management officials to rapidly disseminate the warnings and safety information via text alerts to wireless phones based on the phones’ geographic location. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is responsible for receiving the alerting information and forwarding the alerts to participating wireless carriers such as Sprint. Such alerts may come from the President of the United States; the National Weather Service, state or county public safety officials. This system is integrated into the same national alerting services that serve television and radio today.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005V1KFTO
  • Item model number: Transform Ultra
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,851 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By kcuse on October 24, 2011
I just got this phone yesterday. It is my first smartphone and I'm in love. It does everything and more that my 4th gen Ipod does (except has Android). Its super fast on the web and switching between applications. The camera seems good. The flash is blinding at night! Haven't played with the video yet. I love how you can speak almost every command instead of typing. You can write a whole text message with your voice! The GPS is great too. And with Boost, everything is included in your plan so you don't have to worry about data charges. The best thing for me though is being able to stream Pandor in my car! It's a great phone! Buy it :)
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By justinglen on November 6, 2011
I'm new to the prepaid world, but not new to smartphones. For years now I've been buying & selling Android & Apple phones on eBay to avoid renewing my contract with other carriers, all so I could have the latest and greatest gadget in my pocket. Preparing to pull that stunt once more, I decided instead this time to give Boost Mobile a try, and chose the new Samsung Transform Ultra. My expectations for a cheap phone on a prepaid carrier were low.

To my absolute surprise, the Transform Ultra has so far proven to be the BEST Android handset I've ever owned (and just to be clear, in my case that means it beats out the MyTouch 4G Slide, G2, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global and LG Revolution).

I think the biggest difference must be the Gingerbread operating system, as the one thing this phone does not do (and ALL of the others did) is crash constantly. But aside from that, the Transform Ultra is also surprisingly smooth & snappy, not laggy and frustrating like all the other Android's I've owned. I was expecting less for such a cheap little phone. The keyboard is also awesome, especially for those (like me) that really, really prefer buttons: good layout and nice button feel (though I must say the space bar button is a little weird as you have to press down either side of it, not the center of it).

There are some less than awesome aspects: Battery life, for instance, isn't great, but I've yet to own a smartphone that didn't require me to tote an extra battery around. The phone also feels just a little cheap overall, but then again: it was cheap. Finally, tapping and dragging (to rearrange icons on the home screen, for instance) doesn't work well on mine. I suppose it's also worth mentioning that Sprint's 3G service isn't exactly blazing fast.

So there's that.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By killercurls on October 22, 2011
user friendly. fast. great camera. all the features work great. i only had a slight problem with the touch screen while the phone was plugged in and charging.
i am in love with this phone! have not put it down since i bought it.
my only complaint is the ring tones and alerts are not loud enough. and the vibration is not strong enough. if the phone's in my pocket I don't feel it or hear it.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Justin on November 17, 2011
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As others have stated, the Transform Ultra does indeed have touchscreen issues. It may be luck of the draw, but I had the Prevail prior and there were no issues like this. I have tried sensitivity apps to try and correct the issue, but it did not help. As IMFM stated in another forum, he thinks it is a capacitive issue regarding the ability of the device to recognize when the finger is lifted, or more aptly, the device thinks you lifted your finger. I think this is correct.

Also, my phone's screen is lifted a bit on the left side of the device near the bottom and running up to the top. The screen is flush with the edging here, whereas on the right side of the device the screen is just below the edging equally the whole way. Tapping the left bottom of the device produced a sound other than the finger hitting the screen. Doing this on the right side does not produce this sound at all. This might be a reason for the touchscreen issues and makes me think a software fix may not be possible.

If you are dying to have a new Android phone on Boost you can use this phone, BUT it will cause you headaches. I am going to wait a week or so before I decide if I am going to return it as it is clearly a defective device at this point. Samsung needs to address this issue immediately and quit playing dumb. Keep the customers informed of what is going on as to a potential fix. I loved my Prevail and was really impressed with Samsung, it just lacked adequate system resources to run the amount of apps I wanted on my phone.

The sad part about the Transform Ultra is this is a really nice phone aside from the glaring issue. It is speedy and has the 1GB of internal memory so you will be able to load a lot more apps than the Prevail.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Smith on December 9, 2011
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I ordered this phone as an upgrade from my Boost Mobile Sanyo Incognito. I'm not a technical person, but from a user perspective, this is a great phone. My husband has another Android phone through Sprint and the Transform Ultra does everything that his does (plus the Boost Mobile phone has better pricing plan for unlimited service).

The call quality is clear and I love how it interfaces with Google products. I use gmail, so it's convenient to have that as the main email program on the phone. It also pulls my Google contacts, so I don't have to worry about losing my contacts if something happens to my phone. I have downloaded numerous applications and the Transform Ultra has been able to handle everything without slowing down.

The messenging interface is easy to use. The QWERTY keyboard is also great. It is a little flatter than what I was used to, but I adjusted to it within a few days.

The quality of the camera is satisfactory. It's not the greatest, but is sufficient if I forget to bring my camera somewhere. It does have a flash which is a plus compared to my old Sanyo Incognito. The forward facing camera is a great feature as we can easily Skype with family and friends around the country.

As far as the battery life goes, it seems to last about a day depending on what I've been doing on the phone. I'm not really impressed by that, but it seems consistent with my husband's Android battery, so it is what it is.

Overall, I absolutely love the phone. So much more customizable than the Sanyo Incognito and so many useful functions and applications. Don't know what I did without it!
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