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Motorola i296 Prepaid Phone (Boost Mobile)

3.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Rugged candybar phone from Boost Mobile with nationwide walkie-talkie access; stress tested to military specifications
  • Choose from Monthly Unlimited or $2 Daily Unlimited plans with unlimited talk, text, e-mail, and web
  • GPS for navigation; Bluetooth and speakerphone for hands-free communication; access to text and instant messaging
  • Up to 2.5 hours of talk time; released in June, 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, quick start guide
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Product Features

  • Size (LWH): 1.89 inches, 0.46 inches, 4.63 inches
  • Weight: 5.12 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
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Product Description

Product Description

This update to the i335 sports a slightly larger display, in a lighter body, but is otherwise mostly similar. Key features of this thin bar-style iDEN phone include Bluetooth, GPS, speakerphone, downloadable games and apps, and, Push To Talk.


A great choice for on-the-go voice and text communications, the Motorola i296 is an excellent value when paired with Boost's $50 Monthly Unlimited plan featuring 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.

Get instant communication with Boost's nationwide walkie talkie service from this rugged candybar phone, which has been stress tested to military specifications for dust, vibration, high/low temps, and more. In addition to Bluetooth for hands-free devices, the i296 also offers a large external speaker for conference calls.

Other features include GPS for accessing real-time turn-by-turn directions, voice-activated dialing, phonebook with up to 600 contacts, 1.8-inch color display (128 x 160 pixels), VibraCall alert, and up to 2.5 hours of talk time.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola i296 weighs 3 ounces and measures 4.63 x 1.89 x 0.46 inches. Its 930 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.5 hours of talk time. It runs on Sprint's 800/1900 CDMA frequencies; 1xRTT Voice & Data Capable; iDen walkie-talkie network.

What's in the Box

Motorola i296 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 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.

This phone is compatible with Boost Mobile's Unlimited Walkie-Talkie service, which connects you to Boost or Nextel subscribers nationwide at the push of a button. You'll connect instantly--under a second--on the fastest push-to-talk network with nationwide coverage. The Unlimited Walkie-Talkie service is included in the Boost Mobile Monthly and Daily Unlimited plans, and it can be added for $1 when using Pay As You Go.

Plans include:

$50 Monthly Unlimited for unlimited nationwide talk, text, web, 411, and e-mail with no contracts. Voice-mail, long distance, and call waiting included. And you'll reduce your monthly payment the longer you stay with Shrinkage.

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

Pay As You Go gives the freedom to pay by the minute. All nationwide calls and texts are one convenient rate of 20¢ per minute or 20¢ per text message. You can also add other services such as Internet access (50¢ per day with unlimited usage) and e-mail (99¢ per day with unlimited usage).

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.9 x 0.5 x 4.6 inches
Item Weight 5.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 14.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number i296
Customer Reviews
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Basic starter phone to add boost mobile minutes to. Ok if look ing for something simple for calls and text. Wouldn't recommend it for a power user.
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I purchased this phone as part of my transition to the less expensive Boost Mobile service. It's the cheapest phone Boost offers--in more ways than one. The menus and operation of the phone are anything but intuitive. Simply calling contacts or checking missed calls is an exercise in jumping through hoops. But the real problem is that the phone only holds a charge for about 20 hours. If I call or text a lot, the charge lasts less than 8 hours. I had the battery checked out and it's fine. The problem lies in the phone. Of course, I only discovered this after using the phone for a week--and I had already thrown out the packaging. I bought the phone at Target and they said I could return it "in the original packaging with all the materials." So, in other words, I'm stuck with it. In addition, replacing it is going to involve re-activating my account with the new phone. Given that Boost Mobile messed up everything about my account in the first place, and it simply impossible to get someone on the phone, I'm leery of going through the process.
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The phones can't be activated. Wasted my money on buying 2 of these.
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new phone as promised. cheers
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I am a professional who recently purchased a Sanyo Juno phone to use as an extra special-purpose business phone. After using Boost cards to pay for the phone for two months I switched to the Auto Re-Boost Payment Service, wherein payments are automatically charged to my credit card each month. What a terrible mistake. Boost Mobile has been making monthly charges to my credit card at the same time that it has cut off my phone service, telling me that there is no money in my account. Of course, the latter cannot be true is the former is true. When I call Boost's service number to resolve the problem I learn that there are no human beings to speak to, only an automated list of options, none of which correspond to my problem. When I contact Boost via its online customer service (an e-mail option in which the customer is asked to describe his or her problem) I receive a phone call instructing me to call the service number, which, as I've just noted, provides no human operator and tells me that there is no money in my account. In other words, Boost Mobile tells me that to restore my service I must make another payment, even though that payment has already been made by their Auto Re-Boost plan. In effect, I must pay twice for each month of service and there is nothing I can do about it. Is this a company you would want to do business with? I deeply regret selecting to business with this company.
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