By Will McClure
Stamford residents may have noticed something a little different about the space next to Security Finance. This is because Randy and Rhonda Wilks have decided to open a Boost Mobile store in that exact spot. The decision to open a store in Stamford came easy for Randy Wilks, who has family in the area and wished to expand his business after performing well in the Sweetwater store. After an easy negotiation process with the owner of the space and a simple security system installation, stemming from the fact that Wilks owns a security company as well, Boost Mobile officially opened its doors on Monday, February 2.
An affiliate of Sprint, Boost Mobile offers cell phone service with no contracts, allowing customers to choose when they wish to cancel with no cancellation fees. Three data plans are currently being offered, with all three including unlimited talk, text and data. The plans vary in how much high-speed 3G/4G data is offered based on the plan, with the data falling to 2G once the limit is reached. Renee Foust-Grave, manager from the Sweetwater store, says that the main average plan for users is the medium, $45/month plan which offers 5GB of high-speed 3G/4G data and those with no internet service tend to stick to the lower, $35/month plan which offers just 1GB.
Boost Mobile is also currently offering two specials for new customers. If the customer has a current cellular provider with anyone other than Sprint, Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile, their number can be ported to a new phone. The new phone would be free to new customers from a selection or up to $100 off a different phone of the customer’s choosing. There are no trade-ins when switching so the customer will keep their old phone, they would just pay for the first month. The other special currently offered is if the customer outright purchases the phone after their number is ported, then the first month of service will be free. Customers can check at the store to see if there is coverage in their area before officially signing up.
The store, which is still looking to add more displays at this time, offers many accessories such as cell covers, styluses and Bluetooth as well as phones ranging from $29.99 and up and can range from flip phones to smart phones. If the store is out of stock on a phone that the customer wishes to purchase, it will take about a week to order in, but will be provided quickly. Boost Mobile also offers an international calling plan for $10 a month extra to Mexico or Canada as well as additional insurance on a prepaid phone.
Boost Mobile in Stamford is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 6 and allows customer to come into the store to pay their bill while also maintaining an auto pay system and online payments. No official grand opening has been made, but will be set for a later date. Foust-Grave noted that there has been good feedback so far in just their first week. Boost Mobile is still looking for part-time sales associates, anyone that is interested can stop by the store to pick up an application from Foust-Grave or Katie Curtis. Anyone looking for a nice cell phone alternative with no contracts can stop by to see what Boost Mobile can offer. Welcome to Stamford, Boost Mobile, and good luck!