Dish Network acquires Boost Mobile from T-Mobile, rolling out new Boost logo and plans


Right on schedule, Boost Mobile has become part of Dish Network.

Dish today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Boost Mobile from T-Mobile, which cost $1.4 billion. Dish Network is now in the wireless market and has more than 9 million customers. Boost will be lead by John Swieringa, who serves as group president of retail wireless and COO at Dish Network.

As part of its acquisition of Boost Mobile, Dish has given its new wireless brand an updated logo. It’s not a huge change, pretty much just taking the old Boost logo and slapping the Dish logo inside of it. Dish’s name is now on the Boost Mobile website, too, reading “© 2020 DISH Wireless L.L.C. All rights reserved.” at the bottom of the page.

Dish is also bringing back Boost Mobile’s $hrink-It! plan. Previously offered by Boost through July 2014, the $hrink-It! plan starts at $45 per month for 15GB of data and then that price drops by $5 after 3 on-time payments, followed by another $5 drop after 6 total on-time paymetns. Boost will also offer a $35 plan that includes 10GB.

Both plans will be available starting tomorrow.

As for its network, Dish will have access to the T-Mobile network for 7 years while it builds out its own 5G network. Boost is activating customers with a compatible device onto the T-Mobile network.

Dish continues to work on getting its own standalone 5G network up and running. The company says that it recently selected Fujitsu for radio units and Altiostar and Mavenir for cloud-native, Open RAN software.

Today’s news about Dish and Boost is notable because it means another major aspect of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger is complete. To help the deal get approval from the US Department of Justice, T-Mobile and Dish struck a deal aimed at getting a replacement for a 4th major US carrier to replace Sprint. That included Dish buying Sprint’s prepaid assets for $1.4 billion as well as purchasing Sprint’s portfolio of nationwide 800MHz spectrum for $3.6 billion. As mentioned before, Dish also gets access to T-Mobile’s network for 7 years while it builds out its own 5G network.

As part of the deal that was announced with T-Mobile and the Justice Department, Dish is required to deploy a nationwide 5G network that covers at least 70 percent of the US population by June 14, 2023. If it doesn’t, it’ll need to pay $2.2 billion to the US Treasury.

Right now Dish is just getting started in the wireless business, and it’s definitely going to be interesting watching as the company becomes part of the wireless market in the US.

Thanks Howard!

Sources: Dish Network

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  • JG

    The $hrink-It plan is essentially the other new plan, but with 5Gb of extra data and a one-time $45 fee, paid over a 6 month period ($10 extra the first 3 months, $5 extra the last 3).

    Even if 10Gb is enough, you might as well go for the 15Gb plan just to have an extra safety buffer. Never know when your WiFi will go down or whatever. Especially if your on AT&T (I think it was) who were waiting until November to send techs out for repair work thanks to the pandemic [though that may not be the case anymore in some areas].

  • Mike

    Wow, 9 million customers is a good number to start out with, wonder if any bundle packages with Dish tv will happen now? 9 million times at least $35.00 a month for phone customers gives roughly $315,000,000 a month. Not a bad deal after all.

    • Shaun Michalak

      It depends on if that $35 is with, or without taxes

      • Mike

        Well on there web page, it says taxes are included with the price. I just used 35.00 as an average, because they have plans that go up to 50.00. There plan for 4 lines is awesome for anyone switching to them.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yea.. The 4/100 deal is just $25 per line.. Minus taxes.. That probably brings it down to something like $20 per line in income after taxes.. Less if it was postpaid, but it is prepaid so taxes are less..

        • Mike

          Yes that deal is nice and yes that would make it around 20.00 each line. Plus they giving LG k51 phones also to switch. That’s all good because it’s on TMobiles network. But I’m not sure about coverage in Alaska, although boost mobiles page says “50 minutes per month of domestic voice roaming is included at no extra cost on select Boost Mobile monthly plans.” Guess if you don’t move to Alaska you would be ok.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Also, you have to remember the stipulation that Dish customers get us of “T-Mobile” towers.. Since a lot of their coverage in Alaska is partner coverage, that leaves Dish customers out since they are not T-Mobile towers, and Dish only contracted with T-mobile, not the other company.. That goes for use inside the US too.. For example, when I travel through the central part of PA, I get spans of 10 miles that T-Mobile has no tower in the area, so I get access to that AT&T towers for talk and text.. Boost being Dish, i doubt would get that same tower coverage with competitors..

        • Mike

          They will be able to make calls only in Alaska, but dish boost web page says that they get 50 minutes of roaming. But 50 minutes is not alot.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Unless I am wrong, T-Mobile has higher amounts of roaming then that for actual T-Mobile customers.. which is why I said that..

    • KMB877

      Minus the network “rent” they have to pay to T-mobile.

      • Mike

        Haven’t heard anything about what they have to pay for the use of towers, all that was mentioned is they can use there network for 7 years. Tmobile does have to give Dish many cell tower sites and store locations. Dish will become a good competitor.

        • Mike Smith

          It’s not just “towers”, it’s everything. Boost is 100% on the T-Mobile network.

          FWIW T-Mobile doesn’t own their own towers anyway they rent them.

        • Mike

          I remember that when Tmobile sold towers to other companies. I believe the other carriers did the same thing to some degree. All I can say is that Boost will be a good competitor, and the other thing is they only have to worry about putting up a 5g network, they get to skip the 4g/LTE

  • dl_crash

    Why didn’t the merge boost with US Cellular who has 5 million customer in 23 states, towers, core network, billing / provisioning systems, etc. If your goal was to stand up a 4th carrier to compete seem like a much better / faster option.

  • jim worrall

    Dish is already throttling data and downgrading the QOS for Boost customers on legacy plans. They won’t allow you to use the Tmobile network unless you give up your legacy plan.