Boost Mobile Offering $50 Unlimited Plan

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Boost Mobile is wading into the fight for budget-minded cellular customers.

The subsidiary of Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Nextel Corp. announced today a $50 unlimited voice and data plan. It doesn't require an annual contract and isn't tied to a home calling area.

The $50 flat price goes on sale beginning Jan. 22 to new and existing customers. It includes taxes and other fees.

Main competitors MetroPCS Communications Inc. and Leap Wireless International Inc.'s Cricket brand offer similar plans for between $45 and $50, although taxes and fees are extra. Those plans are also limited to a few hundred cities that fall within the companies' cellular networks. Irvine, Calif.-based Boost is piggybacking on Sprint's nationwide Nextel-branded network.

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