Boost Mobile Partners with Next Estate Communications to Provide Boost
Customers with Prepaid Cards That Can Earn 10 Percent Bonus Dollars in Airtime
IRVINE, California Boost Mobile™, a lifestylebased telecommunications brand that
develops and distributes wireless communications products for the youth market,
has partnered with Next Estate Communications, Americas oldest and largest
provider of retailer sold prepaid debit cards and Columbus Bank and Trust
Company of Columbus, GA, the issuer of Next Estates cards, to simplify the
process by which its customers pay for wireless service with the launch of the
reloadable Boost Mobile Prepaid Visa Card. The Boost Mobile Prepaid Visa Card
enables Boost customers to prepay or load funds onto their card that can be
accessed for purchase of ReBoost airtime, in addition to other goods and
Boost Mobiles Prepaid Visa Card functions like any Visa debit card, and can be
used anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted at millions of brickandmortar and
online merchants worldwide. Cardholders can also access their funds through the
worldwide Visa/PLUS ATM network. And unlike cash or checks, the Boost Mobile
card offers consumers valuable Visa protections, including Visas Zero Liability
policy, which protects consumers against unauthorized purchases in the event the
card is lost or stolen.
As an incentive, Boost customers receive 10 percent in Boost Mobile bonus
dollars applied to their Boost Mobile prepaid wireless service account for every
airtime purchase made with the Boost Mobile prepaid VISA card. Boost Mobile
bonus dollars are automatically added to their account every time they make an
airtime purchase with their card, and may be used for cellular phone calls,
Boost WalkieTalkie, Boost Wireless Web use, and to purchase Boost LIVE products,
such as mobile phone ringtones, games, wallpapers and more.
With the reloadable Boost Mobile Visa card, our customers have a new way to
easily add airtime to their Boost service while enjoying the payment flexibility
and convenience that comes with a prepaid card, said Don Girskis, vice president
and general manager, Boost Mobile.
The Boost Mobile Visa card is available for purchase by consumers 18 years of
age and older. Customers under 18 are required to activate over the phone with a
parent or guardian, so they can provide consent. Parents can enroll their teen
in the program and can also monitor their teens spending to help them adhere to
the budgets and spending limited by the prepaid amount loaded on the card.
Were delighted to partner with a wireless innovator like Boost Mobile to provide
prepaid debit cards, said Steve Streit, chief executive, Next Estate
Communications. Together our products are giving the youth market freedom to
spend and manage their money in a way that fits their lifestyle.
Users may reload funds to the Boost Mobile Prepaid Visa Card through the Green
Dot(tm) Financial Network, the largest retailbased cash acceptance network in
the U.S. specifically designed for the reloading of prepaid debit cards. The
Green Dot Financial Network has thousands of retail locations including Rite
Aid, CVS, RadioShack, The Pantry, and others. Consumers may also elect to have
any amount of their payroll checks directly deposited onto their prepaid card.
The Boost Mobile Prepaid Visa Card is offered free of charge to all new and
existing Boost Mobile subscribers. Beginning in Q1, 2005, all Boost Mobile
handsets will contain the free offer. Existing and new subscribers can also go
online at www.boostmobile.com/BoostVisaCard to activate a Card the standard
$9.95 activation charge is waived.
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