Android gives prepaid a smartphone Boost

June 3, 2010: 2:14 PM ET

Although it isn't a high-end smartphone, prepaid Boost Mobile subscribers now have an Android option.

Sprint-owned Boost Mobile announced today that they will be offering a Pre-paid Android phone in their arsenal of "no credit needed" phones.

While it does have the Nextel-made-famous push-to talk/annoy functionality, the Motorola i1 runs an antiquated version of Android, version 1.5.  That means a lot of the latest apps and functionality won't be available at launch.

However, it does expand Android's reach to those who prefer not to sign up for long term plans.  Also, those without credit (new to US?, bad mortgage, etc.) can now join the Android ranks.

That might give Android's market share another tiny... Boost.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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