One drawback to the pay-as-you-go model of Boost Mobile and other month-to-month carriers is that their system doesn’t leave much room for subsidizing handset costs, and while $349.99 for the Motorola i1 at Best Buy certainly isn’t an astronomical figure to ask for the iDEN Android, it isn’t exactly what everyone wants to be paying for something of the i1’s caliber. Compared head to head with unsubsidized versions of similar Android handsets on other carriers the price isn’t way off the mark (though it is till priced a bit higher than your average Boost phone), but then again you can get an HTC EVO 4G for $199.99 if you’re willing to sign away two years of your life.
Still no word on when the i1 will be available, Best Buy’s page lists it as “Coming Soon” only.
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