In short: Boost Mobile has now confirmed the LG K30 is now available to buy online through the Boost Mobile website and at applicable retailers. The LG K30 is priced at $149.99 excluding tax, making it a viable option for those looking for a capable, yet affordable smartphone.
Background: The LG K30 was originally announced earlier in the year and has since already become available to buy from T-Mobile in the US. As a result, today’s announcement sees the K30 now gaining in its carrier support with another route to buy now available to consumers looking for an affordable phone. While this would normally mark a phone's arrival at a rival carrier (or MVNO in this case) to T-Mobile, considering Boost Mobile operates on Sprint’s network, that might not be the case going forward. As T-Mobile and Sprint are currently in the process of merging, which once approved and completed will result in the creation of the New T-Mobile. The company which likely will oversee all related brands, including Boost Mobile, providing all brands continue to exist as they are, as there has been some suggestions the merger may impact on Boost Mobile more than it will on the other brands associated with the two companies, such as MetroPCS - which incidentally was recently re-branded as Metro by T-Mobile.
Impact: With a price tag as low as this, there is no escaping that the K30 is designed to be a budget smartphone. However, in spite of its entry-level position this is a highly-affordable device for those looking for one. As the K30 features A 5.3-inch HD display, along with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, and a MediaTek MT6750T SoC. What is likely to appeal to buyers is the camera capabilities as the K30 comes loaded with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, making it a highly capable camera smartphone for the money. Likewise, the battery life is also likely to appeal to new buyers, as in spite of being a fairly low-end device, the K30 does come powered by a 3,000 mAh capacity battery. Also worth noting is the metal and glass build combination which if nothing else, adds to a more premium look and feel compared to the other options currently available at a similar price point.