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Based on my experience, I think it is possible you are misunderstanding the way the Boost Mobile Daily Unlimited cell phone plans work. For nearly 2 years, now, I have been paying the Boost mobile phone bill, as well as other bills, for an elderly man and his wife who, financially, have been in an extremely unfortunate situation for some time. For, roughly, the first year of that time they were using(sharing) the regular(not Android, BlackBerry, or Nextel system) Boost Mobile cellphone I had bought for them with the Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited plan; so, I was pre-paying $50, then $45, etc., per month for them. But after about a year it became difficult for me to continue pre-paying that $50, about $600 in a year, every month for them, while still paying my own bills and paying a lot of other bills(their boiler, well water system, and kitchen stove failed within months of each other and I paid for replacements) for the elderly couple. So, when I began having significant health issues, etc., of my own it was painfully clear to me that I would need to reduce the amount of money I was spending to help the elderly couple. It was not easy to decide what to stop paying for the elderly couple because I was not, by any means, paying anything for the elderly couple of which they were not in dire need.
I explained the situation to the elderly couple and I told them that, for the time being, I would only have the cellphone on for 4 days out of the month. We talked about it and decided those 4 days should be, roughly, at the beginning of the month, because that is when they use the cellphone most, usually to make and receive calls regarding payments they should be receiving from various sources and bill payments, etc., that were due. I called Boost Mobile customer support and asked what I would need to do to switch to the $2/day daily unlimited plan. The Boost Mobile rep. said he would switch the cellphone to the daily unlimited plan. I told him I was not ready to make the change yet; he said call customer support when I want to switch to the daily unlimited plan.
Sometime later, I called Boost Mobile customer support and switched to the $2/day daily unlimited plan for the elderly couple. The cellphone was already off, because there was no money in the account, when I walked into a Boost Mobile store to buy $8 cellphone usage, in cash, for their phone. Well, I got a surprise when the cashier said the lowest amount I could buy was $12, to get 6 days cellphone usage. I paid the $12 and called Boost Mobile customer support, after I left the store, and asked why I could not buy $8 cellphone usage. The Boost Mobile rep. told me $12 was the least I could pay in cash at the particular Boost Mobile authorized bricks and mortar store(s) I frequented. To my recollection, he said I could pay $2 at a time if I made the payment online, at Boost Mobile's website, or if I made the payment by calling Boost Mobile customer support, but I preferred to pay in cash.
Now, here is the important point that I think it is possible you are misunderstanding with regard to how the Boost Mobile Daily Unlimited plans work, at least the $2 daily unlimited plans. When you put money into a Boost Mobile account that is on the Daily Unlimited plan, as I understand it and in my own experience, $2 will be deducted from whatever money is in the account EVERYDAY(daily), at around MIDNIGHT, to pre-pay for the upcoming days data usage, until ALL the money in the account is exhausted. A billing day is defined as being, approximately, midnight to midnight on the next consecutive night. When all the money in the account has been used the cellphone service is turned off until you put more money into the account. To my recollection, Boost Mobile turns the cellphone off permanently, meaning you lose the cellphone number you have been using, after the account has had a zero balance for a few months, or so.
Realize that this is the same thing that happens when you are on a Monthly Unlimited plan and you buy, say, $100 in cellphone usage. You expect, essentially, to have 2 MONTHS of CONSECUTIVE cellphone usage; Boost Mobile takes the next $50 from your account balance, automatically, when the pre-payment for your upcoming(next) Monthly Unlimited service is due. If there is no money in the account, then, the cellphone service is turned off until you put more money into that account. So, if there is only $100 in your Boost Mobile cellphone budget for, say, the upcoming 4 months and you want to stay on the $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, then, in my experience, you need to make sure you only have money in that account that you want Boost Mobile to use right away. If you put the entire $100 of your 4 month cellphone budget money into the account at once, then, Boost Mobile will take a $50 prepayment from your account, on the day the pre-payment is due, for 2 CONSECUTIVE months.
Similarly, if you are on the Boost Mobile $2 Daily Unlimited plan, then, Boost Mobile will take $2 from the account balance, to pre-pay for the upcoming days cellphone usage, EVERYDAY, at around MIDNIGHT, or so. If you only have, say, $20 in your Boost Mobile cellphone budget for, say, the next 2 months, then, you must make sure you only have $2 in that account for each consecutive day(approximately midnight to midnight) of cellphone usage you want. Boost Mobile does not, automatically, not charge you, while there is MONEY IN THE ACCOUNT, for any days in which you have not had any cellphone usage, while you are on the Daily Unlimited plan, anymore than they do that(not charge you), while there is money in the account, for any month(s) you have not had any cellphone usage, while you are on a monthly unlimited plan.
Also, in my experience, you must make sure that you call Boost Mobile customer support and, specifically, have them switch you off the Daily Unlimited plan IF you no longer want to be on that plan in the same way you needed to call Boost Mobile customer support to switch to that plan. Otherwise, if you changed your plan to the Daily Unlimited plan at some point and, then, you put $50 into that Boost Mobile daily unlimited plan account, then, Boost Mobile will continue to take $2 from that accounts balance, EVERYDAY, consecutively, at around midnight, until there is no more money in the account to use. So, in that case, at about 25 days into the month you will find that your cellphone service has been turned off. When you call Boost Mobile customer support they will tell you your account is still on the Daily unlimited plan, which costs you $2 EVERYDAY; you did not call Boost Mobile customer support and tell them, right before you put that $50 in the account, to switch you back to the MONTHLY UNLIMITED plan. This situation actually happened to me, more or less, exactly as described.
I was paying the elderly couples Boost Mobile Daily Unlimited plan cellphone bill, by going to the local Boost Mobile authorized bricks and mortar store and paying $12 cash, for 6 days usage, for a good number of months. During that time, usually around the beginning of each month, they had just that, 6 days in which they could use the Boost Mobile cellphone; after those 6 days the phone was off for the next 24 days, or so. 6 days was better than nothing and, as I mentioned, the beginning of the month was best, because that usually was when they needed a phone to make calls about money they were expecting, bills they needed to pay, medical appointments, trying to sell their property, etcetera. Again, to my recollection, a Boost Mobile customer support rep. said I could pay $2 at a time if I made the payment online, at Boost Mobiles website, or if I made the payment by calling Boost Mobile customer support, but I preferred to pay in cash.
The only Boost Mobile cellphone plan I am aware of, although I have no experience with the plan, in which you are, automatically, not charged unless you use the cellphone is the Pay As You Go plan, but I think that plan is only available for regular(not Android, BlackBerry, or Nextel system) Boost Mobile cellphones and, in my opinion, you pay an enormous amount of money for the privilege. With Pay As You Go, you pay
20¢/minute and 20¢/text message is what the Boost Mobile website says, but that means, of course, that a 100 minute call, a little over an hour and a half, will cost you $20. It is easy to exhaust $4(20 minutes), including on hold time, etc., while using the phone in an attempt to take care of routine necessities, appointments, banks, utility companies, etc.. And, maybe more importantly, at the Boost Mobile Pay As You Go rate if you use the cellphone for a meager 10 minutes a day you still end up having paid $60 at the end of 1 month. It can really, really, be difficult if you need a working phone, right away, but, in my opinion, a person may as well save enough money to use the Daily Unlimited plan instead of the Pay As You Go plan. If you pay with a credit/debit? card, by calling Boost Mobile customer support to make the payment, you can switch the phone to the Daily Unlimited plan, put, say, $2 into the account with your card, and have unlimited use of the cellphone for 24hours; which is 1,440 minutes as opposed to 10 minutes of cellphone usage, for the exact same amount of money.
note: As I understand it Boost Mobile has made some changes, in the latter months of 2012, to the way money you put into your account is allocated, etcetera. My experience(s), as described above, are, primarily, for a nearly 2 year period of time, thru about March 2012.