Boost launches budget $99 5 inch phone

The just under hundred mark appears to be the new benchmark for budget phones, as Boost teams up with Alcatel to launch a 5 inch $99 phone.

Made for people who don’t want to spend too much, Boost Mobile is launching a budget phone, carrying a price tag that won’t likely hurt the wallet of anyone, and will be more easily justified for the little ones in your life.

It’s called the View 5.0 and is an Alcatel One Touch phone bringing a 5 inch screen and Android to a low price point.

The new smartphone is 3G only, and with its low tag, may end up giving other budget a run for their money with its feature set, which includes a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 4GB internal memory with microSD expansion, and 3G download speeds.

“Australians love smartphones: usage figures are amongst the highest in the world per capita and we spend around 2 hours on them each day,” said Ian Blackball, Chief Marketing Officer of Boost Mobile.

“However, consumers are fed up of being charged significantly more to purchase them than in other countries. We want to offer people a top spec phone, perfect for social media sharing, at an affordable price.”

That price is $99, putting the Boost Mobile View 5.0 firmly in the fighting range of other $99 options, such as Huawei’s recent team-up with Vodafone which resulted in the 4.5 inch 4G Huawei Ascend Y550, which fetches the exact same price point.

Boost’s option is a little bigger, but runs with the same 854×480 resolution and relies on 3G instead of 4G, but if a big screen is a deal you can’t live without — or something you’re sure your kids can’t live without — it might be a phone worth checking out.

The Boost Mobile View 5.0 made by Alcatel will be available in stores across the country for $99.