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Boost mobile will now let you pay part of your phone bill with “blockchain-backed” Boostcoins earned through watching ads và playing games (via CNET). In a press release, the carrier says you can get BoostCoins by downloading the new BoostOne app, and then interacting with the games, ads, and Boost Mobile’s partners from within the app.

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But don’t get too excited just yet — one Boostcoin equals just one cent. In other words, you’ll likely have khổng lồ dedicate a lot of time to the ứng dụng if you want khổng lồ see any significant savings. As pointed out by CNET, watching an ad lasting several seconds will earn you two Boostcoins. There’s also a Wheel of Fortune-style Spin & Win trò chơi that rewards players with anywhere from five cents to $5 in a single spin. It’s unclear whether there are limitations on how many games you can play per day, as well as how many ads you can watch.

“This represents an exciting new business model and a stepping stone into the future for wireless consumers,” Stephen Stokols, the CEO of Boost Mobile, said in the press release. “Most telcos rely on subscription models, but it’s time to move beyond the old ways và to embrace proven digital models popular in other industries.”

Boost sản phẩm điện thoại says it plans on letting users nói qua Boostcoins with each other in the future, & will eventually include other ways lớn redeem the coins, lượt thích trading them for a miễn phí phone. It’s still not entirely clear how Boostcoins are backed by the blockchain, và Dish (Boost’s parent company) didn"t immediately reply lớn The Verge’s request for comment.

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This isn’t Dish’s first attempted move into the website 3 space, và (unfortunately), it looks like this is only just the beginning. Earlier this month, Dish finally launched its 5G network in Las Vegas, called Project Genesis. It rolled out an accompanying phầm mềm that comes with gamified ways to lớn help the company fine-tune the network, which offers some rewards for participating — including NFTs.

Last week, Boost CEO Stokols teased the company’s new postpaid Boost Infinite wireless plan coming this fall. Stokols hinted at letting users pay for their new phones with cryptocurrency, as well as allowing users to exchange their unused data for digital currency. Dish is currently in the process of trying khổng lồ squeeze its way between T-Mobile, Verizon, và AT&T to become the fourth major carrier option in the US, và its deadline khổng lồ cover đôi mươi percent of the population with its service is closely approaching.

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