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  • Sprint Killing Unlimited Mobile Hotspot Data Plans Ahead of Next iPhone Launch

    Sprintfeed is reporting Sprint will begin limiting its mobile hotspot plans to 5GB of data starting October 2 in advance of the next generation iPhone launch.

    Sprint will still offer their “unlimited” data plans for data used on cellular devices, but is limiting those who purchase the $29.99/mo mobile hotspot plan to 5GB of data a month for hotspot usage. Limiting mobile hotspot users to a paltry 5GB a month seems to undermine the entire purpose of connecting multiple devices including laptops and tablets to a mobile hotspot. These devices use considerably more bandwidth than their smaller handheld siblings and have the potential to burn through 5GB of data rather quickly.

    Additionally, reports have surfaced rumoring that Sprint will phase out unlimited mobile data plans after the launch of the iPhone on their network. If this happens the only remaining carrier to offer unlimited data will be T-Mobile (albeit with usage caps), and there is no guarantee how long that will last. AT&T and Verizon have already abandoned unlimited data plans for new customers, and AT&T is actively throttling “grand fathered” unlimited data users who exceed 5GB of bandwidth a month.

    Current Sprint users enrolled in the unlimited mobile hotspot plan won’t be offered the luxury of having their plan grand-fathered through the end of their contract, let alone next month. Sprint is planning to “migrate” current users to the new plan and notify them of the change via bill messages or postcards with the change taking place the first billing cycle after users receive their card. Why not send a text message or email? Oddly enough none of this applies to Tablet customers, CL customers with a Corporate ID or those with a Master Service Agreement.

    Hopefully you fall into one of those aforementioned categories.

    Source: SprintFeed
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint Killing Unlimited Mobile Hotspot Data Plans Ahead of Next iPhone Launch started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      It's all about supply and demand (like gas prices). Since everyone has a cell phone... and most everyone uses data... data prices go up and usage is limited. Gas prices go up... and less people take trips. In the end it hurts the economy. The trick for the phone companies is that users won't stop using and so they get twice as much profit as the user gets less data. The only way we get unlimited back is when competition allows it and technology demands it. It's the same as phasing out oil vs. electric. There needs to be a demand and the technology needs to be accessible to everyone for the ultimate change to occur. For now, the phone companies get to beat it's users down... just like the oil companies.
    1. trevorrawson's Avatar
      trevorrawson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      That makes a lot of sense. As one of the 97% of smartphone users that don't go over 2gb a month, users that have the "I can use 200gb a month if I want to" really piss me off.
      Sprint is just preparing for a HUGE bandwidth load and limiting the greedy people.
      Well people like you really piss me off. I have unlimited and very rarely do I ever exceed 2gb a month. But I fully support those who use more and more power to them. We didn't cry and beg AT&T to offer unlimited data. They knowingly offered it to us when the first iPhone came out as a huge incentive of switching to them. Even currently Sprint brags and boasts about their unlimited data only to be flat out lying to the public about it. When I purchased an iPad I decided to do the honest thing and call AT&T to ask if I could add tethering to my plan, I was denied saying that because I had unlimited data I was not allowed to add tethering. I would have to drop it down to 2gb and then pay an extra $15 to add tethering. So now $45 for 4gb instead of $30 for unlimited. Make any sense to you? And as your second post so clearly points out that the plans are for "mobile" use not home ISP...isn't my iPad mobile? Isn't my laptop mobile? Aren't they 100% designed to be unplugged from the wall and taken where I want to go? I feel that's mobile.

      And now to top it all off AT&T says they are streamlining their service by getting rid of their lower tiered messaging plans. Really?! Right as iOS 5 comes out and lets iPhone users message each other for free AT&T decides to do this. That's a little ironic. I was excited to see that option in iOS 5 because most of my friends use iPhones so now I could save $10 a month and drop down the the 200 messages option. But no, they took that away too in order to keep my bill over $100 a month. Funny thing here is that messages use zero bandwidth. They are piggybacked onto already in use radio waves and cost phone companies zero dollars. Why do they get to get rid of unlimited data on the cry of using too much bandwidth but continue to charge us an arm and a leg for something that doesn't use any? It's just bad business.

      So you sit there on your chair high above the rest of us, telling us what we should and shouldn't be able to do. Think of it this way. I run a wine business. I have a wine club where people get 4 bottles a month for a certain price. Now what if I decided that because they weren't drinking the wine themselves, but sharing it with their friends, that I was only going to give them 2 bottles a month for the same price and tell them that because I don't have enough money to keep my business running under the agreement that we originally had you get half as much. Oh and I'm allowed to do this without telling you and there is nothing you can do about it because you signed a contract. Seems a little bull$!*# when you put it that way doesn't it.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      i think i unly used hotspot ones since i had att for 1 min making sure it mywi worked.

      i hope tmob stays tmob, att stays att go nd f** themsevles Period and Sprint pulls of something nice not trying to be ATT.
    1. ehren88888's Avatar
      ehren88888 -
      I use MLB.TV on my Iphone and it would be nice if I was exempt from a bandwidth cap since that's all I use my data for. I paid $120 for it. Why the hell offer it??? Especially since I use it at work and need 3G to watch games and wifi is not available. I wouldn't care if AT&T would trace my data. I would welcome it so they knew I am not an extreme data hog.