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.