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09-22-2011, 08:43 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 09-22-2011 at 08:48 AM.
09-22-2011, 08:49 AM #2
Sprint execs aren't stupid. They've witnessed what happens to mobile networks when millions of iPhones are activated on the same network in a short period of time. They know the same thing is going to happen to theirs and are taking steps to try and lighten the imminent load. Granted this makes the higher bandwidth users cry but the other 97% will benefit.
09-22-2011, 08:55 AM #3
Well, I was considering Sprint for my next iPhone... With this news I'll rather stick with at&t for now. Thanks for the headsup Sprint !!!
09-22-2011, 09:05 AM #4
I wish they did something like that in Canada, then I could get out of my 3 year contract. And not pay a min. of $3000 w/o the surplus charges that they love to impose on your account. But really. Perfect time for those people who wanna get outta the plan. If a contract was signed they cannot change what you already have if so.. I believe you have a 30 or 90 day drop out period w/o and penalty. They wont agree that check for yourself.
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Last edited by hitman10; 09-22-2011 at 09:08 AM.
09-22-2011, 09:17 AM #5
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09-22-2011, 09:28 AM #6
So what you're saying is Sprint has an 'open' contract. Shoot why bother to have a contract but a piece of paper saying I agree to stay with Sprint for 2 years period. Sprint would have no obligations...they can jack prices up as they see 'needed'. That's way too much control.
09-22-2011, 09:52 AM #7
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Holy Hell, no more switching to Sprint for me! This just royally chaps my @$$. I've been bending over and taking it from AT&T paying a freaking arm and leg for 900 anytime minutes on my iphone because I use unlim text and data and can't get that with lower plans. Text and web is the only reason i have a phone and ATT charges me $130 a month for it. I was looking forward to the lower cost of sprint with 4G but not having unlimited data AND being on 4G, a 2Gb (or close) limit will be gone in no time fore me. It's starting to look like im gonna have to go buy me a Zach Morris phone or something!
P.S. Thanks for the heads up about this!
09-22-2011, 09:57 AM #8
09-22-2011, 10:27 AM #9
Man, am I happy to be grandfathered on my unlimited plan on AT&TSent from my iPhone 4.
09-22-2011, 10:50 AM #10
It's coming.....like I said......soon Sprint will do away with their Unlimited Data plan all together.
09-22-2011, 11:35 AM #11
freaking awesome. AT&T has led the charge and now every other carrier is just as screwed up as they are.Awesome that everybody keeps charging tons of $$$ for the services, but they won't upgrade their networks. Glad I'm a grandfathered AT&T customer. just have to be really careful I don't exceed my bandwidth so they won't arbitrarily change my plan
09-22-2011, 11:44 AM #12
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.
09-22-2011, 11:48 AM #13
Go figure. Once a cell carrier gets the iPhone, the unlimited data is killed.
I didn't want to get stuck with Verizon, but dang I think I will be now bc my contract won't end until Sprint's unlimited data is long gone.
Fingers crossed for VZW 4G to get on iPhone in the next year, and hope the 4G coverage doesn't suck as bad as my 3G coverage
09-22-2011, 12:06 PM #14
09-22-2011, 12:13 PM #15
Huh, thats interesting.
Well I never was one to really get mad at it but I did/do wish AT&T would have better plans. Like maybe give me 5GB for $35 or something instead of maxing out at 2GB. Same with other carriers. I think 2GB is too little and I don't ever use more than 5GB a month. That will control those data hogs and give others who aren't greedy with data a chance.
09-22-2011, 12:21 PM #16
Off topic but this is why people don't understand how important T-Mobile is to AT&T right now. If they can buy EXISTING infrastructure it makes the process to expand and upgrade doable in a much shorter period of time than fighting literally thousands of governments for new construction and permit approval.
09-22-2011, 12:27 PM #17
I was wondering why AT&T is so set on buying T-Mobile. That makes a lot of sense now that you explained it.
09-22-2011, 12:30 PM #18
Easier to buy than make. Doesn't help the amount of data, just puts existing bandwidth in fewer hands.
09-22-2011, 12:32 PM #19
Yeah, really wish they'd up the limit to 4 or 5 gigs. I don't see AT&T acquiring T-Mobile beneficial to me.
09-22-2011, 12:34 PM #20
It benefits no one long term. Can't ever remember a time when less competition benefited the consumer.