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Boost and Virgin to More Stringently Throttle Data Hogs

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Mar 19, 2014, 11:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile have begun informing customers that they'll soon further restrict the data speeds of those who exceed 2.5GB of combined 3G/4G data during a single billing period. Neither Boost nor Virgin have data caps, but they have throttled data hogs' speeds to less than 256Kbps since May 2012. Customers can continue to use their data service without being charged extra, but will do so at slower speeds. Beginning May 16 of this year, however, those who use more than 2.5GB of data will see speeds reduced to 128Kbps. Sprint representatives confirmed to Phone Scoop that customers can top up to re-start their month if they need access to faster data. If they don't, 3G/4G speeds will become available once the customer's billing period ends. "This change comes about because of the enormous data usage driven by the increasingly sophisticated smartphones we make available, and the more extensive uses customers are finding for these devices," said Sprint in an email. "We want to be able to serve customers who use our unlimited plans for their daily activity -- email, surfing the Web, social networking, photo uploading, location-based apps, etc. Our goal is to ensure our products perform at the best possible level and that we have the best possible experience for all subscribers."

from Sprint
more info at Wireless Week »



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The Main Problem is actually the phone, not the user T Bone Mar 20, 2014, 11:33 AM
Just being Sprint rwalford79 Mar 19, 2014, 12:58 PM
This is totall horse manure! stevelvl Mar 19, 2014, 3:18 PM
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