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Sprint Turns to Throttling to Manage Network Congestion

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May 8, 2014, 9:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Beginning in June, Sprint will slow down the browsing speeds available to the top 5% of its customers in congested regions. The change applies to Sprint's post- and pre-paid customers. Some customers have already received text messages explaining the change. Sprint explained the change will affect the top consumers of mobile data, but only when they are in a congested area. This change "will enable us to provide more customers with a high quality data experience during heavy usage times," said Sprint in a statement provided to FierceWirelessTech. "Once the customer is no longer connected to a congested cell site, or the site is no longer congested, speeds will return to normal." Sprint has long marketed "unlimited data" as a way to differentiate itself from its competitors, all of which sell data but the bucket. Sprint's pre-paid arms, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, have long throttled customers who exceed certain usage amounts. This marks the first time Sprint will throttle its own-branded customers. According to Sprint, it developed "fairness algorithms" on both its CDMA and LTE networks to "dynamically allocate available bandwidth in a way that is fair to all users." Sprint further noted that the change isn't being implemented due to sudden spikes in traffic, but instead reflects a continuing increase in usage.

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Sprint banned me from their Facebook page. Cellular Phone May 9, 2014, 12:19 PM
Throttled All Customers Already rwalford79 May 8, 2014, 10:18 AM
Read the actual article ReaperXero May 10, 2014, 11:30 AM
Open Letter To Robert "Bob" Johnson CFO/CIO for Sprint United MadFatMan May 8, 2014, 6:20 PM
I didn't think andy2373 May 9, 2014, 9:55 AM
capacity? amarryat May 8, 2014, 8:16 PM
No wool Zpike May 9, 2014, 10:55 AM
Bummer! Jarahawk May 8, 2014, 10:58 AM
Wait, you mean it hasn't been throttled this whole time? Colombianmax May 8, 2014, 10:58 AM
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