CTIA Fall 2004
Replying to: Sprint Pulling a Verizon, with bluetooth. by www.bpvwebdesigns.com
The going rate for unlimited high-speed data on your laptop is $80/month. T-Mobile is the only top-tier carrier who offers laptop access for less, and they're also the one with speeds 1/2 to 1/3 of what you get with the others, since they don't have EDGE yet.
Data on just your phone (ringtones, WAP, etc.) is a whole different ballgame. That's what the $10 - $25 / month data plans are about, like Sprint's $15 plan you mentioned. But that's not designed to be used with a laptop. If it was, it would be $80. Simple as that.
The Sprint people who use a third-party data cable to get laptop access for $15/month are technically violating Sprint's Terms of Service.
Laptop and phone wireless data are different services, with different intended uses, which are therefore worth different amounts, and charged accordingly.
It's an unfortunate technical limitation of the phones that Sprint can't simply bill at the higher rate for laptop access through your phone (tethered or via Bluetooth), but until they figure that out, you really can't blame them for doing what they do.
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