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Sprint: We Don't Throttle Smartphone Users

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Top message:  We Won't Throttle, We'll Just Terminate by metakong   Jan 6, 2012, 2:56 PM

Replying to:  I think what they mean by 'abuse' is by T Bone   Jan 6, 2012, 7:09 PM

Re: I think what they mean by 'abuse' is

by WiWavelength    Jan 6, 2012, 11:42 PM

T Bone said:
The threat to terminate is where Sprint is going over the line....just add the feature and make customers pay for it like other carriers do.

The problem is not revenue nor profitability; the problem is capacity. Some stats put the top one percent of data subs using fully 50 percent of available data capacity. That level of usage negatively affects the ability of the other 99 percent to use data, and it almost assuredly violates Sprint's terms and conditions (e.g. "Our data services may not be used...for activities adversely affecting the ability of other people or systems to use...Sprint's wireless services...").

Unfortunately, forcing that top one percent to pay more for additional data services does not solve the problem. No, getting them to curtail their data usage is the solution. Throttling is one option. Warning data abusers, then booting them from the network if they continue their behavior is another method to ensure that end.


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