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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

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."

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T Bone

Mar 20, 2014, 11:33 AM

The Main Problem is actually the phone, not the user

Android and iOS are at fault, here, not the user. Android in particular is a major data hog. The amount of data it uses in the background without your doing anything, is ridiculous. When I got my Galaxy Nexus, I used up more than 200 GB in three days just because of all the stuff that Android does in the background without user interaction. In particular, Google Play will automatically update your apps without your asking it, it is really easy to suddenly look at your phone and see the notice '8 apps updated', and if each app is 20 MB in size, you've just used 160 MB without knowing it. After only a few days, I had to change the settings to prevent 'background data use' or else I could have easily gone over my limit within the fir...
I don't have to care how much data I'm using.

Mar 19, 2014, 12:58 PM

Just being Sprint

Sprint is just being Sprint, they know they have a ****ty network and that 256k isnt cutting it anymore, so they lower it by half to 128k. Which means, even if you blew through 2.5GB at "high speed" you still would experience the network as usual, slow, throttled and lazy anyway.
your an idiot. On my Note 3 on Sprints network i consistantly pull 20-30 Mbps. Their is nothing crappy with Sprints network. Unfortunalty, people get brainwashed with the commericals they see for VZW and ATT and never actually do their research.
I would rather you be truthful about Sprint rather than being a hypocrite. Being truth holds more respect.

If other carriers purchase other carriers, its ok. If other carriers throttle data, its ok. If other carriers lower prices, its ok. However, ...

Mar 19, 2014, 3:18 PM

This is totall horse manure!

What do you mean I can not down load torrents on my phone as I watch netflix 24/7 on my prepaid service!
🤣 Got that right!
yep you got that right... so no more porn tube searches for "girl" and "horse manure" 🤣 🤣
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