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Sprint Reigns In Data Usage

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May 19, 2008, 3:24 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated May 19, 2008, 4:04 PM

Sprint is updating its Terms Of Service starting in mid-July and will be capping mobile broadband data usage at 5GB. Previously, Sprint offered truly unlimited mobile broadband. Once the new Terms Of Service go into effect, users who go over the 5GB cap, or a 300MB roaming cap, will be charged extra fees. This will apply to both network cards as well as tethering mobile phones to laptops. AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless currently offer 5GB data plans, also.

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May 20, 2008, 10:08 PM

NO Charge

i have confirmed this over the past 2-3 days with my sprint IAE his boss, and his boss's boss. they are reserving the right to terminate your service on PAM plans and aircard usage over 5gb/month. there is NO fee for overage. the only risk you run going over is getting turned off. you also have 60 days to cancel your aircard plan since this is a change to the TC's of your contract.
Just like Verizon, T-Mo, and AT&T. Sprint is now no different in their terms. Good by unlimited!!

May 20, 2008, 6:06 PM

T-Mobile's has been unlimited for some time now...

Both our Blackberry and Total Internet have been unlimited for some time.
AndrewT said:
Both our Blackberry and Total Internet have been unlimited for some time.

Sprint's Blackberry and other cellphone data plans are still unlimited as well. This is broadband card usage.
No T-Mobile is NOT unlimited. Check your TOS. T-Mobile has and will cancel customers for using too much data. Read the complaints with the BBB. Sprint was the only carrier that was truly unlimited.

Jun 16, 2008, 2:40 AM

End Of An Era...What Will Go Next?

Sprint was the ONLY carrier to allow customers to enjoy their phones completely. They didn't lock down services. They didn't over charge. They didn't hide terms from customers, then cancel their service later (AT&T and Verizon). Sprint was the Cool Teacher of wireless carriers.
Now they are capping their networks. I understand why, but where will they go next? Will they stop allowing customers to use Third-Party free software? Will they end roaming altogether?

I could always say that by me using my Sprint phone, that I was using the Hell out of my service! Now I will have to worry. What if I stay with a friend and roam for the month, will my service be shut off? (AT&T) Will I have my service turned off for using too much data? (Verizon)...
Eric M. Zeman

May 23, 2008, 12:44 PM


This was emailed to us to clear up any confusion about this new policy:

* The vast majority of current users (about 99.5%) shouldn't be affected. Whether it's the 300 MB roaming limit or the 5GB limit on total data usage, that's enough data to meet the regular monthly usage habits of almost all of our customers.
* Going over either limit will not cause a card to suddenly stop working.
* Going over once in a while is OK. We'll check usage using a rolling, three-month basis. Customers would have to exceed the limit in two out of three consecutive months to face termination.
* Initially, we are contacting customers first, to make them aware of the new limits and give them a chance to change their usage, if they want to c...
No matter what it stilll sucks. grrrr guess im back to wifi and comcast.

May 19, 2008, 3:48 PM


that is a bounch of shenanigans!

i used that a a closer over verizon! "we are the only ones who have TRULY unlimited"

yea well that is all thrown to the gutter now..

simply everything? simply a mundane move.
Sad to say this is wrong, as of January 22nd, we are watching everyone that uses over 5gb of data, there is no charge for data usage after 5gb.
And VzW now has it to switch from Broadband Access to National Access, meaning your connection only slowed a bit.

May 22, 2008, 9:50 AM

To those that do go over

I used well over that a month. According to my bill it was about 16.5gigs.

I upload alot to youtube. And I do alot of file sharing with my job. I needed the air card becuae I'm on the go. Also afer talking wit a sprint rep she said theyarent waving the ETFs like VZW. So my question is who should I go with? I enjoyed using VZW for voice and Sprint for Data.

May 19, 2008, 4:28 PM

Sprint's Downward Sprial

Let's see... they are bleeding customers like no one else so let's do something to piss off the remaining customers? Especially since the new CEO is on TV hawking the fact that "everything is unlimited"??? Stick a fork in them, they are DONE! Can you say buy out bait? Sure I knew you could.

The ONLY reason I went their data card was the truly unlimited plan. Wonder if they will let me out of the contract with no ETF since they modified the original contract.... yeah sure they will!!! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ
Sprint said that only 3% of their customers will be affected. I wouldn't worry about it.
Sprint is not going to charge you for going over anyway so relax.
Sprial?? What's a Sprial?? ๐Ÿคจ

May 20, 2008, 10:59 PM

Not Simply Everything!

Doesn't this constitute a breach of contract for laptop card users? If they cap the service I will fight tooth and nail to get off my contract and go straight to At&t.

May 19, 2008, 6:41 PM

Headline spelling?

Not to nitpick, but I think the correct spelling is "reins."

Personally, I think if Sprint had wanted to reign (read: rule) on data usage, they wouldn't have reined it in. ๐Ÿ™‚
josiah said:
Not to nitpick, but I think the correct spelling is "reins."

Personally, I think if Sprint had wanted to reign (read: rule) on data usage, they wouldn't have reined it in. ๐Ÿ™‚
But they definitely "rained...

May 20, 2008, 10:16 AM


When those new T & C's come out, if you read them you will notice they are only capping the broadband usage for those who are roaming. Or use most of their data service while roaming. It;s not going to be for those who use it while on actual network coverage, sorry haters.
No, it actually does state a limit to 5GB

May 19, 2008, 4:48 PM


Wonder why the jumped on the bandwagon
because it cost sprint mind blowing amounts of money for data roaming and the sevice usage.

May 19, 2008, 6:05 PM

Now they are all the same

Now that they are all the same prices with all the same limits I'll have to sell the data cards based on area covered or speed. I had trouble selling the att and Verizon cards because of their cap.I guess its a more level playing field, I have them all set up so the customer can try each one out so it's about speed or area covered. Att is quite a bit faster but a little lacking in coverage.Sprint and Verizon seem to be the same so there it will be about equipment price.Sprint was pretty easy to sell with no cap and it is faster than our store's dsl.
agreed. Dumb dumb dumb.... Thanks sprint ๐Ÿ™„

May 19, 2008, 4:37 PM

just clarification...

so is this strictly for modem data like data cards and phone as modem. or will this impact those who use opera mini and aim and stuff with just their phones not attached to their computers?
Will only impact 3% of customers. I would say only data cards becuase using 5gigs on a phone in a month would be crazy!

May 19, 2008, 4:35 PM

ahaha TOS Change BYE BYE Loser.

Well here's TOS, I dropping my mobile broadband with Sprint when the TOS in July takes effect and signing with AT&T.

we're doing the same thing, but just with data cards and tethering.
ahahahaha yeah... that sounds like a good idea. Take a speed decrease! ๐Ÿ™„
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