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Sprint Nixes Unlimited 4G for More Devices

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Oct 21, 2011, 9:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint has announced via its customer support web site that it will institute caps on its existing unlimited 4G data plans starting in November. This change applies to all customers (no one is grandfathered in) who have mobile broadband devices such as tablets, netbooks, notebooks, USB cards, or Mobile Hotspot devices. The change does not apply to smartphone plans. Moving forward, the 3GB of 3G data with unlimited 4G plan now offers 3GB of 3G/4G data combined; the 5GB of 3G data with unlimited 4G plan now offers 5GB of 3G/4G data combined; and the 10GB of 3G data with unlimited 4G plan now offers 10GB of 3G/4G data combined per month. Overage charges cost $0.05 per megabyte for those who exceed their monthly limits. The cost of these monthly plans is not changing, but the caps go into effect during customers' first billing cycle in November.



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Oct 21, 2011, 10:58 AM

.05/MB overage lol!!!

nothing like paying $51.20 per GB... and you don't get grandfathered in (i smell some sort of lawsuit with that)
especially when the "evil big red" charges $10 per GB

Oct 21, 2011, 11:56 AM

Big Deal

This is nothing new, doesnt effect phones, just mobile hotspots, cards, and netbooks. Other carriers have the same deal at 5GB and so on.
The big deal is that Sprint is changing the plan you signed up for. Thus it is a materially adverse change to the contract. They cant uphold the contract if you dont agree to it. Limiting data in a plan you signed up for is a change of the agreement. ...

Oct 21, 2011, 1:32 PM

Just a matter of time, this WILL happen with Sprint Smartphones...

I look for Sprint to change Boost Mobile's data soon with the upcoming Virgin 2.5GB 3G Cap (then throttled) going into effect on January 1st, 2012. Then at Sprint direct, to appease new Iphone customers for awhile, they will keep it at unlimited. Wait until ATT gets TMO & eliminates a competitor & they have picked up a bunch of Iphone customers & they will change it for smartphone customers too. I have watched everyone closely regarding data for years & I would bet that 2013 will not see unlimited data offered any longer by Sprint. They may offer a larger data allotment than ATT & VZW to differentiate themselves but "unlimited data" will be gone soon. Any carrier or MVNO (like Straight Talk that will say they are unlimited will be just flat ...
I should add though before somebody calls me out on this that if you have it now, you will almost certainly be able to keep it, hopefully? I guess though this isn't the case with Sprint customers this article. Sprint would be at the height of stupidit...

Oct 24, 2011, 2:38 PM

I understand and support the move...

if it helps Sprint manaage its costs...however not grandfathering anyone in is a BAD move that will result in a lot of churn to other carriers. The only benefit of staying with Sprint over say Verizon is the unlimited 4G. Now when you take that away from me, LTE looks even more superior to WiMax than it already is.

Unless you actually use less than 3GB a month, that is.

Oct 21, 2011, 5:49 PM

Just one less thing...

That differentiates Sprint from everyone else. Just a matter of time before they fully jump in the same mold as AT&T and Verizon.
you break promises to your mother.

Oct 21, 2011, 3:55 PM

Sprint does this to benefit the customer.

That is why they ran the commercial trash talking the other companies and their lack of unlimited data plans!

Sprint will always be unlimited because they are the greatest cell phone carrier with the best handsets, plans, pricing, customer service, coverage and even the corporate colors!


i LOVE sprint
Settle down, I have Sprint, and they dont have the best of everything....

Oct 21, 2011, 2:15 PM

Sprint Sucks

Well somebody had to say it
lol funny how this is what everyone has to say about their network or other networks. You cant expect a service to be stellar in every location. I assume you probably live in the boonies 🤣

Oct 21, 2011, 9:36 AM

this contradicts something

they nixed unlimited for laptops and all, but dont they have like 120mhz of spectrum to allow unlimited?
Sprint has plenty of spectrum (as does Verizon) to offer unlimited. They want to find new ways of generating revenue. It has nothing to do with spectrum.
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