Friday, October 21, 2011

Sprint Drops Unlimited Data Plans For Everything But Smartphones

In a rather confusing move, at least to me, Sprint has announced the company will no longer offer unlimited data plans for all devices except smartphones.

The news came via a notice posted Thursday on the customer support section of Sprints website. According to the notice Sprint has said it will begin imposing monthly data caps on plans for all tablets, laptops, netbooks, USB and PC Card modems as well as all Sprint mobile hotspot devices. Data will also be capped for Mobile Smartphone Hotspot plans that let subscribers connect other devices to the network through a smartphone.

The caps will begin with each subscriber's next bill following this notification.

So it seems, for now at least, that Sprint will continue to offer unlimited data use on phones, including the new Apple iPhone, which Sprint introduced just last week. You really have to wonder just how long unlimited data for Sprint’s smartphones will last at this point. I mean it seems to me that smartphone users would out number hotspot users. And I know from personal AT&T experience adding the iPhone to mix really sucks up the bandwidth.

So this move leaves me a bit perplexed. Why would you want to cap something that likely uses the least amount of data on your network while letting those that are likely to use the most run wild?

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