Sprint Hits 3G Subscribers with $10 "Premium Data" Fee

Sprint Hits 3G Subscribers with $10 "Premium Data" Fee

Ruh roh Shaggy, get ready to fork over an extra $10/month to Sprint to cover the wireless service provider's "Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones." But don't worry, the additional funds coming out of your pocket is how Sprint shows it's "committed to providing its customers a great wireless experience now and in the future." Does that help ease the sting?

Probably not, but the increase in its postpaid rates is going to happen anyway. The $10 charge will take effect beginning January 30, 2010 and "will assist Sprint in offering simple and affordable unlimited plans for its customers while maintaining a wireless network able to meet the growing appetite for a richer mobile experience. Subscribers with smartphones will still receive the best value in wireless, including the Any Mobile, Anytime feature offered nationwide only by Sprint," the wireless carrier announced.

The $10 fee previously only applied to Sprint's 4G handsets -- all three of them -- but will soon apply to all smartphone activations. For those who already own a non-4G device, you won't see any change in your billing until you upgrade your phone or add a new line of smartphone service.


"Sprint’s unlimited data plans, with or without the $10 charge, continue to beat the offerings of our top national competitors, who cap users’ data, charge data overages, and do not offer the unique functionality of Any Mobile, Anytime, which gives subscribers on the Sprint network unlimited calling to any other wireless user in America regardless of carrier," Sprint said.

How do you feel about the policy change?
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Well considering I have an EVO 4G and was already paying that $10 extra a month, I don't really care. Hell, new customers shouldn't care and current should only grumble slightly (see below).

Considering that I get actual unlimited Data, messages, cell-to-cell calling, and night/weekend calling (in addition to my 450 anytime cell-to-landline that I never use more than ~60 of a month) for less money than what every other national carrier charges.

On top of that, you are paying enough that you become a Sprint Premere Customer in 6 months. As a Sprint Premere, you can get a new phone every year at new customer pricing. This is a lot better deal than other companies early update (even their 2 year update), if their not cutting them like Verizon just did today.

The one thing that Sprint really needs to do is offer more top end phones. They have the EVO, EVO Shift, and the EPIC.

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I agree on they need new equipment part entirely. I had service with Sprint and it was great everywhere except for of course at my home. We only use cell phones period so I had to go back to Verizon, however I do now have service with no contract so I can go where ever I decide to go. It basically has to do with who has the best phone, and service contract when I do sign up with someone. This $10 is nothing to me as when I did have Sprint I paid it anyway with the EPIC I had, and I will second the fact that they are cheaper for more than anyone else except maybe Metro PCS which I can get service with, and hopefully on a 4g LTE connection soon in Atlanta. They do have it elsewhere, but not in Atlanta yet.

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