Sprint Drops Tethering From All-You-Can-Eat 4G Buffet

Sprint Drops Tethering From All-You-Can-Eat 4G Buffet

Sprint's big battle cry entering into the iPhone 4S era is, "We have true unlimited data; the other guys don't!" That's a definite advantage in the smartphone wars, but can Sprint sustain an unlimited business model with all the new traffic Apple's iPhone will bring to its network? That's a good question and one that's made even more interesting to speculate after Sprint just announced changes to its mobile broadband plan and mobile hotspot add-on.

"If you have a mobile broadband device such as a tablet, netbook, notebook, USB card, connection card or Mobile Hotspot device, effective beginning with your next bill following notification, your on-network monthly data allowance will no longer include unlimited 4G," Sprint said in a statement.


Source: Sprint

Starting in November, Sprint will begin outfitting its subscribers with 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB data caps for tethered data, as outlined above. You're still free to go hog wild on your smartphone and watch as much Netflix as you want, you just can't tether your notebook or other device to it and go beyond hard data caps without incurring a penalty.
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What are these ADVERTISING LIES from the CEO of Sprint offering TRUELY UNLIMITED and now he sends these messages to subscribers??? Time to switch back to Verizon or AT&T. I'm disgusted with this news. I will switch as soon as my contract is over!!!

Stock price will definitely go down because the only reason people go to Sprint in the first place is because they were UNLIMITED. VERY STUPID DECISION FROM THE CEO!! Now you will lose customers by the thousands.

Your Truely,

Very disappointed customer of Sprint!

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It applies to data cards/hotspot only, the phones are still truly unlimited for both 3G/4G.

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I don't even have their unlimited plan and they're still the cheapest game in town. (meaning carriers that actually ~work~ here in the Virginia countryside) But you really do have to keep a close eye on your bill every month. Their billing dept is always trying to tack on extra crap to my bill.

I don't need unlimited data anyway.

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ADVERTISING LIES FROM SPRINT!!!

GREAT JOB SPRINT!! Now you can watch your stock go down and your customers leave in droves to other carriers.

Your Truely,

Very disappointed customer of Sprint!

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Doesn't sound too bad to me considering I still get unlimited data on my smartphone.

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Eh. This was expected... I mean the iPhone not only ushered in a new era of Smartphones, but it also ushered in the era of data management. I'm guessing that within months even smartphones will have data management plans implemented.

Sucks that people with Unlimited Plans are not being grandfathered but hey... at least we still got unlimited data smartphone plans right?

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I think it is funny as I actually manage my data. I know what I use and know how to add it together. I also know I use far less than the 2Gb cap I have with T-Mobile in fact I was po'd when they made me change to it from 200Gb. I personally do not want to watch a movie or TV show on my 4.3" QHD display that is what I have a 17" laptop with a GPU for, I also have a 21" desktop monitor and an even larger TV.

I know people will probably laugh but I have been using computers and on the internet since before it existed (back in BBS, Arpanet world) so this is all second nature to me, as far as it goes I have always managed my hard drive and the data I keep as well, as I am sure many of you old schooler's like me do. So this crap is all funny to me.

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As far as I know they can't tell if you have a rooted device and use the built in android Wi-Fi maybe I am wrong though...

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