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.