Sprint Eliminates 4G on Several Devices as Part of Data Plan Changes

By Erin Harrison October 21, 2011

Sprint announced some data plan changes this week, eliminating unlimited 4G on several of its devices.

“Users of tablets, netbooks, Mobile hotspots, and USB wireless cards will no longer have unlimited 4G data. Rates will not increase, but those who pay for 3GB, 5GB or 10GB of 3G data will no longer have unlimited 4G data as well,” Digital Trends reported.

Sprint officials said effective beginning with the next bill following notification, customers’ on-network monthly data allowance will no longer include unlimited 4G. The Overland Park, Kan.-based company also said there will not be changes to monthly recurring charges, on-network overage rates, off-network overage rate, or off-network data allowance.

In addition, Sprint outlined data usage limits when using the 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot add-on for smartphones.

“Currently, if you use your phone's Mobile Hotspot add-on, the Mobile Hotspot data usage is combined with your phone data usage. Effective on your next bill following notification, your monthly mobile hotspot on-network data usage will be limited to 5GB of 3G or combined 3G/4G usage dependent upon device capability,” according to a support message posted by Sprint.

Additional data use above 5GB is $.05/MB with monthly off-network data limit continuing to be 300MB, which is a combination of phone and Mobile Hotspot data usage.

The data plan changes may signal further modifications to come next year that are unfavorable for users, Digital Trends predicted.

“Usually when carriers implement a rate change like this, current users are ‘grandfathered’ in to their previous plan and the changes only affect new users. Sprint has broken this unsaid rule, applying the new limits and pricing structure to all current users come November,” the report said.

In other Sprint news, TechZone360 reported that Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings has positioned Sprint at the third spot. With the No. 6 spot last year, Sprint has been ranked in the top 10 for two consecutive years. Sprint has been placed among the greenest companies in the United States due to its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Apart from supporting device recycling programs, more sustainable mobile devices and emerging technologies have been introduced to the market.

“To be No. 3 on Newsweek’s Green Rankings is an honor. Given the rigorous measurement used by Newsweek, we are proud that our efforts have been recognized. We are committed to building a more sustainable company and will continue our aggressive environmental efforts,” Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint, said in a statement.


Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Mist Applies AI to Improve Wi-Fi

By: Paula Bernier    11/9/2017

Mist has created an AI-driven wireless platform that puts the user and his or mobile device at the heart of the wireless network. Combining machine le…

Read More

International Tech Innovation Growing, Says Consumer Technology Association

By: Doug Mohney    11/8/2017

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is best known for the world's largest trade event, but the organization's reach is growing far beyond the CE…

Read More

Broadcom Makes Unsolicited $130B Bid for Qualcomm

By: Paula Bernier    11/6/2017

In what could result in the biggest tech deal in history, semiconductor company Broadcom has made an offer to buy Qualcomm for a whopping $130 billion…

Read More

How Google's 'Moonshot' Could Benefit Industrial Markets

By: Kayla Matthews    10/30/2017

The term "moonshot" encapsulates the spirit of technological achievement: an accomplishment so ambitious, so improbable, that it's equivalent to sendi…

Read More

After Cisco/Broadsoft, Who's Next for M&A?

By: Doug Mohney    10/27/2017

Cisco's trail of acquisition tears over the decades includes the Flip video camera, Cerent, Scientific Atlantic, Linksys, and a couple of others. The …

Read More