Sprint adds 'Premium Data add-on charge' to all 3G data plans

Sprint has just released a statement about the explosion of data usage among its users. The coy title also hides the fact that they are now adding a '$10 per month Premium Data add-on charge' to 3G data plans too.

By adding the $10 charge, 3G users will now be paying the same rate that 4G users pay, effectively eliminating the premium data charge that the 4G service was commanding. The good news for current subscribers is that your plan will not increase until you resign a contract, but if you plan to take advantage of a carrier subsidy, you will find an extra $10 missing from your pocket each month.

The move effectively makes buying a 3G phone on Sprint pointless as you will pay the same amount per month as a 4G device. Sprint has always been known for its value when compared to Verizon and AT&T, but with the recent price hike, the value proposition is slowly being diminished.

As of late, Sprint has been working hard to stop the hemorrhaging of users who have been leaving the service in large numbers each quarter. With Verizon announcing that they will be bringing the iPhone in early February, Sprint will need top notch devices to keep more users from heading over to big red to pick up a CDMA iPhone.

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well this sucks balls. i was going to finally be rid of my non-existent but ever-promised 3g at&t phone and switch to sprint. screw that now. i'll keep my crappy at&t line which has data completely blocked (due to pathetic speeds) and just use my pc. i was all gung ho on going to sprint to get 3g but if they are going to charge me for 4g (which won't ever exist where i am) forget it.

"By adding the $10 charge, 3G users will now be paying the same rate that 4G users pay, effectively eliminating the premium data charge that the 4G service was commanding" - it isn't a 4G fee it has always been a premium data fee (like the iphone has on att) since the devices that came out would have significantly higher data usage across the board vs the other phones they carried. it's strange they are increasing the cost for everyone though with an added fee, they really should just increase the base plan prices and offer a discount to 'basic' phones, it'd cause less confusion and commotion

With the $10 increase on 3G they are still cheaper than AT&T and Verizon. If you call only mobile phones then the $69.00 + $10.00 is still the cheapest with 450 minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile. So what is all the complaining about?

Last time I checked with unlimited everything costs $109.00 compared to Verizon which is $119.00 and AT&T which is $119.00 with a 2G limit to new subscribers on data. Tmobile's service area can't compare.

mrmomoman said,
With the $10 increase on 3G they are still cheaper than AT&T and Verizon. If you call only mobile phones then the $69.00 + $10.00 is still the cheapest with 450 minutes and unlimited mobile to mobile. So what is all the complaining about?

Last time I checked with unlimited everything costs $109.00 compared to Verizon which is $119.00 and AT&T which is $119.00 with a 2G limit to new subscribers on data. Tmobile's service area can't compare.

I don't know where you got your information but I have a Droid Incredible on Verizon and my wife has a regular cell phone. With my unlimited data plan and 700 shared minutes, its around $100 a month for us.

briangw said,

I don't know where you got your information but I have a Droid Incredible on Verizon and my wife has a regular cell phone. With my unlimited data plan and 700 shared minutes, its around $100 a month for us.


300 Minutes, Unlimited Texts + Unlimited data = 15£ pm... Mobile phone costs over in the US make me thank my lucky bacon i don't live there sometimes

briangw said,

I don't know where you got your information but I have a Droid Incredible on Verizon and my wife has a regular cell phone. With my unlimited data plan and 700 shared minutes, its around $100 a month for us.

He said unlimited everything. Yours is only 700 minutes. :-D

tmaxxtigger said,
He said unlimited everything. Yours is only 700 minutes. :-D

Yeah but in fairness, if you're using more than 700minutes per month then you need to be beaten with a shoe.

Honestly, who the heck speaks for over 11 hours on a phone per month?

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Yeah but in fairness, if you're using more than 700minutes per month then you need to be beaten with a shoe.

Honestly, who the heck speaks for over 11 hours on a phone per month?

People who don't send 3000 text messages per month and two dozen emails every day.

I do agree though, most everybody in this country needs to be beaten with a shoe. Too many lazy people.

SkinAddict said,

People who don't send 3000 text messages per month and two dozen emails every day.

I do agree though, most everybody in this country needs to be beaten with a shoe. Too many lazy people.


Shoes for sale - Cheap.....good for beating people who use their phones to much.....

tmaxxtigger said,

He said unlimited everything. Yours is only 700 minutes. :-D

No, he said 450 minutes. And this is implying we actually use all 700 minutes, which we don't since EVERYONE up in NW MN is on Verizon as it's pretty much the best service here. Verizon to Verizon calls are free.

Sprint pretty much sucks up here for coverage.

This crap with the change the discount now this illuminati shelling out well over 200 a month. My contract is up in march looks like I'm leaving

(Spork) said,
This crap with the change the discount now this illuminati shelling out well over 200 a month. My contract is up in march looks like I'm leaving

My brain...it hurts!

ahhell said,

My brain...it hurts!


It should I didn't get a chance to proof read it and my phones auto correct screwed me hard LOL.

Anyways what I meant to say is

With the recent change in the discount program and now this I'm shelling out well over 200$ a month .

I hope with this change its a breach of contract so I can get the etf waved.

(Spork) said,


It should I didn't get a chance to proof read it and my phones auto correct screwed me hard LOL.

Anyways what I meant to say is

With the recent change in the discount program and now this I'm shelling out well over 200$ a month .

I hope with this change its a breach of contract so I can get the etf waved.

That makes more sense lol. Although the cell companies do act like the Illuminati.

ahhell said,
That makes more sense lol. Although the cell companies do act like the Illuminati.

Meh, at least the Illuminati have some sort of end goal when compared to Sprint who seem to be 'treading water' and failing to address why people are leaving it in droves.

(Spork) said,

It should I didn't get a chance to proof read it and my phones auto correct screwed me hard LOL.

Anyways what I meant to say is

With the recent change in the discount program and now this I'm shelling out well over 200$ a month .

I hope with this change its a breach of contract so I can get the etf waved.

Good luck finding somewhere cheaper.

It'd only be a breach of contract if they started charging this to you immediately, but that's not the case. You won't start paying this until you get a new phone and re-up your contract, at which time you could just leave anyway if you choose to.

SkinAddict said,

Good luck finding somewhere cheaper.

It'd only be a breach of contract if they started charging this to you immediately, but that's not the case. You won't start paying this until you get a new phone and re-up your contract, at which time you could just leave anyway if you choose to.


with t moblie i can get a plan with everything i have not for about 60$ cheaper a month only thing stoping me is the fact i dont have the extra money to shell out for the ETF's

(Spork) said,
This crap with the change the discount now this illuminati shelling out well over 200 a month. My contract is up in march looks like I'm leaving

plus now they are changing the premier upgrade. im also leaving sprint next month and going to t-mobile. ive always hated sprint and now i do even more!

NeoandGeo said,
Unlimited, no soft cap and tethering? If so then the $10 is justified, imo.

Can we confirm this though, the 3G plan had a soft cap of 5GB per month.

NeoandGeo said,
Unlimited, no soft cap and tethering? If so then the $10 is justified, imo.
My plan calls for unlimited data usage anyway so this is not good to me.

Maybe this is a sign that Sprint will get the iPhone too?
I mean, why else would they raise the price of 3g? Like the article says it's stupid to not get a 4g phone. But if the iPhone shows up then people for some reason will pay just about anything for the service.

StevoFC said,
Maybe this is a sign that Sprint will get the iPhone too?
I mean, why else would they raise the price of 3g? Like the article says it's stupid to not get a 4g phone. But if the iPhone shows up then people for some reason will pay just about anything for the service.

Considering the "4g" network is in less than 100 cities in the country. It's pointless to get a 4g for the majority of the population.
I do agree though about the iPhone thing.

StevoFC said,
Maybe this is a sign that Sprint will get the iPhone too?
I mean, why else would they raise the price of 3g? Like the article says it's stupid to not get a 4g phone.

All of my friends who have the EVO have 4g turned off because of the battery drainage lol

ILikeTobacco said,

Considering the "4g" network is in less than 100 cities in the country. It's pointless to get a 4g for the majority of the population.
I do agree though about the iPhone thing.

Actually, the majority of the population probably is in those areas/cities. But yeah I understand what you mean.

bangbang023 said,
All of my friends who have the EVO have 4g turned off because of the battery drainage lol

I assume you're referring to the dual EVDO/LTE hybrid phones that are shipping? I wonder how they would compare to LTE USB sticks and their impact on laptop battery life - whether it is the case of a crappy phone the technology itself.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
I assume you're referring to the dual EVDO/LTE hybrid phones that are shipping? I wonder how they would compare to LTE USB sticks and their impact on laptop battery life - whether it is the case of a crappy phone the technology itself.

Evo 4G = Sprint = WiMax... has nothing to do with LTE.

bangbang023 said,

All of my friends who have the EVO have 4g turned off because of the battery drainage lol


must be unrooted phones then lol

(Spork) said,


must be unrooted phones then lol


Rooting has nothing to do with it. WiMax kills the battery way faster than standard 3G does.

bangbang023 said,

Rooting has nothing to do with it. WiMax kills the battery way faster than standard 3G does.


yea until you can tweak it i run winamx all day with CM6.1.2 i use my phone for work and i still have 10% life at the end of the day ..

ILikeTobacco said,
Here is a thought, stop lying to costumers about a 4G network that doesn't exist. Blatant lying is a good way to lose customers.

I second that, HSPA+ isn't in any shape or form a 4G network; it is either LTE or nothing.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
I second that, HSPA+ isn't in any shape or form a 4G network; it is either LTE or nothing.

Wrong train, friend. HSPA+ is TMO / ATT. Sprint uses WiMax.

Are they working hard to INCREASE hemorrhaging?

CEO: We need to stop losing all these subs to Verizon!
YESMEN: We agree
CEO: I got it! Let's increase prices to everyone who wants to stay with us and update their phone, this evil plan will MOST DEFINITELY WORK!
YESMEN: Hurrr Durrr.... Sounds great!

ScottDaMan said,
Are they working hard to INCREASE hemorrhaging?

CEO: We need to stop losing all these subs to Verizon!
YESMEN: We agree
CEO: I got it! Let's increase prices to everyone who wants to stay with us and update their phone, this evil plan will MOST DEFINITELY WORK!
YESMEN: Hurrr Durrr.... Sounds great!

See I won't mind the extra bill, if they use the money to increase there network so I can get a better signal!

ceminess said,
See I won't mind the extra bill, if they use the money to increase there network so I can get a better signal!

Have you tried updating your PRL? For whatever reason, I've found this almost always helps me get a better signal when mine starts to diminish, even though I stay in the same towns every day.

It's ridiculous how much we're being charged for a simple service as internet on your phone. Carriers need to be less greedy and buy more bandwidth for their users.

There isnt a bandwidth bucket sitting somewhere to go and "buy more bandwidth". The last time more bandwidth was offered was in the 700mhz auction where verizon spent billions to gain access to it.

bdsams said,
There isnt a bandwidth bucket sitting somewhere to go and "buy more bandwidth". The last time more bandwidth was offered was in the 700mhz auction where verizon spent billions to gain access to it.
There is always infrastructure to invest in. Better infrastructure means better experience. Just look at the AT&T / iPhone debacle. If they had better infrastructure then their iPhone users would be happier and (if predictions are accurate) wouldn't be leaving in mass to go to Verizon in February.