Sprint does away with 4G unlimited mobile broadband plans

Sprint has been running a lot of TV commercials lately bragging about the fact that it offers a truly unlimited data plan for its smartphones. While that's still true, Sprint customers who have a mobile broadband product and connect to Sprint's 4G WiMax network will soon no longer have that kind of unlimited data plan. Those broadband data devices include products such as laptop cards and USB sticks, notebooks, netbooks and tablets. It also includes the mobile hotspot feature that are found on certain smartphones.

In a post on Sprint's web site, the company announced that beginning in November, unlimited 4G WiMax broadband plans and mobile hotspot plans will be shut down. Instead, customers will get either 3 GB, 5 GB or 10 GB of data usage from both 3G and 4G connections, depending on their previous data plan. If customers go over their data limits they will be charged five cents per MB on their monthly bills. The worst part is that Sprint customers with a current contract will not have their unlimited data plans grandfathered in.

While Sprint may be ditching its unlimited plans for mobile broadband users, this kind of plan is in line with other wireless carriers. Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile all have established data limits for their mobile broadband customers. Again, this does not affect Sprint's unlimited data plan for smartphones. Those plans, including for the new iPhone 4S customers, are staying the same.

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They should have never got the iPhone. Ever since they anounced it was coming they have been removing perks and changing data plans. I got the 4g desktop modem because At&t imposed a data cap for home use and now this. Well I canceled my 4g modem today after only 6 mo of service. Speeds not comparable to u-verse but good enough for me. I swithced to Clear today. I have never used mor than 1gig of data on my android phones and probably never will. After 16yrs of being a loyal customer I'm just about done with Sprint. I see cricket in my future because the other cell companies are even worse.

Unlimited data is a one of the reasons I am with Sprint, but also a very important reason. If they stick with this, I am done with their 4G card as I use way over 10 gigs a month. The data add on charge, the spending limit monthly charge, and the premier customer perk disappearing are starting to make me consider alternatives. Once they touch smartphones with a limit I will strongly consider leaving.
I loved Sprint for how different and more affordable they were. I have six lines with them. However, if they become less distinct from the other carriers I do not see them benefiting at all.

where did you guys hear this at because none of the android sites are reporting on this yet. if this is true i see a mass amount of people leaving sprint due to their crap network.

smooth3006 said,

phones are next.

Of course it will be. I can't wait. So many of my friends are on Sprint and I want to rub it in their face when I tell them you should have been on Verizon, they grandfathered in all their customers to unlimited 3G/4G.

I've already warned them about crappy 3G with the explosion of new iPhone 4S customers, the elimination of unlimited will be icing on the cake. Can't Wait!

smooth3006 said,
where did you guys hear this at because none of the android sites are reporting on this yet. if this is true i see a mass amount of people leaving sprint due to their crap network.

And who should they go with? AT&T's overloaded network, T-Mobile's 4G-but-not-really-4G (and soon to be AT&T) network or Verizon's fast but the most expensive network?

UndergroundWire said,
Of course it will be. I can't wait. So many of my friends are on Sprint and I want to rub it in their face when I tell them you should have been on Verizon, they grandfathered in all their customers to unlimited 3G/4G.

I've already warned them about crappy 3G with the explosion of new iPhone 4S customers, the elimination of unlimited will be icing on the cake. Can't Wait!

Hasn't Verizon announced that they are killing all grandfathered unlimited data plans?

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Hasn't Verizon announced that they are killing all grandfathered unlimited data plans?

nope, they are honoring them until your contract expires. if they were to change it, the customers could get out for free.

Obry said,

And who should they go with? AT&T's overloaded network, T-Mobile's 4G-but-not-really-4G (and soon to be AT&T) network or Verizon's fast but the most expensive network?

verizon isn't that much more than sprint and the network is awesome.

UndergroundWire said,

Of course it will be. I can't wait. So many of my friends are on Sprint and I want to rub it in their face when I tell them you should have been on Verizon, they grandfathered in all their customers to unlimited 3G/4G.

I've already warned them about crappy 3G with the explosion of new iPhone 4S customers, the elimination of unlimited will be icing on the cake. Can't Wait!

yeah my wife and i left sprint in june because of the crap network, dropped calls and such. we got in verizon just in time and we have unlimited data until mid-2013 now.

smooth3006 said,

nope, they are honoring them until your contract expires. if they were to change it, the customers could get out for free.

Wrong. Unlimited data PERIOD. My GF's contract just ended and she bought a new phone. She still has unlimited.

Sprint rep said there has been a 5GB cap on the mobile broadband for quite sometime now, regular user such as those with the unlimited plan with smartphones is not going anywhere and no plans to put a limit on those users. Even if they do go to a limited plan current users will be grandfathered in just like Verizon, and if you really think about it who uses more that 5GB of mobile data in a month?

Anyone who signed up for 2 year control with their mobile hot spot or mobile broadband will be able to get out of their contract with out an ETF.

smooth3006 said,

not on a android phone it's not.

I have one myself, i use like 200-400 mb a month? (no youtube or radio via 3g)
Lot of places with wifi.

Funny, I've had Android phones for over 2 years, and I've never gone over 1GB a month. Then again, I know to connect to Wi-Fi wherever available.

smooth3006 said,

not on a android phone it's not.

Depends on the user, not the phone. I have a 2GB plan with T-Mobile, I do use the Hotspot generally more than once or twice a month to do (usually light) remote work where there's no WiFi in range and so far the highest I've gotten is 1.7-1.8GB in a month.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Funny, I've had Android phones for over 2 years, and I've never gone over 1GB a month. Then again, I know to connect to Wi-Fi wherever available.

you must use wifi alot because i have two android phones on my plan and we use much more than 1gb per month.

smooth3006 said,

not on a android phone it's not.


im on my phone all the time for work play facebook etc etc i have NEVER come close to my data cap

(Spork) said,
this happened to verizon and at&t .... in time sprint will drop the unlimted data then they are dead

i already said once the iphone came sprint would drop unlimited data.

(Spork) said,
this happened to verizon and at&t .... in time sprint will drop the unlimted data then they are dead

Not so much with Verizon. Verizon grandfathered in any data customer prior to July 6, 2011. Which means even if you upgrade your phone, you still have unlimited 3G/4G LTE. AT&T customers can't say that.

UndergroundWire said,

Not so much with Verizon. Verizon grandfathered in any data customer prior to July 6, 2011. Which means even if you upgrade your phone, you still have unlimited 3G/4G LTE. AT&T customers can't say that.


You are only correct in that AT&T doesn't yet have 4G LTE. My iPhone 4S has an unlimited data plan as did my 4, 3GS, 3G and original (all upgrades).

jr.flynn said,

You are only correct in that AT&T doesn't yet have 4G LTE. My iPhone 4S has an unlimited data plan as did my 4, 3GS, 3G and original (all upgrades).

Only iPhone. They didn't grandfather any other smartphone. They are trying to distinguish themselves from Verizon by being the only ones that do that for new customers and talk and surf at the same time.

Considering I just signed a Sprint contract last weekend, I would have been ****ed if this was for smartphones too. Only reason i went w/ Sprint to begin with was because of the unlimited use for smartphones...I rarely ever use the hotspots.

Thank god, at first glance I thought they were going to do away with their unlimited data plan for smartphones. I would have raged.
Luckily for me, I dont have any sort of mobile broadband plan with them

So long as the continue to have unlimited data on smartphones this is not a problem for my company, however, i read this carefully to make sure that it is only hot spots and not the smartphones themselves.

littleneutrino said,
So long as the continue to have unlimited data on smartphones this is not a problem for my company, however, i read this carefully to make sure that it is only hot spots and not the smartphones themselves.
Yep, as I read it I saw nothing implying that this is limiting smartphones... just limiting the Wimax standalone wifi access points, and Wifi sharing apps on smartphones (Android/iPhone)... but not the phone data itself.