Sprint to cap hotspot data use for smartphones

If you own a smartphone from Sprint that has the capability to be used as a WiFi mobile hotspot, your unlimited data ride is going to be over very soon. Boy Genius Report has a story that says that starting on October 2, Sprint will force its smartphone customers who use the mobile hotspot feature to accept a 5 GB data cap. This feature will be for both 3G and 4G-WiMax smartphones but will not affect Sprint-sold tablets. Sprint has a $29.99 per month fee for the mobile hotspot feature.

If customers do go above that 5 GB data cap, users won't see their connection cut off. But they could see their monthly bill payment go way up. According to SprintFeed, Sprint will charge customers 5 cents per MB over the 5 GB data cap. This new change does not affect Sprint's standard data plan for smartphones; customers will still be able to get unlimited data for one price.

Sprint has been making quite a few changes in its policies over the last few weeks. A few days ago it announced it was canceling its Premiere program that allowed customers to upgrade their smartphone every year. It also raised its upgrade fees and changed its return policy on new phone purchases from 30 days down to just 14 days. All of these changes are coming ahead of what many people will see as Sprint's big 2011 announcement; that the wireless carrier will begin selling Apple's iPhone later this fall.

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TokiToki said,
They aren't cancelling unlimited data for the phone itself, but limiting total hotspot usage to 5GB.

They'll eventually phase it out it's only a matter of time...

The lesson here is to not be dumb enough to actually pay for their mobile hotspot feature and instead just root your phone and use wifi tether.

Nogib said,
The lesson here is to not be dumb enough to actually pay for their mobile hotspot feature and instead just root your phone and use wifi tether.

I haven't been able to use wifi tethering since I upgraded to Gingerbread on my Droid 2 . . .

"Sprint will force its smartphone customers who use the mobile hotspot feature to accept a 5 GB data cap"

They better not force the people with existing contracts to have to make that change. If so, class action lawsuit better start up. Getting sick of cell phone providers abusing the "retain right to change the terms of this contract" clause

I think that the iPhone 5 will be a nice device, but not nice enough to change Sprint's whole dynamic of offering more than the competiition i.e. no caps, one year upgrades, etc. Why should I stay with Sprint then?