Sprint is making some changes to its PC mobile data plans that should make its current customers happy as we head into the busy (and sometimes expensive) holiday season. Beginning today, Sprint says that it will offer up to 6 GB of data for $49.99 a month via PC USB sticks and laptop cards along with mobile broadband enabled netbooks and notebooks. It will also now offer up to 12 GB a month for $79.99 a month for those devices.
These changes give Sprint an edge over AT&T which currently tops out at 5 GB for $50 a month for its own PC mobile broadband plans. Sprint's new prices are also better than Verizon's normal plans for the same service which are 5 GB for $50 a month or 10 GB for $80 a month. However, just a few days ago Verizon launched a special holiday promotion which doubles the broadband cap for all of its price points for a limited time. While Sprint's changes are permanent, Verizon has not yet said when its special promotion will end.
In addition to the above changes, Sprint announced that owners of its 3G/4G tablets and its dedicated mobile hotspot devices can also choose to purchase new data plans. These plans give those owners 1 GB of data per month for $19.99 or 3 GB a month for $34.99.
These new prices and plans don't affect the data plans for Sprint's smartphones which still have an option to have unlimited data for one monthly fee.