Oct 21 AT 3:15 PM Edgar Cervantes 43 Comments

Sprint 4G broadband unlimited no more; smartphones next? (Update)

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Things are not looking good for unlimited data fans. People who don’t like data tiers currently have a safe place to go to: Sprint. It seems like America’s first 4G network is going to start setting some limits, though. At least for 4G broadband users.

Sprint has announced that 4G mobile broadband users will no longer be able to enjoy their unlimited data plans. By the way, there will be no grandfathering for current unlimited mobile broadband users. (Does this mean people can cancel their contract without an ETF?) Before you start freaking out, this does not include smartphones… yet. Only mobile broadband users will be affected for now.

Sprint’s new tiered data plans go into effect in November.  They will offer the following plans: $45 for 3 GB, $60 for 5 GB and $90 for 10 GB. All these data limits include combined data (3G and 4G); before, only 3G data was limited. If you happen to go over your data limit, you’ll have to shell out 5 cents per extra MB.

While Sprint has taken pride in the fact that they offer true unlimited data, they have mentioned that tiered data plans are not out of the question. With their first move towards tiered data plans, current Sprint smartphone users should start considering future plans. It would not surprise us if Sprint starts limiting 4G smartphones sometime next year.

We knew this was inevitable. Smartphone users really suck up data from that network. At some point, those towers are not going to be able to handle all the data transfer. It looks like those data caps are finally taking over for all major carriers. What do you guys think? Are smartphones soon to be limited, as well? Would you still stay with Sprint if they start limiting our smartphone data usage?

Update

The user KB has reported in the comments section that he was able to cancel his/her Sprint contract without an ETF (Early Termination Fee). This seems reasonable, as Sprint is not grandfathering current unlimited 4G broadband users. If they are willing to change the contract terms that customers signed under, it should be expected that some users will opt out.

Those who are not happy with these changes can also go ahead and try this method. If you happen to try it, hit us up in the comments and let us know how it goes.

Via: Gigaom

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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