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Sprint to Cap Mobile Hotspot Data to 5GB Ahead of iPhone Launch

SprintFeed reports that Sprint will be limiting its mobile hotspot plans to 5GB of data as of October 2nd -- only days ahead of the rumored iPhone 4S/5 launch.

Bloomberg had reported that Sprint would finally be getting the next generation iPhone when it launches in October. Sprint is expected to provide unlimited data plans for the new iPhone and will be the only U.S. provider to offer such a plan. Both AT&T and Verizon originally offered the iPhone with unlimited mobile data, but later transitioned to tiered plans of limited data.


Sprint will still offer "unlimited" for those using data on-device, but for those who purchase the additional $29.99/mo hotspot plans will be limited to 5GB of data a month. Mobile Hotspot plans allow users to tether their iPhone to their laptops and share their mobile internet connection. This is presumably to prevent individuals from consuming large amounts of data through their laptops. Sprint's on-device mobile plan appears as if it will remain unlimited for the time being.

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37 months ago
I like how the headline just takes it for granted that Sprint is getting the iPhone.
Rating: 14 Votes
37 months ago
Why would I ever use Sprint? their network is even slower than Verizon's. Two friends on Sprint barely pull 800 Kb/s...
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
Watch out for the overage fee!
$0.05 per MB = $50 per GB :eek:
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
One step closer to tiered Data plans.:rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes
37 months ago
Guess Sprint is getting the iPhone after all. Looks like we have a new worst carrier choice for the iPhone.
Rating: 8 Votes
37 months ago

5GB is better than AT&T's plan.

True but AT&T only charges $10 per GB if you go over, not $50.
Rating: 7 Votes
37 months ago

Watch out for the overage fee!
$0.05 per MB = $50 per GB :eek:


Thats cheap compared to Canadian Telcos, like the legalized criminals known as Rogers.

My account was showing 500mb left. I used 40mb. The next day I got a text I had gone over (untrue). A few hours later, i got a nice text message from Rogers with a $500 dollar overage charge.

$500 for 1gb from Rogers in Canada.

Come up north, see how you like our rates.
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago
See, the iPhone is great for the consumer. Every wireless carrier will eliminate unlimited data plans. I think it's great!!
Rating: 5 Votes
37 months ago

What are you doing on your phone that requires more?


Well considering this is about tethering probably quite a bit. ;)
Rating: 4 Votes
37 months ago

Does it really cost Sprint anything even close to $30 to deliver 5Gb of data?

This is just like McDonald's charging $1.29 for a paper cup with soda inside. It cost them about $5 cents but that is how they are able to sell Burgers for $2. Same here I think They sell you $0.50 worth of data transfer to $30 so that they can offer cell phones for dirt cheap or free.


Wait, did I miss something? McDonald's doesn't have to pay mortgages anymore? It doesn't need employees who have to be there even when you're not gracing them with your presence? It doesn't have to hire lawyers to protect them when someone slips and falls? It doesn't have to keep the electricity running?

I hate it when people who don't understand basic business try to talk business. If you really think McDonalds is making that much money off a soda, why aren't you setting up shop right next door and undercutting them by 25%?
Rating: 4 Votes

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