Sprint Dropping Unlimited Tethering Data in November

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Tx Redneck

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Keith E. Whisman

I just ordered a 32GB Iphone 4S black and the Simply everything plan from Sprint and have just started the 2 week wait for my phone to be delivered. Now when I finally get it, I'm not going to be able to wirelessly tether my Acer Tablet without fees? This sucks. There has to be an Iphone tether app availabl.e 

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Danthrax66

If you jailbreak your phone then you can but otherwise you ahve to pay extra to tether it has always been that way. There is no jailbreak out for the new iphone OS yet though.

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Neel Chauhan

I hope third-party tethering tools still work.

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BadCommand

I was just thinking yesterday as I watched one of Sprints countless commercials touting their unlimited data plan- I bet these wiley basterds are going to reel in as many chumps as possible and then pull the ol' switch-a-roo.  Granted this is just tethering, but I have a feeling by spring the non-tethered data plans are going bye bye.

Watch and learn from the masters of disaster- Sprint!

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guerco

Price Fixing! That is all I have to say. Why do you have to raise the price of youre data if you are offering something cheaper? Fk sprint, t-mobile, att, and vierizon!

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Tedster

Rocking my unlimited (grandfathered) 4g verizon data here :D :D :D

makes me mad at sprint.  Meanwhile, if you wanted to, you could get a 10 GB/month LTE data plan for verizon for the same price as sprint's unlimited plan.  not the 2gb plan those ads show.  meanwhile, I also use PDANet.  Unlimited 4g tethering for me :D

 

 

Ted

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Peanut Fox

Even though it's unlimited, just like Sprint we on Verizon are still required to pay a fee for tethering.  Though there are 3rd party applications to get around this. 

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dethdeks

i love how everyones bitching about unlimited cap n all this shit and going over. iv had a 500mb data plan limit on my BB since iv gotten it and iv yet to go over it once and i use my phone constantly. theres a reason phones now adays have wifi built into them so u can connect to your home wifi when ur home and not have to worry about getting raped over data useage while at home, when im out and about yah i understand theres  not gonna be wifi available where i go but seriously iv had my phone for almsot 2 years now and like i said before have never once gone over my 500mb cap.  and i send pictures to facebook and videos to facebook and recieve pictures and videeos via mms and bbm constatnly. so people with there 1-2-3 gb caps that are bitching about it need to STFU or GTFO. seriously if your using 1-3 gbs on ur phone a month get a fucking computer.

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livebriand

OK, we REALLY need more Android (and wp7) devices without the cell part, because I'm not paying tons for data I'll never use.  At least Samsung finally listened and made the Galaxy Player, but there's still little selection. Required data plans and greedy carriers are the exact reason why I refuse to get a smartphone.

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Danthrax66

A lot of people like the new Amazon android e-reader/tablet.

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Holly Golightly

Hey man, Zune HD together with ClearWire 4G. A wonderful partnership, withouth the annoying voice plans.

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Tyger

While this is a really boneheaded move on Sprint's part, it's probably also an irrelevancy.  It's boneheaded because no one that is stuck on their 3G network, because their 4G rollout has been an abysmal failure of biblical proportions, is going to continue to pay for speed around 3x dial up.  (At least that's what it''s like in my region)  It's irrelevant because they probably have like 5 users on their 4G (an obvious exageration), so it doesn't really matter.

Remember how qwest was talking at their meeting earlier this month about how they were going to make all these changes to their network to roll out 4G type speeds on their flavor of the month type of 4G (WiMax, LTE, whatever trips their trigger next), well fellow Sprint prisoners, now you know how their going to pay for it.  Trust me, tiered data on phones on their network is just around the corner.  As the article says, this is for both new AND existing customers.  Existing customers aren't being grandfathered in like what happened with users on at&t and Verizion.

That will be their final nail, they'll switch all users to tier data and the exodus will begin.  Sprint's demise is only a matter of time.

EDIT - My issue is speed, not just data.  

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I Jedi

I cannot agree with you anymore than I already do. The fact is that consuming data isn't the issue, it's actually having the means TO consume that data, for which most people cannot with speeds almost at low as dial up. As I stated in another post, I myself, in my city, only get 100Kb download with 50-100Kb upload and 500-999ms ping on an average day. A good day, which is when I get up at six in the morning, and closer to local business area, I can pull down a Mb of data, reluctantly until the afternoon when the data space is then being used again by everyone.

In all honesty, I would rather have Verizon on a tier plan, so that I actually feel like I'm able to use my phone for more than texting/calling. My poor Epic 4G smartphone has been reduced to texting/calling because of these ridiculous speeds, which hinder me from actually being able to do bandwidth-intensive programs, such as Netflix. Sprint takes being "shitty" to a whole new tier of its own. I'll give them this, their in-store reps. have never pissed me off, always been nice people, but Sprint's network is fucking shit on a scale of its own.

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bikerbub

as a former sprint customer, i can say for a fact that this act describes Sprint to a 't'.

Step 1. Release massive marketing campaign, stating that you are the only company to have unlimited data.

Step 2. Run these ads for 6 months to engrain the mentality into the public.

Step 3. Remove your own unlimited data plans.

Step 4. ???

Step 5. Profit.

Bunch of dirty lying fucks.

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Danthrax66

Or you could just not pay for tethering root your android phone and install the free wifi tether then tether for free as much as you want.

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Marthian

So maybe I shouldn't have cell service?

This "bandwidth is a resource" is really stupid, and being the US, it's atrocious.

Then again, we have really crappy internet service too.

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whathuhitwasntme

well, since sprint "wimax" is only in VERY LIMITED areas

this is a non issue for most spring customers like me

I am stuck in the slow lane with 3g data, 4g is a myth in most of the coverage area for sprint.

 

Likely this will end up being a factor later when my contract expires in 2012

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I Jedi

The only reason I was staying with Sprint to begin with was because of the unlimited data. It now seems that is beginning to disappear in chunks. I live in a suburb, where after two years of promises to get their 4G network up, they still haven't managed it, yet Verizon got its 4G network up in my suburb in less than a year after promising it to us. Do I plan to switch to Verizon, maybe... maybe not. Verizon has terrible data caps, which makes me less than enthusiastic to choose them. With Sprint, I get 100Kb download with 75Kb of upload on a average day with Sprint, and often get ping as bad as 999ms or more, which is unacceptable in today's high-speed world. I look forward to my contract expiring in a year from now, or even less if I finally get fed up paying 85 + a month for nothing but dial up.

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Holly Golightly

It is sad to see the last of the unlimited mobile web go away. There should be some legislation in favor of the people. These expensive plans AND broadband caps? No thanks! I am thinking of switching over to ClearWire. They are a mobile broadband company, exclusively. My phone bill is always high. So I am thinking of using Skype to replace my cellphone. All I need to do is connect bluetooth headset onto a tablet and talk to my tablet as if it were my phone. With that, I can cut off my home broadband and just have 1 broadband service to power up my desktop and all of my portable devices. This might not be a bad idea. Save so much more money per month. Buy stuff I actually want. As for the reason why Sprint is doing this, it has to be because the iPhone. It seems wherever the iPhone goes, unlimited data dies. So I think we can thank the iPhone for taking away our unlimited expensive dial-up data. Sad times we are facing.

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themohawkadmin

Trust me, you don't want clearwire.  Sure, they're "unlimited", but use more than about 8gb in a month, and they throttle you down to worse than 3g speeds (my sprint 3g is about 2x as fast.)  In the Chicagoland Area, we get an outage on what seems like a every other day basis.  

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Holly Golightly

Wow... See, that I did not know. I guess truly unlimited broadband is going the way of the Dodo bird. Why can't companies simply invest more onto their networks? It just does not make any sense to me. There ought to be a law to protect the people.

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I Jedi

Well, there really was never a total buffet on consuming bandwidth. Even Sprint throttles Sprint users through Clearwire. If you hear or see the word unlimited, it means within reason. The reason why everyone, including myself, is up with pitchforks is because now we're actually being limited pretty severely in some cases, or simply not being grandfathered into a system we originally signed up for.

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Holly Golightly

Yes, Sprint has hit to a new low. I am absolutely shocked that they are unwilling to grandfather their own paid customers who have been loyal to them for so many years. This is a major middle finger from them to us.

I use home broadband from Cablevision's Optimum that is truly unlimited without the need for reason. I am not sure how many gigs I use per month, but I stream TV, download video games, and listen to radio for almost 12 hours nonstop during non-school days. It is sad to see some people have their home broadband capped like mobile broadband. What these companies need to do is invest more in their technology and stop treating their customers as gluttonous hogs. 

If only our companies can be more like the ones in Asia. Man, places Korea get speeds we can only dream up. 1Gbps down and 1Gbps up. All the broadband you can truly eat. Although Asia probably has more hardcore PC Gamers that need that kind of bandwidth, but still, companies need to open up. I would like to use a wireless broadband card to replace my broadband. Supposedly ClearWire was suppose to come up with 120Mbps broadband speed. That is much faster than when I got at home right now. Sigh, I guess there is nothing we can do as consumers. Big business wins.

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I Jedi

The real problem with America is its sheer size. I mean, we're practically our own continent within our own rights when you consider the amount of land we have. Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that laying broadband is a very expensive process, one in which no ISP wants to commit to because that means they've got to use their money and resources to pull through on upgrading or expanding their current networks.

Did you know that for the average ISP, it cost them $0.01 per gigabyte of data? Think about that for a moment, the average customer pays between roughly $40 dollars a month to $100 for access to the Internet. In order for the average customer to eatup what he pays into the system, that customer would have to use over 6000 GB of data. Think about that for a second, 6k is roughly 5.98 terabytes of data. No one uses that much, including myself. The most I use in a month is 80 GB, or 1.33% of 6000 GB. My point, we're all getting fucked big time, especially by the wireless companies here, who are capping users off and then charging them fees for going over their limit by as little as two gigabytes. Yet, these wireless customers are paying $50 for Internet service along with their voice, texting, etc, which comes out to between $85 through $120 a month, that's insane! Admittedly, I'm not being entirely fair to the ISPs because they've got to pay workers to keep their data centers running, to keep tech. support up, to continue to pay the bills, in other words; however, capping a user on a wireless plan by as little as two gigabytes a month is outrageous.

To conclude, these data caps are complete bs because the customer is paying way more than what it cost to transfer over a gigabyte of data. Why do these businesses do it, shareholders. Shareholders constantly expect more and more out of the company they've invested their money into, and these companies have to continue to show improvement or face reprisals. These companies don't hate their customers, and try to suck every last dime they can out of their customer's pocket, no. They do, though, try to appease the shareholders first before the customers.

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Sovereign

This makes me wonder if the internet should be treated as a public utility, a regulated monopoly.  Of course, some people would scream "communism" or "socialism" but those are probably the types who insist on having competitively-run garbage services (there was an article on this--ideology trumped efficiency in some Arizona town I believe).

Comcast is a borderline monopoly anyway (at least where I live).  In fact, the town is PAID by Comcast to keep everyone else out (so FiOS skipped us).

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