Sprint Rolls Out New Tiered Mobile Broadband Plans

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firefox91

I'm glad I am with Verizon and was grandfathered in on the old unlimited plan. I am blasting through data now that I am on 4G.

"Warning: This is a 25MB download."

Yeah, whatever.

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big_montana

Correct me if I am wrong, but you have a smartphone, and Sprints plan is for data only devices, which pretty much no one has offered unlimited data on since Cingular purchased ATT. I know, as I my firm has Sprint, ATT and Verizon air cards (mobile broadband if you wish) and they are marketed as unlimited but capped at 5GB. The sprint 12GB plan for $79 is pretty enticing as that is only $10 more than what we pay Verizon and ATT now for 5GB

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I Jedi

In response to Sprint changing their data plans, any customer at Sprint, that has unlimited data and will be affected by the data change plan, may opt out of an ETF within 30 days of the effective changes. If someone could please verify this information, I would greatly appreciate it.

"When You Don't Have To Pay An Early Termination Fee
You aren't responsible for paying an Early Termination Fee when terminating Services: (a) provided on a month-to-month basis; (b) provided on a subscription basis that do not include a Term Commitment; (c) consistent with our published trial period return policy; or (d) in response to a materially adverse change that we make to the Agreement as described directly below."

Our Right To Change The Agreement & Your Related Rights
We may change any part of the Agreement at any time, including, but not limited to, rates, charges, how we calculate charges, discounts, coverage, technologies used to provide services, or your terms of Service. We will provide you notice of material changes—and we may provide you notice of non-material changes—in a manner consistent with this Agreement (see "Providing Notice To Each Other Under The Agreement" section). If a change we make to the Agreement is material and has a material adverse effect on Services under your Term Commitment, you may terminate each line of Service materially affected without incurring an Early Termination Fee only if you: (a) call us within 30 days after the effective date of the change; and (b) specifically advise us that you wish to cancel Services because of a material change to the Agreement that we have made.

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I Jedi

Can we suppose that they plan to rape us with the $10 premium data service that is required for all their smartphone customers? What's the excuse this time? At first it was so that they could get 4G up faster, then it was because of keeping unlimited data, now is it to keep our 12 GBs a month? I've been thinking about cancelling my service for awhile now with Sprint, as I don't appreciate the fact that I am not being grandfathered into the service that I originally signed up for. While I understand Sprint has to make choices in order to survive, I just don't feel that I want to be a part of a network, that at least in my area, is 10x slower than the competition. In all honesty, Sprint will survive, but they've truly slapped me in the face with their recent stunts, such as raising their ETF, still not setting up 4G in my area, and now taking away unlimited. Being a Sprint customer is hard. I'll grant Sprint this, 12 GB a month for the price of $80 isn't too bad when you compare other networks, but it's the part where I'll never reach 12 GB because of their network's shitty service.

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big_montana

You do realize phones are still unlimited data? This is for data only devices such as tablets, mobile broadband cards, myfis, etc, but not phones.

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kjrviking

this new teired data doesn't actually affect my reasoning for wanting ot leave after my contract is up - it was when they announced their unlimited data plan for 79.99 a month instead of 69.99 a month, so once my contract is up, i'm probably going to go to att and get the atrix 2

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big_montana

The 79.99 plan already includes the 10 data fee, more honest advertising if you ask me

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kjrviking

yes, it may be more honest, but when i signed up, it was 69.99 for unlimited data and 79.99 for their 4G service, which is why i went with a 3G phone, then they changed it to 79.99 as the base rate, and not just the 4G premium plan

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SeverianSilk

It's inevitable if Sprint ends up doing what they want to: attract more customers. You can't just give things away for free forever and expect to stay in business. At least Sprint isn't full of shady, elitist dicks like Verizon[citation needed].

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Holly Golightly

This allowance they are offering is far too short. I can not do much with just 12GB a month. I like to play games while on the go. If Sprint wants more customers, they must bring back the unlimited data plan. Otherwise, they are just some run of the mill company that won't get that much new customers. What a shame.

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big_montana

The unlimited data plan did not go away, at least not for phones. It was eliminated months ago for data only devices, and this is their new pricing structure. People ahve to quit freaking out and quit thinking that Sprint is dumping unlimited data on every device. Their not, and have not, just data only devices.

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Holly Golightly

I really feel that the future of cellphones will go out of style. They are popular now, but function like cable boxes. Pay for expensive packages and yet get limited service. Sure, you could get the best of the best for about $200 a month... These devices are locked with liited lifespan. What Sprint just did was limit change.

Sprint knows the future is tablets. 1 unlocked device, powerful enough to replace a computer, yet mobile enough to use just about anywhere. Paying for only broadband instead of voice, text, and data at the same time. Broadband bills are usually half that of cellphones plus, you do not have to worry about these 2 year contracts with early termination fees well beyond $300.

I knew that Sprint kept unlimited data for their cellphones. I really felt that don't really want to bring quality service to their customers. The fact that I have to remember not to go over the data I paid for, seems rather silly, and that I'd rather pay a higher premium for unlimited. Of course, the only reason why Sprint even limited data for tablets and Wifi Cards is because they needed to accomodate all that data hogging for the iPhone. It seems where ever the iPhone goes, limited data follows.

This is why I will disconnect my phone. Get a tablet, and download skype to make free phone calls and watch TV with another downloadable program. I turn 3 bills into 1 nice slim one. I am very disappointed with Sprint. I really thought they were the good guys. In turns out all telecomes are the same.

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I Jedi

The reason why Sprint is limiting their unlimited plan is because it ups their profits which will make the shareholders happy. It's always about profits first then the customers. Or... stockholders then customers.

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Holly Golightly

I know... But it is the customers who help pay for that profit. Without customers, they can not go vary far, which will disappoint the shareholders either way. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Go for the choice that actually gives you the money I say.

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I Jedi

The thing, though, to keep in mind is that most customers won't care about this change. 12 GB a month isn't something a lot of people burn through on a mobile device. I'd say for the average person, 12 GB a month is more than enough. Yes, they are going to lose customers, but its not going to be a mass exodus, I don't believe. Trust me, when Sprint made those data caps, they made them in keeping in mind what the average customer uses every month, not what geeks and nerds use per month. I just got done talking to a Sprint rep., and I have officially cancelled my contract in sight of this bs.

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Holly Golightly

Yes, 12GB is enough for the typical user who only checks email and view their social networks. However, Sprint users will now have to remind themselves just how much data they are using. It does not matter if I only use 256MB a month... If I had to monitor my data, assuming I know how many KB an advertisement may take... I don't think this would be very fun for me to experience. ((( So I would leave Sprint in a heartbeat. Although all of these cellphone companies have stooped to new lows. Really, it makes me sad.

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whathuhitwasntme

any bets on when they decide to take the smart phones off the unlimited?

 

I am betting by Janurary 1st after they post the quaterly profit an earnings statement

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Ashton2091

any day now. pisses me off. it's the best thing sprint has to offer. without that, they're just like all the other carriers. may go back to cricket. haha...cricket.

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Danthrax66

Except all of the other carriers have faster more reliable networks, that actually allow you to reach the cap. Sprint is so slow and the service is so spotty that I will never be able to reach even a 2gb cap with normal use because I have to be on wifi.

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rosatonj

move out of bum-fuck egypt?

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jonnyohio

That is what is amusing about sprint...I have been in bumfuck Egypt and got faster data speeds than when I am in more populated areas.

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SeverianSilk

^^

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