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Sprint Customers Face 5GB Hotspot Data Cap, As of Oct. 2 222

Posted by timothy
from the that's-enough-for-the-likes-of-you dept.
zacharye writes "Sprint on Thursday confirmed that it will soon introduce a data cap tied to its mobile hotspot add-on for smartphone users. Currently, Sprint subscribers with compatible smartphones can pay an extra $29.99 per month for unlimited Wi-Fi tethering, which allows other devices to connect via Wi-Fi in order to utilize a Sprint phone's 3G or 4G data connection. Beginning October 2nd, the mobile hotspot add-on will be capped at 5GB of data per month."
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Sprint Customers Face 5GB Hotspot Data Cap, As of Oct. 2

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  • Re:Dammit (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jmorris42 (1458) * <`jmorris' `at' `beau.org'> on Thursday September 22, 2011 @06:18PM (#37485474)

    And google would learn the same lesson. Wireless Internet is fraud. Everybody hypes it, everybody advertises people watching video and doing all sorts of high bitrate stuff. But once a net goes out of beta test there isn't enough actual bandwidth available on the chunks of spectrum devoted to 3/4G to feed the screaming hordes who sign up. And until they go seriously into microcell and put nodes on every light pole there never will be... and probably not even then because our voracious desire for ever faster will have outstripped even that. So everyone slaps bandwidth caps on to stop the YouTube viewers, the video calls and all that foolishness and the network limps and groans along under the impossible load that still remains.

    It is math people. There just ain't enough airspace to stuff that many bit into. Wires and fibers aren't dead yet.

  • by Nom du Keyboard (633989) on Thursday September 22, 2011 @06:55PM (#37485774)
    I'm not in favor of new regulations, but I'd support this one. Quite simple: BIG TEXT overrules small text. If you say UNLIMITED DATA with or without an asterisk, even if the small text says 2GB or 5GB or any GB cap, it doesn't apply. Simple as that.
  • Re:Dammit (Score:4, Interesting)

    by damnbunni (1215350) on Thursday September 22, 2011 @10:46PM (#37487492) Journal

    I want to know why Sprint won't sell me unlimited 3G. I had Sprint. It was unlimited for a couple years. Then a 5GB cap came in.

    So I switched to Virgin Mobile, which is a Sprint brand. Used Sprint's network. Was unlimited. But the modem sucked (it overheated) and eventually they ditched the unlimited plan.

    So I switched to Millenicom. It's unlimited. I'm using my original Sprint modem. Millenicom is a Sprint reseller. It's ten dollars more than Sprint was. Been on this for a while, no problems.

    If a Sprint reseller can sell me an unlimited data plan, why can't Sprint?

    Sprint's still getting money off my service, but presumably they're getting less than when I was paying them directly.

    I usually use about ten gigs a month, sometimes up to 30 or so if there's a good sale on downloadable games somewhere.

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