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Sprint Cutting Unlimited 4G Data Plans 325

itwbennett writes "In a notice posted Thursday on the customer support section of its website, Sprint said it would impose monthly data caps on plans for all tablets, laptops, netbooks, USB and PC Card modems, and mobile hotspot devices — everything, that is, except smartphones. The caps will begin with each subscriber's next bill following notification, the carrier said."
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Sprint Cutting Unlimited 4G Data Plans

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 23, 2011 @11:40PM (#37814010)

    Yes they are. Smartphones still are and will be unlimited for the foreseeable future. They never advertised unlimited for the USB modems. Stop trolling.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 23, 2011 @11:44PM (#37814036)

    They've made a material change.

    Cast your contract into the fires of Mount Doom.

    Only there can such evil be unmade.

  • by todrules ( 882424 ) on Sunday October 23, 2011 @11:49PM (#37814048) Journal
    They've already stated that they're ditching Clearwire.
  • by meerling ( 1487879 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @12:06AM (#37814110)
    Yep. Anytime they change your contract, you can opt out without any penalties what-so-ever. It's the law. Those guys hate it, and certainly will never tell you about it, but it's true.

    To repeat: ANY time they alter your agreement/contract, you may cancel it with NO penalties. This is by FEDERAL LAW.

    No, I'm not a lawyer, but I've used this little gem myself when a provider decided to screw up things.
  • by irabinovitch ( 614425 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @12:30AM (#37814206) Homepage
    Didn't their CTO just go on record recently saying the unlimited plans weren't going anywhere? http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/27/sprints-unlimited-data-plans-arent-going-anywhere-cto-confirm/ [engadget.com]
  • by jmhysong ( 1560115 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @12:49AM (#37814264) Homepage

    Sprint has been cutting back on features and raising fees for a while now. It's getting out of hand. They're probably doing it all in an effort to make up for the $28B they paid Apple to sell the iPhone. Here is a list of some of the changes.

    * Removal of the Sprint Premiere Membership Program and the removal of all its benefits
    * Using your phone as a Mobile Hotspot no longer has unlimited data but is now capped. It still costs the same $30.
    * Adding a $10 a month 4g charge to every 4g line on an account regardless of whether you get 4g reception or not. This charge was then expanded to include all smartphones on the Sprint network, even if they weren’t capable of 4g.
    * No more Billing to Account.
    * An increase in administrative fees per line.
    * Raising the Early Termination Fee on an account by $150 to $350 for each phone line.
    * Changing the arbitration rules for settling customer disputes in a way that heavily favors Sprint.
    * Stopping people from leaving Sprint because of the arbitration changes without being charged the ETF, even though Federal Courts have ruled that changes in arbitration rules are a material change in the contract.
    * Eliminating unlimited 4g data from it’s Mobile Broadband plans.
    * Dropping WIMAX for their new LTE 4g network. This not only means that if you do not have 4g currently, you will never have it for your current 4g phone but also that all Sprint 4g phones being sold today, even if you are within a current 4g area, will stop operating as 4g at the end of next year because they will not work on Sprint’s new network.

    Sprint sucks.

  • Re:This (Score:4, Informative)

    by Doc Ruby ( 173196 ) on Monday October 24, 2011 @01:21AM (#37814364) Homepage Journal

    In NYC my Sprint 4G smartphone doesn't get 4G hardly anywhere, and outside NYC I have yet to see it get 4G. Much of the time the phone doesn't even get 3G.

    Sprint's plans are just about the cheapest, especially for 4G. But you don't get what you don't pay for.

    I fully expect LTE to be even worse. Not technologically, but because Sprint has always sucked and reamed its customers, and gradually lowers expectations even more.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.