If you watch TV sans-DVR, you’ve probably seen the Sprint commercial promoting its “Truly Unlimited” data plan. In the spot Sprint knock AT&T and Verizon for charging extra for going over 2GB of data then, here’s the kicker, the commercial says, “T-Mobile claims they’re unlimited but, use your phone a lot, and they slow down your data speed. With Sprint you don’t get charged extra, you don’t slow down…”
What makes this commercial so interesting is that at an investor conference on Thursday, Chief Executive Dan Hesse said, "For those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off.” He then admitted that Sprint throttles data for approximately 1% of its users.
Here is the commercial in case you haven’t seen it. It sure is an interesting definition of “Truly Unlimited.”
What is considered an abuse? Sprint shouldn't be advertising that if they aren't offering truly unlimited data. That is a lie to the consumer and I wonder if it could be brought up as fraud. Doubt it, because I'm sure it says that somewhere in the contract. But that commercial is definitely misleading.
4.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
honestly, they need to to protect network integrity for everyone else. that top 1% eats the vast majority of the data bandwidth. Its not surprising. What will be interesting to see is if they stop that "no throttling" claim in their commercials.
7.remixfa(Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Sprint/VZW "3g" is only at max 1.5mb/s in real life. Throw on some network congestion and that can be brought sub 1mb/s really quickly.
Wimax is extremely congested all the time since clearwire oversold their products on the network.
Aye Remixfa; totally unrelated I have the bobsled by t mobile app and now on my android device I can make calls to landline and mobile numbers within usa canada. One I am about to swap from my 1500 unlimited messages and 5gb of high speed data to that walmart 30 a month plan. Do you think the carriers will ever do away with traditional minutes and have VOIP and data plans only? Bobsled works on wifi and my mobile data I am kicking my traditional plan to the curb as long as I have 5gb I am good.
So, all major networks throttle - AT&T throttles lightning quick fast, like their LTE network - my friend has a VIVID - gets 15 Mbps on just HSPA+ alone and after a week of use, he is throttled after not even using the full 2GB.
Temporarily get an iphone 2G - original - use it for a few days - comes with unlimited data. Call back to switch to your current phone of use, and the AT&T rep will have access to unlimited data for your device - even LTE 4G - but beware of throttling.
18.rwolf1984(Posts: 529; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
It's only the top 1%...abusers. so for the normal people that use 1, 2, or 3 Gigabytes maximum it doesnt affect them. Don't get played into the hype of the headline. Sprint is the best value out there. Sprint has every right to police its network. Just like phonearena can police its site and ban all the trolls, lol