Is Sprint planning on throttling data starting this summer?

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Is Sprint planning on throttling data starting this summer?
Glaringly visible on what looks to be Sprint's Playbook, the big words of point number two can easily scare some newly crowned HTC EVO 4G owners out there as they play around with their high-speed and data eating smartphones. Most owners probably overlooked the fine print in their contracts where it says that the carrier has the right to limit data speeds without notice. Similar to what T-Mobile has implemented recently, data throttling may be happening over on Sprint as well. Granted though it may not seem as bad as AT&T's recent move to eliminate unlimited data plans, customers can still expect to eat as much data as they want, but it could be a painfully slow process. Time is surely winding down as it's expected to come sometime this summer, but we'd surmise that it would help alleviate the network strain that's probably expected out of the HTC EVO 4G's release.

source: Engadget


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13 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

woah woah.. dont misrepresent. Tmobile "throttles" down plans when they hit the 5 gigabyte mark. Its an unlimited plan regardless. And how many "non movie pirating" people do you know that have actually hit the 5g cap.. on any networks' card? Concidering Tmobile charges a whoppin 39.99 for the fastest service in the US on a data stick, and it has no data cap, its a fantastic deal.

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I hit my 5gb mark occasionally, I'm on the road a lot and use my mifi A LOT.

5. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I use an average of 6-8gb a month on Verizon with my Moto Droid but I do use wireless tethering every once and a while... for people who browse the web ALL THE TIME or download music through the phone, it is very easy to hit that mark. I actually go through two entire charges on my Droid battery every day (had to buy a spare) because I read so much news etc on the phone during the day...

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. thats a bit extreme ;). Normal people read their emails, news, maybe hit a youtube video or 3. Unless your doing tons of heavy data stuff like streaming or pirating or mp3 downloading, ur not gonna hit it. The vast majority prob never hit 2 gigs.

12. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Or if your tethering... VPN .. Outlook .. Emails ... How demanding is your internet use for work ? .. Technical drawings for techs .. Downloading Flash Files / Programs / Software if necessary depending on industry .. Hitting 5gb is easy. Raise it to 10gb and have cheap tiers for ever 5gb and it'll be fine. Over 10gb is a lot, but possible. Over 20gb is probably downloading video's or watching too much porn. But then again, have reasonable prices available for EVERY user. You can charge a reasonable price for 50gb, but obviously it's more then the 2gb user.

2. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

Ok guys, whoever sent this in or posted it took it entirely out of context. Like miles away from the actual use. This is going to be a tool available for business customers. If they have an employee who has a company data card who uses the internet too much or misuses their internet (i.e. music/movie streaming, torrenting, etc.) that company's plan overseer will have the ability to throttle that employee's data connection. As you can see, in the photo, it says "this functionality will be added" Not "this limitation." So....yeah. HUGE screwup on the misrepresentation here.

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Thank you... Good comment.

8. trevor83

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

It says "will impact customers". That doesn't sound very optional to me.

10. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

The *ability* will impact customers. Just bad wording, I think. I suppose if you're that guy that's using his company data card to stream Pandora, there might be a bit of an impact ;) But rest assured this is not Sprint saying that they're going to throttle data. This whole photographed page was tools designed to help business customers. If you look above that, you can see that e-bills are going to made available for business customers as well, so that a company can go paperless if they want. Also, if you'll notice, the information is taken from an article on Engadget, which you can get to by clicking the Engadget hyperlink underneath. That article has been updated with the new information.

6. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

good job sprint be a sheep and follow all the cell phone companys why to stand out and be different.

7. berzito

Posts: 5; Member since: May 25, 2010

Love it how people never get the whole story and start ranting away

11. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

oh i'm sorry i see where sprints going like all other cell phone service providers and that is tiered pricing. so i am not wasting my time trying to get people to see whats going to happen. then sprint will just be like "well all the other providers are doing it" and then i will be here going i told you so :P

13. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

Yeah, just like making GPSl and TV an extra charge to use on each plan....oh wait. They decided to make that included in the data plans. Whoops. And limiting the unlimited calling to a few numbers in your calling circle...oh wait. You can call any cell phone in the US unlimitedly. Hmmm.

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