Sprint unveils new plans for mobile broadband

Sprint unveils new plans for mobile broadband
A little less than a month since Sprint announced they were doing away with the all you can download buffet for mobile broadband devices they have unveiled a couple of new plans to try and help ease the pain.

Sprint recently spoke of their ability to offer unlimited data and labeled it as a “differentiator.” While that may still be the case in terms of smartphone use, we have since been stripped of our unlimited download privileges when it comes to using handsets to tether or using a stand-alone mobile broadband unit. The new plans that Sprint is offering for their 3G/4G mobile broadband service aren’t exactly game changers and will no way hide the fact that it is no longer an unlimited service, but nevertheless it is an improvement.

For starters their regular $50 monthly plan has been improved from 5GB of allotted data to 6GB. Heavy users will probably not see that as a large enough improvement but for those who teeter along the edge of overages beyond 5GB will find that extra gig of data useful. Sprint has also added an $80 plan which will give you 12GB of data on a monthly basis. In addition to these new data plans Sprint also announced the Huawei Express, a 3G/4G mobile hotspot that will run you $29 with a two-year agreement.

So yes, Sprint is no longer unlimited but with the other carriers getting rid of that feature it was only a matter of time until they did as well. In comparison to what their main competition has to offer Sprint has the better plans in terms of allotted data. Verizon for example only allows 5GB and 10GB of usage for their $50 and $80 plans, respectively. Even though the days of unlimited downloads are most certainly behind us, at least Sprint is trying to make the loss a bit easier.

source: Tech Crunch



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Tmobile runs about 5x faster than sprint's best day (up to 42mb/s) and its 5gb plan is all of 30 bux. 10 gig for 60. cant top that.

5. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

that speed is just theoretical

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sprints speed is a theoretical 12mbs, with a realistic 5-8. All carrier speeds are "theoretical".. none of them actually hit it. the point is Tmobile's real world is faster than everyone's by far except VZW. For half the price, that aint too shabby.

6. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Remix you got a GS2 right? If so have you tried the NFC stickers yet?

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, i didnt get it because i refuse to buy a snapdragon chipset (the hercules) and im not paying full retail for a phone that cant take full use of the data on Tmobile (imported, ect). I'm just holding my horses until something spectacular comes along. Maybe one of these T3 smartphones. No, i havent had a chance to try it. does it work?

18. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Ah I thought you did buy one. But yeah I got the NFC stickers and I got extra. Thought I'd hook u up cuz the're pretty cool to use.

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

1. troll One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument

3. robinrisk unregistered

Gallito, don't type without the dots. It is creepy.

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well actually i didnt type... i copied and paste.....

15. robinrisk unregistered

lol :P

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

1) you should copy paste more often, i can understand you. 2) a feature/price comparison is causing "maximum disruption" when the article compares features n prices between different carriers??? lol

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

still with that.... please drop it... I told you many times.. last time i acknowledge those off topic comments.... have a problem on my typing... gallitoking@gmail.com

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh, i sent an email. :)

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I love Sprint, but if they move to tiered data smartphone plans then I am going to jump ship & go to Verizon. If I am going to be stuck on a tiered plan then why not be on the best network in the U.S.? I love the unlimited data on Sprint, with my rooted HTC Evo 3D I just tether anything I need on WiMAX 4G. I really hope Sprint sticks to its promise to keep unlimited data on their smartphones.

8. EvoHero

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2011

Why is it that every time Sprint makes the news on PA, people start freaking out about unlimited data going away? Unlimited data is the backbone of Sprint\'s medium- and long-term business model. It\'s not going anywhere.

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey, I really hope you are right. I just find it curious that Sprint the land of truly unlimited is not unlimited with their mobile broadband/hot spots. So there already is a kink in their armor. Lets just hope it stops there.

14. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Yeah it was inevitable that Sprint would pas up a chance to rake in more of your bucks for less product. Who would pass on that? Survey shows that 100% of the cell carriers in the US would prefer to rip off consumers vs. giving them better service.

17. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

i would like to see this so-called survey

19. JasonLegend00

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

I'm grandfathered and still have unlimited with hotspot. :-D

20. hepresearch unregistered

I thought we just saw an article last week that said the Sprint "Express" was to be an Android smartphone (which actually seemed to be a variant of the Huawei "Boulder")... and now in this article it is the "Huawei Express", apparently a mobile hotspot device for Sprint, instead of a phone. I am slightly confussled...

21. mills0806

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

I had the Sprint overdrive modem and used it in my office. I only got 3G speeds which were really slow. The thing that sucks with Wimax is the spectrum is not as good at penetrating through walls and buildings. But now that Sprint is moving towards LTE hopefully that will work better than their Wimax coverage.

22. hepresearch unregistered

This is because the spectrum that Sprint picked for WiMAX is in the 2500MHz band - way way up there, even above the PCS band... the higher the frequency (well, for digital UHF/microwave signals), the less building penetration you get over range for your signal power at the tower. Unfortunately, Sprint will be stuck with LTE on 2500 MHz for a while as well, just because they are dependent on Clearwire at the moment, who will be converting WiMAX to LTE on their existing spectrum... so don't expect the building penetration situation to improve much until they start building out their own LTE-Advanced on the ESMR (800 MHz) band.

23. robinrisk unregistered

Actually with the Sprint Network vision and the multimodal towers they will not need to deploy a specific technology on a specific band. All towers will have 800,1900 and 2500 mhz, and LTE, WiMax and CDMA will be broadcast in all bands. Depending on how strong each band is, your phone will connect to the network over 2500, 1900 or 800 mhz respectively.

24. hepresearch unregistered

Yes, that is what they would like to do... eventually. Until then, they have to deal with what they have currently. Clearwire is their WiMAX/LTE partner currently, who has 2500 MHz bandwidth. Sprint will have to play catch-up for a while until they can deploy enough LTE on 1900 MHz to catch up to Clearwire\'s, and they have already said that 800 MHz is committed to LTE-Advanced, which is at least a year or two away from initial deployment. They already have CDMA on 1900 MHz and 800 MHz, and iDEN on 800 MHz will be going away soon to make more room for CDMA/WiMAX/LTE/whatever\'s next. So, I reiterate my first point... don\'t expect the building penetration situation to improve too soon. Give it another year or two, and things will be likely be fine by then... but if you cannot wait that long, start looking at all of your options.

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