by Taylor G
So recently if you been following the cellular phone service industry you’ll know that the major 4 companies are in a major battle right now by keeping customers and gaining new users. A little while ago AT&T put a 2GB limit of data they could use from their iPhones and all other smart phones. Over the summer Verizon, probably the best cellular phone service, also put a 2GB limit on their smartphones. This caused tremendous drama between customers of both Verizon and AT&T. Customers were furious because after they used their 2GB limit, which isn’t hard to reach these days, they were charged tremendous amounts of overage fees. Sprint has been advertising that they are the only company with truly unlimited data usage. This has put an extreme amount of strain on their networks as customers have switched over to sprint to take advantage of the unlimited data. But now they are putting limits on their tablets, laptops, and mobile hotspots starting in November. Which will eliminate the unlimited data for everything but smartphones. There will be 3 tiers at which customers can choose to pay for, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB for mobile broadband, with a 5GB cap for smartphone tethering. The overage fees will come out to 5 cents per megabyte, $50 for a GB. Verizon and AT&T charge just $10/GB over.
Now the question is, will sprint effectively remove the ‘unlimited’ data plans for smart phones? I really hope not. I think that the fees that we, as cellular phone users, pay to use data on our phones is astronomical. I don’t understand why people who use AT&T and Verizon don’t switch over to Sprint and join the unlimited data. Being restricted means that you have just another thing to worry about, thus causing more stress in our lives. I know that if I didn’t have a Sprint smartphone, I would constantly be making sure that I don’t have apps running in the background, making sure that I am connected to WiFi when available and checking what level my phone is at on my cap. Will this make people decide against buying a smartphone? I’m not sure the outcome of companies creating these limits the data, but all I know is that I would be really disappointed if Sprint started regulating the amount of data their users were using.
Newman, J. (2011, October 21). Sprint kills unlimited data for everything except smartphones [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/242359/sprint_kills_unlimited_data_for_everything_except_smartphones.html