Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sprint Updates Price Plans for Mobile Broadband, No More Unlimited 4G

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Effective today (11/13/11), Sprint has updated their service plan options for mobile broadband devices (USB modems, ExpressCards, and PCMCIA cards), hotspots (like the MiFi and Overdrive), and tablet/netbook devices. Until now, Sprint had offered unlimited 4G service on 4G-capable devices, with a monthly allowance (5GB or 10GB for most devices; tablets/netbooks had other options) for 3G service.

As of today, Sprint is no longer offering unlimited 4G service. Instead, users will have two or more plan options that include a monthly allowance for 3G and 4G data, with overage charges incurred if that allowance is exceeded. This is bad news for folks in 4G areas who use a lot of data, obviously, but the silver lining is that the new plans have more competitive pricing.

USB, ExpressCard, and PCMCIA card users will now have two plans to choose from:

  • 6GB of 3G/4G for $49.99/mo
  • 12GB of 3G/4G for $79.99/mo

Hotspot (i.e. MiFi and Overdrive) users will now have three plans to choose from:

  • 3GB of 3G/4G for $34.99/mo
  • 6GB of 3G/4G for $49.99/mo
  • 12GB of 3G/4G for $79.99/mo

Tablet/Netbook users will now have four plans to choose from:

  • 1GB of 3G/4G for $19.99/mo
  • 3GB of 3G/4G for $34.99/mo
  • 6GB of 3G/4G for $49.99/mo
  • 12GB of 3G/4G for $79.99/mo

Overages for ALL of the above plans will be billed at $0.05/mb.

One major question that EXISTING Sprint users who signed up before 11/13 are sure to have is, "will my plan change or will I still have unlimited 4G service?" Unfortunately, according to Sprint, they will NOT be "grandfathering" in existing customers - existing customers will receive a notification from Sprint and forced to choose one of the new plans.

(Note for smartphone/PDA users: these changes are for mobile broadband devices, hotspots, netbooks, and tablets only - data service is still unlimited on phones/PDAs with the Simply Everything and Everything Data plans)