Computers, get off the phone internet! Rumors abound that Sprint is to kill its biggest selling point over rival networks: unlimited 3G data plans. From an alleged internal memo, leaked by an anonymous source, a change to the Terms of Service is coming down the pike this summer…
“Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred and to deny, terminate, modify, or suspend service if usage exceeds 5GB per month in total or 300MB/month while off-network roaming.”
Sprint’s fast Evdo Rev. A. network offers DSL/Cable-like bandwidth, with real-world speeds typically peaking at about a megabit and a half. Applying a low cap to this would be a disaster for users like me, who rely on Sprint’s 3G network day in, day out.
At 5GB, a user could eat their monthly allocation in a few hours of continuous maxed-out use; spread over a month, that’s only about 160MB a day. Compare to this blog’s homepage, which currently contains 1.6MB of stuff. Heavy browsing is easily enough, these days, to throw one past the rumored limit: a few YouTubes and maybe 100 homepages a day is all you’ll get. For comparison, Comcast’s undisclosed cap on its cable internet service is suspected to kick in between 250-300GB a month.
Five GB is no good for use as an everyday connection unless you haven’t changed your browsing habits since the last century. If true, Sprint’s vision for its 3G network is as something for phones, not computers.