Sprint’s unlimited wireless data plans for mobile devices and hotspots is about to end, bringing the cell service provider closer inline with AT&T and Verizon’s data caps. The new data plans are set to kick in starting in November.
In a statement on the Sprint Web site the company said, “If you have a mobile broadband device such as a tablet, netbook, notebook, USB card, connection card or Mobile Hotspot device, effective beginning with your next bill following notification, your on-network monthly data allowance will no longer include unlimited 4G.”
Mobile Hotspot data will be combined with user’s regular phone data usage, which means Sprint subscribers will face 3GB, 5GB or 10GB data caps, depending on their contract. Don’t expect to see a price cut from the change since Sprint is saying there won’t be any billing changes for subscribers with Mobile Hotspot add-on packages.
For subscribers with unlimited phone data plans, however, Sprint said “You will continue to enjoy unlimited data usage on your phone while on the Sprint network.”
Sprint joined the iPhone family in October as the third Apple partner in the U.S. with the launch of the iPhone 4S. Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S during a special media event at the beginning of October, and began selling the combination iPod and smartphone in stores on October 14.
[Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.]