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Sprint responds to rumors about 5GB “unlimited” data cap

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 6:00PM EST

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Following last week’s news that Sprint would be joining the ranks of AT&T and Verizon in implementing a 5GB cap on some of their advertised “Unlimited” data offerings, the company has issued a response in an attempt to clarify their stance. First off, the new cap only applies to data cards and tethering, which means that anyone with a handset-specific unlimited data plan, including Simply Unlimited subscribers, will not be affected. Business accounts will be similarly unaffected. Furthermore, a single month of overage will not freeze a user’s account. Sprint will be using a three month rolling gauge, with a given user having to exceed 5GB in 2 out of the 3 months to register an infringement. First warnings will be issued as a formal reprimand, with further action taken on a case-by-case basis. Sprint also plans to offer data usage monitoring on beginning June 8th. We’re glad the company has taken the time to clarify their new stance, as misconceptions are often born out certain corporations unwillingness to communicate. That said, we still wish they would simply change the marketing material to something other then “Unlimited” to reflect their new policies.


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Josh Karp followed his love of technology since a kid through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, and part of the first editorial team, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eighteen years of experience covering the wireless industry.


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