When I think of Sprint, the first thought that comes to mind is CEO Dan Hesse standing on a pier talking about being truly unlimited. I'm sure that he really does like the idea of being truly unlimited... but only when phones are concerned. You see, Sprint is reportedly going to take a different stance when it comes to data connection cards and embedded devices, such as tablets and netbooks.
According to BriefMobile, new data packages are rumored to be put in place on May 8th, the same day that the Nexus S 4G is set to land on the Now Network. The new, tiered data plan looks like it has been extracted directly from the Verizon Wireless playbook, as the pricing is identical:
- 3GB Data Plan - Available on Sierra Pro Overdrive, Novatel MiFi, and Samsung Galaxy Tab - $34.99
- 5GB Data Plan - Available on Sierra Pro Overdrive, Novatel MiFi, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and Netbook/Notebook - $49.99
- 10GB Data Plan - Available on the same devices as the 5GB - $79.99
Those prices are assuming that you already have phone service with Sprint, otherwise it will set you back an additional $10.00. An added bonus, however, is that the Everything Data 450 minute plan now includes 300 "bonus" minutes, effectively making it a 750 minute plan.
So what do you think? Is this the beginning of the end for "truly unlimited" or is it the struggle of a desperate provider trying to stay in the game?