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Sprint has long been the refuge for data-hungry users that don't want to deal with caps or overages. While Sprint's regular 3G and 4G data usage on phones is still unlimited, back in October the Now Network started capping the mobile hotspot feature at 5GB per month. Starting last Friday, May 18th, that plan is gone. In its place are two pricier options.

hotspot1 hotspot2

The low-end option comes with 2GB of monthly bandwidth and costs $19.99 per month. The high-end offering is quite a jump; 6GB for $49.99. It's a clever way to push you to a much more expensive option that you might not need. As a reference, remember that the old 5GB plan only cost consumers $29.99 each month. If you are still on that plan, you will be permitted to keep it until you cancel and try to re-add a hotspot plan.

The old plan worked out to $6 per gigabyte, but the new ones are quite a bit more. The 2GB plan is $10 per gigabyte, and the 6GB plan works out to about $8.33 per gigabyte. It was a little sneaky of Sprint to slip the announcement out there last week on the Sprint Community site instead of issuing a press release. I'd bet some users would have jumped at that 5GB plan when they had the chance.

[Good and Evo, Sprint, Inside Sprint Now]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    I'm starting to think these telecoms need to be regulated.

  • Cdbuhr

    Do they still let you add and remove this as you like and only charge a prorated fee? I did it all the time when I was still on Sprint and just needed occasional tethering.

    • RyanWhitwam

      It looks like there is a comment in the thread from a Sprint employee saying that you can. I assume they would know.

  • Scott

    Unrelated to the article, but misusing the word "quite" with "quiet" annoys the hell out of me. 

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Me too. Ryan notified.

      • Scott

        BTW Android Police is awesome, it's basically the only Android news site that I read on a regular basis. 

      • fixxmyhead

        Artem don't be a sucker and think the lte is gonna be unlimited forever when it's rolled out just switch already

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          When Sprint drops unlimited, I will drop Sprint. Until then, I'm going to hang on - don't feel like migrating a family account elsewhere right now.

    • lordmerovingian

      Not as much as seeing "should of" instead of "should have" in general… Ohhh that just rankles my gears so much..

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz

    First off, Sprint 2GB data for $19.99 is a GREAT DEAL! People who already get slow data, who saw no value in the $30 5GB deal can now pay LESS and GET LESS, since the speed sucks anyway. The 6GB data deal is a joke, whos going to think they can even use that on Sprint's network - let alone going to pay $50 for that privilege anyway, when people can just use a T-Mobile plan for the same price, get faster 4G, better coverage, and still go over that at reduced speeds. 
    Sorry but Sprint offers nothing new to the game here, other than they are slowly trying to piss off customers, and drive them to Verizon for the double data deals.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kan.cacham Kan Cacham

      I know this was a year ago, but at that time I had a tmobile streak 7, I had their 2gig 4g then after that, 2g speed and it was theee worst, I couldn't even get 2g. They said it was due to the fact I was not actually in their coverage area, but as soon as I'd pay my bill, bling bling, I'd have super my good GOD fast 4g, 2 gig would be gone in a day if I din't keep the cellular data off when not using cuz they'd keep on pinging, panging, updating, checking, pingping, email, updating, refreshing, until my 2gig was sucked dry.

      ANYWAYS, after the 2 gig was used, which sometimes I could squeeze it out for 2 weeks, by just getting news am, pm, then emailing and not much else I'd be down to that dang 2g speeds, which actually were about 2-24kbps....

      It was so bad when it first happened I was convinced I was out of service, I was sure I was cut off by mistake. They assured me I was still connected, etc. It would just take forever to open a page and surf around it. So basicly I was paying back then with fees, surcharges, this and that fee, 70dollars per month, for 2gig of data.

      Cuz their non 4g speeds were painfully slow if not unusable for me.

      They tried to tell me it was the coverage, but plenty others were on other devices, that were only edge, and slower, etc, yet they were clocking along at 100-350kbps,,,,

      Now I'm on verizon, with hotspot//4g, 6gig a month, and i have to keep that disabled if not actually using as they pingpingping, pang, dingding, refresh, checking, checking, HELLO, hi, we are just making sure we are connected, blah blah pingping, and it's a constant sucking of the data.......

      I just got a Pantech Element, so I'm trying to get a Cingular Hotspot Prepaid to test it out with on......

      Thanks to all who read me rantification and sorry for all the grammatical errors, etc, etc,,,,,

  • Freak4Dell

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • JonJJon

    Wow, and I thought UK carriers were annoying, you Americans have such crap carriers that just piss around all the time, sheesh.

  • Tyler Chappell

    This is too funny, why? Because of all the people threatening to switch to Sprint when Verizon gets rid of their unlimited data with the tiered plans, can now look forward to Sprint's eventual and inevitable end to their unlimited data. This is only a sign of things to come.

    I was in a Verizon store yesterday and tried asking a manager lady what would happen on the my account that my mom and brother also use, my mom's line being the main account, if I upgraded my phone in December and she was at least honest and said they haven't released enough information or even trained the Verizon store employees yet about the shared data plans.

    • Tyler Chappell

      Oh, and the "Welcome to 4G" image you chose for this article was perfect, gave me a good chuckle :D

  • http://corsicazik.com/ Den Kravec

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! 

  • Tim

    Anyone seen that cashd00d?  Looks like Sprint found a way to pay for their "big network upgrades" you were talking about.  Your wireless data plans are next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kam.w.siu Kam Siu

    it's only a matter of time before all the carriers go crapping all over their customers. 

  • fsrdh

    So is this Hotspot plan on top of a normal 3G data plan? I live in South East Asia and here we pay $10-$20 for unlimited 3G on prepaid cards wherever the data comes from tethered connection or from the phone. If this was an additional charge it's one that's gone full retard. But then again I recently learned that you can't make Skype calls on 3G in US... 

  • barnassey thomas

    Meh this will make my business jump. I root peoples sprint phones so they can get it for free