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Jul 15 2011   11:56AM GMT

Sprint Is the Only Carrier Where Unlimited Means Unlimited



Posted by: Ed Hardy
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I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Sprint’s unlimited data plan is really unlimited. And it’s the only U.S. carrier that can say this.

Sprint clearly agrees with me that it’s worth repeating. It has released a series of commercials with this theme, but in the TiVo world we live I know there are loads of people who never see any commercials, so here’s the latest:
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Rivals: “Unlimited” Doesn’t mean Unlimited

AT&T stopped offering its unlimited plan to new customers last year. Just last week, Verizon did the same. Long-time Verizon subscribers who already had such a plan can keep it, but it’s not really unlimited. There’s a soft cap on how much data users can transfer each month. The top 5% of data users on the network can have their bandwidth slowed. T-Mobile does something similar.

T-Mobile and Verizon argue that you’re not cut off after you hit their soft caps, but can continue to transfer data, albeit at a considerably slower rate, so their plans are still unlimited. But this sounds like sophistry to me.

Sprint, on the other hand, has no soft cap. You can transfer all the data you want. Surf the Web to your heart’s content, download all the Netflix movies you want, sign up for Spotify, get a Vulkano, go nuts.

OK, there are a few restrictions: you can’t host a website over a Sprint wireless connection, or hook it to a webcam so that video is streamed 24 hours a day. But these seem reasonable to me.

It seems crystal clear: if you’re a hard-core smartphone user who doesn’t want to be tied to a Wi-Fi network, then Sprint is the way to go.

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