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Sprint is Throttling 1% of Its 'Unlimited' Data Users

Sprint is Throttling 1% of Its 'Unlimited' Data Users

Posted January 5, 2012 at 11:38pm by iClarified · 10319 views
Sprint has admitted that it's throttling about 1% of its unlimited data plan users, reports Dow Jones Newswire.

"For those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off," said Chief Executive Dan Hesse said at an investor conference today. Hesse continued to say that Sprint throttles data use for about 1% of users.

This statement appears to contradict the company's marketing message:

"You'd be shocked how much data you use in a month," Sprint asks in a recent television advertisement. "What happens if you go over? With Sprint, you don't have to worry; only Sprint offers truly unlimited data."

Would you call a data plan that throttles the top 1% of users 'truly unlimited'? Let us know in the comments...

Update:
TechCrunch notes that the Dow Jones Newswire may have missed a key bit of information.

It seems the Dow Jones report left a key word out: roaming. Dan Hesse squeezed the word in there, suggesting that Sprint will only consider it abuse when you go data-crazy on a partnered network that isn't actually theirs (Hesse cites "a guy in his house in rural Montana" as an example).

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Someone
Someone - January 6, 2012 at 6:58pm
Well.. Want to hear an astonishing fact? I read a report yesterday stating that top 1% of users consume 50% of bandwidth while top 10% of users consume 90% of band width. That's says enough...! Throttling doesn't mean it's not unlimited data.. Just saying!
Cyber Angels
Cyber Angels - January 6, 2012 at 6:52am
SPRINT IS NOT DELIVERING DATA SPEED AS AT&T AND VRIZON AND THAT IS A FACT . INDEPENDANT RESEARCH SHOWED THAT SPRINT IS DELIBERATELY JAMMING DATA SPEED TO LOWER USAGE.
SprintFalseAdvertising
SprintFalseAdvertising - January 6, 2012 at 2:49am
Wow, everyone go to sprint.com, the rotating ad on the main page (or click the third icon) to see an ad for their "Unlimited Data" which literally says, "No throttling, no metering, no overages!" Anyone with a Sprint contract can easily get out of it if you get throttled as they advertise no throttling and if that has changed on their end of the contract, then you can get out on your end without a ETF.
David
David - January 6, 2012 at 2:49am
All this fuss over an article that has now been corrected. Apparently, the throttling only applies to excessive use on partner roaming networks, a policy that's actually listed in the terms of service. This is the problem with knee-jerk blog posts. Sentiment is created only by the initial post, impossible to undo by subsequent retractions. On the other hand, the sentiment is so easy to create because of all the frustration other carriers have caused. It primes us to believe the worse.
2 1/2 Year Party
2 1/2 Year Party - January 6, 2012 at 2:37am
It was inevitable. One company starts throttling for 5 percent top data usage or 1 percent whatever B.S. , the rest get on the bandwagon. Ive had unlimited data with AT&T for 2 1/2 years with great network speed. I got my speed throttled last week. It was great downloading so many movies and TV shows and software for all that time. I guess the party had to end.
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