"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...
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).