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Sprint to cap phone hotspot data to 5GB in time for iPhone 5

updated 07:05 pm EDT, Wed September 21, 2011

Sprint to limit phone modem and hotspot data Oct 2

Sprint will make one additional concession to its service just as it's about to get the iPhone 5. Newly leaked staff memos have shown that it will cap the $30 Mobile Hotspot plan to 5GB of data on October 2. The SprintFeed sighting also showed that Sprint wouldn't go for a looser per-gigabyte overage cap and instead will charge five cents per megabyte.

True to other leaks, Sprint would keep unlimited on-device data for both phones and tablets.

Its plan would still be one of the better options in the US for tethering. Both AT&T and Verizon cap their hotspot plans at 2GB above and beyond the existing service.

With the iPhone 5 due to be unveiled on October 4, the scheduling is likely no coincidence as Sprint braces for a flood of new or newly upgraded smartphone users. Apple may launch the new model more quickly than it has in the past and could give carriers little advance warning. AT&T and Verizon have themselves coordinated these sorts of restrictions in the past timed explicitly around iPhone launches, such as AT&T's 2GB cap or early termination fee hikes.

Sprint hasn't confirmed its iPhone but has very conspicuously dodged around the subject just on Wednesday. Verizon followed a similar strategy when it had secured an iPhone deal months earlier but didn't want to jeopardize sales of existing hardware.



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    Can lie if you want but you got no hope cause the rest of the worlds on GSM!
    WiMax is s*** like Verizon and Sprint cause the rest of the worlds on GSM!
    Nobody cares 'bout your fake 4G cause the rest of the worlds on GSM!
    Get with the day, ditch the CDMA cause the rest of the worlds on GSM!
    On GSM! On, on GSM!
    Get with the day, ditch the CDMA cause the rest of the worlds on GSM!

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