Interesting Rumor…

By: Juan December 28th, 2011

One of our moderators, after a very recent visit to Radio Shack had this to say after speaking to an employee:

In addition to the change in how they will calculate discounts by separating the 1st 2 lines, Sprint will be going to capped data. The cap numbers I heard were a 2GB cap with speeds throttled after 1 GB. No word on if it was being applied across the board, would just be for new accounts, etc.

What does this mean? Simply put, Sprint may begin the move to stop the totally awesome Unlimited plans. How will this change your relationship with Sprint?


Filed Under: Sprint News


51 Responses to “Interesting Rumor…”

  1. preston411 on December 28th, 2011 9:32 am

    Throttle after 1GB?? The speeds are slow enough as it is!! You cap me, I’m off to Verizon, yes I may pay a little more, but the speed AND 4g availability NOW would be worth it. Don’t be stupid Sprint and disappoint loyal customers (over 10yrs here).

  2. SingSongBird on December 28th, 2011 9:33 am

    Well then Sprint will be no better than any other carrier! Such a sad commentary that all that money was spent touting the beauty of unlimitedness and considering unlimited it pretty much all they have going for them.

  3. CallDon on December 28th, 2011 9:35 am

    They have removed any reason to not move to Verizon.

  4. lifestudent on December 28th, 2011 9:35 am

    What I’d heard wasn’t capping or throttling, but that going to 4G ITE would cause unintentional slowing by reaching the capacity of the network.

  5. Madfelon on December 28th, 2011 9:53 am

    Hahahah just another reason to leave Sprint ASAP. Sprint is a joke!

  6. bjones16 on December 28th, 2011 10:02 am

    Well if this comes to fruition let it happen now so I can go to Verizon and get 4gb of data and only pay for 2! This has to be a joke! Im already getting capped! lol

  7. Duffman on December 28th, 2011 10:37 am

    Why would you spread unsubstantiated rumors from a RADIO SHACK EMPLOYEE? Really?

  8. madcapjim on December 28th, 2011 11:06 am

    Rumor is just that. And reporting rumors based on a conversation with a employee at Radio Shack is laughable.

  9. allanak on December 28th, 2011 11:13 am

    Well, if they change my contract terms, I guess I get out of my contract ETF-free and I’ll go get that Galaxy Nexus I’ve been drooling over.

  10. guruvince on December 28th, 2011 11:18 am

    Why would a Radioshack employee rumor be front page news?

  11. AverageJoe1979 on December 28th, 2011 11:39 am

    Well I hope they grandfather people. I just got the EVO 3D a few month ago and am on the hook for another two years. If not then I am jumping ship to AT&T. I would get an corporate employee discount and get 5 times the speed. SPRINT is really going downhill since getting the iPhone. I know three people who switched from AT&T to SPRINT for unlimited data with the iPhone, but two switched back within 30 days because of the extremely slow data speeds. No point in unlimited data if you can’t even use it. So in a way they solved their own problem.

  12. vessigny on December 28th, 2011 11:42 am

    If that is e case, Cricket is sounding better and better to me. Just let them try.

  13. Jesse on December 28th, 2011 11:54 am

    Why doesn’t it happen now so I don’t upgrade and extend my contract thus way I can go to Verizon

  14. Ray on December 28th, 2011 12:43 pm

    yeah, if sprint slows me down even more than I am, than screw them. I’ve paid what they called that 10 4g fee, even though I’ve never been able to use it. Why pay all that money for internet, when they won’t let you use it.

    I’ll start a gas station. Offer unlimted gas. I’ll let you fill up one tank full using the pumps. After that you can fill up the tank only using teaspoons. After that only using straws. Then nothing.

    To bad these companies can’t offer something of value for our money. That would take inovation and intelligence. To bad they have none.

  15. leh228 on December 28th, 2011 1:27 pm

    First Nickel and diming and now this

  16. gedansky on December 28th, 2011 2:08 pm

    If the “rumor” were true, I would eventually move to Cricket or Virgin or something similar, as they have the same caps and throttling you mention, but at noticeably lower prices. I love technology and features, but I am on a real budget. I would not switch to Verizon or ATT in pursuit of more features, because that would cost me twice as much as I pay now (I’ve done the research and the math)

    Intel created the business model that Memory should double in size and halve in price, every 6 months, and, in kind, the technology industry has become continuously cheaper. But, in recent years, cell phone companies have started to go the way of banks… charging for every little thing, turning low cost features, such as messaging, into major cash cows. The technology world may be changing, but the cost of implementation has remained largely the same. It’s just greed now. Like gasoline, there will come a time when we have to say, “enough”, even if it pinches us for a while.

    Smartphones and data-centric networks solutions are a luxury for me. I rely heavily on them, but, if I needed to, I could suffer with a flip phone and use my outdated, discounted iPad wherever I can find WiFi, and that would be it.

  17. Andrwe on December 28th, 2011 3:04 pm

    I worked for Sprint 2000-2003.
    Sales became slow for the company and my pay grade was reduced $2 hour. All sales reps pay grade was reduced from $10 an hour to $8 an hour. the commission went up.
    What I am getting at is of course Sprint is going to cap data for EVERYONE. HA HA. welcome to the world of SPRINT>
    THEY JUST PAID ALL THAT MONEY TO BE THE NBA OFFICIAL SPONSOR, How do you think they are going to cut costs.

  18. Andrew on December 28th, 2011 3:09 pm

    That is Sprints theme..unlimited
    Well not anymore.
    Sprint has the slowest 4g network, and comparing to 3g carriers At&T T Mobile and Verizon, Sprint 4g is about the same as these carriers 3g. Sprints 3g, which you will get a lot, is about the same speed as T Mobile At&T edge network, 2.5
    I love T Mobile. i switched to sprint for a month, couldn’t believe how slow their WIMAX 4g is
    And, Sprints 4g is a ridiculous drain on the battery.

  19. Google on December 28th, 2011 7:58 pm

    Well well well. Just as I was thinking about leaving ATT for the cheaper Sprint unlimited options And living with an Android phone I read this news. First, I’ve seen Sprints 3G speed in action on my mom’s Evo 4G and it’s crud. She has to be on a home wireless connection just to get youtube videos to actually play to completion so if data is going to be capped And throttled before the cap well you might as well go to TMobile. Idk what I intend to do now because ATT is just so damn expensive even though I have a unlimited plan still.

  20. Chris on December 28th, 2011 10:54 pm

    And why does anyone think that a random Radio Shack employee would have any inside knowledge regarding Sprint’s future data plans?

  21. ccchhhrrriiisss on December 29th, 2011 12:12 am

    This just can’t be true. If it were, this is like Sprint is literally BEGGING for customers to leave.

  22. BPHusker on December 29th, 2011 7:34 am

    I agree with everyone – it would remove the only thing keeping me from Verizon, especially because they just flipped on LTE in my city a few months ago.

  23. badqat on December 29th, 2011 9:07 am

    I left Sprint for AT&T when the iPhone appeared. I have unlimited data grandfathered in, but I did visit Sprint when the iPhone 4S came out to switch my three lines back.

    The slow data speeds I experienced kept me from doing so, however.

    If this rumor is true, then even if Sprint gets the speed issues solve, I’d still have no reason to go back.

  24. cms121 on December 29th, 2011 9:13 am

    I would definitely leave Sprint after many many years as a customer and definitely never have another smart phone (currently use Samsung Epic 4G). I recently purchased an android tablet with GPS and wifi, maps, email. I don’t really need the smart phone anymore. I would either downgrade to a simple flip phone so I would just have a real phone, something simple I can actually make phone calls on without running off the road and it would probably be a tracfone. Used them for a few years and never had any problems. Simple, very cost efficient and no contracts.

  25. ronnalah on December 29th, 2011 9:14 am

    They can do whatever they want. But, so can I. My contract is up in May.

  26. N3tT3chMan on December 29th, 2011 9:20 am

    Id have to agree with all of you… If they cap my data and slow my service (that is already at a crawling rate of 500kbps or less) then I will not hesitate to leave for Verizon with my company plan. Who already has LTE in Louisville.

  27. wburbage on December 29th, 2011 9:22 am

    If this happens they can count me and my 15 years of being a loyal customer over. At that point there’s absolutely no reason to stay with Sprint. I barely get service anyway so they’ll be making my decision a lot easier.

  28. mtnmedic on December 29th, 2011 9:31 am

    I sure hope this isn’t true. A data cap is one thing that I SUPPOSE I coukd love with…but throttling after 1GB? It’s stupid slow to begin with.

    This would be very hard for me. I’ve been with Sprint for 12 years and I have my entire family on the everything data family plan 1500. Where I live in the countryside however, there is ZERO Sprint (there is in town, where I go twice a week). Not even a partner roaming tower. I’m all roaming out here and my town is really only 34 miles away from the nearest big community. Even no Airave coverage (I have an Airvana that’s useless here). There is, however, a new AT&T tower right above town and the rest of my family is also in AT&T areas as well as Sprint. My sister just got my EVO 4G after I’d bought myself an iPhone 4S last month. I figured she’d take advantage of the 4G there in Los Angeles. And she does. Nearest 4G to me is 3.5 hours away in Portland.

    If this rumor is true and AT&T can give me a better family deal, then I’ll make the switch. No sense in suffering with roaming since I’m the one using the minutes the most, by far (sister second, other family members occasionally use their devices). Plus my iPad is AT&T 3G and there is a tower near Mom’s house. She gets NOTHING out where she lives…not even broadband…so an iPad would work for her as well in more ways than one.

    In other words, what little incentive I have to stay with Sprint is being whittled away. It’s dumb that the current business model with cell carriers is based upon sucking in new customers for short term big money contracts and new devices rather than creating and taking care of loyal, long term customers who are the bread and butter they can RELY on for years.

  29. Juan on December 29th, 2011 9:50 am

    The Radio Shack employee was retelling what a Sprint rep had talked to him about earlier that day.

    If Sprint decides to adopt this, it will definitely be a game changer for all of us, especially if the change happens across the board as opposed to new contracts.

  30. MBC on December 29th, 2011 9:59 am

    Verizon here I come. I don’t like tactics and promoting unlimited data to get people onto an iPhone and then pulling the plug is a CHEAP tactic. If it really happens I will leave Sprint after being a customer since 1997. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

  31. mak967 on December 29th, 2011 10:48 am

    I can’t believe this on the front page. Even if this rumor turns out to be true, its still only a rumor for now. This should not be on the front page!

  32. Donna Sikorski on December 29th, 2011 11:18 am

    I would finish out my contract and go to Boost!

  33. ronboykin on December 29th, 2011 1:43 pm

    If Sprint does this they’ll be in more hot water than they already are! They’re getting rid of their selling point and will lose lots of customers again. Many people bought the iPhone on Sprint because of the unlimited data plans. These customers could have easily gone with AT&T or Verizon! I’ve had unlimited data for over 10 years with Sprint so why stop now!

  34. TonyTurboII on December 29th, 2011 3:30 pm

    Again, this came from a Radio Shack employee. Why post this garbage?

  35. cookeys on December 29th, 2011 5:10 pm

    I can’t even imagine them doing something like this. It would really be the final nail in the Sprint coffin.
    And I agree. It came from a Radio Shack employee. How would someone like that have any inside information about the goings on at Sprint.

  36. BMGRAHAM on December 29th, 2011 5:19 pm

    I agree with the cynics. Since when was Radio Shack a credible source of future Sprint direction? If he is right then shame on him for divulging confidential information.

    If true, then depending on how much extra it would cost it could spur me to go on our corporate managed plan which would require leaving Sprint after more than 15 years. I can’t see it happening, this is one of Sprint’s main selling features. It’s worth suffering the worse coverage and dropped calls for.

  37. Midwest_Techi on December 29th, 2011 7:06 pm

    I have two lines & have been a customer for over 10 years, but now my contract is up & if they pull that crap I will be MetroPCS hello…hello…HELLO!!!

  38. CobaltBlue on December 29th, 2011 7:13 pm

    I just re-upped with Sprint this week so this would totally blow if true. However, given the source, an employee at a local Radio Shack store, I seriously doubt its veracity. It would be a lot more credible if backed up by leaks from actual Sprint employees. The fact that it hasn’t been makes this rumor less than useful.

    Additionally, even if Sprint were moving to capped data on phones, 1-2GB would be a joke, especially on 4G, where one can easily use that much data in a few days. It would be easier to swallow on 3G (especially for people who don’t tether, which of course none of us do because it’s against the ToS heh heh), but even then on the low side.

    It would also be a stupid business move on Sprint’s part given that with LTE still over half a year away at the earliest, Unlimited is really its only advantage over the other carriers. In a year or two it might make more business sense, especially if the LTE deployment goes well. But right now it would be counterproductive, losing Sprint more money than it made it.

    Finally, I’ve had 4G on both coasts for 2 weeks now, and am more than happy with the speed and coverage, with down speeds from 1-12Mb/s and up from 100-150kb/s. But we’re talking major markets (Seattle & NYC), and I’ve no doubt that it’s not nearly so good in other places, even where 4G is officially offered. My point is that I doubt that Sprint would doing be this because of bandwidth problems, if it’s doing this, which is why I don’t think it’s doing this.

    Of course, I could be totally wrong, and Sprint is about to pull another one of its patented shoot oneself in the foot maneuvers. Has Dan Hesse been shorting Sprint stock recently (or secretly working for Verizon)?

  39. CobaltBlue on December 29th, 2011 7:16 pm

    Oops, my up speed averages from 600-1500kb/s, not 100-150kb/s (still in a 3G mindset, I guess). Not as fast as I’d like, especially when uploading photos, but fast enough for most purposes, including video chats on Skype.

  40. Hip2Bsquare on December 29th, 2011 9:22 pm

    Do you think that Sprint will still have the nerve to charge the $10 Premium Data Fee on all smartphones if they cap and/or throttle data?

  41. jazzman_joe on December 30th, 2011 2:12 am

    throttle after 1gb… The source is radioshack … And this makes front page?? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL I’M SORRY BUT WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS IS A JOKE

  42. Remax Realtor on December 30th, 2011 9:05 am

    For those complaining, have you logged in to your Sprint account and seen how much data you use? I use 1/2 a gig per month on average, so my guess is that it wouldn’t even affect most of you.

  43. Duffman on December 30th, 2011 10:22 am

    This rumor is completely idiotic. Sprint has emphatically stated that its competitive advantage is unlimited data with your phone. There is absolutely no way Sprint would commit suicide by changing that now. And to give a Radio Shack employee any credibility is irresponsible of

    How about we talk to a Best Buy employee to get the inside scoop on what Apple is planning?

  44. Brandy Garcia on December 30th, 2011 12:38 pm

    Im not surprised by anything sprint dose I switched from Verizon by the way Verizon sucks as bad as sprint the coverage sucks and thay are very expensive we will be shutting down are service couse im tired of rude and stupid people that dont know how to do there job there customer service sucks and there management is just as clueless as far as the service it’s self know complaints there I have there phone conect for the home and internet and it shure put quest to hell

  45. rgruenhaus on December 30th, 2011 3:35 pm

    Would only pay for a capped data plan if they have 0% ads!

    I am not paying for advertisements. I want data credit for any ads I get!

  46. rgruenhaus on December 30th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Now if the $10.00 4G plan is unlimited after they build out that service and the 3G or less is capped, fine!

  47. Melody on December 31st, 2011 4:51 pm

    I’ve been with Sprint for many years now. If they do away with the Unlimited Data plan, then yes, I’ll seek out another provider. Had a hard enough time swallowing the $10 smartphone fees that come up whether you’re a long-time customer or not. No grandfathering for that one! You get a new phone, you get the fee, plain and simple. Having 3 phones and paying $30 for just that sucks! Stop the one perk, Unlimited Data, that keeps me with Sprint and we’re gone. Currently that’s THE one thing that can’t be beat by ANY provider in my area and keeps the pricing better than the rest, even with the crap $10 per phone smartphone fee we now have.

  48. Bubba Hooska on January 2nd, 2012 11:45 pm

    This rumor is true! I heard the same thing from the manager of my local Radio Shack. He also told me that Sprint is getting the Droid Razr in February, so I’m really excited by that.

  49. Wud_e on January 3rd, 2012 9:23 am

    If this happens then it makes it even easier for me to switch to AT&T for the nokia 900 if it is released there.

  50. Drobot on January 3rd, 2012 11:59 pm

    This is nonsense, I can see capped data after the lte network is deployed but if u have an unlimited plan you are grandfathered in either way. This would only be for new lines.

  51. srtdodge05 on January 8th, 2012 9:42 am

    I believe Dan is the one that started this rumor. I read in another thread he has a friend that works at radioshack.

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