Sprint boasts mobile hotspot add-ons but kills 5GB plan

By: Juan May 23rd, 2012


In a thinly veiled attempt to get users excited about new mobile hotspot add-ons for smartphones and tablets, Sprint announced that it is swapping its 5GB for $29.99 per month data plan for two more costly options.

As of May 18, Sprint launched two hotspot add-ons, the first costs $19.99 per month for 2GB of combined 3G/4G on-network data and the second is $49.99 per month for 6GB of combined data. The 5GB $29.99 is now defunct, but users who have this plan can keep it until they cancel their service.

“Sprint’s new pricing will now allow customers to try the mobile hotspot add-on at a lower entry point while continuing to be competitive in the industry,” Sprint wrote in a blog post last week.

This does not mean Sprint is killing its unlimited data plan (for now), but it is looking to make more money off its users. Last September, the carrier reassured users that it would continue to provide unlimited data plans despite its main competitors, Verizon and AT&T, slashing their unlimited plans.

“Data on many of Sprint’s phone plans continues to be unlimited, while on the Sprint network,” Sprint wrote in last week’s blog post. “On-network data generated on the phone remains unlimited on Sprint’s Everything plans that include data when MHS functionality is disabled.”

While using the hotspot add-ons, users will get overage charges of 5 cents per MB if they exceed the monthly data allowance of the plan they are on. Sprint cautions users to be sure to turn off their hotspot add-on when not connected to other devices or else they many incur added costs. The company said customers with the hotspot add-ons can enroll to get usage notifications to let them know if they near their monthly limit.

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5 Responses to “Sprint boasts mobile hotspot add-ons but kills 5GB plan”

  1. fandango1974 on May 23rd, 2012 8:43 am

    Does this mean Sprint will eventually pull the plug on Unlimited data? Rumors aside I cannot see them continuing with unlimited data if they continue to run at a loss as well as restructure their data plans.

  2. CobaltBlue on May 23rd, 2012 9:23 am

    Do they also plan to crack down on tethering given that it’s what Sprint referred to as “MHS use of the phone” on unlimited plans?

  3. mocheesehead on May 24th, 2012 1:13 pm

    So don’t go over your plan…$50 a gb. Sprint can go pound sand on that one!

  4. AquilaChill on May 24th, 2012 1:24 pm

    @CobaltBlue This doesn’t say that, MHS=Mobile Hot Spot, which the article is about.
    “On-network data generated on the phone remains unlimited on Sprint’s Everything plans that include data when MHS functionality is disabled.” Means non roaming phone data (not Mobile Hot Spot) is still unlimited, just like it has been for years.
    Sprint would be crazy to ditch unlimited data for phones, its one of the last reasons ppl stay on sprint, they would jump to tmobile, regional or prepaid without it.

  5. Faith on May 29th, 2012 10:53 am

    I tried to change my 2-year-old Sprint MiFi 2200 to the smaller plan, but the website would not allow me. I guess you have to purchase a new device to change the plans.

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