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Mobile data continues to get more expensive

It looks like there is more bad news coming in for smartphone customers this morning. We first reported that Verizon is ending its customer-friendly "New Every Two" and Early Upgrade programs. The new policy will be in effect for new customers and will expire for current customers at the end of their current contract.

Now we've gotten word that Sprint will be tacking on an extra $10 fee for new subscribers of its Everything Data plan reports Business Insider. This changes applies to all smartphones including ones based on Android, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, and webOS.

Users of WiMAX-enabled devices like the Epic 4G, EVO 4G, and EVO Shift 4G won't have to worry about paying the extra $10 fee -- they are already being charged an additional $10 to have access to 4G/WiMAX data.

For current customers that think they have dodged a bullet with the new fees, don't celebrate so quickly -- Sprint will get its hooks into you eventually. According to the report, current customers who attempt to purchase a new smartphone at the subsidized rate will be hit with the $10 price hike.

As more customers flock to smartphones, wireless carriers are looking for more ways to cover the costs of providing bandwidth. In Sprint’s own words:

The charge will assist Sprint in offering simple and affordable unlimited plans for its customers while maintaining a wireless network able to meet the growing appetite for a richer mobile experience. Subscribers with smartphones will still receive the best value in wireless, including the Any Mobile, Anytime feature offered nationwide only by Sprint. 

AT&T made the move over the summer to kill its unlimited data plans for smartphones and instead introduced a 200MB/2GB, two-tier arrangement. Likewise, Verizon is also contemplating tiered pricing for its smartphone data plans.

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So I must ask.
By EasyC on 1/18/2011 11:37:25 AM , Rating: 2
Why would anyone in their right mind buy a new smartphone at the subsidized rate with this? They can avoid the fee indefinitely if they don't use the promotions.

RE: So I must ask.
By djc208 on 1/18/2011 12:02:28 PM , Rating: 2
Because then you pay the fee in the cost of the phone. So you save $120/year by not renewing but you have to spend $an extra $300-500 or more for the phone. How many years do you have to have it to pay that back?

Plus if you want a newer 4G phone you would probably end up having to pay the extra $10/month anyway.

Yes you could do unlocked phones but then you're usually looking at unknown deals and older phones without any backing by the company.

RE: So I must ask.
By rudy on 1/18/2011 6:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
Also I have sprint and this may be someone found out on my plan the hard way there is basically no way to avoid a contract. They out right paid for a black berry because they were waiting for a evo 4g. Later when they went to buy the evo they were told they were still in contract and could not get it. Finally they left for verizon because sprint had placed them on a contract even though they paid for the phone and I was told that was because they paid the internet price for the phone whatever that is.

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