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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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RE: well $h!t
By therealnickdanger on 1/18/2011 12:12:05 PM , Rating: 1
The whole reason I went with a 3G phone instead of a new 4G phone was to avoid Sprint's $10/mo phone tax. Now they're just going to kick me in the nuts anyway (eventually). Wow. So does this mean new 4G phones will have $10+$10/mo? God, why can't they just stick with one plan for more than 12 months?

I can guarantee that even if you don't buy a subsidized phone (full price or used on Craigslist), they will still charge the $10/mo.

I really wish someone would sue Sprint over the use of "unlimited" and "everything". It's BS. "Unlimited" Internet has a 5GB/mo cap, and "unlimited" calling is restricted to mobile-mobile only. "Everything"? Domestic only, no international.

/rant


RE: well $h!t
By Gamingphreek on 1/18/2011 12:23:17 PM , Rating: 4
For goodness sake - please exercise some reading comprehension.

quote:

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.


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