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, 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
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:
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.