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Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye expressed the company's commitment to unlimited data at the GigaOm's Mobilize conference in San Francisco yesterday

Sprint announced that it intends to keep its unlimited data plans around awhile in order to have a competitive edge against AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile -- which have eliminated their unlimited data.

At the GigaOm's Mobilize conference in San Francisco yesterday, Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye expressed the company's commitment to unlimited data, calling it a "differentiator" from other U.S. carriers, according to Engadget.

But it's not enough to just be different. There is a high cost for supporting these subscribers and there's market pressure associated with maintaining unlimited services. Bye said he understood these costs, but defended unlimited plans by acknowledging that not every unlimited subscriber uses as much data as the next. He added that unlimited data plans are easier to maintain because there's no tiered data support or hidden costs for customer care.

However, launching a 4G network may be an issue with Sprint's current plan, considering the expense involved in maintaining such a network. According to CNET, Sprint will first have to eliminate its IDEN network and instead use that network's budget for data usage.

In addition, Sprint's upcoming acquirement of the iPhone 5 will put its unlimited data to the test, considering it will strain the carrier's capacity to hold on to these plans.

"Is there pressure? Yeah," said Bye. "There's a challenge for all engineers to work on how we get the cost structure down."

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RE: I Supprt Sprint!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/27/2011 12:58:52 PM , Rating: 1
Sprint's data network is WiMax, at least in my area. So I view the unlimited data as a tradeoff for having to deal with the worst data network on the market.

RE: I Supprt Sprint!
By AmbroseAthan on 9/27/2011 4:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
I have Sprint and don't understand people problems with WiMax. Yes it is slower than LTE, but I have no problems streaming Netflix, Hulu, or Google Music to my phone and I tend to be sitting around 6-10Mbps down, 1-2 up (I live/work in Manhattan). That is more than enough for anything I have needed my phone to do in the last year and a half.

Sidenote, Sprint's LTE (rumored it might be LTE-A) is said to be launching early next year.

RE: I Supprt Sprint!
By tenks on 9/28/2011 3:00:31 AM , Rating: 2
can you talk and use data at the same time on Sprint?

Ive done a search but it always refers to 4G. So does that mean the 4G sprint phones use 4g for data and 3g for voice?

Im not up to date, ex-sprint customer lookng to get back in..

RE: I Supprt Sprint!
By InfinityzeN on 9/28/2011 9:18:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yes you can talk and use data, but only with 3G voice and 4G data as you stated. 3G data and voice can not be used at the same time.

RE: I Supprt Sprint!
By Manch on 9/27/2011 5:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
Worst would be the 3g, depending on the area. I didnt have 4g in my area but sprints 3g was decent, only second to verizons, and theres autility u can use to force it to roaming even if there is a sprint signal available. I was in richmond a lot and the 4g always worked well for me so I have no complaints. WIMAX may be slower, butwhen i can download movies or use it to tether and pass files back and forth quickly enough, I dont see the big deal. Plus sprints was out first and no data cap.I'll trade a littlebit of speed for unlimited data any day.

(forgivemy typing.Giant hands tiny netbook)

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