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Sprint Unveils Capped Data Plans for Devices

November 15, 2011

Tired of your measly 5GB per month on Verizon and AT&T? How about 6GB, for the same price?

If that grabs your attention, Sprint has a deal for you. The carrier added four new data tiers on Monday, with additional data usage for the same price as its competitors. The new tiers include 6GB of data per month for $49.99 and 12GB for $79.99.

In addition, Sprint added two device-centric data plans: a 3GB per month plan for tablets and hotspots for $34.99; and a 1GB per month plan for tablets only at $19.99 per month.

The bad news, however, is that Sprint dropped its unlimited 4G broadband plan in October. Until then, Sprint had offered three separate mobile broadband plans: 3GB of 3G data with unlimited 4G data; 5GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G; and 10GB of 3G and unlimited 4G.

Note that the data plans are not attached to voice or text plans; the data plans are designed just for netbooks, tablets, mobile hotspots, notebooks, and other data-centric devices sold by Sprint. Sprint said that all of its plans would include overage rates of $0.05 per MB for in-network data, and $0.25 per MB for out-of-network data.

Still, Sprint positioned its plans as a better value than rival plans from Verizon or AT&T, which offer a smaller amount of data usage for the same price.

"Sprint is committed to delivering exceptional value to its customers, and our new 3G/4G Mobile Broadband plans are the latest example of that," said Will Souder, vice president of pricing for Sprint, in a statement. "Sprint gives customers more data at lower prices than competitors, so they can do more with their mobile broadband devices on Sprint's 3G and 4G networks."

Although Sprint offers an Unlimited plan with its smartphones, the death of universal unlimited plans has brought with it a number of combinations of voice, data, text (or just data) targeted to a variety of price points.




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