Sprint data plans are unlimited only in name, throttling begins after 23 GB data use
If you thought that your unlimited data plan will actually allow you to use unlimited data, you are completely off the mark. And if you are using the leading US carrier, Sprint, you should know that unlimited means just 23 GB per month or per billing cycle.
When you have crossed this limit, the carrier will stall throttling. This may come as a rude shock to many of the Sprint users, more so to people who go for unlimited data option given their high data usage.
Nonetheless it has now been confirmed that Sprint actually starts throttling as it is eager to give â€˜better experienceâ€™ to its consumers.
As the report comes from horseâ€™s mouth you donâ€™t have much of hope. â€œIn an article entitled “Protecting the 97 percent,” the company says, â€œThe 23GB threshold is typical in the industry and other carriers have already implemented a similar practice. We agree this is a smart approach towards making sure a small number of customers donâ€™t adversely impact the experience for others. Today approximately three percent of our postpaid subscribers are using overwhelmingly disproportionate network resources. Our goal with QoS is to prevent some portion of that three percent going forward from negatively impacting the other 97 percent of customersâ€.
The company says that 23GB is more than enough for almost every other user trying its service. Meanwhile a report in Macrumor says, â€œThe change will affect those who choose an unlimited data handset plan after October 16 or to Sprint customers who choose to upgrade their devices on or after October 16. Those who go over 23 GB will see their data prioritized below other customers, which means they will encounter slower data speeds, but only in times and locations where the network is constrainedâ€.
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