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Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is going to be the first U.S. carrier to offer the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone with an unlimited data plan, starting at US$79.99 a month.

The CDMA carrier will start offering the iPhone 4S and 4 for the first time on its network on Oct. 14. The carrier will sell the phones -- on a two-year contract -- with a few different unlimited options. They start at $69.99 for unlimited data plus 450 "Anytime" talk minutes, $89.99 for 900 minutes and $99.99 for Sprint's "Simply Everything" plan.

All of the data plans come with Sprint's $10 extra "premium data" monthly charge. Sprint added the premium for WiMax users in 2010 and extended it to 3G data in January 2011. (See Sprint Raises 3G Prices to 4G Levels.)

Why this matters
Unlimited data is the one unique selling point for the iPhone 4S and $99 iPhone 4 that Sprint has over AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless , both of which offer capped plans with the Apple phone. Sprint has been touting its unlimited data difference over its rivals with ads on U.S. TV for months now.

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kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:49 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

The hotspot usage will still be capped, correct? So it's not *really* unlimited. Just unlimited via the device.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:49 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

The hotspot usage will still be capped, correct? So it's not *really* unlimited. Just unlimited via the device.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:51:49 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Picky!


The mobile hotspot option will be available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to five wi-fi enabled devices simultaneously.



Still more "unlimited"  than any other u.s. iphone.

Abundant_bits 12/5/2012 | 4:51:48 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

The mobile hotspot option can be used on a daily basis. It breaks down to $1/day. obviously. Users can enable/disable this feature through their account settings online. I'm not certain this level of granularity still exists, however, since I stopped using it once I figured out a tether app for my andriod phone. I don't need to feed 4 other devices.


I believe the Sprint model is better suited (save for those few abusers of bandwidth) for mobile data use over the pay-as-you go plans in use at the other carriers. Revenue is predictable, albeit somewhat dependent upon new subscriptions to grow, It certainly must be simpler to track and bill internally, and as a user I find it also simple and predictable.


I'm sure ATT and VZ will be happy to have some of the BW suck come off their networks as well, given their struggles to keep up, and the investments required.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:51:47 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Seven,


indeed..... infinity and beyond.


I too am in the market for a new phone.  And am looking at various carriers.  Sprint's offering is attractive, I just wish they had better coverage.


And yeah, a wifi tablet with a phone able to be a local hotspot would be a nice fit.   Of course, it would be even better if the tablet could also be the phone, and if the tablet could be the hotspot and as you stated if we could do VPN without jailbreaking!


Sounds like a market opening to me.  Wonder if any of the carries / phone manufacturers will "get it"?


a carrier who did this, on a reasonable "unlimited" basis, and do it using Apple products would get the loyalty of many business types who are on the move.  That loyalty goes a long way to building a stable base of revenue for the carrier and phone maker.  NOTE: this is one of the lessons RIM has forgotten or lost in all the rush to chase consumers.  That they grew big by being a great source of tools for business. 


sailboat

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:47 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Seems like we could all agree that some kind of unified plan covering multiple devices would be a business must-have... that way you sign up once, pay one bill, and bring along whatever device or device make sense and use them as you, the paying customer, best sees fit.


The whole capped-hotspot, unlimited-this-but-not-that is just a kludge covering up for poorly thought out billing and authentication and network design. I agree that the first carrier who comes up with a simple solution (and Apple devices) is going to clean up. But nobody's there yet.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:47 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Seems like we could all agree that some kind of unified plan covering multiple devices would be a business must-have... that way you sign up once, pay one bill, and bring along whatever device or device make sense and use them as you, the paying customer, best sees fit.


The whole capped-hotspot, unlimited-this-but-not-that is just a kludge covering up for poorly thought out billing and authentication and network design. I agree that the first carrier who comes up with a simple solution (and Apple devices) is going to clean up. But nobody's there yet.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:47 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

 


To infinity and beyond!  (Unlimited humor)


So, if I read all this correctly to get a Hotspot + Unlimited data is $100 a month.  That does seem like a lot.  I would have to do a LOT of 3G/4G surfing to get that.  I am in the market for a new phone/tablet and am thinking I want to get a WiFi tablet + a Phone with a Hotspot capability.  That would allow me to work the most of the time from WiFi and use the Hot Spot when I want to.


Now if I could just find a phone that supported OpenVPN without a jailbreak.  :(


seven


 

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:47 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Agreed that it is more unlimited than any other phone. But capping the hotspot (they announced this, right?) makes it no longer truly "unilimited" because there is a limit on how much data you can use without incurring extra charges.


Picky is what I am all about. Fine print and all that. But you can't call it "unlimited" if you have limits. Which they do.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:51:47 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Agreed that it is more unlimited than any other phone. But capping the hotspot (they announced this, right?) makes it no longer truly "unilimited" because there is a limit on how much data you can use without incurring extra charges.


Picky is what I am all about. Fine print and all that. But you can't call it "unlimited" if you have limits. Which they do.

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