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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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jdbower 12/5/2012 | 4:51:43 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Just a guess, but I'm thinking it's the TTL on the packets.  Every router takes a look at a Time To Live field in the IP packet and decrements it by one.  This way routing loops won't just keep building up data, eventually the TTL will be 0 and the packet will be dropped (and an ICMP message sent back to the user - this is how traceroute works).  The phone will have one TTL (64 based on OSX's standard, but Sprint may populate a specific value), and will decrement the TTL of any packet it routes.  So a Windows machine with a TTL of 128 will appear to have a TTL of 127 by the time it gets to the base station, an OSX machine will have a TTL of 63 and a Linux machine 254 or 63 depending on your flavor.  


Billing based on TTL is easy, but it's also really easy to use other techniques to detect when someone's just changed the default TTL on their OS or installed an app on their phone that sets the TTL to the appropriate value.  Once you start messing around with these types of tricks you may want to do some research into Theft of Service before you explore this option.  It's also nice to play with the NMAP OS fingerprinting libraries - they're surprisingly accurate especially if you only need to know "not iPhone" :)

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:46 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

 


Just FYI, looking at the pricing....to get Mobile Data + Hospot from Sprint you could get a 10 GB per month plan from AT&T and a 12 GB plan from Verizon.


If you do MOST of the big stuff from WiFi, I am really not sure that the delta between 10GB and unlimited matters in practice.  AT&T has a lot more hotspots.


seven


 

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:51:46 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

Well, the phone knows :)


seven


 

kriso 12/5/2012 | 4:51:46 PM
re: Sprint to Offer Unlimited Data for iPhone

If my iPhone 4 is acting as a hotspot for my laptop and this data is capped at 5GB, how will Sprint be able to determine what data is from the laptop and what data is from the iPhone directly?

^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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