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

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Just FYI, looking at the pricing....to get Mobile Data + Hospot from Sprint you could get a 10 GB per month plan from AT&amp;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.&nbsp; AT&amp;T has a lot more hotspots.


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

Well, the phone knows :)


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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?

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. &nbsp;Every router takes a look at a Time To Live field in the IP packet and decrements it by one. &nbsp;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). &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;


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. &nbsp;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. &nbsp;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" :)

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