As in the distant third spot of the mobile world, Sprint has now announced that none of its customers with let’s see, tablets, USB connection cards, or mobile hotspots will have unlimited 4G access anymore! What they plan to do instead with their 3G and 4G data use is to combine and cap, with get this extra charges for overages! The only area where this restriction does not extend to is mobile phones that are not used for tethering which I ask really how much data can you use just on your hand set. Additionally all this new joy takes effect next month.
While Sprint in the past has been beating its chest in various ads about its offer of “unlimited” data services, yet their loud mouth bragging is quickly turning into nothing more than hot air. It also appears that a leaked document stated the company would start limiting data via mobile phone hotspots to only 5GB per month, with overage charges for both new and current customers.
With this cap now official both new and old customers will be having their plans capped and for every additional megabyte customers use above that, they will be soaked for 5¢. While I guess so much for information wanting to be free and all the hype.
So why am I picking on Sprint, well in fact what I am picking on is the fact that America is falling behind the world in the area of mobility as we need to be moving toward bigger pipes which allow us to do more things as this the only “equalizer” which we have to hang our hat on. As the key to American success has always been the famous one, two punch of faster, and cheaper and to do this we need to be mobile and connected. So back pedaling such as this means we just took a step backwards as Moore’s Law makes no provision for this.
On top of it the AT&T and T-Mobile merger is stilling being bashed for old school reasons like Bob’s (voice) bill might go up, and like who talks on the phone anymore? In fact AT&T needs the spectrum for data as they are out of it so it’s not about customers, it’s about data and the need of air waves to move it.
As today’s world is about moving data about cheaply and efficiently and to do this we need cheap pipes even more then we need cheap carbohydrate packed foods. So I say again, Mr. Obama, if you do one thing right, please make sure it’s more affordable bandwidth as cloud computing doesn’t work if you can’t connect to it…