As is the case these days, unlimited doesn’t really mean unlimited. Both AT&T and Verizon stopped offering unlimited plans years ago and T-Mobile is now throttling certain users during certain hours. Sprint is also doing some throttling for the their new “unlimited” plans.
One of the many reasons I see people use (including myself) in justifying unlimited data is to watch streaming video, such as Netflix or YouTube. Sprint has noticed this and with the new plan will throttle video streaming speeds to 600 Kbps, or 0.6 Mbps.
The breakdown of the plan is this:
- $60 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data*
- $20 per month for 24 months to lease a phone (give it back, not own it)
The footnote in Sprint’s plans is this:
“To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced on the network. Streaming video speeds will be limited to 600Kbps at all times, which may impact quality.”
So the unlimited high-speed data applies to everything except streaming video. This definitely comes in line with the FCC’s recent decision to fine AT&T $100 million for throttling unlimited data users, along with the Net Neutrality ruling in February of 2015. So we can probably expect the FCC to do something for this.
This throttling will only occur if you sign up for one of the new plans, so cling to your current Sprint unlimited plans or switch to a non-unlimited plan if you want to avoid being throttled. However, Sprint has also been accused of throttling in the past, you you may not have luck with that either.