Sprint Nextel to raise unlimited data fees for new smart phone users
Sprint Nextel said Tuesday it will increase by $10 per month the fee for unlimited data plans for new smart phone customers beginning Jan. 30.
The current cost is $99 per month for unlimited data, texting and voice.
The nation's third-largest wireless company will continue to offer unlimited data plans as competitor AT&T moves toward tiered Internet access fees. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are also offering tiered data rates and unlimited plans.
The billing changes come amid an explosion of Internet use on smart phones and other wireless devices that analysts project will lead to higher costs and more complicated bills for consumers.
Sprint said it increased its data plan price so it could keep up with costs of providing smooth wireless connections as networks become more congested with data traffic.
“While some of our competitors impose overage charges and complex plans, Sprint continues to provide a worry-free, unlimited data experience while on the Sprint network," said Bob Johnson, president of Sprint's consumer business in a press release.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules that require wireless service operators to warn consumers when they are about to go over their data and texting limits. The proposal is aimed at preventing "bill shock" and has been opposed generally by the wireless companies, which say they provide many ways for users to find out how much data they have consumed.
| January 18, 2011; 10:24 AM ET
Categories: Consumers, FCC, Sprint Nextel
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