The internets is all up in a tizzy after running with a story from Dow Jones that misquoted Sprint CEO Dan Hesse while speaking at an investors meeting as saying — contrary to what is advertised in Sprint’s latest ad spots — they actually do throttle their customers who use too much data. Sprint has spent much of its time advertising “Truly Unlimited” data on their network, going as far as to point out the competition’s practices of throttling and charging for overages.
But you can put your pitchforks down, as it turns out Dow Jones left out a very important keyword: roaming. Customers who are throttled because of roaming account for about 1% of users on Sprint and this is most definitely covered in Sprint’s fine print which says they can begin throttling customers who hit 300MB of “off-network” data.
When the story first hit, I actually didn’t find myself much in arms even if Sprint really did throttle the top 1% of users who use too much data. Data ain’t cheap and the last thing I need when trying to stream my music is a backed up network because some doofus tethered his hacked phone to play COD and stream Netflix (yes, I know of such people).
So, if you’re a Sprint customer, you can continue gloating over the fact that you have the only truly unlimited data network in the US — even if it is one of the slowest at the moment.