This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Sprint to Reduce Speeds for Users on Congested Networks

by Shane McGlaun

Sprint has announced something that won’t make people on its pre-paid or post-paid networks happy. One of the big draws for Sprint for many smartphone users has been their unlimited data plans. Now, Sprint is set to begin throttling data for the top 5% of users on its network.

sprint-960zoom in

The network isn’t calling it “throttling” though, it’s saying “prioritization management” but we all know what it means. Throttling will happen on Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, and Boost Mobile networks. Customers on those pre-paid networks have been throttled in the past after using 2.5GB of data each month at full speed.

The catch is that now the throttling will take the user to half the previous speed after the first 2.5GB of use. Originally Virgin and Boost customers were throttled to 256 kbps after 2.5GB of use and now it will be 128Kbps. Sprint says that once the post-paid user is off the congested network tower, speeds will be restored.

This isn’t an unusual practice, as Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile all have similar “prioritization” systems in place.

[via FierceWireless]

Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
Ganryu Taffeta Twill Coach Jacket Being a Title Designer Tom Thum: Ratchet Face Massive Paratrooper Jump 95octane logo
Nissan Unveils 2017 Titan Single Cab Trucks Smart fortwo Rewinds Time with Landau Roof Option SYNC 3 finds a Home in All the 2017 Fords Mazda Eyes Carbon Fiber for Next MX-5 mightymega logo
Concept Trailer for Gene Roddenberry Biopic “The Pilot” Star Trek: Discovery Ship Teased New Star Trek RPG Is Coming: Star Trek Adventures Prime 1 Studio Premium Masterline Optimus Prime G1 Statue