Sprint Raises 3G Data Prices by $10
Sprint announced changes to its 3G data pricing Tuesday, making 3G data as expensive as its 4G data plans.
Sprint raised the price of 3G data by $10, matching the previous pricing for 4G phones such as the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G and Samsung Epic 4G.
"Sprint will increase its postpaid rates by applying a $10 per month Premium Data add-on charge to activations of smartphones beginning Jan. 30. The charge will assist Sprint in offering simple and affordable unlimited plans for its customers while maintaining a wireless network able to meet the growing appetite for a richer mobile experience," the company reported in a statement.
The extra data charges apply to new activations or renewals after Jan 30, so those who sign a contract or renew their current one before then will avoid the price hike. The fee applies to all lines that activate or upgrade to a smartphone, and that includes individual lines in a family plan. A family plan with four phones will cost an additional $40 per month for data. Sprint says this applies to all Android , BlackBerry, Instinct, Palm and Windows Mobile phones. Apparently some corporate accounts will be exempt, though.
While this is a blow to smartphone users, it makes the choice to upgrade to 4G much easier. Why stick with 3G when you can get 4G data speeds for the same price ($80 for unlimited), assuming that Sprint doesn't eventually bump up the price for the 4G plan, too.