By Stephen Schenck | October 5, 2011 5:42 PM
Once it seemed likely that what we know now as the iPhone 4S would be making it to Sprint, we started wondering about the implications for the carrier’s unlimited data plans. After all, out of itself, Verizon, and AT&T, it’s the only one that still offers such service without monthly caps. Sprint confirmed that it had no plans to abandon unlimited data as a whole, but after hearing plenty of concerns that its network would buckle under the pressure of new iPhone users, might we learn of some new “tweak” to its unlimited plans, with restrictions intent on controlling the impact of iPhone traffic? There hasn’t been an official statement released, but media that has reached out to Sprint received direct confirmation that its unlimited offerings remain unchanged for the iPhone.
After the news that Sprint would be modifying data allowances for users tethering through their smartphones, it didn’t seem unreasonable that we might learn about similar restrictions for iPhone plans. Perhaps T-Mobile-style throttling after hitting a cap? After all, the business Sprint will get from finally having an iPhone won’t do much good if it overplays its hand and delivers a data experience that its users aren’t satisfied with. That won’t apparently be the case, and the iPhone 4S can get unlimited data with plans starting at around $70 a month.
While that’s reassuring to know, there’s still something a bit off about Sprint’s role in this new iPhone 4S launch. Reports from earlier in the week had Sprint making an all-or-nothing play at the iPhone’s success, and now that the phone’s been announced, the carrier is being very quiet, to the point people are starting to get suspicious that it may still have a card left to play. It has a big call scheduled for Friday, so perhaps we’ll learn more then.