Sprint puts a stop to throttling smartphone data

We’re four months removed now from a landmark FCC decision, where the agency moved to enact strong rules protecting the quality of data services, all in the name of net neutrality. Last Friday, those rules took hold, and ISPs and carriers are already responding. Sprint, for one, is taking no chances with what sort of “network management” practices it might be able to get away with while still complying with the rules, and this week revealed that it’s putting a stop to its data throttling practices.

Sprint’s notable among US carriers in that it still actively advertises unlimited data plans (for now), but in the past that “unlimited” business came with an important asterisk. It had been that Sprint would take steps during periods of heavy usage to limit bandwidth available to its most active users. The carrier is now doing away with that altogether, and will let all users pull down as much data as they’re able.

Commenting on the changes, Sprint claims that the company “doesn’t expect users to notice any significant difference in their services now that we no longer engage in the process.” While that’s good to hear, we have to wonder: if doing away with throttling has no significant impact on the end-user experience, why was the carrier going to all the trouble of throttling in the first place?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!