Earlier this month Sprint decided to axe unlimited data for mobile hotspot users, replacing the bottomless data buffet with a 5GB 3G/4G cap, and now it looks like mobile broadband will be getting a similar treatment. Sprint's website has been updated to show that customers with mobile broadband devices (tablets, USB cards, netbooks, hotspot devices) will no longer be given unlimited 4G data effective starting with their next bill. As can be seen in Sprint's handy chart up above, customers that used to enjoy 3GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G data on a mobile broadband device will soon be given a flat 3GB ceiling for both 3G and 4G data. Similarly, users that currently have 5GB and 10GB 3G/unlimited 4G plans will be allotted 5GB or 10GB of total monthly 3G/4G usage. Any overages will result in a $0.05/MB charge.
This change is the latest in a long line of policy adjustments from Sprint, and it's definitely a bummer for anyone that's flocked to Sprint to enjoy unrestricted WiMAX access on a tablet, hotspot, or some other device. The bright side? Smartphones on Sprint still have access to unlimited data for now. How many of you Sprintsters out there are currently rocking a mobile broadband device with unlimited 4G data? Does this change bother you or do you not use enough data for it to matter?