Sprint confirms unlimited data plans will be available to 4G LTE smartphonesAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Sprint has long been touting its unlimited data plans as thing that differentiates itself from other carriers, and now the Now Network has confirmed that its unlimited offerings won't be going anywhere once its 4G LTE network goes live. In its announcement of the LG Viper 4G LTE pre-orders yesterday, Sprint mentioned that the device pairs Sprint LTE with unlimited data plans, and a carrier spokesperson has also affirmed that LTE customers will indeed have access to the same unlimited data options. "4G LTE smartphone customers can enjoy the same unlimited data plans which provide customers with unmatched value and simplicity that allows them to utilize their phones to the fullest without worrying about incurring additional data charges," the spokesperson said. Plan pricing for Sprint LTE mobile broadband devices (tablets, hotspots) will remain the same as with 3G/WiMAX devices.
This news isn't a total surprise considering how strongly Sprint has been pushing that as one of its big features, but it's still good to hear that folks that pick up a Galaxy Nexus or Viper will be able to sign up for the same $79.99 Everything Data plan that other Sprint folk have access to. Now we just need to wait for Sprint to flip the switch on its LTE network and get its first LTE devices on shelves. We've yet to get exact dates on when any of that will be happening, but Sprint has said that its LTE coverage will be going live by the middle of the year and that the Viper will be available later this month, so things are definitely starting to come together.