Boost Mobile to start throttling heavy data users on Jan. 20Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Get ready, heavy data consumers on Boost Mobile, because it looks like the data throttling is headed your way. Boost Mobile has announced on its Facebook page that on or around January 20, 2013, it'll begin slowing the speeds of customers that use 2.5GB or more of data in a single month. The speeds will be slowed to around 256kbps for the remainder of that month, with speeds returning to normal once the next monthly billing cycle begins. Boost notes that customers with a Mobile Hotspot add-on will have their data usage measured by the combined total of phone and hotspot use. Users will be notified once they consume 85 percent of their data allotment and then again once they hit the 2.5GB threshold.
Boost first announced its plans to throttling heavy users back in early May, and Virgin Mobile (which, like Boost, is a Sprint subsidiary) enacted a similar throttling strategy earlier this year. Boost believes that "only a small percentage" of its users will hit the 2.5GB cap, and it also notes that users will still have access to data after crossing that threshold. Boost's plan to begin throttling heavy data users is around a month away, so data-hungry customers don't have long before they could start seeing their speeds slow. Do any of you Boost Mobile customers currently exceed 2.5GB of data use in a single month?