Did you hear? Sprint is throttling data speeds for one percent of its unlimited customers, reports said Thursday. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse himself said, “For those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off.” Yikes. For a company that repeatedly emphasizes its “truly unlimited” data plan, this news was more than a little upsetting.
Not so fast.
The carrier on Friday insisted it is not slowing average customers’ data speed, saying Hesse was referring specifically to data abusers who violate Sprint’s terms and conditions. “Reports that Sprint throttles the top one percent of data users are false,” Sprint said.
What about those who use heavy data while roaming or tether their devices? The Now Network said it reserves the right to terminate customers who violate its terms, but that it will contact users first as a warning.
Sprint has often touted its network as the only of the big four who offers “truly unlimited” data, and they’re sticking to it no matter what the company’s CEO says. Verizon and AT&T both charge data overage fees, while T-Mobile USA throttles speeds for those who use a lot of data.
Sprint users, no need to fret. Download, stream and browse the web to your heart’s content.