Unlimited Data Shenanigans
As mentioned before, Sprint isn’t the only company to play games with user’s unlimited data plans. Neither AT&T nor Verizon gave much notice before ripping their plans from the shelves, but at least they allowed customers to get grandfathered in under the old plans, unlike Sprint.
Far more devious are the shenanigans of other companies, who continue to advertise that their plans have no data caps, while capping people’s data. T-Mobile is a repeat offender in this category. In the U.K., T-Mobile will prevent your mobile device from accessing videos or downloading large files once you have reached a certain data limit for the month, a data limit which is always less than the advertised size of your data plan. The company gets away with this by calling high-bandwidth downloads outside of “fair use," which means that they don’t have to support them. The company is equally slippery in the U.S., where it offers “unlimited" data, but then puts you on its 2G network once you go over certain limits. Ever try to download anything on a 2G network? There’s a reason you haven’t, because if you had you wouldn’t be reading this, you’d still be downloading it.
I’d like to think that these incidents are going to be confined to just a few carriers, but if one company starts to have success by pitching unlimited data while not actually having to provide it, expect more to follow suit.