Sprint to hop on the 5GB cap bandwagon

With Verizon and AT&T restricting their wireless broadband packages to 5GB of bandwidth per month, it seems that Sprint feels they’re being a little too giving with their “Unlimited” plans. Starting in July, Sprint will be adding a matching limit to their Terms of Service.

From a memo leaked on Sprintusers:

“Sprint reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred and to deny, terminate, modify, or suspend service if usage exceeds 5GB per month in total or 300MB/month while off-network roaming. Check your subscriber agreement rights on Sprint.com”

Not cool, when you consider that Sprint is currently toting packages they claim come with Unlimited data. Lets take a look at the definition of “unlimited”:


  1. not limited; unrestricted; unconfined
  2. boundless; infinite; vast:
  3. without any qualification or exception;

You know, by any of those definitions, a 5GB cap sure seems to cancel out the “Unlimited” bit.

Hopefully, Sprint will drop the “Unlimited” term from their vocabulary before the restrictions roll out. Otherwise, they’re just one of many carriers trying to redefine it. It’d be like if someone were to stand on the street with a sign that said “Free Candy”, but the back of the sign said “Oh, and by candy, we mean face punches.”