Boost Mobile announced this week that starting on or around January 20th it will begin throttling data speeds for its “Monthly Unlimited” customers who exceed 2.5GB of data use. Once this threshold is broken, the company will reduce users’ download speeds to a snail-like 256kbps until they enter a new billing cycle.
Earlier this year, Boost’s sister carrier Virgin Mobile started throttling its customers under identical terms. Both companies operate on Sprint’s network which currently offers “true” unlimited data to its postpaid subscribers.
But maybe not for long.
Clearwire is testing Tiered Data Plans and more expensive Unlimited Data in 10 markets including Boise, Idaho; Boston; Charlotte, N.C; Cleveland; Miami; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Trenton, N.J.; Salt Lake City; and Wilmington, Del. with no immediate plans to expand the trial outside of the aforementioned test markets.
The plans being tested include 2 GB of data for $20 per month, 40GB of data for $40 or an unlimited plan for $60 outside of the currently offered $35 and $50 unlimited plans in other markets.