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Sprint to throttle top 5% of data users in congested areas

Sprint will begin throttling the top 5% of data users on its pre-paid and post-paid networks to reduce network congestion
By: Shane McGlaun | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: May 9, 2014 2:07 pm

One of the big reasons that many users stuck with Sprint for their mobile phones was that the company was the only carrier that still offered unlimited data. That is set to change with Sprint announcing to customers recently that it would begin "prioritization management" better known as throttling to prevent network congestion.




This throttling will be used on Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, and Boost Mobile customers. The top 5% of data users will be throttled in congested areas to ensure service for all users according to Sprint. Those pre-paid customers will see data speeds cut to 128 kbps after using 2.5GB of data at normal speed. The throttled speed was previously 256 kbps.


Sprint says, "[Throttling] will enable us to provide more customers with a high quality data experience during heavy usage times. Once the customer is no longer connected to a congested cell site, or the site is no longer congested, speeds will return to normal."


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